Heavy metal summer school 2018

June 18 - 22, 2018   Mol (BELGIUM)

After participation to this course, participants will be able to:

Related to the module on chemical issues:

  • identify different chemical processes occurring in HLM systems and explain their relation to operation and safety
  • list the different sources of impurities in HLM systems
  • describe by which theoretical and experimental methods the different sources of impurities can be quantified
  • explain why and by which methods certain impurities are removed from heavy liquid metal coolants
  • explicate why oxygen control and monitoring is essential for operation of HLM nuclear systems
  • describe by which methods oxygen control can be achieved and explain their operation
  • explain the working principle and different designs of oxygen sensors
  • clarify which chemical processes govern the distribution of radionuclides in a system like MYRRHA
  • explain the physic chemistry of radionuclide evaporation from heavy liquid metals and experimental methods to measure evaporation

Related to the module on thermal hydraulics:

  • explain the general principles of liquid metal heat transfer
  • identify the possibilities and shortcomings of different numerical approaches for liquid metal heat transfer
  • select proper correlations for pressure loss and heat transfer coefficients in liquid metal cooled fuel assemblies
  • estimate the effects of blockages and deformations in fuel assemblies
  • explain the phenomena occurring in heavy liquid metal pools including mixing and stratification, sloshing etc.
  • describe the approach to design and instrument a scaled pool experiment
  • identify the possibilities and shortcomings of system analysis codes for heavy liquid metal cooled reactor systems
  • explain the issues related to system safety in heavy liquid metal cooled reactor systems

Related to the module on materials issues:

  • identify the general principles of selection and qualification of materials for structural and functional components of reactors
  • differentiate between screening tests and characterization of materials properties for design
  • list mechanical properties used for the design of structural and functional components
  • name the degradation effects of heavy liquid metals and neutron irradiation on mechanical properties used in the development of reactor components
  • describe the general principles of liquid metal corrosion and to give an example of mitigation approaches

Related to the module on instrumentation:

  • give an overview of measurement techniques for diagnostics and process monitoring of liquid metal systems
  • explain the major parameters that affect the performance of an ultrasonic system
  • specify the requirements for an ultrasonic sensor for a given application
  • estimate achievable resolution of an ultrasonic scanning system

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