The Fast-spectrum Transmutation Experimental Facility FASTEF: Main Design Achievements (Part 1: Core & Primary System) Within The FP7-CDT Collaborative Project Of The European Commission

Didier De Bruyn, Rafaël Fernandez, Luigi Mansani, Antony Woaye-Hune, Massimo Sarotto, Evaldas Bubelis

    Research outputpeer-review


    MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications) is the flexible experimental accelerator-driven system (ADS) in development at SCK•CEN in replacement of its material testing reactor BR2. SCK•CEN in association with 17 European partners from industry, research centres and academia, responded to the FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme) call from the European Commission to establish a Central Design Team (CDT) for the design of a FAst Spectrum Transmutation Experimental Facility (FASTEF) able to demonstrate efficient transmutation and associated technology through a system working in subcritical and/or critical mode. The project has started on April 01st, 2009 for a period of three years. In this paper, we present the latest configuration of the reactor core and primary system. The FASTEF facility has evolved quite a lot since the intermediate reporting done at the ICAPP'10 and ICAPP'11 conferences. If it remains a small-scale facility, the core power amounts now up to 100 MWth in critical mode. In a companion paper, we present the concept of the reactor building and the plant layout.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 International Congress on the Advances in Nuclear Power Plants
    Place of PublicationLa Grange Park, Illinois, United States
    StatePublished - 25 Jun 2012
    Event2012 - ICAPP - International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants - Chicago, Illinois
    Duration: 24 Jun 201228 Jun 2012


    Conference2012 - ICAPP - International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityChicago, Illinois
    Internet address

    Cite this