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Sustainable and Circular Nuclear Energy through Advanced Materials and Tribology Research (CiNEMaT)

Published: 18 February 2022

Characterization, advanced manufacturing and tribological testing of materials to support design of a Swedish GenIV lead-cooled research reactor. The research project is an integrated part of the SUNRISE research centre.

Circular use of hazardous materials is an appealing concept to improve resource efficiency as well as minimise cost and issues related to waste treatment. In applications such as nuclear power generation, this is especially prominent since handling and storage of used nuclear fuel pose a significant challenge. To realize a Swedish GenIV lead-cooled reactor, a number of technical and scientific challenges have to be resolved. Three Swedish universities (KTH, LTU, UU) are working on design, safety analysis, development of recyclable fuel, and optimization of components and materials.

 The CiNEMaT project aims to develop new materials and processing methods and to understand the mechanisms for erosion/corrosion/fretting degradation of materials in a liquid lead environment. Research results will provide higher reliability and stability of reactor components and optimised reactor performance in terms of component durability. Therefore, we contribute to improved long-term safety and productivity for the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Contact

Daria Kolbas, PhD Student

Phone: +46 (0)920 491490
Organisation: Machine Elements, Machine Elements, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Paul Gruber

Paul Gruber, PhD Student

Phone: +46 (0)920 493251
Organisation: Engineering Materials, Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Farid Akhtar

Farid Akhtar, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491793
Organisation: Engineering Materials, Materials Science, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Jens Hardell

Jens Hardell, Professor, Head of Division

Phone: +46 (0)920 491774
Organisation: Machine Elements, Machine Elements, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics