From MYRRHA to XT-ADS: the design evolution of an experimental ADS system

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The EUROTRANS project is an integrated project in the 6th European Framework Program in the context of Partitioning and Transmutation. It aims to deliver an advanced design of a small-scale Accelerator Driven System (ADS), XT-ADS, as well as the conceptual design of a European Facility for Industrial Transmutation, EFIT. Since 1998, SCK•CEN has been designing a multipurpose ADS for R&D applications – MYRRHA. In its 2005 version, MYRRHA consists of a proton accelerator delivering a 350 MeV*5 mA beam to a windowless liquid Pb-Bi spallation target that in turn couples to a Pb-Bi cooled, sub-critical fast core of 50 MW thermal power. The EUROTRANS partners have accepted the SCK•CEN offer to use MYRRHA as a starting basis for the XT-ADS design. Instead of starting from a blank page, this allowed optimizing an existing design towards the XT-ADS needs within the limits of safety requirements. Many options have been revisited in 2005 – 2006 and the framework is now set up. In this paper we present the general configuration of the XT-ADS core and primary system, with a particular focus on the evolution from MYRRHA and the rationale behind.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEighth International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications and Utilization of Accelerators (AccApp'07)
Place of PublicationLa Grange Park, Illinois, United States
Pages848-854
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007
EventAccApp'07 - 8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications & Utilization of Accelerators - Americal Nuclear Society (ANS), Pocatello (Idaho), United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20072 Aug 2007

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ConferenceAccApp'07 - 8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications & Utilization of Accelerators
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPocatello (Idaho)
Period2007-07-302007-08-02

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  • ADS, primary system, MYRRHA, FP6

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