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Road Map for a European Innovative Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (EISOFAR), Final report, EUR 23732

Project ID: 44824


This report summarises the different stages and the characteristics of the EISOFAR project. It clarifies the high-level objectives (requirements) assigned to the future European sodium fast reactor (ESFR) and identifies the associated technological viability and performance issues. Proposals are listed for a research and development plan that is necessary to solve these issues.
The identified programme has to allow selecting promising options by the end of 2009, then to choose among them, by 2012, those susceptible to optimise the meeting of the objectives. As many as possible of these options will be represented in a prototype which could be deployed from 2020.
The vision presented in the document aims to be exhaustive. In a second time it is foreseen that a critical analysis of what is realised at the international level will be achieved to identify the possible complementarities with the current programmes (e.g. generation-IV SFR; national programmes) and to select the actions that can represent an original European contribution, while avoiding duplications.
In what follows, and in the light of the contributions from the EISOFAR work packages (WP), it is suggested to tentatively resume and structure the whole activity into four big domains:
- Core, fuels, fuel elements and fuel cycles,
- Safety, including consideration of severe accidents,
- Energy conversion systems and materials,
- Simplification and optimisation of the reactor, systems and plant operation.
A preliminary indication of the needs, in terms of experimental support, is proposed coherently with the technical programme.
The estimation of the average human effort has to be the object of a detailed analysis which will integrate in particular the degree of complementarity which it will be possible to implement at the international level.

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