The Belgian MYRRHA ADS project: recent developments and future perspectives

Date: 12/01/2017
Author: De Bruyn, D., Aït Abderrahim, H., Baeten, P. & Verpoorten, J.

Published in: 10th annual International Conference on Sustainable Development through Nuclear Research and Education (NUCLEAR-2017), Pitesti (Romania), May 2017. Journal of Nuclear Research and Development, Vol. 14, December 2017, 3-8

Since 1998 SCK•CEN is developing the MYRRHA project as an accelerator driven system (ADS) based on the lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) as a coolant of the reactor and a material for its spallation target. MYRRHA is a flexible fast-spectrum pool-type research irradiation facility, also serving since the FP5 EURATOM framework as the backbone of the Partitioning & Transmutation (P&T) strategy of the European Commission concerning the ADS development in the third pillar of this strategy. MYRRHA is proposed to the international community of nuclear energy and nuclear physics as a pan-European large research infrastructure in ESFRI to serve as a multipurpose fast spectrum irradiation facility for various fields of research. In this paper, we present the current design of MYRRHA and the updated implementation strategy.