31.01.2014_No5 / World Nuclear Review

Myrrha Research Reactor Test Facilities Unveiled

Research & Development

31 Jan (NucNet): A scale model of the Myrrha research reactor being developed by the Belgian nuclear research centre SCK•CEN has been unveiled at the von Karman Institute for fluid dynamics in Belgium.

The model, named MyrrhaBelle, is a one-to-five scale model of the Myrrha reactor and will use water to simulate and analyse the behaviour of heat transfer through the fluid and its impact on the components.

A three-directional shake-table, named Shakespeare, was also unveiled and will be used to test the effects of seismic activity on the components for Myrrha.

Both facilities will be used to provide a “scientific response” to safety issues raised by the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control, the regulatory body in charge of licencing Myrrha.

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