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Basic Research for Innovative Fuels Design for GEN IV systems

Basic Research for Innovative Fuels Design for GEN IV systems

Objective

Up to now fuel development and qualification has been a long and expensive process essentially based on an empirical approach. European experts currently have an adequate knowledge of conventional fuel manufacturing and its behaviour under operating conditions encountered during 50 years of industrial application and R&D activities. For innovative fuel systems, however, the empirical approach has reached its limit and cannot be easily extrapolated to new materials, new environments, or new operating conditions because the basic underlying mechanisms governing manufacturing, behaviour and performance remain largely poorly understood. One of the challenges for the next years is to supplement the empirical approach by a physically based description of ceramic fuel and cladding materials. To do so, the F-BRIDGE project, which stands for Basic Research for Innovative Fuels Design for GEN IV systems, intends to develop a new approach to fuel development by building a bridge (integration and transfer) between basic research activities and technological applications for the Generation IV fuel-cladding systems. Besides a general approach on ceramic materials, the project will focus on the improvement of a promising composite ceramics concept, the sphere-pac fuel, which exhibit significant advantages for Generation IV. F-BRIDGE aims at: - obtaining data, mechanisms and models from basic research for an improved description of fuel and ceramic cladding materials under irradiation, in a multi-scale approach coupling separate effect experiments and modelling, - ensuring the transfer between basic research and technological issues related to Generation IV systems and illustrating the integration effort through a multi-scale modelling exercise on UO2, - assessing the technological implications of sphere-pac fuels for the GEN IV systems, - ensuring dissemination of results, education and training in the field of R&D on fuel behaviour.
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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 245 070

Participants (18)

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AREVA NP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 46 012

NATHALIE DUPIN

France

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 505 000

NUCLEAR FUEL EXPERTS S.A. - FEX

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 57 765

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 29 992

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 996

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATES CIETVIELU FIZIKAS INSTITUTS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 1 008 809

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 194 800

LISTO BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 47 644

MATERIALS DESIGN SARL

France

EU Contribution

€ 149 764

NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 569 779

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 587 544

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

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 130 083

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 129 722

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 297 520

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211690

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2008

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 204 706

  • EU contribution

    € 5 450 000

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France