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Survey of European LWR fuel irradiation test facilities

Abstract

The first European commercial nuclear power plants (1956) featured gas-cooled thermal reactors. Although there is now a general orientation towards light water cooled plants (with a slight preference for the PWR) a large fraction of the 1982 nuclear generating capacity is still invested in gas-cooled reactors. R and D also continues for the HTGR with its long-term development potential. This paper, however, is limited to a general survey of experimental programmes and facilities for light water reactor fuel testing in Western Europe, particularly inside the European Communities. As it turns out, over a dozen major installations are available, all connected to research reactors in government-funded R and D centres. Their equipment is briefly reviewed. Some 50% of the experimental programmes are carried out in large international collaboration, involving up to 20 organizations per project. Techniques and results are rapidly communicated through frequent meetings and conferences. It is anticipated that a part of the present research reactor-based work will gradually shift to power reactor pool side inspection facilities. (author)
Authors:
Hardt, P von der [1] 
  1. Commission of the European Communities, Joint Research Centre, Petten Establishment, Petten (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
Jun 01, 1983
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IWGFPT-14
Resource Relation:
Conference: IAEA-IWGFPT specialists' meeting on power ramping and cycling behaviour of water reactor fuel, Petten (Netherlands), 8-9 Sep 1982; Other Information: 72 refs, 6 tabs; PBD: Jun 1983; Related Information: In: IAEA specialists' meeting on power ramping and cycling behaviour of water reactor fuel. Summary report, 243 pages.
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; CLADDING; FUEL ELEMENT FAILURE; FUEL ELEMENTS; GAS COOLED REACTORS; HTGR TYPE REACTORS; IN PILE LOOPS; INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION; PERFORMANCE TESTING; PWR TYPE REACTORS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; WESTERN EUROPE
OSTI ID:
20252574
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, International Working Group on Fuel Performance and Technology for Water Reactors, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA0201771022437
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 48-55
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Hardt, P von der. Survey of European LWR fuel irradiation test facilities. IAEA: N. p., 1983. Web.
Hardt, P von der. Survey of European LWR fuel irradiation test facilities. IAEA.
Hardt, P von der. 1983. "Survey of European LWR fuel irradiation test facilities." IAEA.
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title = {Survey of European LWR fuel irradiation test facilities}
author = {Hardt, P von der}
abstractNote = {The first European commercial nuclear power plants (1956) featured gas-cooled thermal reactors. Although there is now a general orientation towards light water cooled plants (with a slight preference for the PWR) a large fraction of the 1982 nuclear generating capacity is still invested in gas-cooled reactors. R and D also continues for the HTGR with its long-term development potential. This paper, however, is limited to a general survey of experimental programmes and facilities for light water reactor fuel testing in Western Europe, particularly inside the European Communities. As it turns out, over a dozen major installations are available, all connected to research reactors in government-funded R and D centres. Their equipment is briefly reviewed. Some 50% of the experimental programmes are carried out in large international collaboration, involving up to 20 organizations per project. Techniques and results are rapidly communicated through frequent meetings and conferences. It is anticipated that a part of the present research reactor-based work will gradually shift to power reactor pool side inspection facilities. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1983}
month = {Jun}
}