Technische Universität München as operator of the the neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) actively participates in international fuel research with the aim to develop new nuclear fuels with higher uranium density to reduce the enrichment in fuel elements of high performance research reactors, such as the FRM II.
The working group “High-density nuclear fuels” focuses its work mainly on three topics:
Numerous publications show the progress of the working group (see Publication archive of the MLZ). The researchers work closely with a large number of international partners from industry and science. An example of this is the HERACLES Consortium, an association of the European fuel developers and manufacturers from Framatome-CERCA (France), CEA (France), ILL (France), SCK·CEN (Belgium) and the Technical University of Munich. In addition, there is close cooperation with the US-American National Laboratories Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Pacific-Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
The research of the working group “High density nuclear fuels“ is financed by a joint funding of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts (StMWK), as well as two HORIZON-2020 projects of the EU Commission (HERACLES-CP and LEU-FOREvER).