On 13-15 May 2017, the 8th International Symposium on Supercritical Water-cooled Reactors (ISSCWR-8) was held in Chengdu, China and was organised by the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in cooperation with the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA), the IAEA, the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the GIF SCWR System Steering Committee. The Symposium attracted more than 95 participants from 10 countries and international organisations, with a majority of experts from research organisations and universities in China. This year’s edition addressed recent developments in SCWR-based systems: small modular reactors in Canada, China’s CSR-1000 programme, and progress made in the area of thermal-hydraulics and heat transfer, as well as materials and chemistry.
The GIF SCWR Project Management Board (PMB) and System Steering Committee (SSC) meetings were also held this week. Members of the Materials and Chemistry PMB and the Thermal-Hydraulics & Safety PMB updated their respective Project Plans to include the contribution from China, covering the period up to 2020. The SSC and PMB members unanimously approved of China becoming a new Signatory to these Project Arrangements. The signature process will now be initiated by the GIF Technical Secretariat.