Past Event

Progress, Challenges, And Opportunities For Converting U.S. And Russian Research Reactors From Highly Enriched To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

Study in Progress: Public Meeting
November 29, 2010 - November 30, 2010

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

The U.S. National Academies and Russian Academy of Sciences will organize a joint symposium to discuss progress, challenges, and opportunities for conversion of research reactors from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium fuel.

This is the first meeting of the committee.

Presentations

Research Reactor Conversion Program, Jeff Chamberlin

Technical Challenges for Conversion of Civilian Research Reactors in Russia, Jim Matos

Technical Challenges for Conversion of U.S. High-Performance Research Reactors (USHPRR), John Stevens

Development of High Density Fuel for Research and Test Reactors, Daniel Wachs

Technical Challenges for Conversion of the NIST Reactor, Sean O'Kelly

Research Reactors in Russia. Status and Prospects for Reducing the Fuel Enrichment, Valentin Ivanov

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Converting U.S. and Russian Research Reactors: A Workshop Report (2012)

The availability of highly enriched uranium (HEU) is a significant proliferation and security concern, particularly in the civilian sector, where resources may not be available or used to protect the material adequately during storage or transport. This report focuses on the civilian use of HEU as fuel for research reactors, which are used in a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, including nuclear engineering, nuclear physic... More >>

Presentations

Day 1

Keynote briefing: non-proliferation and the reduction of commercial traffic in HEU, P. Adelfang (IAEA)

Types, purposes and conversion potential of Russian origin research reactors, U.G. Dragunov (NIKIET)

Challenges associated with converting reactors to low enriched fuel: history and prospects, N.V. Arkhangelsky (Rosatom)

Types, purposes and conversion potential of U.S. origin research reactors, J. Roglans (Argonne National Lab)

LEU fuel design for research reactors, D. Wachs (Idaho National Lab)

Reduced enrichment in research reactors: current status and prospects, U.S. Cherepnin (NIKIET)

Core modifications (U.S. viewpoint), J. Stevens (Argonne National Lab)

Core modificaitons (Russian viewpoint), I.T. Tretyakov (NIKIET)

Maintaining performance and missions (U.S. viewpoint), J. Roglans (Argonne National Lab)

Maintaining performance and missions (Russian viewpoint), A.L. Petelin (NIIAR)

Day 2

Aging and obsolescence of research reactors, H.J. Roegler (Siemens ret.)

Aging and obsolescence of research reactors, E.P. Ryazantzev (Kirchatov Institute) (Russian language)

Regulatory challenges (U.S. viewpoint), A. Adams (U.S.NRC)

Regulatory challenges (Russian viewpoint), V.S. Bezzubtzev (ROSTEXNADZOR)

Challenges posed by research reactors that cannot be converted (U.S. viewpoint), J. Chamberlin (DOE NNSA)

Challenges posed by research reactors that cannot be converted (Russian viewpoint), A.V. Zrodnikov (FEI)

Experience with solutions to conversion challenges (U.S. viewpoint), J. Matos (Argonne National Lab)

Experience with solutions to conversion challenges (Russian viewpoint), U.S. Cherepnin (NIKIET)

Challenges associated with the conversion of American reactor MITR, T. Newton (MIT)

Challenges associated with the conversion of American reactor HFIR, D. Cook (Oak Ridge National Lab)

Concrete challenges and solutions, V.A. Starkov (NIIAR)

Classification if reactors according to type of decided tasks, V.A. Pavshuk (Kirchatov Institute) (Russian language)

Conversion of U.S. training research reactors, P. Wilson (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Problems with conversion of reactor IR-8, V.A. Nasonov (Kirchatov Institute)

Challenges associated with converting training research reactor MePhI, E.F. Kruchkov (MePhI)

Challenges associated with converting training research reactor TPU (Tomsk), U.A. Tzibulnikov (TPU)

Day 3

Estimation of the risks of propogation of fissible elements with the operation of research reactors, A.N. Chebeskov (FEI)

Estimation of risk for research reactors, B. Bari (Brookhaven National Lab)

Desires of reactor users and the future tasks which cannot be solved today on the existing types of research reactors, A.V. Zrodnikov (FEI)

Design and engineering of fture LEU fuel for research reactors: application to Jules Horowitz reactor project, P. Lemoine (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, France)

Types and designs of future LEU research reactors, R.P. Kuatbekov (NIKIET)