Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems

General Objective

The institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems (ANS) develops and tests technologies and instrumentation for innovative reactor concepts, in collaboration with industry and research groups. The institute also provides services and support to the industry and authorities on a national and international level.

The main objective of ANS is the development of a multifunctional experimental irradiation facility named MYRRHA. Furthermore ANS strives to extend the Belgian technical expertise and involvement in the field of fourth generation fission reactors (Gen IV) and fusion technology.

Strategic Priorities

MYRRHA

ANS is developing MYRRHA, a large scale flexible fast spectrum irradiation facility conceived as an Accelerator Driven System (ADS) with a European dimension destined for the Mol site. The institute will complete the conceptual design, conduct the necessary R&D support programme and prepare the licensing of the facility. The R&D support programme executed within ANS covers liquid lead-bismuth technology, advanced control and instrumentation for MYRRHA and a code validation programme. ANS also develops activities in the field of fundamental physics at MYRRHA: the ISOL@MYRRHA project.

Fusion technology

In collaboration with international partners, ANS contributes to fusion research projects such as the fusion test reactor ITER in France, the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility IFMIF and the future fusion power plant DEMO. SCK•CEN will be prepared to participate in the realisation of large components for ITER and DEMO. ANS contributes largely to the Belgian effort in the framework of the Broader Approach for IFMIF.

Gen II & Gen III reactors

ANS provides support to the Gen II & Gen III industry and promotes the commercialisation of the SCK•CEN research activities in this area. The institute delivers assistance and services to the nuclear sector and authorities on a national and international level.

Gen IV reactors

ANS strives to extend the Belgian technical expertise and involvement in the field of fourth generation fission reactors (Gen IV). The aim is a more active and pronounced participation in the related research activities. The main focus is on the further development of Gen IV Lead Fast Reactors.

Irradiation devices

ANS develops and tests new irradiation devices for present-day and innovative materials test reactors such as the BR2 reactor, the Jules Horowitz reactor (France) and the MYRRHA facility. ANS develops new instrumentation to better characterize the irradiation conditions and to make new experiments possible.

Institute Manager: Baeten Peter

Deputy Institute Manager: Schyns Marc