MYRTE Final International Workshop – MYRRHA Research and Transmutation Endeavour

Date: Tuesday 05 February 2019 to Thursday 07 February 2019

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Waterloosesteenweg 72, B-1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode
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MYRTE Final International Workshop on “Accelerator driven HLM nuclear reactor for transmutation and high-tech applications”

Future Site for Myrrha Research Reactor

 

The MYRTE project was launched in 2015 to perform the necessary research to support the development of the MYRRHA (Multi-Purpose Hybrid Research Reactor for High-Tech Applications) facility, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of high-level waste transmutation at industrial scale.  The project is coordinated by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN and involves 27 European organizations including universities, research institutes and industrial corporations.

This final international workshop will present the results obtained during the four-year project.  Visits of major laboratories are organised on the last day of the workshop.

The MYRTE project contains five technical work packages.  The presentation of each work-package will start with an invited keynote presentation and the results obtained will afterwards be presented by the different partners of the work-packages (WP).

WP2 is the largest work-package and is dedicated to the accelerator R&D for MYRRHA.  It is devoted to the realisation of the injector part of the MYRRHA acceleratorto demonstrate the feasibility and required reliability of this non-semi-conducting part of the accelerator.

The third work-package has addressed the most challenging technical issues in thermal hydraulics by numerical simulation and experimental validation. This WP was focused on pool thermal hydraulics and thermal hydraulics of the fuel assembly.

WP4 is focused on the release of Polonium and selected fission products and their removal from the gas phase.  LBE chemistry, evaporation from LBE, capture and deposition of Po and fission products have been studied to complement the safety report.

WP5 was dedicated to experimental reactor physics in support of the MYRRHA design evolution. Experiments have been performed on the GUINIVERE facility to validate among others the reactivity monitoring methods.

In the last work package, advanced studies on (U,Am)O2 have been carried out to demonstrate the capability of developing minor actinide fuel for transmutation.

This final workshop is open to the whole scientific community interested in the latest R&D results obtained in the MYRTE project for MYRRHA.

The workshop directors are Marc Schyns, from SCK•CEN, and Philippe Planquart from the von Karman Institute. The local coordination is performed by the von Karman Institute (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

PROGRAM

Tuesday February 5, 2019

 

08.30: Registration @ VKI

09.30: Welcome - Dr. P. Baeten, SCK•CEN, Belgium

09.40: Keynote: Accelerator Driven HLM Nuclear Reactor - Prof. H. Aït Abderrahim, SCK•CEN, Belgium

10.30: coffee break

11.00: Reactor physics experiments in MYRTE WP5 in support of the MYRRHA design evolution – Dr. A. Kochetkov, SCK•CEN, Belgium (WP5 leader)

11.40: MYRRHA Mock-up reactivity effects measurements in the VENUS-F reactor - Dr. A. Kochetkov, SCK•CEN, Belgium

12.00: Sub-critical experiments in MYRTE WP5 to validate the reactivity monitoring methods – Dr. Jean-Luc Lecouey, CNRS, France

12.30: lunch

14.00: Keynote: Thermal-Hydraulics –Verification & Validation - Dr. C. Lascar, Framatome, Germany

14.45: New tools to study the thermal hydraulics of MYRRHA core and pool - F. Roelofs, NRG, The Netherlands, (WP3 leader).

15.15: coffee break

15.45: Pool Thermal Hydraulics Experiments and Simulations - K. Van Tichelen, SCK•CEN, Belgium

16.05: Fuel Assembly Blockage formation - Dr. K. Liftin, KIT, Germany

16.25: Turbulent Heat Transfer Modelling and creation of new Reference Data - Dr. S . Buckingham, VKI, Belgium & Dr. A. Shams, NRG, The Netherlands

16.45: Fuel Assembly Vibrations and Fretting - Gr. Kennedy, SCK•CEN, Belgium

17.05: Reception

Wednesday February 6, 2019

09.00: Keynote: Technology of Accelerators - Dr. Roland Garoby, ESS, Sweden

09.45: Accelerator R&D for ADS/MYRRHA - Dr. H. Podlech, IAP, Germany (WP2 leader)

10.15: coffee break

10.45: Accelerator – presentations by task leaders

12.05: lunch

13.30: Keynote: Euratom Research Perspectives - Dr. R. Garbil, EC, Belgium

14.15: Accelerator – presentations by task leaders (cont.)

15.30: coffee break

16.00: Chemistry of volatile radionuclides: Introduction to MYRTE WP4 and results of I, Cs and Po evaporation and deposition experiments at PSI - Dr. J. Neuhausen, PSI, Switzerland (WP4 leader).

