PATRICIA Heavy Metal Summer School 2021

October 4 - 8, 2021   Mol (Belgium)

Heavy liquid metal (HLM) coolants offer new perspectives for the development of innovative nuclear systems for nuclear waste transmutation and energy production. The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) is working on the development of HLM cooled MYRRHA accelerator driven system (ADS). MYYRHA will serve as an ADS demonstrator for transmutation, as an HLM reactor pilot plant and it will be used as an irradiation tool for research. With this, it is at the forefront of HLM nuclear technology worldwide. 

During this summer school, participants will gain insight into the state-of-the-art research focused to the development of MYRRHA and other HLM-based nuclear systems. The summer school will cover several aspects of HLM technology that are essential for the engineering design and safety of nuclear systems. 

Experts from SCK CEN and other internationally renowned research organizations will give the lectures. They will cover the most advanced HLM-based nuclear systems and deal with the neutronics, chemical, thermal hydraulic and materials issues and challenges in instrumentation, safety and design. Complementary to the lectures, visits are foreseen to various experimental facilities that were constructed at SCK CEN in support of the MYRRHA project. 

Throughout the course week, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm on best practices and selections of technologies for HLM cooled nuclear systems in interactive sessions with the experts.  

Places for this summer school are limited to 20. Participants are invited to send in an abstract for a poster presentation on their research project. 

The summer school will take place in Mol, Belgium. In case COVID-19 measures at the time do not allow a face-to-face meeting, we will switch to an online format, with online alternatives for the laboratory visits.