ENS Topical Meeting on Research Reactor Fuel Management (RRFM):
Annual meeting point for specialists in nuclear research reactor
Since 1997, the annual ENS conference on Research Reactor
Fuel Management (RRFM) has been providing an international forum for
the exchange of information on all significant aspects of nuclear fuel
cycle of research reactors.
Research reactors are usually housed in nuclear research
institutes. At present, there are 272 operational research
reactors worldwide, 382 reactors have shut down (168
have not yet been decommissioned), and 17 reactors
are being built or planned. These reactors are or have been used for
materials testing, pure and applied research, radioisotope production
for medicine and industry, and teaching/training. In all cases, the
fuel supply, including new fuel options, spent fuel management and options
for storage and disposal, remain areas of concern for reactor operators
and other stakeholders. It is these concerns which the RRFM conference
Objective of RRFM conferences
To serve as a forum for researchers, decision-makers and consultants,
to discuss all significant aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle management
of research reactors.
To help improve operational efficiency and fuel safety.
To contribute to the search for back-end solutions for spent fuel.