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PELlets versus GRanulates: Irradiation, Manufacturing & Modelling

PELlets versus GRanulates: Irradiation, Manufacturing & Modelling

Objective

PELGRIMM is a 4 year project, addressing Minor-Actinide (MA) bearing fuel developments for Generation IV Fast Reactor Systems to support the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy –Technology Platform (SNE-TP). Both options, MA homogeneous recycle in driver fuels with MA content at a few percent, and heterogeneous recycle on UO2 fuels bearing high MA contents, located in the radial core blanket, are considered. Two fuel forms (pellet and spherepac) will be investigated. Indeed, spherepac technology (that leads to production of beads that can be directly loaded in pins) is attractive regarding MA-bearing fuels as it would lead to a significant simplification of the fabrication process and to a better accommodation of solid swelling (compared to pellets) under irradiation. These developments extend Europe's leading role in this area.
A total of 12 partners from research institutions, education establishments and industries will collaborate to share and leverage their skills, progress and achievements, covering a comprehensive set of investigations: fuel fabrication, fuel behaviour under irradiation through an irradiation test and the execution of Post Irradiation Examinations, modelling and simulation of fuel behaviour and performance under irradiation, from normal operating conditions to severe accidents, and finally by providing unique education and training possibilities.
Finally, synergies will be sought with other ongoing European projects. Furthermore, the PELGRIMM project will contribute actively to the EURATOM’s contribution to Generation IV International Forum (especially SFR).
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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 626 850

Administrative Contact

Fabienne Delage (Dr.)

Participants (11)

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AREVA NP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 16 000

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 44 999

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 105 264

RESEAU EUROPEEN POUR L ENSEIGNEMENT DES SCIENCES NUCLEAIRES

France

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 615 724

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 84 562

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 86 700

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 128 000

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 877 000

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 189 900

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 295664

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2017

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 338 360,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 999

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France