Developing a framework for regulatory conformance of innovative experimental nuclear


Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) are a next-generation nuclear reactor technology outlined by Generation IV International Forum, fulfilling sustainability, economics, safety, and proliferation resistance goals. MSRs have drawn significant attention from industry and research communities in recent years due to the numerous safety, operational, and sustainability benefits. MSRs have the potential to close the nuclear fuel cycle, significantly reduce the amount of nuclear waste produced, and even operate on spent nuclear fuel from existing nuclear reactors, while opening the opportunity for significantly reducing the fuel cycle and the production cost of energy.

In the frame of developing an innovative reactor system, a zero power experiment is the first important step, which, if successful, leads to the start of a considerably large and complex programme. In addition, it is often seen as a low-cost and low-risk opportunity to study a novel reactor system. Among other things, the zero-power experiment could provide valuable data for validation and verification of nuclear codes, create an improved understanding of the developing system and prove its safety to the regulator.  It will educate the UK in designing, licensing, constructing, commissioning, and operating a new kind of innovative reactor.

The candidate will investigate the regulatory framework and strategies for the licensing of innovative zero-power experiments using a physics based modelling and simulation (M&S) approach. The work will also involve discussions with a technical support organisation to discuss the results and match the M&S approach with the regulatory requirements.   

Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form here: How to apply for a PhD - University of Liverpool 

Please ensure you include the project title and reference number PPPR067 when applying.