The MYRRHA linear accellerator

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Institutes & Expert groups

  • Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main - Institut für Angewandte Physik
  • IPN - Institute de Physique Nucléaire


Accelerator Driven Systems are promising tools for the efficient transmutation of nuclear waste products in dedicated industrial installations (transmuters). The Myrrha project at Mol, Belgium, placed itself on the path towards these applications with a multipurpose and versatile system based on a liquid PbBi (LBE) cooled fast reactor (80 MWth) which may be operated in both critical and subcritical modes. In the latter case the core is fed by spallation neutrons obtained from a 600 MeV proton beam hitting the LBE coolant/target. The accelerator providing this beam is a CW superconducting linac which is laid out for the highest achievable reliability. The combination of a redundant and of a fault tolerant scheme should allow obtaining an MTBF value in excess of 250 hours that is required for optimal integrity and successful operation of the ADS. Myrrha is expected to be operational in 2023. The forthcoming 4-year period is fully dedicated to R&D activities, and in the field of the accelerator they are mainly focused on the reliability aspects.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTenth International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications of Accelerators 2011 (AccApp'11)
PublisherANS - American Nuclear Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781622767915
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2011
EventAccApp'11- 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications & Utilization of Accelerators - Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20117 Apr 2011


ConferenceAccApp'11- 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications & Utilization of Accelerators
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKnoxville, Tennessee



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