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.


August 4, 2016

The 2016 October issue of Annals of Nuclear Energy publishes a paper "Development and verification of the neutron diffusion solver for the GeN-Foam multi-physics platform" by C. Fiorina, N. Kerkar, K. Mikityuk, P. Rubiolo and A. Pautz. We contributed to the part devoted to the European Sodium Fast Reactor calculations. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anucene.2016.05.023


July 2, 2016

The August issue of Nuclear Engineering and Design publishes a paper "Analysis of effects of pellet-cladding bonding on trapping of the released fission gases in high burnup KKL BWR fuels" by V. Brankov, G. Khvostov, K. Mikityuk, A. Pautz, R. Restani, S. Abolhassani, G. Ledergerber, 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.2016.06.021

June 26, 2016

The just-published Generation IV International Forum Annual Report highlights the main achievements of the Forum in 2015. In particular, FAST contributed to the Task Force on Education and Training. https://www.gen-4.org/gif/jcms/c_82870/gif-2015-annual-report-final-e-book

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June 10, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the eighth NES PhD Day was held at PSI. Anne-Laurene Panadero, FAST PhD student, won the price in the category "The second-year PhD". The title of her presentation was "The Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor ASTRID under Unprotected Loss of Flow Accident: A new phenomenology?"

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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 April 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.
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