Scale model of Experimental Breeder Reactor-II
Rui Hu of Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering Division examines a scale model of Experimental Breeder Reactor-II on display in Argonne’s Nuclear Energy Exhibit. The exhibit tells the story of the nuclear energy research conducted at Argonne that formed the basis for today’s nuclear power industry and today supports the development of advanced reactors.
EBR-II was a prototype sodium-cooled fast reactor designed and operated by Argonne at the Argonne-West site in Idaho from 1964 to 1994. Landmark whole-plant inherent safety demonstration tests conducted by Argonne with EBR-II demonstrated the potential for sodium-cooled fast reactors to survive severe accident initiators with no fuel damage. Today, Argonne has developed benchmark specifications for the most severe of these tests and is coordinating an IAEA project to use these benchmarks and the test data for validation and qualification of fast reactor safety and design analysis codes.