IMPROVING SAFETY ANALYSIS METHODOLOGIES
AND MOVING FROM TRADITIONAL TO
HIGH-FIDELITY SAFETY ANALYSIS TOOLS
FOR SMALL MODULAR REACTORS
Interest on the development and deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) has increased in the last years in Europe and worldwide. SMRs have a great potential for safe, flexible and CO2-free power generation, salt water desalination, and process heat generation. They are currently considered in various countries as an alternative to large nuclear power plants and as part of the future energy-mix to achieve the low-carbon power generation goals with low risk and cost in a competitive energy market.
The new small core design, the integral concept, the innovative heat exchangers, and passive heat removal systems as well as the novel containment designs represent new challenges for the safety demonstration in the frame of a licensing process in the near term.
The aim of the McSAFER project is to advance the safety research for SMRs by combining experimental investigations and numerical simulations.