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Reference Number EP/T011386/1
Title Radiochemical Facilities for the Molten Salts in Nuclear Technologies Network
Status Started
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr CA Sharrad
No email address given
Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2019
End Date 30 April 2023
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £2,332,570
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme National Nuclear Users Facility
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr CA Sharrad , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Dr S Holmes , Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr A Mount , Sch of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr BJ Connolly , Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Professor M A (Michael ) Burke , Materials, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr M Ogden , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr A Jones , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor TJ Abram , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr J Turner , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr D Brett , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr P Shearing , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
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Objectives
Abstract 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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