Fusion Power Plant Safety

Proceedings of a Technical Meeting
Vienna, 10–13 July 2006


The 8th IAEA Technical Meeting on Fusion Power Plant Safety was hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency from 10 to 13 July 2006. About 40 participants from 12 countries, the European Union, the IAEA and ITER attended the meeting. B.N. Kolbasov from the Russian Federation was the chair person of the meeting.

Previous meetings in this series were held in Vienna, Austria (1980), Ispra, Italy (1983), Culham, UK (1986), Jackson Hole, USA (1989), Toronto, Canada (1993), Naka, Japan (1996) and Cannes, France (2000).

The objective of the meeting was to examine in an integrated way all safety aspects anticipated to be relevant to ITER, and to the first power plant prototype expected to become operational by the middle of the century, leading to the first generation of economically viable power plants with attractive safety and environmental features.

During the meeting, major areas of relevance were identified and assessed, and scientific recommendations and guidelines assembled to determine the direction of future research and development activities towards the licensing of a DEMO power plant. The meeting programme included a total of 28 papers (4 invited talks, 24 contributed oral presentations). The participants presented the status of experimental and theoretical work on fusion power plant safety. The topics under discussion were:

1) FOS-Fusion specific Operational Safety approach

2) CFS-Computational codes for Fusion Safety and validation

3) TBM-Test Blanket Module

4) AA- Accident Analysis

5) DW-Decommissioning and Waste

6) TSI-Tritium safety and Inventories

7) PPS-Power Plant Safety

8) FRL-Fusion Reactors Licensing basis and requirements

The meeting ended with a summary session on each topic. The summary manuscript is in preparation and will be submitted to the Nuclear Fusion Journal.

The International Advisory Committee members will select papers from the invited and contributed ones to be submitted for publication in a special issue of the Nuclear Fusion journal.

Editorial note