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The High Flux Reactor Petten, present status and prospects

Abstract

The High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, The Netherlands, is a light water cooled and moderated multipurpose research reactor of the closed-tank in pool type. It is operated with highly enriched Uranium fuel at a power of 45 MW. The reactor is owned by the European Communities and operated under contract by the Dutch ECN. The HFR programme is funded by The Netherlands and Germany, a smaller share comes from the specific programmes of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and from third party contract work. Since its first criticality in 1961 the reactor has been continuously upgraded by implementing developments in fuel element technology and increasing the power from 20 MW to the present 45 MV. In 1984 the reactor vessel was replaced by a new one with an improved accessibility for experiments. In the following years also other ageing equipment has been replaced (primary heat exchangers, pool heat exchanger, beryllium reflector elements, nuclear and process instrumentation, uninterruptable power supply). Control room upgrading is under preparation. A new safety analysis is near to completion and will form the basis for a renewed license. The reactor is used for nuclear energy related research (structural materials and fuel irradiations for LWR's, HTR's  More>>
Authors:
Ahlf, J [1] 
  1. Institute for Advanced Materials, Joint Research Centre, Petten (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
May 01, 1990
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
CONF-9002100; INIS-XA-C-023
Resource Relation:
Conference: IGORR 1: 1. meeting of the International Group On Research Reactors, Knoxville, TN (United States), 28 Feb - 2 Mar 1990; Other Information: 3 refs, 4 figs, 3 tabs; PBD: May 1990; Related Information: In: IGORR 1: Proceedings of the 1. meeting of the International Group On Research Reactors, by West, C.D. (comp.), 282 pages.
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; ACTIVATION ANALYSIS; AGING; BEAM HOLES; BERYLLIUM; FUEL ELEMENTS; HEAT EXCHANGERS; HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM; ISOTOPE PRODUCTION; NEUTRON CAPTURE THERAPY; NEUTRON FLUX; NEUTRON RADIOGRAPHY; REACTOR LICENSING; REACTOR VESSELS; SAFETY ANALYSIS
OSTI ID:
20571792
Research Organizations:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04C1605023802
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
16 pages
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Ahlf, J. The High Flux Reactor Petten, present status and prospects. IAEA: N. p., 1990. Web.
Ahlf, J. The High Flux Reactor Petten, present status and prospects. IAEA.
Ahlf, J. 1990. "The High Flux Reactor Petten, present status and prospects." IAEA.
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title = {The High Flux Reactor Petten, present status and prospects}
author = {Ahlf, J}
abstractNote = {The High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, The Netherlands, is a light water cooled and moderated multipurpose research reactor of the closed-tank in pool type. It is operated with highly enriched Uranium fuel at a power of 45 MW. The reactor is owned by the European Communities and operated under contract by the Dutch ECN. The HFR programme is funded by The Netherlands and Germany, a smaller share comes from the specific programmes of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and from third party contract work. Since its first criticality in 1961 the reactor has been continuously upgraded by implementing developments in fuel element technology and increasing the power from 20 MW to the present 45 MV. In 1984 the reactor vessel was replaced by a new one with an improved accessibility for experiments. In the following years also other ageing equipment has been replaced (primary heat exchangers, pool heat exchanger, beryllium reflector elements, nuclear and process instrumentation, uninterruptable power supply). Control room upgrading is under preparation. A new safety analysis is near to completion and will form the basis for a renewed license. The reactor is used for nuclear energy related research (structural materials and fuel irradiations for LWR's, HTR's and FBR's, fusion materials irradiations). The beam tubes are used for nuclear physics as well as solid state and materials sciences. Radioisotope production at large scale, processing of gemstones and silicon with neutrons, neutron radiography and activation analysis are actively pursued. A clinical facility for boron neutron capture therapy is being designed at one of the large cross section beam tubes. It is foreseen to operate the reactor at least for a further decade. The exploitation pattern may undergo some changes depending on the requirements of the supporting countries and the JRC programmes. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1990}
month = {May}
}