Russia to undertake graphite research for China’s HTGR

5 February 2020

Russia’s Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad has signed a long-term contract with China’s Fangda Carbon New Material Company.

The agreement covers reactor tests and subsequent post-reactor studies of graphite samples under irradiation conditions similar to those under which graphite should be operated in China’s high-temperature gas-cooled reactor HTR-PM600.

NIIAR specialists will develop and manufacture experimental irradiation devices that will allow irradiation of graphite samples in the cells of the core and the side screen of the BOR-60 research reactor at various temperatures.

The contract also provides for post-reactor studies of graphite samples to achieve different values ??of the damaging dose.

The experimental data obtained from research will be used by Chinese experts to justify the use of graphite as the structural material of the HTR-PM600 reactor core.

The range of scientific research is expected to be completed in 2024.

Photo: Artists impression of HTR-PM600

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