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Programme spécifique: Euratom Site du projet MAX
Début: 01/02/2011, Fin: 31/07/2014
Responsable scientifique IPN: Jean-Luc BIARROTTE
Coordinateur: Jean-Luc BIARROTTE

The collaborative MAX project ensues from the recommendations of the European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan for the development and deployment of sustainable nuclear fission technologies in Europe. MAX will participate in addressing the issue of high‐level long‐lived radioactive waste transmutation by pursuing the development of the high‐power proton accelerator as specified by the MYRRHA Accelerator‐Driven System (ADS) demonstrator project in Belgium.

The main goal of the MAX project is to deliver an updated consolidated reference layout of the MYRRHA LINAC with sufficient detail and adequate level of confidence in order to initiate in 2015 its engineering design and subsequent construction phase.

To reach this goal, advanced beam simulation activities will be undertaken and a detailed design of the major accelerating components will be carried out, building on several prototyping activities.

A strong focus will be put on all the aspects that pertain to the reliability and availability of this accelerator, since the number of beam interruptions longer than three seconds has to be minimized. Such frequently‐repeated beam interruptions could indeed induce high thermal stresses and fatigue on the reactor structures, the target or the fuel elements, with possible significant damages especially to the fuel claddings.

In this context, the MAX team expects to develop an accurate reliability model of the MYRRHA accelerator by using the methodology applied for nuclear power plants. On the other hand it is foreseen to experimentally prove the feasibility of the innovative “fault‐tolerance” redundancy scheme, by making extensive use of the prototypic accelerating module developed during the previous FP6 EUROTRANS programme.

MAX is divided into five work packages :

  • WP1 : Global accelerator design
  • WP2 : Injector developments
  • WP3 : Main linac developments
  • WP4 : System optimisation
  • WP5 : Coordination of the project
  • WP6 : Education & training
The overall coordination of the project, which involves 11 partners from 6 different European countries, is ensured by CNRS-IPNO.



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