February 20, 2018, marked a visit by a delegation from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), consisting of Prof. Norimasa Onishi, Prof. Hiroshi Sagara along with their three students, to Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) in order to explore potential pathways of cooperation within the framework of Inter-University Exchange Projects between the Tokyo Tech and Russia, and the Advanced Nuclear 3S Education and Training (ANSET) program; both of which are outcomes of the Memorandum of Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy signed on December 16th, 2016 by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” and two Japan ministries: the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. This visit is part of the continued long-term cooperation between Rosatom Tech and Tokyo Tech – it’s the fifth such visit to Rosatom Tech by Japanese delegations since 2013, including visits by Prof. Saito in 2015 and Prof. Obara in 2017.
Managers and specialists from Rosatom Tech’s Department of International Cooperation, MEPhI University and Rusatom International Network (RMS) were participants from the Russian side.
Prof. Sagara devoted his talk to the presentation of Inter-University Exchange Projects and ANSET programs, and welcomed Rosatom Tech contribution to these educational endeavors, additionally presenting varieties of potential research topics in the field of nuclear engineering which are available in recently established in Tokyo Tech Laboratory for Advanced Nuclear Energy.
Rosatom Tech specialists, for their part, focused on several points of mutual interest and subsequent opportunities for further cooperation, including, dual training and research sessions dedicated to safety analysis of reactor systems using simulation software and an invitation to contribute to the Rosatom Tech Glossary.
Speakers from Rosatom Tech demonstrated their experience in conducting training courses aimed at competence building in advanced nuclear technologies, such as the studying of passive safety systems of VVER reactor system, fabrication of fuel based on reprocessed uranium and a possibility of nuclear fuel cycle closing by utilizing fast reactors with heavy liquid metal coolants (HLMC) and specialized training courses focused on the development of the technology of Small and Medium Sized Reactors (SMRs) including high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR) in Russia, and on the points of research and development in the field of designing, manufacturing and quality assessment of nuclear fuel for HTGR as well.
A subsequent Rosatom Tech lecture presented an overview of joint projects between the European Nuclear Educational Network Association (ENEN) and Rosatom (ENEN I and II), as well as a review of Rosatom Tech activities in the field of International Cooperation With European Universities.
Rosatom Tech and Tokyo Institute of Technology both are affiliated ENEN members, and both sides agreed to continue working on implementing this format of international cooperation to provide a base for Russia-Japan collaboration in the field of human resource development for nuclear science and technology.
The final talk was dedicated to research activities at Rosatom Tech and interaction with the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom on justification of REMIX-fuel for VVER-1000 reactors.
A technical tour of the research facilities at Institute for Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) proved to be a great success. The Japanese delegation expressed substantial interest in Russian research concerning the disposal of spent sodium accumulated at the BR-10 reactor facility and heavy liquid metal technologies demonstrated on nonisothermal experimental loop at the Department of Physical and Chemical Technologies at IPPE.