Accelerator driven systems for transmutation: Fuel development,design and safety

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  • W. Maschek
  • X. Chen
  • F. Delage
  • A. Fernandez-Carretero
  • D. Haas
  • C. Matzerath Boccaccini
  • A. Rineiski
  • P. Smith
  • Vitaly Sobolev
  • R. Thetford
  • J. Wallenius

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European R&D for ADS design and fuel development is driven in the 6th FP of the EU by the EUROTRANS Programme. In EUROTRANS two ADS design routes are followed, the XT-ADS and the EFIT. The XT-ADS is designed to provide the experimental demonstration of transmutation. The EFIT, the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation, aims at a conceptual design of a full transmuter. A key R&D issue is the choice of an adequate fuel. Various fuel forms have been assessed and CERCER and CERMET fuels, specifically the matrices MgO and Mo, have finally been selected. Within EUROTRANS, the domain ‘AFTRA’ is responsible to more deeply assess the behavior of these dedicated fuels and to provide the fuel database for the EFIT. The EFIT is optimized towards: a good transmutation efficiency, high burnup, low reactivity swing, low power peaking, adequate subcriticality, reasonable beam requirements and a high safety level. In the current paper the fuels under investigation are described, including their production route and their safety limits. First core designs of CERCER and CERMET fuelled 400 MWth EFITs have been developed within AFTRA. The trends found in the design studies and first safety analyses are presented.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-340
JournalProgress in Nuclear Energy
Issue number2-6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008


  • Accelerator driven systems, Transmuter, CERCER, CERMET, Fuel safety

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