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Technical Meeting on Current Practices and Developments in Research Reactor Spent Fuel Dry Storage

3 – 6 Mar 2020
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1904068

The management of spent fuel is an important concern and spent fuel storage in either wet or dry conditions is currently undertaken worldwide. For most research reactors, spent fuel is stored in pools following removal from the reactors but for some fuel types, long term wet storage may not be a suitable option. The final disposition path for this spent fuel is still unknown, facilities for final disposal will not be available for many years and often research reactors are operating longer than initially intended increasing the amount of spent fuel produced.

Over the past 20–30 years the role played by dry storage in filling the gap between at-reactor wet storage and other back end services has increased. The main attractions of dry storage are its passive cooling capability, reduced possibility of fuel cladding corrosion (compared to wet storage) and reduced life cycle costs through the ability to add incremental capacity, and lower maintenance costs than a spent fuel pool.

In connection with the above-mentioned issues, IAEA is organizing this Technical Meeting on Current Practices and Developments in Research Reactor Spent Fuel Dry at its Headquarters in Vienna from 3 to 6 March 2020.

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

  • Current spent fuel management technologies available for research reactor spent fuel dry storage;
  • Design of containers and structures used for research reactor spent fuel dry storage;
  • Operational capabilities at research reactor facilities
  • Safety aspects related to spent fuel dry storage;
  • Monitoring of spent fuel dry storage facilities; and
  • Economic comparison studies of wet and dry fuel storage.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2020

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