KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany 

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a higher education and research organisation with about 8,000 employees, 18,500 students, and a total annual budget of about 700 million Euros. KIT was established on 01/10/2009 as merger of Universität Karlsruhe (founded in 1825), one of Germany’s leading research universities, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (founded in 1956), one of the largest research centres in the Helmholtz Association. Higher education, research, and innovation are the three pillars of KIT’s activities. In establishing innovative research structures, KIT is pursuing joint strategies and visions. KIT is devoted to top research and excellent academic education as well as to being a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, exchange of know-how, and sustainable innovation culture. KIT’s research profile is characterised by a strong focus on energy technology, nanotechnology and materials research, elementary particle and astroparticle physics as well as climate and environmental research. It has significant competencies in the fields of information and communication technologies, mobility systems, optics and photonics, and the inter-relations of humans and technology.

The Programme Nuclear Safety Research (NUKLEAR) is recognized as a long-term, provident research activity, studying scientific aspects of reactor safety and the safety of nuclear waste disposal. The results are applied in the public interest domain in order to contribute to the continuous improvement of the high safety standards of German nuclear installations and to provide the scientific and technical tools for the long-term safe nuclear waste disposal, including Partitioning and Transmutation. The scientific research work is performed in eight academic Institutes, the strategy and coordination work is performed by the Programme Management.

Key persons in the project:

Maarten Becker, received his Diploma degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Aachen 2005. Since then employed in the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology. He is the main developer of the cross section generation part of the Reactor Physics Code KANEXT well suited for the investigation of ADS due to its modularity and flexibility. He is engaged in several European projects including the YALINA and GUINEVERE project, in which he is involved in the determination of kinetic parameters.

Dr. habil Ron Dagan, Ph. D. at the Dep. of Mechanical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 1997. Habilitation in Reactor Physics from the “Institute for Nuclear Technology and Energy Systems”,- University of Stuttgart 2008. Since 1998 he is employed in the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology KIT. He has been involved in neutron physics codes and cross section generation models development. Engaged in different European projects such as the PDS-XADS, TRADE, IAEA -CRP projects the IP-EUROTRANS (XT-ADS, EFIT-Pb), and SFR-GenV. Currently he is the head of the Reactor Physics–fission group.

Fabrizio Gabrielli, Degree in Nuclear Engineering, University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy (1999). Fellowship on ADS system at ENEA Casaccia, Italy (2000-2002). Research grant on TRADE experiment at Polytechnic of Turin (2003-2005). Since 2006 staff member Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies, KIT. Experience in neutronics of ADS, including interpretation and analysis of some related experiments. Current research work deals with neutronics and safety codes development and employment for ADS and critical reactors with thermal and fast spectrum.

Luigi Mercatali, born in 1973, received his Master degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2000. He was subsequently awarded a two-years Postdoctoral appointment at ANL (USA) were he was involved in different R&D activities related to nuclear data and to the design of ADS by means of deterministic and Monte Carlo methods. Later he joined ENEA (Italy) were he was involved in PDS-XADS and pre-TRADE experiments. Since 2004 he is research scientist at the Institute for Reactor Safety of KIT and his main activity is currently related to the design and interpretation of the YALINA and the GUINEVERE experiments within the framework of the IP-EUROTRANS program.

Andrei Rineiski, Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics, Institute of Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk, Russia (1994). Worked at Institute for Physics and Power Engineering, Obninsk (1983 - 1995); CE Cadarache, France (1995-1997). At FZK since 1997. Long-term experience in numerical analyses and reactor physics. Current research work deals with development and application of reactor physics models for safety and scenario studies.