In the Gas Fast Reactor development plan, ALLEGRO is the first necessary step towards the electricity generating prototype GFR. The ALLEGRO start of operation is planned by 2020. This needs to define all design options in 2010 and to start detailed design studies in 2013. ALLEGRO is a low power Gas Cooled Fast Reactor studied in the European framework. It is a loop type, non electricity generating reactor. Its power is about 80 MW. Several objectives are assigned to ALLEGRO. At first, it will demonstrate the viability of the GFR reactor system, no reactor of this type having been built in the past. Most of the GFR architecture, materials and components features are considered at reduced scale in ALLEGRO, excluding the energy conversion system. ALLEGRO will rely on the same safety options as the reactor system. In addition, the ALLEGRO core will allow the progressive qualification of the GFR ceramic fuel, with the possibility to load some ceramic carbide or nitride sub-assemblies in a first MOX core, with SiC/SiCf cladding and wrappers. When such unit test will be considered convincing enough, the diagrid and circuits are designed to accept full high temperature ceramic cores. The core neutrons can also be used to irradiate structural materials with fast neutron spectrum and in a large temperature range. The core can also include innovative irradiation fuel devices (samples or full bundles) for other reactor systems. Finally, branches on the main intermediate heat exchanger will allow the testing and validation of high temperature components and processes. The pre-conceptual design of ALLEGRO is shared between European partners through the GCFR 6th R&D Framework Program. After recalling the role of the European partners in the different design and safety tasks, the paper will give an overview of the current design with recent progresses in various areas like: • Core design and neutron performances, • The design of experimental advanced ceramic GFR fuel sub-assemblies included in several locations of the MOX core, • Fuel handling principles and solutions, • System design and global reactor architecture which is largely influenced by the Decay Heat Removal strategy (DHR) for depressurized accidents.
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Allegro: The European Gas Fast Reactor Demonstrator Project
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Poette, C, Brun-Magaud, V, Morin, F, Pignatel, J, Stainsby, R, & Mikityuk, K. "Allegro: The European Gas Fast Reactor Demonstrator Project." Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. Volume 2: Structural Integrity; Safety and Security; Advanced Applications of Nuclear Technology; Balance of Plant for Nuclear Applications. Brussels, Belgium. July 12–16, 2009. pp. 815-822. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE17-75326
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