FAST: Generation-IV nuclear reactors with a fast neutron spectrum
We launched the project in 2002 and our current goals are
- to study neutronics, thermal hydraulics and fuel behaviour of advanced fast reactors;
- to evaluate safety of fast reactors considered for construction in Europe;
- to study different design solutions for Generation-IV Molten Salt Reactor;
- to represent Switzerland internationally;
- to educate young researchers and students.
March 12, 2015
The four-year project "A Paradigm Shift in Reactor Safety with the Molten Salt Fast Reactor" (SAMOFAR) with 11 international partners including PSI was submitted in response to the first call for proposal of the Horizon 2020 program. The proposal was highly evaluated and granted by Euratom. The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation is co-financing the participation of PSI. The FAST group contributes with the neutronics and transient analysis.
March 12, 2015
The very first issue of the ASME's Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science publishes "Parametric Lattice Study of a Graphite-Moderated Molten Salt Reactor" by Boris Hombourger, Jiri Krepel, Konstantin Mikityuk and Andreas Pautz. The paper summarizes selected first results of the PhD study on small modular molten-salt reactor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4026401
February 25, 2015
Matteo Zanetti, PhD student from Politecnico di Milano joins us for three-month internship to complete the work on development and implementation of the delayed neutron precursors transport in a molten salt reactor. This is the second attachment of Matteo to our group, the first one was in 2013.
February 23, 2015
Alzbeta Bednarova, MS student from Czech Technical University in Prague, joins us for six months to make her master thesis on modeling of Superphenix fast reactor core using the FAST code system. The study is supported by the PSI grant for the summer student.
December 1, 2014
Evzen Losa, PhD student from Czech Technical University in Prague, joins us for nine months to work on 3D modeling of closed equilibrium fuel cycle in advanced fast reactors as well as in VVER, using our calculational tools. The study is supported by the IAEA Fellowship. This is already the second attachment of Evzen, the first one was in 2012.
November 12, 2014
Boris Hombourger making his PhD study on designing a small modular molten salt reactor successfully passed the candidacy exam at EPFL.
October 15, 2014
Four students from a joint ETHZ-EPFL MS program in Nuclear Engineering (http://www.master-nuclear.ch
) joined our group to make their semester projects (and following up MS theses next semester). Two of them will work on topics related to sodium boiling and other two -- on neutronics and transient behaviour of molten-salt reactor.
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Dr. Konstantin Mikityuk
Paul Scherrer Institute
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Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems Behaviour