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Existing conventional power plants using supercritical water reach higher efficiencies. Considering it for a nuclear plant can bring in further advantages…
Small and modular mean they can be manufactured in a facility and brought on site to be assembled. Together with their enhanced safety features make them an interesting technological option.
Checking how certain materials behave with supercritical water (i.e. high temperatures and pressures) will be a key area of this Project.
Modelling and studying the thermal-hydraulic behavior of a SCW-SMR is fundamental to develop a design and guarantee its inherent safety features. The properties of the fluid under such conditions are quite particular, which makes its modelling all the more interesting.
The behavior of the reactor is very dependent on the thermal-hydraulics, which by considering SCW brings in some interesting subtleties compared to traditional light water reactors.
One of the main objectives of the Project will be to outline strategies towards the harmonization of the licensing process of SCW-SMR, a necessity to truly bring them a step closer to reality.