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Gas-cooled fast reactor concept review studies (GCFR). Final technical report

Project ID: FIKI-CT-2000-00059
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


The objectives of this GCFR study were to review the earlier technologies that could allow realisation of a GCFR, to evaluate the main safety characteristics and the safety feasibility of the concept and to investigate the integration of a gas-cooled fast reactor (GCFR) into the nuclear fuel cycle.

The study provides further confirmation that the GCFR concepts are securely based on the gas cooled thermal reactor technology and the fast reactor core demonstrated in the European Liquid Metal Fast Reactors (LMFRs). The adequacy of the safety protection, defence in depth and demonstration that modern safety requirements can be satisfied has been illustrated by examination of selected key transients. The fuel cycle review demonstrates the flexibility of the GCFR to adapt to the changing requirements of the fuel cycle from the traditional high breeding rates, to managing the plutonium stock pile and the self sustaining holistic fuel cycle.

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