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Innovative cladding materials for advanced accident-tolerant energy systems

Innovative cladding materials for advanced accident-tolerant energy systems

Objective

The Fukushima Daiichi event has demonstrated the need for improved nuclear energy safety, which can be ensured by the development of accident-tolerant fuels (ATFs). ATFs are expected to overcome the inherent technical shortcomings of the standard zircaloy/UO2 fuels, thus relieving the industry from the huge financial penalty associated with beyond-design-basis accidents leading to fuel cladding material failure and release of radioactive fission products to the power plant containment and the environment. The main objective of IL TROVATORE is to identify the best candidate ATF cladding materials for use in Gen-II and Gen-III/III+ LWRs and to validate them in an industrially-relevant environment, i.e., under neutron irradiation in PWR-like water. Ideally, fuel cladding materials must demonstrate leak tightness and containment of fuel pellets and fission products during the fuel residence in the reactor, even under transient/accidental operation conditions. The innovative ATF cladding material concepts proposed in IL TROVATORE are expected to demonstrate significant improvement in performance when compared to the current fuel cladding materials, thus helping to take a critical step towards an improved energy safety worldwide, in response to the requirements of the amended Nuclear Safety Directive. The development of ATF clads will eliminate redundant safety systems, improving the market profile of current reactor designs, and the overall envisaged innovation will strengthen the competitiveness of European industries in both nuclear and non-nuclear sectors. To achieve its ambitious objectives, IL TROVATORE relies on academic excellence and industrial support, while also involving standardization bodies and nuclear safety regulatory authorities to accelerate the transfer of key innovation to market. Since IL TROVATORE is put forth to address a pressing global challenge, it is presented as an international collaboration between Europe, the USA and Japan.

Coordinator

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

Address

Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 948 445

Participants (29)

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KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 241 508,75

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 285 375

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 340 125

HELMUT SCHMIDT UNIVERSITAT UNIVERSITAT DER BUNDESWEHR HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 162 001,25

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 156 037,50

PLANSEE COMPOSITE MATERIALS GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 98 375

GESELLSCHAFT FUR TECHNISCHE THERMOCHEMIE UND-PHYSIK MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 250

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 32 323

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 118,75

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 167 000

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 98 500

AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 4 000

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 73 500

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 147 025

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 250 013,75

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 551,25

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 177 032,50

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 177 015

NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 144 000

ROLLS-ROYCE POWER ENGINEERING PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 3 000

UNIVERSITE DE POITIERS

France

EU Contribution

€ 148 040

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 360 041,25

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE DE CACHAN

France

EU Contribution

€ 67 500

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 3 000

ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE DE NORMALISATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 56 168,75

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 167 022,50

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 236 021,25

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

United States

EU Contribution

€ 98 008,75

National University Corporation, Kyoto University

Japan

EU Contribution

€ 10 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 740415

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2022

Funded under:

H2020-Euratom-1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 418 893,75

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 999,25

Coordinated by:

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

Belgium