Training Workshop on the Use of Decision-Support Tools in Research Reactor Spent Fuel Management

19 – 23 Aug 2019
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1803989

Many Member States with research reactors do not have comprehensive spent fuel management plans; in some cases, existing spent fuel storage environments are not suitable for long term storage. When reviewing the various options for the back end of the research reactor nuclear fuel cycle, it is necessary to consider national policy, economics and environmental concerns, as well as technical issues. To help provide Member States with information about research reactor spent fuel management options, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has initiated a coordinated research project (CRP) aimed at identifying and collecting information about the currently available spent fuel technologies for research reactors.

The purpose of the event is to introduce Member State research reactor organizations to the results of the CRP on currently available spent fuel technologies for research reactors, and to provide Member States with training on the decision support tools developed for spent fuel management. A substantial portion of the event will be dedicated to using these tools, enabling participants to become familiar with the tools and to transfer the knowledge to their organizational counterparts and assist their governments in developing a strategy for research reactor spent fuel management.

The objective of the event is to introduce participants to the publication resulting from the CRP.

The following topics will be addressed and discussed during the event:

  • Overview of current spent fuel management technologies available for research reactor spent fuel management;

  • Introduction of case studies of research reactor spent fuel management strategies currently used by Member States;

  • Considerations for decision making — cost and non-cost related; and

  • Practical use of BRIDE and FERREX tools.

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