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
MYRTE Final International Workshop on “Accelerator driven HLM nuclear reactor for transmutation and high-tech applications”
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
The Fee includes participation to the session, lunches, workshop dinner and visits.
Bus transfer will be organized between selected Brussels’ hotels and VKI. A list of hotels will be provided by VKI.
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.