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Teaching Sodium Fast Reactor Technology and Operation for the Present and Future Generations of SFR Users

Abstract : This paper provides a description of the education and training activities related to sodium fast reactors, carried out respectively in the French Sodium and Liquid Metal School (ESML) created in 1975 and located in France (at the CEA Cadarache Research Centre), in the Fast Reactor Operation and Safety School (FROSS) created in 2005 at the Phenix plant, and in the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucle'aires (INSTN). It presents their recent developments and the current collaborations throughout the world with some other nuclear organizations and industrial companies. Owing to these three entities, CEA provides education and training sessions for students, researchers, and operators involved in the operation or development of sodium fast reactors and related experimental facilities. The sum of courses provided by CEA through its sodium school, FROSS, and INSTN organizations is a unique valuable amount of knowledge on sodium fast reactor design, technology, safety and operation experience, decommissioning aspects and practical exercises. It is provided for the national demand and, since the last ten years, it is extensively opened to foreign countries. Over more than 35 years, the ESML, FROSS, and INSTN have demonstrated their flexibility in adapting their courses to the changing demand in the sodium fast reactor field, operation of PHENIX and SUPERPHENIX plants, and decommissioning and dismantling operations. The results of this ambitious and constant strategy are first sharing of knowledge obtained from experimental studies carried out in research laboratories and operational feedback from reactors, secondly standardized information on safety, and finally the creation of a ''sodium community'' that debates, shares the knowledge, and suggests new tracks for a better definition of design and operating rules.
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Latge Christian, Gilles Rodriguez, Francois Baque, Arnaud Leclerc, Laurent Martin, et al.. Teaching Sodium Fast Reactor Technology and Operation for the Present and Future Generations of SFR Users. Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, Nihon Genshiryoku Gakkai, 2011, 48 (4), pp.701-708. ⟨cea-00959392⟩

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