The GUINEVERE project at the VENUS facility

Peter Baeten, Hamid Aït Abderrahim, Thierry Aoust, Gilbert Bergmans, Jan Heyse, Dirk Maes, Bernard Verboomen, Fernand Vermeersch, Guido Vittiglio

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    The GUINEVERE project is an international project in the framework of IP-EUROTRANS, the FP6 program which aims at addressing the main issues for ADS development in the framework of partitioning and transmutation for nuclear waste volume and radiotoxicity reduction. The GUINEVERE project is carried out in the context of domain 2 of IP-EUROTRANS, ECATS, devoted to specific experiments for the coupling of an accelerator, a target and a subcritical core. These experiments should provide an answer to the questions of online reactivity monitoring, sub-criticality determination and operational procedures (loading, start-up, shutdown, …) in an ADS by 2009-2010. The project has the objective to couple a fast lead core, within the VENUS
    building operated by the SCK•CEN, with a neutron generator able to work in three different modes: pulsed, continuous and continuous with beam interruptions at the millisecond scale. In order to achieve this goal, the
    VENUS facility has to be adapted and a modified GENEPI-3C accelerator has to be designed and constructed. The paper describes the main modifications to the reactor core and facility and to the accelerator, which will be
    executed during the years 2008 and 2009, and the experimental programme which will start in 2009.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational conference on Physics of Reactors 2008
    Subtitle of host publicationPHYSOR 08
    Place of PublicationInterlaken, Switzerland
    Number of pages7
    EditionPHYSOR 08
    StatePublished - 2011

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