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Comparison between 2nd and 4th generation nuclear power plants, concerning nuclear safety

Grant number: 16/06664-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Nuclear Engineering - Reactor Technologies
Principal researcher:Thadeu das Neves Conti
Grantee:Frederico Emidio Wu
Home Institution: Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN). Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Econômico (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Safety is one of the most important aspects of a nuclear reactor. Along with radioactive residue treatment, it is crucial to the confidence in nuclear power as a viable energy generation alternative. As such, with the new reactor concepts in development, it is necessary to evaluate their innovations in safety, especially in comparison to the reactors in operation in the world today. Therefore, it is essential to research the general characteristics and focus on those relevant to safety, both of the reactor types in use and the concepts in development, in order to assess and compare the safety of each of the new concepts.

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