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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Vincenzo V. Rondinella
Optimizing Fuel Performance and Safety in Advanced Nuclear Systems
ABSTRACT: Nuclear fission is currently a very important low carbon source in the energy mix of many countries, and can contribute to ambitious decarbonisation and sustainability goals set for the near future. Today’s nuclear reactor systems extract only a limited fraction of the energy theoretically obtainable from the nuclear fuel. Advanced systems, aiming at increasing the actual "consumption" of the fuel while reducing the dependence on natural uranium resources and the footprint of high-level waste geological repositories, are tested. Good performance and intrinsic safety are necessary attributes for the successful operation of nuclear fuel in the nuclear reactor and for the management of spent fuel and waste thereafter. This seminar will highlight some of the advanced system options available and/or under study, focusing on features affecting fuel performance and safety.
BIO: Dr. Vincenzo Rondinella is Head of the Nuclear Decommissioning Department in the Nuclear Safety and Security Directorate of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) at the Karlsruhe site (Germany). His main areas of interest are related to nuclear fuel and fuel cycle safety, including current and advanced systems, severe accidents, waste management and decommissioning. He holds a Nuclear Engineering Degree (1987), University of Bologna, Italy, and a PhD (1994) on Ceramics Science & Engineering, Rutgers University, USA.