Helium-cooled very high-temperature gas reactors are highlighted as a key technology with the potential to improve the competitiveness of nuclear energy within the Generation IV International Forum (...
20 September 2021
Experimental facilities in nuclear energy are key to addressing safety issues. The recent loss of some critical infrastructure, from facilities to industry expertise, has therefore become a concern f...
8 September 2021
The international benchmark concerned pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) coupled neutronics/thermal-hydraulics transients based on the PBMR-400MW design.
26 July 2021
In 1959, thirteen OECD countries began the Dragon Reactor Experiment (DRE) to build a reactor at Winfrith in Dorset, United Kingdom. The Dragon was the first experimental high temperature gas-cooled ...
14 December 2020
High-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs), also known as very-high-temperature reactors (VHTR) are Generation IV reactors that can operate at very high temperatures and use a graphite-moderated ga...
25 November 2020
The quality of the isotopic composition of plutonium fuel degrades as the number of recycles increases in thermal reactors, requiring an increase in the total loading necessary in mixed plutonium-ura...
17 November 2020
The Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (CSNI) Task Group on Advanced Reactor Experimental Facilities (TAREF) was established in 2007 and issued a report on the experimental facilities f...
7 April 2020
The high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) is a Generation IV reactor concept that uses a graphitemoderated gas-cooled nuclear reactor with a once-through uranium fuel cycle. This design permits ...
18 January 2019
The NEA has studied multiple recycling issues associated with various reactor systems fuelled with mixed-oxide (MOX) and published a series of computational physics benchmarks. This has led to improv...
21 June 2007
In response to growing interest in high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) in many countries and the need for improved materials for nuclear applications in high-temperature environments, the N...
1 June 2004
The commercial recycling of plutonium as PUO2/UO2 mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel is an established practice in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) in several countries, the main motivation being the consumptio...
10 March 2003
Although the recycling of plutonium as thermal mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) is now well-established on a commercial scale, many physics questions remain. The main quest...
23 October 2002
In response to increasing interest in high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) in many countries and the need for improved materials for nuclear applications in high-temperature environments, th...
29 May 2002
In response to increasing interest in high-temperature, gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) and the need for improved knowledge of materials for nuclear applications that resist high temperatures, the NEA or...
1 January 2000
Studies on fast reactors have historically concentrated on their capability to use plutonium produced in thermal reactors as initial fuel, and subsequently their capacity to produce electricity while...
1 November 1996
Attitudes towards plutonium management vary from country to country and from utility to utility: some regard plutonium as a liability and others as a valuable source of energy.
The purpose of this st...
1 November 1995