Under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) the working party will deal with scientific issues in various existing and advanced nuclear fuel cycles, including fuel cycle scenarios, physics, separation chemistry and flowsheets, waste forms, fuels and materials, and spallation target.
To provide member countries with up-to-date information on and develop consensus regarding:
To liaise closely with other relevant NSC working parties and NEA Standing Technical Committees, especially the Committee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and the Fuel Cycle (NDC) and the Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC), to ensure the respective work programmes are complementary and to provide advice and support where required and undertake common work where appropriate. Particularly close working relationships will be maintained with the Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS) and Working Party on Multi-scale Modelling of Fuels and Structural Materials for Nuclear Systems (WPMM) as well as Generation IV International Forum.
To provide advice to the nuclear community on the developments needed to meet the requirements for implementing advanced long-term sustainable nuclear fuel cycles, including partitioning and transmutation.
Working Party meeting information from 2004 to the present can be found in the WPFC members' area below.
The goal of the Committee for Technical and Economic Studies on Nuclear Energy Development and the Fuel Cycle is to provide authoritative, reliable information on nuclear technologies, economics, strategies and resources to governments for use in policy analyses and decision-making.
The NEA launched the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework in partnership with its member countries to help address important gaps in nuclear skills capacity building, knowledge transfer and technical innovation in an international context.
The Working Party on Multi-scale Modelling of Fuels and Structural Material for Nuclear Systems (WPMM) was established to deal with the scientific and engineering aspects of fuels and structural materials, aiming at establishing multi-scale models and simulations as validated predictive tools for the design of nuclear systems, fuel fabrication and performance.
The Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS) studies the reactor physics, fuel performance, and radiation transport and shielding in present and future nuclear power systems.
The expert group monitored the feedback from version 0 of the Lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) handbook, collected, analysed and checked the consistency of expected new results from ongoing heavy liquid metal-related programmes, and updated the handbook and released version 1.
The expert group conducts joint and comparative studies to support the development, selection and characterisation of innovative structural materials that can be implemented in advanced nuclear fuel cycles, under extreme conditions such as high temperature, high dose rate, and corrosive chemical environment and long service lifetime.
The former Expert Group on Heavy Liquid Metal (HLM) Technology was active for several years and its main objective was to issue a handbook with a collection of theoretical approaches and experimental data in order to deliver recommendations relevant for the design of HLM nuclear systems.
The task force developed best practice guidelines by performing a benchmark study on thermo-hydraulic modelling of heavy liquid metal coolant, e.g. lead and lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) alloy.