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Reactors Physics, Fuel Performances and Nuclear Safety

  • To maintain and develop technical support capacities for the CANDU Unit at Cernavoda NPP for the safe lifetime operation;
  • Lead cooled reactors knowledge, competencies and expertise development to generate contributions on the GEN IV reactors development, particularly on the ALFRED project;
  • To provide technical support for the safe operation of the TRIGA reactors.


  • Reactor physics and thermo-hydraulic analysis;
  • Calculation methods and computer code development;
  • Nuclear safety analyses;
  • Reactor physics instrumentation and experiments;
  • Nuclear fuel design, optimization and behavior modeling;
  • Fuel and materials tests design and experimental data evaluation.

Main experimental activities

  • Bonner spheres neutron spectrometer
  • MAXSIMA project (Methodology, Analysis and eXperiments for the “Safety In MYRRHA Assessment)
  • TRIGA-SSR thermal column reconfiguration and ∑∑ standard spectrum system implementation in the thermal column of TRIGA-SSR reactor
  • Educational and training activities at TRIGA research reactor include Internship for students
  • Various experiments with neutron sources in laboratory arrangements using the graphite block

Main simulation activities

  • Reactor physics analyses for standard and different advanced fuel types in CANDU reactors
  • Thermal-hydraulics analyses for standard and different advanced fuel types in CANDU reactors
  • Studies on standard and innovative CANDU fuel including geological disposal
  • Severe accidents studies
  • Neutron physics and thermal-hydraulic calculations for TRIGA operation
  • PSA studies for TRIGA facility
  • Neutron physics and safety analysis for the MAXSIMA project
  • International benchmarking activities for research reactors
  • Analyses for lead cooled and Gen. IV reactors
  • Refueling CANDU simulator realization
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis
  • Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Risk Management for nuclear installations

Contact person CS III Mirea MLADIN, e-mail: