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The 2014 Frédéric Joliot / Otto Hahn Summer School on Nuclear Reactors, Physics, Fuels and Systems

Frédéric Joliot and Otto Hahn
Frédéric Joliot and Otto Hahn
20th edition


Aix en Provence, France
August 20 – 29, 2014


Nuclear Reactors: Bridging the Gap between Science and Industry




Jointly organized by
the Nuclear Energie Division of the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA/DEN), France,
and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT/INR), Germany


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Profile of the Summer School

The Frédéric Joliot / Otto Hahn Summer School pursues two objectives: On the one hand it addresses the needs and challenges of nuclear systems -- Reactor and fuel design and operation, evolutionary and innovative concepts, optimal solutions for the back-end of the fuel cycle, etc. On the other hand, the School aims at keeping scientists and engineers abreast of the latest developments in basic and applied nuclear sciences, so as to preserve the high standard of knowledge in reactor physics and reactor technology.

This international course is intended for junior as well as experienced scientists and engineers in R&D laboratories, nuclear industry and utilities. Postdocs are also encouraged to apply.

Lecturers are invited from internationally leading universities and industry. The School format encourages informal discussions and the exchange of knowledge between lecturers and participants.

The Frédéric Joliot / Otto Hahn Summer School is a continuation of the Frédéric Joliot Summer School founded by the Commissariat à l´Énergie Atomique in 1995 to promote knowledge in the field of reactor physics in Cadarache, France.

The Frédéric Joliot / Otto Hahn Summer School is jointly organized by the Nuclear Energy Division of the Commissariat à l´Énergie Atomique (CEA/DEN, France) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany).


This 20th session of the Frédéric Joliot/Otto Hahn (FJOH) Summer School on "Nuclear Reactors Physics, Fuels, and Systems" will be held in Aix-en-Provence, France, from August 20 to August 29, 2014. This session is entitled Nuclear Reactors – Bridging the Gap between Science and Industry. It is aimed at junior as well as experienced scientists and engineers engaged in the broad field of nuclear sciences, engineering and technologies.

FJOH-2014 includes plenary lectures, group discussions, seminars, and technical visits. Speakers are invited from internationally leading universities, research and development laboratories, and industry. The lectures are at a post-doctoral level.

The FJOH-2014 programme covers the following two topics:

(i) LWR Physics Methods and Data; and
(ii) LWR Fuels and Structural Materials

Experts in those two fields will describe physics phenomena, state-of-the-art modelling methods, validation experiments and basic data. Other specialists will discuss method implementation in actual reactors, measured performance, lessons learned, practical limitations and expected progress. The first set of lectures will emphasize scientific considerations, while the second set will emphasize industrial issues, in a complementary fashion. The FJOH-2014 objective is to help the school participants develop a good understanding of "where we stand" and where R&D efforts should be most effective at delivering measurable advances.

The FJOH-2014 participants will have the opportunity to share their views on specific cross-cutting subjects and open-ended questions, as part of group reflection and critical thinking activities. Time has been set aside in the school schedule for these activities.

This course represents the continuation of the Frédéric Joliot Summer Schools on "Modern Reactor Physics and the Modelling of Complex Systems", which was created by CEA in 1995 to promote knowledge in the field of reactor physics, in a broad sense, and the international exchange of teachers, scientists, engineers and researchers. Beginning in 2004, the scope of the School was extended to include scientific issues related to nuclear fuels. The venues of the FJOH School sessions alternate between Karlsruhe and Aix-en-Provence.

The School’s aim is to address the challenges of reactor design and optimal fuel cycles, and to broaden the understanding of theory and experiments.

The programme of each School session is defined by the International FJOH Scientific Board.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Nuclear Energy Division of CEA jointly organize and sponsor the FJOH Summer School.

Programme Outline

Nuclear Reactors
Bridging the Gap between Science and Industry





 Nuclear power plants commercially available today (2 h)

 The life cycle f nuclear energy (1 h)

 3 h 

 J. Blomgren (INBEx)

 B. Bonin (CEA)





 Light Water Reactor Physics Methods and Data

 Lattice Physics, core modelling: What have we learned, what are the problems
 yet to be solved ? (5 h)

 Nuclear industry lessons from operating plants, code limitations and practical issues,
 desirable improvements (6 h)

 Demonstrating core performance via experiments, validation, uncertainty assessment,
 plant data (4 h)

 15 h 

 K. Smith (MIT)

 P. Bryce (EdF Energy)
 C. Schneidesch
   (Tractebel Eng)

 D. Bernard (CEA)
 H.D. Berger (AREVA)





 Light Water Reactor Fuels and Structural Materials

 Fundamentals of materials science and radiation damage (5 h)

 Materials degradation in a reactor: Industrial issues, code limitations,
 aging management (4 h)

 R&D on nuclear fuel: A good way to address safety and reliability related issues (4 h)

 15 h 

 A. Moeslang (KIT)
 G. Was (Univ. of Michigan)

 P. Efsing (Vattenfall/KTH)
 U. Ilg (ENBW)

 J. Noirot (CEA)
 N. Waeckel (EDF/SEPTEN)


 Group Reflection on Selected Scientific Topics

 6 h 

 School participants



 Modern Reactor Physics: Back to the Future (1 h)

 Moving from the world of material science into the world of nuclear technology (1 h)

 2 h 

 M. Salvatores (Consultant INL)

 F. Tuomisto (Aalto Univ.)


 Technical Visits of CEA Cadarache R&D Facilities


Scientific Board Members

  Prof. Jan Blomgren

  INBEx - Sweden

  Dr. Ron Cameron

  OECD - International

  Prof. Francisco Fernandez

  CSN - Spain

  Prof. Michel Giot

  UCL - Belgium

  Prof. Waclaw Gudowski

  RIT - Sweden

  Dr. Kevin Hesketh

  NNL - UK

  Prof. Jan Leen Kloostermann   

  Univ. Delft - The Netherlands

  Dr. Rudy Konings

  JRC/ITU & Univ. Delft - Germany

  Dr. Alex Mueller

  CNRS - France

  Dr. Stefan Niessen

  AREVA - Germany

  Dr. Daniel Parrat

  CEA - France

  Prof. Horst-Michael Prasser

  ETHZ - Switzerland

  Prof. Piero Ravetto

  Politecnico di Torino - Italy

  Prof. Richard Sanchez

  CEA - France

  Dr. Martin Sonnenkalb

  GRS - Germany

  Prof. Vladimir Slugen

  Slovak Univ. of Tech. & ENS - Slovakia  

  Dr. Walter Tromm

  KIT - Germany

  Dr. Harri Tuomisto

  Fortum Power - Finland

  Dr. Luc Vanhoenacker

  Tractebel Eng. - GDF-Suez - Belgium

  Prof. David Weaver

  Univ. Birmingham - UK

  Prof. Frank-Peter Weiss

  GRS - Germany


Key dates

May 16, 2014: Deadline for application.

June 6, 2014: Notification to applicants.

August 19, 2014, 7:00 pm: Welcome to participants with a get-together-dinner at the Hotel NOVOTEL Pont-de-l’Arc.

August 20, 2014, 9:00 am: Start of the school‘s lectures.

August 29, 2014, 2:00 pm: End of school.

Partial participations are not accepted.


The School will be held at the Hotel Novotel Pont-de-l’Arc, located in Aix-en-Provence, France, 30 km from the Marseille- Provence airport and 40 km from the CEA Cadarache Research Centre. Bus transportation (free of charge) will be provided from Marseille airport, and from Aix-en-Provence TGV railway-station, on August 19 pm. Return transportation will be provided on August 29 at 2 pm.

Registration fees

The fees cover: lectures, class notes, excursions, meals and lodging at the Hotel Novotel Pont-de-l’Arc from August 19 evening to August 29, 2:00 pm.
The fees do not cover travel expenses.


 Content   File   Format   Size 
 First Announcement   FJOH 2014 first annoucement.pdf   pdf   162 kB 
 Leaflet   FJOH2014_Leaflet BD.pdf  pdf   1.7 MB 
 Poster   FJOH2014_Poster BD.pdf  pdf   1.2 MB