Nine Russian scientific institutes, centres and universities have united into a consortium for the development of new generation nuclear energy technologies, including closed nuclear fuel cycle technologies, fast neutron reactors (FBR), new materials for advanced energy technologies and innovative projects of nuclear power plants, the National Research University - Moscow Power Engineering Institute (NRUN-MEPhI) announced.
“In order to create and disseminate competitive centres of scientific knowledge and to perfect the best practices for the development of research and innovation activities, a scientific consortium has been created to develop new generation nuclear energy technologies in the Russian Federation,” the NRNU-MEPhI press service said.
Consortium members will train personnel for scientific organisations involved in the creation of two-component nuclear power based on thermal and fast reactors with a closed nuclear fuel cycle, study the experience of international organisations, including the IAEA, and will develop new network educational programmes.
The consortium includes: NNRU-MEPhI, Nuclear Safety Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (IBRAE RAS), Joint Stock Company Proryv (responsible for the Breakthrough Project), the AI Leipunsky Institute of Physics & Power Engineering (IPPE), the AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM), Research Institute Scientific and Production Association LUCH, the State Research Institute of Constructional Materials Graphite (NIIgrafit), the Federal State Research & Design Institute of Rare-Metal Industry (Giredmet), and the RE Alekseev Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (NNSTU).
The consortium members will focus on the following main areas:
- R&D in the field of a two-component nuclear power structurebased on thermal and fast reactors with a closed nuclear fuel cycle;
- R&D into new materials for promising IV-generation nuclear reactors and the DEMO fusion reactor;
- study of international experience in using codes of full-scale computer engineering modelling for the development and engineering design of various products and objects;
- expansion of experimental databases used in modelling physical processes in NPPs;
- application and development of digital economy tools;
- methodological approaches to the development, verification and validation of computer programs (codes) and databases for full-scale computer engineering modelling of physical processes in nuclear facilities; and
- development of test problems for verification and validation of codes for modelling physical processes.