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High Performance Light Water Reactor - Phase 2

Objective

The overall objective of the HPLWR Phase 2 project is to assess the critical scientific issues and the technical feasibility of the High Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR) system with a view to determine its future potential. To accomplish this objective, a highly qualified team of seven research centres from seven different countries, two universities and an industrial partner will substantiate the concepts and ideas from the previous HPLWR research project.

The measurable results of this project can be summarized as follows:
- Conceptual layouts of the plant including core, reactor pressure vessel (RPV) components and balance-of-plant - refined economic assessment
- analysis of the thermal core for neutronic, thermalhydraulic and mechanical aspects - decision on the feasibility of the fast core option
- concept of safety system which leads to fulfil the European Utility Requirements and assessment of the safety system by simulations of several accidents and transients with improved safety codes
- selection of tested materials and data for fuel rod cladding, core and RPV materials and specifications for the water chemistry
- numerical heat transfer modelling and derived correlations
- evaluation of the concept on its environmental impact, resource utilisation and proliferation resistance
- European research agenda and industrial deployment strategy.

The assessment criteria are provided by the European Utility Requirements and the technology goals of the Generation IV International Forum. In both time frame and content, the project fits perfectly into the Generation IV roadmap, and is complementary to the international research on Supercritical Water Cooled Reactors (SCWR). A training and educational program is carried out in course of this project.

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Coordinator

KARLSRUHE INSTITUT FUR TECHNOLOGIE

Address

Kaisertrasse 12
Karlsruhe

Germany

Administrative Contact

Joerg STARFLINGER (Dr)

Participants (9)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France

AREVA NP GMBH

Germany

KFKI ATOMENERGIA KUTATOINTEZET

Hungary

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

USTAV JADERNEHO VYZKUMU REZ A.S.

Czechia

VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)

Finland

UNIVERSITÄT STUTTGART

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36230

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    28 February 2010

Funded under:

FP6-EURATOM-NUCTECH

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 652 400

  • EU contribution

    € 2 500 000

Coordinated by:

KARLSRUHE INSTITUT FUR TECHNOLOGIE

Germany