RRFM 2009 - Call for Papers
13th annual topical meeting on Research Reactor Fuel Management (RRFM) will take place in
22. – 25. March 2009.
RRFM 2009 Programme Committee and the European Nuclear Society (ENS) are NOW
calling for presentations.
Call for Papers
and poster presentations
are invited on
key areas of the nuclear fuel cycle of Research Reactors - Fissile
material supply. Fresh fuel and targets: Origin and status,
qualification, fabrication. Technical aspects of fuel in-core
management and safety. Fresh and spent fuel transportation. Fuel and
reactor licensing. Spent fuel storage, corrosion and degradation.
Fuel back-end management. Innovative methods in research reactor
2009 the scope of the programme will be extended to the following
of Research Reactors – Preparation and
implementation of strategic and business plans, deployment of
additional research reactor applications and marketing of research
reactor services. Utilization experience and good practices,
especially from well utilized research reactors. Stories of success
in improving research reactor sustainability. Utilization of
research reactors for research, development, education, training and
industrial applications. Articulation and operation of research
reactors networks, coalitions and centres of excellence. Experiences
of successful application of strategic planning in the transition
from full government support to total or partial facility
self-sustainability and self-reliance.
Research Reactor Support for Innovative Nuclear Power
Reactors and Fuel Cycles – Research reactor utilization in support of
international initiatives on innovative nuclear power
reactors and fuel cycles, including inter alia the
International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors
and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), Generation IV International
Forum (GIF), the US DOE Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative
and the US Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP).
Examples of advanced research carried out in research
reactors in support of these multilateral undertakings.
Identification of research reactor capabilities needed
by the international initiatives on innovative nuclear
power reactors and fuel cycles. Identification of challenges,
constraints and capability gaps potentially limiting
research reactor’s ability to provide necessary
Research Reactor Projects – National
and regional plans for new research reactors. Lessons
learned from building and operating new research
reactors. Role of research reactors in developing
to implement nuclear power programmes in a medium
to long term perspective. Research reactor capacity
to meet the future demand for radioisotopes for medicine
and industry. Development of national and regional
infrastructure necessary to implement new research
reactor projects, including inter alia organization
and management, uses and applications, funding and
financing, stakeholder involvement, legislative framework,
regulatory framework, nuclear safety, environmental
protection, security and physical protection, safeguards
and human resources.
Research Reactor Operation and Maintenance– Plant material condition control, managing
issues at either end of the facility 'bathtub curve'
(commissioning, early operation and end of life/ageing
related issues), maintenance assessments and risk
informed maintenance programmes, management systems,
management, procedure utilisation, communications
and work control, design review and control, human
development and training programmes, regulatory interface,
public relations, management improvement programmes
and performance monitoring.