The IAEAs activities in this field are mainly carried out within the framework of the Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors
(TWG-FR), which assists in the implementation of corresponding IAEA support, and ensures that all technical activities are in line with expressed needs of Member States.
We will focus more on safety aspects of issues such as extending the operating life of nuclear power plants, decommissioning, the disposal of high level radioactive waste, innovative technologies such as fast reactors
and small and medium sized reactors, and the safety of radiation sources used in nonpower applications,' Amano said.
Sodium-cooled fast reactors
have been built by countries including the U.
For example, India, an experienced user of nuclear power, is at the forefront of technological development in areas such as fast reactors
They cover basics and concepts, the design of sodium fast reactors
, safety, construction and commissioning, international experiences, the fuel cycle, decommissioning aspects, domains of high relevance, and the economics of sodium fast reactors
with a closed fuel cycle.
I think we will be able to establish cooperation [with Russia] on fast reactors
, based on experience in operating the BN-800," Yu Zusheng said.
are usually pool-type reactors, the most recent proposal being a UK 'simple' design by Moltex Energy.
A Fast Critical Assembly is used for studying the nuclear physics of so-called fast reactors
In 2006, the Bush administration proposed that fast reactors
, with some adjustments to the reactor's core, could become "burner reactors.
The topics include towards fourth-generation nuclear reactors, the diagnosis of systems with multiple operating modes, multitask learning for the diagnosis of a machine fleet, a dynamic learning-based approach to the surveillance and monitoring of steam generators in prototypes fast reactors
, and an influence diagram-based approach to integrating human and organizational factors into the benefit-cost-deficit risk analysis model.
Over the past 60 years, the history of fast reactors
using plutonium is littered with failures, the most recent being the Monju project in Japan.
China began researching fast reactors
in the sixties, and is one of the only countries with the technology.