Research group high density uranium fuels & nuclear modeling

The neutron source Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) participates in the global research aimed at developing new nuclear fuels with higher uranium density, thereby reducing the enrichment in the fuel elements of high flux research reactors and supporting global non-proliferation efforts. The research group has been contributing to this program since 2004.

It is concerned with all three major pillars in the development of new nuclear fuels and their subsequent conversion:

Numerous scientific publications testify to the progress of the research group (see publication data bank of MLZ). The research group cooperates closely with many international partners from industry and research, including AREVA-CERCA (France), CEA (France), ILL (International), INL (USA), KAERI (Korea), ORNL (USA) and SCK-CEN (Belgium).

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the conversion from highly enriched uranium (HEU) to a lower enriched fuel can be found here.