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EPSRC Reference: EP/T011386/1
Title: Radiochemical Facilities for the Molten Salts in Nuclear Technologies Network
Principal Investigator: Sharrad, Dr CA
Other Investigators:
Shearing, Professor P Abram, Professor TJ Mount, Professor A
Burke, Professor M Turner, Dr J Connolly, Dr BJ
Jones, Professor AN Holmes, Professor S Brett, Professor D
Ogden, Dr MD
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Department: Chem Eng and Analytical Science
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 November 2019 Ends: 30 April 2023 Value (£): 2,332,571
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Nuclear
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
12 Aug 2019 National Nuclear User Facility Phase 2 2019 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Molten Salt in Nuclear Technology Laboratory (MSNTL) aims to provide a network of research equipment and expertise to support the recently expanding interests in molten salt technologies for use in next generation nuclear fuel cycles. Recent world-wide interest in molten salt reactor (MSR) technology in advanced nuclear reactor designs presents an ideal opportunity to utilise the UK's established expertise in spent nuclear fuel pyroprocessing to make a vital contribution to the emerging development of this reactor type. Even though there has recently been substantial investment in MSR designs across numerous companies and institutes, there are still substantial research challenges that need to be addressed to allow the deployment of these advanced reactors. The MSNTL addresses a gap in capability by providing user access to state-of-the-art research facilities that can safely handle fluoride melts (the dominant salt type in MSRs) with radionuclides and radiation doses that will be present in these reactor process environments. The equipment provided in the MSNTL will allow the safe assessment of salt and materials behavior in process-like demanding environments, and enable the development of valid management strategies for waste streams from molten salt technologies. The MSNTL forms a key component in a large network of facilities that can provide comprehensive assessments of molten salt technologies across radioactivity levels and process scales.
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