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Inherently safe and accident tolerant light water reactor

Grant number: 13/06656-5
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): July 20, 2013
Effective date (End): May 19, 2014
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Nuclear Engineering - Reactor Technologies
Principal researcher:Antonio Teixeira e Silva
Grantee:Thiago Garcia João
Supervisor abroad: Arthur E. Ruggles
Home Institution: Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN). Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Econômico (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Tennessee (UT), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:11/17090-7 - Proposal of new core configurations for the IPEN/CNEN-SP IEA-R1 research reactor with high density uranium fuels, BP.DD


The primary objective of this work is to design a transformational 1000 MWe light water reactor (LWR) that integrates an innovative and significantly more robust fuel with a highly thermally conductive core configuration to ensure cooling even under severe accident scenarios that may result in some degree of core uncovery. Core design parameters will be determined with regard to size, power and power density so that, in the absence of coolant, fuel failure and radioactive material release from the fuel is precluded by conductive, passive convective and radiant heat transfer alone. (AU)

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