From MYRRHA to XT-ADS: lessons learned and towards implementation

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    The EUROTRANS project is an integrated project in the 6th European Framework Program in the context of Partitioning and Transmutation. It aims to deliver an advanced design of a small-scale Accelerator Driven System (ADS), XT-ADS, as well as the conceptual design of a European Facility for Industrial Transmutation, EFIT. The comparison between those two machines is described in another contribution. Since 1998, SCK•CEN has been designing a multipurpose ADS for R&D applications – MYRRHA - , which consists of a proton accelerator delivering its beam to a windowless liquid Pb-Bi spallation target that in turn couples to a Pb-Bi cooled, sub-critical fast core. The EUROTRANS partners have accepted the SCK•CEN offer to use MYRRHA as a starting basis for the XT-ADS design. Instead of starting from a blank page, this allowed optimizing an existing design towards the XT-ADS needs within the limits of safety requirements. In this paper we discuss the evolution from MYRRHA to XT-ADS, the lessons we have learned in this process and the perspectives for the future developments starting from the present XT-ADS design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications & Utilization of Accelerators
    Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
    StatePublished - Jan 2010
    EventInternational Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators - Vienna
    Duration: 4 May 20098 May 2009


    ConferenceInternational Topical Meeting on Nuclear Research Applications and Utilization of Accelerators

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