Latest News

Filters

Filter by tags: Research reactor Clear all tag filters

48 news articles found


France’s Framatome and the Technical University of Munich have begun the commercial development of uranium-molybdenum fuel (UMo) for  research reactors.

Date: Friday, 08 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-and-germany-begin-development-of-uranium-molybdenum-fuel-7911886

Pilot facility to be set up at new Framatome laboratory in France The FRM II research neutron source at TUM in Garching, north of Munich. Photo courtesy TUM. An agreement between the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and French fuel element manufacturer Framatome could lead to a joint pilot project to manufacture a monolithic uranium molybdenum alloy (UMo) fuel that could be in production by 2022.

TUM said the contract, announced by Framatome earlier this week, includes the development of a pilot production line and the production of fuel plates for radiation tests. These tests are a central part of the qualification of the new fuel, especially for research reactors in Europe, TUM said.

The pilot production facility will be set up at Framatome’s new research and development laboratory, in Romans-sur-Isère in southeastern France.

TUM said the first prototype fuel elements are expected to be manufactured in early 2021. If the tests are successful, production could start as early as 2022.

Date: Friday, 08 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/agreement-could-lead-to-production-in-2022-says-tum-5-4-2020

French nuclear company Framatome and the Technical University of Munich have begun the commercial development of uranium-molybdenum fuel (UMo) for nuclear research reactors.

Framatome and TUM will design and install a fuel manufacturing production line, and develop, produce and irradiate new fuel prototypes.

The project will take place at the Cerca Research and Innovation Lab (CRIL), Framatome’s new research and development laboratory for the fabrication of nuclear fuels for medical, research and sterilisation applications.

UMo fuel has a higher level of uranium density than uranium-silicon fuel, so it can use LEU instead of HEU. The fuel can also improve the performance of research reactors, according to Framatome.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/framatome-and-tum-begin-commercial-development-5-2-2020

France's Framatome and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany have started commercial development of nuclear research reactor fuels based on uranium-molybdenum fuel (U-Mo) alloys. The fuel can be used instead of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which is seen as a potential nuclear proliferation risk.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-TUM-to-develop-new-research-reactor-fuel

The head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said on 8 April in a message marking National Nuclear Technology Day that Iran’s nuclear activities were continuing despite the novel coronavirus outbreak and continuing US sanctions.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-pushes-ahead-with-nuclear-development-despite-pandemic-restrictions-7871976

The ETRR-2 research reactor in Egypt. Photo courtesy Rosatom. Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority have signed a 10-year contract for Russia to supply low-enriched uranium (LEU) for the ETRR-2 research reactor.

Russia’s Tvel nuclear fuel company, of which NCCP is a subsidiary, said the contract is a logical follow-up to a number of contracts for the shipment of fuel components to Egypt in recent years.

The Argentinian-designed multipurpose ETRR-2, Egypt’s only reactor, uses uranium fuel with an enrichment of 19.75%. The reactor is used for research in particle physics, materials engineering, and the production of stable isotopes.

Tvel, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said it considers Egypt an important and promising market. The company already has a contract for nuclear fuel supplies to the future El Dabaa nuclear station in the north of the African country. The contract covers supplies to all four power units of El Dabaa during the facility’s entire operational lifetime.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-to-supply-leu-for-etrr-2-research-reactor-4-1-2020

Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) has signed a 10-year contract with the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority for the supply of low-enriched nuclear fuel components, such as uranium and aluminium items, for the ETRR-2 research reactor. NCCP is a subsidiary of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russian-facility-to-supply-fuel-components-for-Egy

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that almost 3,500 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) have been removed from research reactors globally over the last decades, with the active support of the agency.

According to the IAEA, today experiments and research can be carried out using low enriched uranium (LEU), despite the fact that most research reactors were built in the 1960s and 1970s with technology that required HEU

“The international community has successfully provided technological solutions for converting HEU fuel to LEU fuel in research reactors,” said Thomas Hanlon, nuclear engineer expert at the IAEA.

Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/agency-says-progress-made-globally-in-use-of-leu-for-research-2-2-2020

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have completed of a multi-year campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Canada to the USA.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrepatriation-of-used-fuel-completed-from-canada-to-usa-7782374

A campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Canada to the USA, which began in 2015, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada,-USA-complete-used-fuel-return