Conference Proceedings Paper
ASSESSMENT OF THE HIGH PERFORMANCE LIGHT WATER REACTOR CONCEPT
The 5th International Symposium on SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors - 2011 March 13-16
Joerg Starflinger (University of Stuttgart)
Thomas Schulenberg (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Dietmar Bittermann (AREVA NP GmbH)
Michele Andreani (Paul Scherrer Institute)
Csaba Maráczy (Hungarian Academy of Sciences )
From 2006-2010, the High Performance Light Water Reactor (HPLWR) was investigated within a European Funded project called HPLWR Phase 2. Operated at 25MPa with a heat-up rate in the core from 280°C to 500°C, this reactor concept provides a technological challenge in the fields of design, neutronics, thermal-hydraulics and heat transfer, materials, and safety. The assessment of the concept with respect to the goals of the technology roadmap for Generation IV Nuclear Reactors of the Generation IV International Forum shows that the HPLWR has a potential to fulfil the goals of economics, safety and proliferation resistance and physical protection. In terms of sustainability, the HPLWR with a thermal neutron spectrum investigated within this project, does not differ from existing Light Water Reactors in terms of usage of fuel and waste production.
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