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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/nuclear energy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/nuclear physics/nuclear fission
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/nuclear engineering
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 948 445

Participants (29)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 241 508,75
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 285 375
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 340 125
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMUT SCHMIDT UNIVERSITAT UNIVERSITAT DER BUNDESWEHR HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 162 001,25
Address
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 156 037,50
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PLANSEE COMPOSITE MATERIALS GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 98 375
Address
Siebenburgerstrasse 23
86983 Lechbruck Am See
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GESELLSCHAFT FUR TECHNISCHE THERMOCHEMIE UND-PHYSIK MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 250
Address
Kaiserstrasse 103
52134 Herzogenrath
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 32 323
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 118,75
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 167 000
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 98 500
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AKTIEBOLAGET SANDVIK MATERIALSTECHONOLOGY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 4 000
Address
.
811 81 Sandviken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 73 500
Address
Utvecklingsgrand 33
72163 Vasteras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 147 025
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 013,75
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 551,25
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 177 032,50
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 177 015
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 144 000
Address
Chadwick House Warrington Road
WA3 6AE Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROLLS-ROYCE POWER ENGINEERING PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 3 000
Address
Moor Lane
DE24 8BJ Derby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE POITIERS
France
EU contribution
€ 148 040
Address
Rue De L Hotel Dieu 15 Hotel Pinet
86034 Poitiers Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 360 041,25
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE PARIS-SACLAY
France
EU contribution
€ 67 500
Address
4 Avenue Des Sciences
91190 Gif-sur-yvette
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 3 000
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE DE NORMALISATION
France
EU contribution
€ 56 168,75
Address
Avenue Francis De Pressence 11
93571 Saint Denis La Plaine
Activity type
Other
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 167 022,50
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 236 021,25
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
DREXEL UNIVERSITY
United States
EU contribution
€ 98 008,75
Address
3201 Arch Street
19104 Philadelphia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOKURITSU DAIGAKU HOJIN KYOTO DAIGAKU
Japan
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Yoshida Honmachi 36-1 Sakyo Ku
606 8501 Kyoto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments