Under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) and the mandate of the Working Party on Scientific Issues of the Fuel Cycle (WPFC) the objective of the expert group is to conduct joint and comparative studies to identify technical issues and support the development of innovative fuels that can be implemented in advanced nuclear fuel cycles.
The scope of the expert group covers the technical issues associated with the development of innovative fuels (oxide, metal, nitride and carbide fuels, and special mechanical forms) targeted for use in advanced fuel cycles and Gen IV systems. The fuel types of interest for EGIF are those foreseen for driver fuels (i.e. uranium or uranium-plutonium fuels) as well as fuels dedicated to minor actinides (MA) transmutation considered for advanced fuel cycles and Gen IV systems.
The following technical issues associated with innovative fuels development are covered by the expert group:
The expert group liaises closely with other NEA working groups, especially the Expert Group on Reactor Fuel Performance (EGRFP) of the Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS), the Working Party on Multi-scale Modelling of Fuels and Structural Materials for Nuclear Systems (WPMM), the Expert Group on Accident-tolerant Fuels for Light Water Reactors (EGATFL) and the Expert Group on Integral Experiments for Minor Actinides Management (EGIEMAM) in order to ensure the respective work programmes are complementary, to provide advice and support where required and to undertake joint work where appropriate.
Related meeting information from 2008 to 2018 can be found in the EGIF members' area below.
Benchmark on Fuel Performance Codes and Experiments (password-protected for authorised participants)
The expert group deals with the activities associated with the certification of experimental data and benchmark models along with establishing the processes and procedures for using the data and benchmark models for validation of modelling and simulation tools and data.
The main mission of the Working Group on Fuel Safety (WGFS) is to advance the current understanding and address cross-cutting issues related to fuel behaviour in accident conditions, including work on associated aspects of thermal-hydraulics, oxidation, chemistry, mechanical behaviour and reactor physics.
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.