The GEN IV webinar “European Sodium Fast Reactor: an Introduction” took place on the 15th of April. If you missed it, you can directly access the replay version:
This webinar presented a brief history of the conceptual development of a large-power
(3600 MWth) European Sodium Fast Reactor (ESFR), discussed the status of the current
R&D activities on Generation IV ESFR safety enhancements of the Horizon 2020 ESFR-SMART
project, and provided an overview of new safety measures proposed for
improvement of the three safety functions: reactivity control, heat removal and
radioactivity containment. Also, experimental programs currently ongoing in Europe to
support the ESFR R&D were briefly introduced. A summary of the activities to be
performed during the next phase of the project concluded the webinar.
More about the presenter
Konstantin Mikityuk has been involved in research of safety related
aspects of various nuclear reactors with a fast neutron spectrum since he earned his doctorate from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1992: first at the Russian Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute,” and then at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). His current interests are safety analysis of sodium-cooled fast reactor, in particular neutronics and thermal-hydraulic aspects of sodium boiling. Dr. Mikityuk is a Group leader at PSI, Maître d’enseignement et de recherche at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lecturer at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ). He is also the coordinator of the Horizon 2020 ESFR-SMART project.