Thermohydraulics and Chemistry of Liquid Metal Cooled Reactors

Date: Monday 10 April 2017 to Friday 14 April 2017

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels), Belgium
Contact : VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 96 04




 The objective of the Lecture Series is to provide a state-of-the-art review of the current knowledge and future challenges in Fluid Mechanics and Chemistry of Liquid Metal Cooled Reactors. The Lectures provides general lessons on these topics as well as more specialized lectures related to current research activities. Myrrha The course starts with a description of the thermo-hydraulic challenges for future Liquid Metal Cooled reactors and is then followed by a review on the chemistry challenges.  The next part of the course is devoted to thermo-hydraulics challenges from modeling point of view (system codes and CFD code) and experimental point of view. The Lecture Series is intended to provide enough introductory material to welcome novices in the field but also advanced information for expert researchers.

This Lectures Series is organized in the framework of the MYRTE and SESAME Horizon 2020 projects from the European Union.  Most of the lecturers are scientists actively involved in one of these two research projects.   The Lecture Series co-directors are Ferry Roelofs from NRG (the Netherlands) and Philippe Planquart from the von Karman Institute.


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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission Euratom Research and Training Programme on Nuclear Energy under grant agreement N° 654935.





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Monday April 10th, 2017

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
  • 9:15 Introduction to SESAME/MYRTE Lecture Series
    Ir. K. van Tichelen, SCK•CEN, Belgium
  • 9:45 Explanation of SEALER design with focus on thermohydraulics challenges
    Mr. I. Mickus, LeadCold, Sweden
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:30 Release of volatile radionuclides in liquid metal reactors and their capture
    Dr. J. Neuhausen, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • 11:30 Oxygen Control
    Dr. A. Aerts, SCK•CEN, Belgium
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Fuel-coolant interaction
    Prof. T. Retegan, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Liquid metal flow meters
    Dr. S. Eckert, HZDR, Germany
  • 17:00 Ice-breaker cocktail
  • 18:00 End of day 1

Tuesday April 11th, 2017

  • 9:00 Bundle experiments in water serving liquid metal reactors
    Prof. M. Rohde, Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands
  • 10:00 Pool experiments in transparent fluids serving liquid metal reactors
    Ir. Ph. Planquart, von Karman Institute, Belgium
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 Design of experimental liquid metal facilities
    Dr. M. Tarantino, ENEA, Italy
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Construction of experimental liquid metal facilities
    Prof. T. Wetzel, KIT, Germany
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Operational aspects of experimental liquid metal facilities
    Ir. G. Kennedy, SCK•CEN, Belgium
  • 17:00 End of day 2

Wednesday April 12th, 2017

  • 9:00 Sub-channel codes for liquid metals
    Prof. X. Cheng, KIT, Germany
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 System thermal hydraulics for liquid metals
    Prof. N. Forgione, UNIPI, Italy
  • 12:00 Lunch    
  • 14:00 DNS Simulations for liquid metal applications
    Prof. I. Tiselj, JSI, Slovenia and Prof. E. Stalio, unimore, Italy
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 LES Simulations for liquid metal applications
    Prof. Y. Bartosiewicz, UCL, Belgium
  • 17:00 End of day 3

Thursday April 13th, 2017

  • 9:00 (U)RANS: turbulence modelling
    Dr. A. Shams, NRG, the Netherlands
  • 10:00  (U)RANS: flow induced vibrations
    Prof.  J. Degroote, University of Gent, Belgium
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 (U)RANS: core thermal hydraulics
    Ir. F. Roelofs, NRG, the Netherlands
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 (U)RANS: pool thermal hydraulics
    Dr. L. Koloszar, von Karman Institute, Belgium and Dr. V. Moreau, CRS4, Italy
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Multi-scale simulations for liquid metals
    Dr. A. Gerschenfeld, CEA, France
  • 17:00 End of day 4

Friday April 14th, 2017

  • 9:00 V&V methods and UQ for nuclear liquid metal analysis
    Prof. P. Kudinov, KTH, Sweden
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 Best practise guidelines for nuclear liquid metal CFD
    Ir. F. Roelofs, NRG, the Netherlands
  • 11:30 The US NEAMS program
    To be confirmed, USA
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 VKI Lab tour
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 End of Lecture Series

Fee & Registration

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The participants of  MYRTE and SESAME projects have a free access to the lecture series, they should only pay the daily lunch (30€/day). The registration is required for all the participants.


Early bird (until February 28, 2017 included)

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Lecture Series Fees

Type 1: Permanent residents of NATO countries funding VKI: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Turkey
Type 2: Permanent residents of NATO countries not funding VKI or NATO partner countries
Type 3: Permanent residents of non -NATO countries

For PhD candidates and undergraduate students: The request to be considered for a discount must accompany the application to attend the Lecture Series, and the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her professor; if not, the request will not be taken into consideration. All possible alternative sources of funding should be investigated before aid is requested under this scheme, so that those most in need will benefit.

REDUCTION for the normal fee. Not applicable when early bird.

-50% for the 3rd & 4th participant from the same company. The normal fee price list is available here.




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