FAST: Generation-IV nuclear reactors with a fast neutron spectrum

We launched the project in 2002 and our current goals are:

  • to study neutronics and nucleonics, thermal hydraulics and fuel behaviour of advanced fast-spectrum nuclear reactors using modern computational tools: TRACE/PARCS/FRED, Eranos/EQL3D, Serpent 2, OpenFOAM;

  • to evaluate safety of fast reactors considered for construction in Europe, in particular, ASTRID Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor;

  • to analyse innovative design solutions for Generation-IV Molten Salt Reactor;

  • to represent Switzerland internationally at GIF, IAEA, OECD, EURATOM;

  • to educate young researchers and students, in particular, via the ETHZ/EPFL Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering and EPFL PhD programs.

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May 8, 2016

On April 6, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne granted Dr. Konstantin Mikityuk the title Maître d'enseignement et de recherche (MER), which, in particular, allows him to be the PhD thesis director.

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May 8, 2016

The Expert and Policy Group meetings of the Generation-IV International Forum (GIF) were held on May 25-28, 2016 in Paris, France at the OECD Conference Centre. We represented Switzerland at these meetings. The GIF Policy Group members unanimously voted to accept Australia’s bid to join the GIF and thus become the 14th member of the forum.


March 25, 2016

This year we host one internship and three MS students. They are from France, South Korea, Poland and Norway. Their topics span from sodium boiling simulation to re-analysis of the molten-salt reactor experiment.

February 25, 2016

The course 151-0166-00L Special Topics in Reactor Physics started at ETH Zurich on February 24, 2016 for the MS students of the Nuclear Engineering Program. Two lecturers and two instructors are from our group.

February 19, 2016

The April issue of Nuclear Engineering and Design publishes a paper "Characterization of the relocated and dispersed fuel in the Halden reactor project LOCA tests based on gamma scan data" by V. Brankov, G. Khvostov, K. Mikityuk, A. Pautz, W. Wiesenack, to which we contributed in frame of the cooperation with the Fuel Modeling Group of our lab. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nucengdes.2015.11.023

February 13, 2016

Job opportunity at the Fast Reactors Group: we are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on static and transient analysis of the Generation IV sodium-cooled fast reactor. More details at https://www.psi.ch/pa/stellenangebote/1234


January 6, 2016

The March issue of Progress in Nuclear Energy publishes the second part of the paper on "The effectiveness of full actinide recycle as a nuclear waste management strategy when implemented over a limited timeframe -- Part II: Thorium fuel cycle" by B. A. Lindley (University of Cambridge), C. Fiorina (PSI), R. Gregg (NNL), F. Franceschini (Westinghouse), G. T. Parks (University of Cambridge), to which we contributed with the SFR analysis: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnucene.2014.11.016. The first paper was devoted to the uranium fuel cycle: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnucene.2015.07.020.


December 08, 2015

By signing the Memorandum of Understanding on November 20, 2015, Switzerland entered the Generation-IV International Forum Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) Project, joining Euratom (represented by JRC), France (represented by CEA) and Russia (represented by ROSATOM) in their collaborative efforts to develop this Generation-IV system. Switzerland will be represented by Paul Scherrer Institut and, in particular, by our group. http://www.oecd-nea.org/general/mnb/2015/december.html#4

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