SESAME Newsletter #3 (March 2018)
INTERACTIONS WITH THE SESAME SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The SESAME project set up a Senior Advisory Committee. This committee is a consultative body that provides guidance and advice to the project on nuclear design- and safety-related issues according to the project scope. The members of this committee are composed of representatives of the European design teams for liquid metal cooled reactors completed by a representative from the US NEAMS programme; which is the US programme on Advanced Modelling and Simulation for Nuclear Energy. Recently, a colleague from EDF representing the European nuclear industry also joined the committee. This highlights the fact that the pre-normative research being performed within the liquid metal-focused SESAME project also has an impact on the improvement of safety evaluations of light water reactors.
After lectures on MYRRHA and ASTRID in the first two years of the project, this year’s lectures were given by the SEALER and ALFRED representatives. They not only explained the design of these reactors, but more importantly summarised the thermal-hydraulics related challenges and ongoing activities to the SESAME experts. These lectures confirmed the validity of the topics selected for the SESAME project which connect very well to the challenges the designers are facing. However, these lectures also revealed challenges that will not be solved by the project.