TVEL will supply fuel for the reactor at CVR Nuclear Research Center in the Czech Republic
TVEL, PUBLISHED 19.03.2020
TVEL has contracted supply of nuclear fuel for the LVR-15 research reactor at the Nuclear Research Center in the Czech Republic. The contract covers fuel supply in 2020 and has a framework structure for future supplies on the request of the customer.
LVR-15 is a 10 MW light water reactor, which historically has been using IRT-4M tubular fuel manufactured by the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom). The reactor is the major facility of the research infrastructure at CVR, one of the leading nuclear physics and material science institutions in Europe.
Irradiation and post-irradiation studies at CVR are also carried out as part of development and verification of Russian fuel for large-scale commercial power reactors.
In 2019, TVEL and CVR signed an agreement for material studies. In particular, scientific research in LVR-15 will include studying of radiation-induced growth and radiation-thermal creep of Russian-made zirconium alloys at low fluence of fast neutrons.
The complete MOX-core is planned in 2021.
Another 53 units are under construction.
The white paper is available here (bottom left section to download).
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