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SAMOFAR SIGNED

A Paradigm Shift in Reactor Safety with the Molten Salt Fast Reactor

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reactor    actinides    safety    transients    freeze    msfr    safe    core    fuel    reactivity    samofar    salt   

Project "SAMOFAR" data sheet

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Coordinator
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT 

Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN
website: www.tudelft.nl

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 5˙235˙071 €
 EC max contribution 3˙466˙896 € (66%)
 Programme 1. H2020-Euratom-1.1. (Support safe operation of nuclear systems)
 Code Call NFRP-2014-2015
 Funding Scheme /RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2019-07-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 921˙541.00
2    CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS FR (PARIS) participant 1˙050˙000.00
3    Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Ricerca Tecnologica Nucleare IT (MILANO) participant 511˙611.00
4    JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION BE (BRUSSELS) participant 440˙913.00
5    ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE FR (PARIS 08) participant 148˙500.00
6    COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES FR (PARIS 15) participant 99˙922.00
7    INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE FR (FONTENAY AUX ROSES) participant 92˙721.00
8    AREVA NP SAS FR (COURBEVOIE) participant 89˙224.00
9    KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE DE (KARLSRUHE) participant 67˙812.00
10    PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT CH (VILLIGEN PSI) participant 44˙652.00
11    CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS DEL INSTITUTO POLITECNICO NACIONAL MX (MEXICO) participant 0.00

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 Project objective

Imagine an inherently safe reactor that produces all electricity world-wide for thousands of years, and recycles all actinides until fission.

The Molten Salt Fast Reactor (MSFR) can reach this goal. The cylindrical reactor core contains actinide-fluorides mixed in lithium-fluoride. The liquid salt is at ambient pressure and can freely expand upon heating, giving a strong negative reactivity feedback. The core is in its most reactive state and any geometrical change lead to lower reactivity. In case of hypothetical accidents, the fuel salt will automatically be drained via freeze plugs into fail-safe tanks. The fuel salt is continuously cleaned and controlled in an integrated chemical plant. The MSFR can operate as a breeder reactor in the thorium fuel cycle or as a burner reactor fuelled with plutonium and minor actinides. In short: the MSFR excels in safety, sustainability and optimal waste management. Within SAMOFAR we will perform advanced experiments to proof the key safety features: • The freeze plug and draining of the fuel salt • Measurement of safety-related data of the fuel salt • New coatings to structural materials like Ni-based alloys • The dynamics of natural circulation of (internally heated) fuel salts • The reductive processes to extract lanthanides and actinides from the fuel salt

Furthermore, we will build a software simulator to demonstrate the operational transients, and we will show the mild responses of the MSFR to transients and accident scenarios, using new leading-edge multi-physics simulation tools including uncertainty quantification. All experimental and numerical results will be incorporated into the new reactor design, which will be subjected to a new integral safety assessment method.

The goal of SAMOFAR is to deliver indisputable evidence of the excellent safety features of the MSFR, and to enable a consortium of important stakeholders like TSO’s and industry, to advance with the MSFR up to the Demonstration phase.

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