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Accident Tolerant Fuels: Prospects and Possibilities

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 at 16:00-17:00 Paris time

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Accident tolerant fuels may offer opportunities to enhance the safety and competitiveness of commercial nuclear power plants. The NEA, as a part of its effort to advance the scientific bases needed for the development of advanced nuclear fuels, has recently published the State-of-the-Art Report on Light Water Reactor Accident-Tolerant Fuels. The report reviews the most promising advanced fuel and cladding concepts in terms of their fundamental properties and behaviour under normal and accidental conditions, maturity of technologies, supporting R&D activities, experimental data and modelling results.

William D. Magwood, IV, Director General of the NEA, and Kemal Pasamehmetoglu, Versatile Test Reactor Executive Director, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), discussed the key findings of the report and lead a discussion on the ongoing research and technologies currently being developed by many organisations around the world. They were joined by Marie Moatti, Senior Executive Advisor on Nuclear Fuel Safety & Economics, Électricité de France (EDF), Masaki Kurata, Division Leader, Fuel Debris and Core Status Evaluation Division, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), and Marc Verwerft, Head of the Fuel Materials group at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) and a member of the European Nuclear Society (ENS), and Tatiana Ivanova, Head of the NEA Division of Nuclear Science.