Evening Lecture – Lessons learned from the Astrid project
In the frame of the ASTRID project led by CEA, Framatome, as reactor designer, has been involved since 2010 in the design of the ASTRID SFR demonstrator (600 MWe) with a large scope covering the reactor itself and the whole nuclear island definition. ASTRID is an advanced SFR that intends to cope with GEN IV objectives. Thus, numerous technical challenges were faced and successfully managed by Framatome during the various design stages, that implied the mastering of a new generation of methods and tools as required (System Engineering, Concurrent Engineering, Metamodels, Data Management and Artificial Intelligence, Design Exploration tools, Virtual Reality immersive sessions etc…). The execution of this project was a great opportunity to manage a deep exploration of design options to cope with the expected performance and cost. During the period of 2018 and 2019, the ASTRID project moved to consider a reduced power SFR concept (the New ASTRID: 150 MWe) that led to drastically investigate the simplification of the various systems and the issue of a compact arrangement of the reactor to keep the economy appraisal at a satisfactory level. The presentation will highlight the feedback experience gained by Framatome from the ASTRID project with a focus on the key drivers when dealing with Advanced Reactors design.
Jean-Marie Hamy is the manager of the Framatome Advanced Reactors competency center and he is in charge to deploy the innovative Framatome Design School, that is a unique format aiming to promote design practices and tools within the engineering teams. The objective is to reinforce the visibility of Framatome on advanced nuclear systems design and to enhance attractiveness towards the young generation to be part of these technical challenges.
Between 2011 and 2019 he was in the position of ASTRID technical project manager (GenIV Fast Reactor demonstrator). He has gained more than 25 years of experience in Nuclear Engineering in the frame of advanced projects and Fast Reactor technology in particular. Since more than 20 years he has experienced various positions in the management of engineering teams and projects covering a wide technical scope and concerning various types of nuclear facilities: new reactors, fast reactors, fusion, fuel cycle facilities, refurbishment and dismantling projects. He has always considered that advanced engineering tools and the related design approaches as the key to help in the execution of complex engineering projects. He is enthusiastic and strongly supportive concerning the pertinent innovations in that frame that can help to cope with industrial challenges.