EUROPARTProject reference: 508854
Funded under: FP6-EURATOM-NUWASTE
EUROpean research program for the PARTitioning of minor actinides and some long-lived fission products from high active wastes issuing the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels (EUROPART).
Total cost:EUR 11 499 785
EU contribution:EUR 6 000 000
Topic(s):NUWASTE-2003-18.104.22.168-1 - Partitioning of actinides and fission products from high-level nuclear waste for their transmutation or conditioning in stable matrices
Call for proposal:EURATOMCALL2003-FIXEDDEADLINE
Funding scheme:IP - Integrated Project
The research to be done within EUROPART concerns the Partitioning of long-lived radio nuclides (Lars) contained in the nuclear wastes issuing the reprocessing of nuclear spent fuels. After separation, the Lars will be destroyed in short-lived or stable nuclides by nuclear means (P&T strategy) or conditioned into stable dedicated solid matrices (P&C strategy) The target elements will be the actinides (Ands): Am to CIF for the wastes issuing the reprocessing of UOX or MOX fuels, and U to CIF for the reprocessing of spent fuels and targets (ex: the nuclear double strata concept). The separation techniques to be studied will belong to 2 domains: hydrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy (cf. the previous FP5 programs). The main research axes for both domains will be: 1/ Partitioning of Am-CIF from the high level wastes issuing there processing of high burn-up MOX and multi-recycled MOX fuels, 2/ Partitioning of all actinides together for recycling, for advanced dedicated fuel cycles, i.e. double strata concept, Assign hydrometallurgy, the research is organized in 5 Work Packages (WP). 4 Was are dedicated to the study of Partitioning methods and 1 WP concerns the development of Ands co-conversion methods for fuel preparation. In hydrometallurgy, the research is organized in 4 Was.
(i) 2 Was concern the development of An partitioning methods, and one of them (WP7) also includes basic study of the chemistry of the trans-Cm elements in molten halides,
(ii) 1 WPconcerns the study of the conditioning of the wastes issued from petrochemical processes,
iii) the last WP is dedicated to system studies. There will be a strong management team that will be concerned not only with the scientific, technical and financial issues of EUROPART, but also with other issues such as ethical matters, Science and Society, gender issues, and benefits for Europe. Training and education of the young researchers participating to EUROPART will be also an important part of the project.
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