Safety of future reactors (Gen IV): A story from the past and present

CINCH Talks Fourth Webinar

The fourth Webinar of the MOOC series was held on October 8, 2021. 

The purpose of the presentation was to give insight into the reactor safety from a chemical point of view for Gen II-III and Gen IV Reactors. The physical barriers set up for a safe functioning of a nuclear reactor are (generally): the fuel matrix, the cladding, and the coolant (light or heavy water, gas, molten metals like Lead-Bismuth eutectic or LBE, Pb, other for the more advanced systems) as well as the reactor vessel, primary containment and the secondary containment. Each barrier and the chemical processes accompanying the potential release of radionuclides (or retention) were briefly explained and the overall aim was to give a general view over the processes governing the release path for radionuclides, as well as the mitigation measures.

Here you can find a brief presentation of the speaker, Prof. Teodora Retegan Vollmer from Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University.