TopFuel 2012

Call for Papers

TopFuel 2012 will take place from 2 – 6 September 2012 in Manchester, UK.

TopFuel’s primary objective is to bring together leading specialists in the field from around the world to analyse advances in nuclear fuel management technology and to use the findings of the latest cutting-edge research to help manufacture the high performance nuclear fuels of today and tomorrow.

The TopFuel 2012 Programme Committee is calling for both oral and poster presentations in the following tracks:

Operation and Experience
Fuel operating experience and performance; reliability; high burn-up fuels; water side corrosion and hydriding; stress corrosion cracking; MOX fuel performance; post irradiation data; pool-side examination; radiation effects; water chemistry and corrosion counter-measures; assembly distortion; mixed-core operation; re-use after transportation/storage.

Transient Fuel Behaviour
Transient fuel behaviour and criteria (RIA, LOCA, ATWS, power ramps …); fuel safety-related issues; pellet cladding interaction (PCMI/PCI); transient fission gas releases; cladding bursting/ballooning, pellet fragmentation/dispersal during transient events; small and large-scale fuel testing facilities; fuel behaviour under extended loss of cooling, re-criticality.

Design and Materials
Advances in fuel assembly design; fuel processing and manufacturing; cladding and structural alloy development; MOX fuel design and manufacturing; fuel design for improved thermal hydraulics, mechanical and corrosion-resistant behaviour; irradiation experience in test reactors; accident resistant fuel; fuel design  optimisation for disposal; innovative fuel concepts.

Development, verification and validation of fuel modelling codes; multiscale modelling; multi-physics coupling; fuel behaviour modelling during operation and under back-end conditions; water chemistry modelling; treatment of uncertainty; statistical analysis;design and analysis methods.

Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation
Interim storage; reprocessing; closed fuel cycles; criticality; fuel behaviour in dry containers, wet storage ponds and during transportation; long-term storage strategies; ageing; R&D activities; fuel database management.

Click here to download the TopFuel 2012 Call for Papers

We welcome both oral and poster submissions. If you wish to share your knowledge and insights on Reactor Fuel Performance, please submit your abstract by 15 February  through the TopFuel 2012 Abstract Submission System.

Abstract review

The abstracts received will be peer reviewed under the auspices of the TopFuel 2012 Programme Committee. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by 27 March 2012.

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 February 2012

Notification of authors: 27 March 2012

Deadline for draft paper submission: 8 May 2012

Revision of papers concluded and author notification: 15 June 2012

Deadline Final Paper: 1 August 2012

Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentations: 20 August 2012

Conference: 2 - 6 September 2012

Instructions for authors

Your draft paper must be uploaded by 8 May 2012 and final paper must be uploaded by 1 August 2012 at the very latest.

Your Powerpoint presentation must be in our possession by 20 August 2012 at the very latest.

Download instructions for authors

Download template for CV

Publication Policy

The proceedings of TopFuel 2012 will be published on the TopFuel 2012 conference website, linked to the ENS website, with the reference number ISBN 978-92-95064-16-4.

TopFuel 2012 Delegates will receive a CD ROM with the proceedings of the conference about 6 weeks after the event.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the ENS / TopFuel 2012 Secretariat should you have any question:

Tel: + 32 2 505 30 54
Fax: +32 2 502 39 02

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American Nuclear Society




Chinese Nuclear Society