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Investigations Supporting MOX Fuel Licensing in ESNII Prototype Reactors

Objective

INSPYRE, a proposal fully supported and endorsed by the Steering Committee of the EERA Joint Programme on Nuclear Materials, focusses on the investigation of fast reactor MOX fuel to support the licensing of the start-up cores of the ESNII reactor prototypes. It will:
• Use carefully designed separate effect (modelling and experimental) investigations to accurately describe basic phenomena occurring in the fuel with sound physical models, expanding empirical fuel behaviour knowledge gained in the past in irradiation tests and post-irradiation examinations,
• Characterize selected key irradiated fuel samples to fill clearly identified knowledge gaps,
• Combine and leverage basic and technological research to enhance and extend the reliability range of traditionally deduced empirical laws governing performance of nuclear fuels under irradiation,
• Implement the new models and data obtained in the fuel performance codes used for the design of ESNII systems and apply the improved codes to ESNII relevant conditions.
The impacts of the INSPYRE project will be many. Fuel is at the heart of nuclear reactor systems, but its qualification and licensing is challenging due to the complex coupled phenomena (physical, chemical, radiation, thermal and mechanical) induced by fission. INSPYRE represents a paradigm shift. It will enable a timely, facilitated and cost effective licensing of fast reactor fuels, only achievable by generating validated simulation tools capable of limiting qualification to punctual dedicated irradiation experiments. Of foremost importance is the relevant and efficient leveraging of past knowledge, technological and basic science approaches to extend the applicability of codes.
INSPYRE’s goals will be achieved by a well-balanced consortium from universities, research and industrial organisations already collaborating in the EERA JPNM, further augmented by a dedicated user group stemming from ESNII representatives, fuel vendors, utilities and TSOs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action
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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
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Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 141 742,88

Participants (13)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 800 530
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 102 925,38
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 67 023,75
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 450 000
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Other
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 220 912,50
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 170 156,25
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 98 750
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 328 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 86 875
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 72 500
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 151 968,04
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 109 095
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LGI CONSULTING
France
EU contribution
€ 198 000
Address
6 Cite De L'ameublement
75011 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)