The H2020 McSAFER Project: Main Goals, Technical Work Program, and Status

Victor Hugo Sanchez-Espinoza (Corresponding Author), Stephan Gabriel, Heikki Suikkanen, Joonas Telkkä, Ville Valtavirta, Marek Bencik, Sören Kliem, Cesar Queral, Anthime Farda, Florian Abéguilé, Paul Smith, Paul Van Uffelen, Luca Ammirabile, Marcus Seidl, Christophe Schneidesch, Dmitry Grishchenko, Hector Lestani

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This paper describes the main objectives, technical content, and status of the H2020 project entitled “High-performance advanced methods and experimental investigations for the safety evaluation of generic Small Modular Reactors (McSAFER)”. The main pillars of this project are the combination of safety-relevant thermal hydraulic experiments and numerical simulations of different approaches for safety evaluations of light water-cooled Small Modular Reactors (SMR). It describes the goals, the consortium, and the involved thermal hydraulic test facilities, e.g., the COSMOS-H (KIT), HWAT (KTH), and MOTEL (LUT), including the experimental programs. It also outlines the different safety assessment methodologies applied to four different SMR-designs, namely the CAREM (CNEA), SMART (KAERI), F-SMR (CEA), and NuScale. These methodologies are multiscale thermal hydraulics, conventional, low order, and high fidelity neutron physical methods used to demonstrate the inherent safety features of SMR-core designs under postulated design-basis-accident conditions. Finally, the status of the investigations is shortly discussed followed by the dissemination activities and an outlook.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6348
Number of pages14
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Experiments
  • High fidelity
  • Multiphysics
  • Multiscale
  • Safety evaluations
  • SMR


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