16.30: Chemistry of volatile radionuclides: experimental and modeling studies at SCK•CEN - Dr. A. Aerts, SCK•CEN, Belgium

16.50: From quantum simulations to engineering: polonium-containing molecules in MYRRHA - Dr. St. Cottenier, Gent University, Belgium

17.10: End of the day

20.00: Workshop dinner

Thursday February 7, 2019

09.00: Keynote : Nuclear Fuel Cycle - Dr. C. Poinssot, CEA, France

09.45: Actinite fuel - Dr. D. Freis, JRC-ITU, Germany (WP6 leader)

10.15: Actinite fuel, presentation by task leader

10.35: Coffee break

11.00: Visit of VKI laboratories

12.00: lunch

13.00: Departure to Louvain-la-Neuve

Visit of SCK•CEN accelerator at U.C.L. and visit of IBA

17.00: End of visit

18.00: Bus @ metro station in Brussels

FEE AND REGISTRATION

The workshop is free of charge for MYRTE consortium members. Registration is however mandatory before January 15th, 2019.

External participants:

  • Early registration (before January 15) : 650 Euro
  • Regular registration : 800 Euro

The Fee includes participation to the session, lunches, workshop dinner and visits.

Register here

LOGISTICS

Bus transfer will be organized between selected Brussels’ hotels and VKI. A list of hotels will be provided by VKI.

ABOUT MYRTE

MYRTE (MYRRHA Research an d Transmutation Endeavour) is an EU funded project (ID 662186) funded H2020-Euratom. The project started in April 2015 and will ended in March 2019.

The Strategic Research Agenda of the EU Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technical platform requires new large infrastructures for its successful deployment. MYRRHA has been identified as a long term supporting research facility for all ESNII systems and as such put in the high-priority list of ESFRI. The goal of MYRTE is to perform the necessary research in order to demonstrate the feasibility of transmutation of high-level waste at industrial scale through the development of the MYRRHA research facility. Within MYRRHA as a large research facility, the demonstration of the technological performance of transmutation will be combined with the use for the production of radio-isotopes and as a material testing for nuclear fission and fusion applications. Numerical studies and experimental facilities are foreseen to reach this goal.

Besides coordination, international collaboration and dissemination activities, the MYRTE proposal contains 5 technical work packages. The first and largest work-package is devoted to the realisation of the injector part of the MYRRHA accelerator to demonstrate the feasibility and required reliability of this non-semi-conducting part of the accelerator. The second work-package addresses the main outstanding technical issues in thermal hydraulics by numerical simulations and experimental validation. Pool thermal hydraulics and thermal hydraulics of the fuel assembly will be the focus of this WP. In the WP on LBE Chemistry, the evaporation from LBE, capture and deposition of Po and fission products will be studied in detail to complement the safety report. A small dedicated WP on experimental reactor physics is also foreseen to allow carrying out the necessary supplementary experiments at the GUINEVERE-facility to address the questions of the safety authorities. In a last WP, advanced studies on Americium-bearing oxide fuel are carried out to demonstrate the capability of developing minor actinide fuel for transmutation.

The coordinator of the project is SCK•CEN (Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie/Centre d'Etude de l'Energie Nucléaire) in Belgium.

The project involved 26 participants are from 9 countries:

  • Accelerators and Cryogenic Systems (France)
  • ADAPTIVE PREDICTIVE EXPERT CONTROL ADEX SL (Spain)
  • EUROPEAN ORGANIZATION FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH (Switzerland)
  • CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT (Spain)
  • CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS (France)
  • CENTRO DI RICERCA SVILUPPO E STUDI SUPERIORI IN SARDEGNA SOCIETA' A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA (Italy)
  • EMPRESARIOS AGRUPADOS INTERNACIONAL SA (Spain)
  • AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE (Italy)
  • HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV (Germany)
  • JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN (Germany)
  • ION BEAM APPLICATIONS SA (Belgium)
  • JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION (Belgium)
  • KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE (Germany)
  • NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP (Netherlands)
  • PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT (Switzerland)
  • UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN (Belgium)
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT (Germany)
  • UNIVERSITEIT GENT (Belgium)
  • UNIVERSITA DI PISA (Italy)
  • INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES (Belgium)
  • VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (Belgium)
  • COSYLAB LABORATORIJ ZA KONTROLNE SISTEME DD (Slovenia)
  • THALES ELECTRON DEVICES SAS (France)
  • ASSOCIACAO DO INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO PARA A INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO (Portugal)
  • COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES (France)
  • NTG NEUE TECHNOLOGIEN GMBH & CO KG (Germany)

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