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.
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.
October 8, 2014
An international conference on reactor physics PHYSOR 2014 was held this year in Kyoto, Japan. We presented in Kyoto two papers: one (done in cooperation with POLIMI, Italy) on hybrid (i.e. thermal-fast) molten salt reactor and another one on how we calculate coolant void worth in sodium fast reactor core. We also contributed to the POLIMI paper on modeling of the molten salt reactor experiment dynamics and to the IAEA paper on the results of the neutronic benchmark based on the end-of-life experiments at the Phenix sodium-cooled fast reactor.
October 2, 2014
On October 1, 2014 Anne-Laurene Panadero officially started in our group her PhD study in frame of our cooperation with Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) on safety assessment of ASTRID sodium-cooled fast reactor considered for construction in France.
September 29, 2014
October 2014 issue of Nuclear Engineering and Design publishes "The core design of ALFRED, a demonstrator for the European lead-cooled reactors". The paper summarizes selected results of the FP7 EURATOM LEADER project. We contributed to the paper with the core thermal-hydraulic analysis: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nucengdes.2014.07.032
September 28, 2014
The FAST highlight of September 2014 is an updated diagram of our code system which includes now various options of using the new OpenFOAM solver for static and transient analysis of fast reactors: PDF (74k)
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Dr. Konstantin Mikityuk
Paul Scherrer Institute
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Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems Behaviour