April 9, 2014
One of the five papers selected for the “Best paper award 2013” for Progress in Nuclear Energy is “Investigation of the MSFR core physics and fuel cycle characteristics” by C. Fiorina, M. Aufiero, A. Cammi, F. Franceschini, J. Krepel, L. Luzzi, K. Mikityuk, M.E. Ricotti http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnucene.2013.06.006.
March 31, 2014
Swiss National Science Foundation awarded our proposal for PhD study on "Small modular Molten Salt Fast Reactor design for closed fuel cycle".
FAST at PHYSOR'08. Interlaken, September 2008. Left to right: Aurelia Chenu, Kaichao Sun, David Blanchet, Gaetan Girardin, Petr Petkevich, Aaron Epiney, Sandro Pelloni, Konstantin Mikityuk, Jiri Krepel.
The FAST reactors project is an analytical activity performed in the Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems Behaviour of Paul Scherrer Institute since 2002. The main goals of the project are to
1) study neutronics, thermal hydraulics and fuel behaviour of advanced fast reactors (using the FAST code system);
2) evaluate safety of fast reactors considered for construction in Europe (in particular, ASTRID SFR);
3) represent Switzerland internationally (in GIF, IAEA, OECD, EURATOM);
4) educate young researchers and students (in particular, via the MS NE and EPFL PhD programs).
We work on four interrelated research areas (neutronics, thermal hydraulics, fuel behaviour and uncertainty analysis) with the use of one computational tool (FAST code system) for four Generation-IV fast-spectrum reactor systems (sodium-, lead-, gas-, and molten-salt-cooled fast reactors).
The cross-cutting topics are equilibrium fuel cycle studies, deterministic transient analysis and validation of the FAST code system, using available experimental data.