Heavy metal summer school | June 15-19, 2015 | SCK•CEN Lakehouse, Mol, Belgium

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Heavy metal summer school | June 15-19, 2015 | SCK•CEN Lakehouse, Mol, Belgium

Start date : 15-06-15
End date : 19-06-15

From June 15-19, 2015 the SCK•CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology will organise the “Heavy metal summer school”.

Heavy liquid metal (HLM) coolants offer new perspectives for the development of innovative nuclear systems for materials research, nuclear waste transmutation and energy production. The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) is at the forefront of HLM nuclear technology worldwide with the development of the MYRRHA accelerator driven system.
During this summer school, participants will gain insight into the state-of-the-art of research focused to the development of MYRRHA and other HLM-based nuclear systems.  The summer school will cover several aspects of HLM technology that are essential for the engineering design and safety of nuclear systems. 

Lectures will be given by experts from SCK•CEN and other internationally renowned research organizations. They will deal with the chemical, thermal hydraulic and materials issues and challenges in instrumentation and design.
Complementary to the lectures, visits are foreseen to various experimental facilities that were recently constructed at SCK•CEN in support of the MYRRHA project.

At the last day of the course week, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm on best practices and selections of technologies for HLM cooled nuclear systems in and interactive sessions.

Participants are invited to send in an abstract for a poster presentation on their research project.

Metal and liquids – from a different perspective

As a research center specializing in heavy liquid metal technology, it seems more than a coincidence that SCK•CEN is neighbor to one of the most successful Heavy Metal festivals in the world: the Graspop Metal Meeting (GMM). The GMM begins when the HLM summer school ends. The three best poster presentations will be awarded with a VIP ticket to enjoy metal and liquids at this unique festival. (download flyer)

Target public
This summer school is aimed at PhD students, post-docs and young professionals with a particular interest in the domain of HLM technologies.

Programme & topics treated
To set the frame, the design of the most developed HLM facilities will be introduced.

  • In a module on chemistry you will be introduced to the various sources of impurities in HLM and to methods for their purification, to oxygen monitoring and control systems, and to the chemistry of radioactive impurities.
  • Challenges regarding instrumentation will be discussed. More information on ultrasonic techniques and other relevant methods will be highlighted.
  • In the module on materials you will learn to select materials for structural and functional components of reactors and get acquainted with irradiation damage processes and with liquid metal induced corrosion and its mitigation strategies. 
  • The thermal hydraulics module will start from the fundamentals of heat transfer in liquid metals to provide insight in the thermal hydraulic phenomena occurring in the fuel assembly and primary system. Experimental and numerical tools for the system safety analysis will also be covered.
  • In the instrumentation module you will get an overview of measurement techniques that can be used in liquid metals and focus in more detail on ultrasonic measurements. 

Visit the SCK•CEN Academy website for a detailed programme.

Registration & price
Online registration is mandatory for all participants via the SCK•CEN Academy website.
The registration deadline is May 29, 2015.

Registration fee: 790 EUR (VAT incl)

The registration fee includes:

  • Participation to the summer school;
  • Lunches and coffee breaks;
  • a welcome reception on Monday evening June 15, 2015;
  • a CD-ROM with all course material, abstracts and posters.

Venue & accommodation
The summer school is held at the Lakehouse of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Boeretang 201, 2400 Mol, Belgium.

Participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements. Pre-booking is made at the Corbie hotel Mol for the period Sunday June 14 until Friday June 19, 2015 in Mol.
Please inform Mrs. Griet Vanderperren (academy@sckcen.be) to confirm your room reservation and make use of the daily transport between the Corbie hotel and the SCK•CEN Lakehouse.

More information

For the scientific programme

For the registration

Katrien Van Tichelen
LBE Components & Experiments unit
Nuclear Systems Research expert group
Advanced Nuclear Systems institute
e-mail: katrien.van.tichelen@sckcen.be

Griet Vanderperren
Liaison Officer
SCK•CEN’s Academy

+ 32 14 33 21 57
e-mail : academy@ sckcen.be

We are looking forward to welcoming you in our summer school.

Kind regards

The SCK•CEN Academy team

Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d'Etude de l'Energie Nucléaire - Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
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