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Project Title: Progress, Challenges, And Opportunities For Converting U.S. And Russian Research Reactors From Highly Enriched To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel

PIN: DELS-NRSB-09-01         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board

RSO:
Crowley, Kevin

Subject/Focus Area:
Engineering and Technology; International Issues; National Security and Defense


Progress, Challenges, And Opportunities For Converting U.S. And Russian Research Reactors From Highly Enriched To Low Enriched Uranium Fuel
June 8, 2011 - June 11, 2011
Moscow, Russia


If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:


Contact Name: Erin Wingo
Email: ewingo@nas.edu
Phone: 202-334-3066
Fax: 202-334-3077


Agenda:

June 6, Monday

Meet in lobby of the Marriott Tverskaya for transportation to Obninsk

Tour of research reactor at Karpov Scientific Research Institute of Physical Chemistry (Obninsk)

Return to hotel

(Exact times TBA)

June 7, Tuesday

Meet in lobby of the Marriott Tverskaya for transportation to Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering

Tour of research reactor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Engineering

Return to hotel

(Exact times TBA)


June 8, Wednesday

SESSION 1: WELCOME, PURPOSES, AND TASKS OF SYMPOSIUM

10:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Academician N.G. Laverov, the co-chair of symposium (Russian Academy of Sciences)

10:10 Welcome from Rosatom
S.V. Kiriyenko (Rosatom)

10:25 Welcome from Russian Federation Ministries of Formation and Science
S.N. Mazurenko (Ministries of Formation and Science)

10:40 Tasks and purpose of symposium
Richard Meserve, co-chair of symposium, USA

COFFEE BREAK (11:00 – 11:20)

11:20 Keynote briefing: Non-proliferation and the reduction of commercial traffic in HEU
P. Adelfang (International Atomic Energy Agency)

12:00 Types, purposes and conversion potential of Russian origin research reactors
U.G. Dragunov (NIKIET)

12:30 Challenges associated with converting reactors to low enriched fuel: history
and prospects
N.V. Archangelsky (Rosatom)

LUNCH (1:00 – 2:30 pm)

2:30 Welcome from U.S. Department of Energy
T. D’Agostino (U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration)

2:40 Types, purposes and conversion potential of U.S. origin research reactors
J. Roglans (Argonne National Lab)


SESSION 2: OVERVIEW OF TECHNICAL CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH CONVERSION AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS

Panel 2.1: Technical challenges associated with conversion and potential solutions

3:00 LEU fuel design for research reactors
D. Wachs (Idaho National Laboratory)

3:20 Reduced enrichment in research reactors: Current status and prospects
U.S. Cherepnin (NIKIET)

3:40 Core modifications (U.S. viewpoint)
J. Stevens (Argonne National Lab)

4:00 Core modifications (Russian viewpoint)
I.T. Tretyakov (NIKIET)

COFFEE BREAK (4:20 – 4:40)

4:40 Maintaining performance and missions (U.S. viewpoint)
J.Roglans (Argonne National Lab)

5:00 Maintaining performance and missions (Russian viewpoint)
M.N. Svyatkin (NINAR)

5:20 Discussion and question and answer period
Led by James Snelgrove, Committee member

6:00 Closing remarks

6:30 Transportation to hotel provided.

Optional dinner upon return to hotel, Location TBA.

June 9, Thursday

SESSION 2: OVERVIEW OF TECHNICAL CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH CONVERSION AND POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS, CONTINUED

Panel 2.2: Other technical challenges associated with conversion

10:00 Aging and obsolescence of research reactors
Hans-Joachim Roegler (Siemens, ret.)

10:15 Aging and obsolescence of research reactors
E.P. Ryazantzev (Kurchatov Institute)

10:30 Regulatory challenges (U.S. viewpoint)
A. Adams (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

10:45 Regulatory challenges (Russian viewpoint)
V.S. Bezzubtzev (ROSTEXNADZOP)

11:00 Challenges posed by research reactors that cannot be converted (U.S. viewpoint)
J. Chamberlin (U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration)

11:15 Challenges posed by research reactors that cannot be converted (Russian viewpoint)
A.V. Zrodnikov (FEI)

COFFEE BREAK (11:30 – 11:50)

11:50 Discussion and question and answer period
Led by Valentin Ivanov, Committee Member

Panel 2.3: How challenges associated with previously converted reactors were overcome

12:20 Experience with solutions to conversion challenges (U.S. viewpoint)
J. Matos (Argonne National Lab)

12:40 Experience with solutions to conversion challenges (Russian viewpoint)
U.S. Cherepnin (NIKIET)

LUNCH (1:00 – 2:30)

2:30 Discussion and question and answer period
Led by Robert Bari, consultant to the committee


SESSION 3: TECHNICAL CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH CONVERSION OF SPECIFIC U.S. AND RUSSIAN REACTORS (CASE STUDIES)

Panel 3.1: Converting two U.S. reactors

3:00 Challenges associated with the conversion of American reactor MITR
T. Newton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

3:20 Challenges associated with the conversion of American reactor HIFR
D. Cook (Oak Ridge National Lab)

3:40 Discussion and Question and Answer period
Led by Richard Meserve, U.S. Chair


COFFEE BREAK (4:00 – 4:20)

Panel 3.1: Converting Two Russian Reactors of the six intended for conversion under the recent U.S.-Russian agreement

4:20 Concrete challenges and solutions
A.L. Injutov (NINIAR)

4:40 Classification of reactors according to type of decided tasks
V.A Pavshuk (Kurchatov Institute)

5:00 Discussion and question and answer period
Led by Nikolay Laverov, R.F. Chair

Panel 3.2: Converting Training Research Reactors

5:20 Conversion of the U.S. training research reactors
P. Wilson (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

5:40 Problems with conversion of reactor IR-8
V.A. Nasonov (Kurchatov Institute)

6:00 Challenges associated with converting training research reactor MIFI
E. F. Kruchkov (MIFI)

6:20 Challenges associated with converting training research reactor TPU
(Tomsk)
U.A. Tzibulnikov (TPU)

6:40 Discussion and Question and Answer period
Led by Anatoly Zrodnikov, Committee member


June 10, Friday

SESSION 4: FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONVERSION (continued)

10:00 Estimation of the risks of the propagation of fissionable elements with the operation of the research reactors
A.N. Chebeskov (FEI)

10:20 Estimation of risk for research reactors
B. Bari (Brookhaven National Lab)

10:40 Desires of reactor users and the future tasks which cannot be solved today on the existing types of the research reactors
A.V. Zrodnikov (FEI)

11:00 Design and engineering of future LEU fuel for research reactors: Application to Jules Horowitz Reactor project
P. Lemoine (Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique, France)

COFFEE BREAK (11:20 – 11:40)

11:40 Discussion and question and answer period
Led by Boris Myasoedov, Committee member

12:10 Discussion of the actions which Russian and American organizations could undertake for the realization of the conversion of research reactors

12:40 Summary of symposium results
Richard Meserve, co-chair (U.S.)
Nikolai Laverov, co-chair (Russia)

1:00 Adjourn symposium