A large team, solid background and specialized expertise. Plus top-notch experimental infrastructures: the recipe for success
Complementary expertise
cooperation attitude
the asset of PASCAL
The 16 organizations forming the PASCAL consortium were selected so to form sound task forces, as the necessary basis for addressing the challenging topics encompassed in the scope of the project.
Their expertise and competences embrace both experimental and simulation skills, which are the building blocks of the PASCAL work process.
All partners also share a strong nuclear safety culture based on their background in the nuclear field, and a longstanding experience in the HLM technology: essential criteria for targeting the objective of actually contributing to the licensing preparation of ALFRED and MYRRHA. Particularly, all the designers of these systems, and the partners historically involved in their development, are members of the consortium.
Our team
Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

ENEA is the Italian public research company in the sector of energy, including nuclear (fusion and fission), covering also research and development for non-power applications of nuclear technologies. With more than 20 years of experience in the Lead-cooled Fast Reactors technology, and operating one of the largest experimental infrastructures worldwide, ENEA is involved in many projects dealing with innovative nuclear energy systems, from the USA to China. Notably, ENEA is a founding member of the FALCON Consortium, and the technology developer and core designer for the ALFRED European LFR demonstrator.

Ansaldo Nucleare

Ansaldo Nucleare is the subsidiary of Ansaldo Energia for the nuclear business, with a sound presence in the new international markets. The company’s specific missions are: supply of new nuclear power plants; service to operating nuclear plants; decommissioning of nuclear plants and radioactive waste management. For 20 years Ansaldo Nucleare has been significantly contributing to the design of innovative Lead-cooled Fast Reactors in Europe, and – as leader of the FALCON Consortium – is the chief architect and main designer of ALFRED.

Chalmers tekniska hoegskola AB

Founded in 1829, the Chalmers University of Technology has developed leading research in the areas of life sciences, materials science, information technology, micro-and nanotechnology, environmental sciences and energy. Some 13,900 people, including 3,258 employees (2,955 FTEs), work and study in Chalmers’ 13 departments.

Consorzio Interuniversitario nazionale per la Ricerca Tecnologica Nucleare

CIRTEN is a consortium of Italian universities, constituted in 1994 by Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino and the Universities of Padova, Palermo, Pisa and Rome, then joined in 2009 by the University of Bologna. The mission of CIRTEN is to promote the scientific and technological research in nuclear engineering and to co-ordinate the universities participation to knowledge development and collaborative activities with national and international research institutions and industries.

Centro di Ricerca, Sviluppo e Studi Superiori in Sardegna s.r.l.

CRS4 is an interdisciplinary research center developing advanced simulation techniques and applying them, by means of High Performance Computing, to the solution of large scale computational problems, and developing innovative applications in the field of the Information and Communications Technology. CRS4 has developed a twenty years long experience of CFD simulation applied to the Accelerator Driven System (ADS) and Gen-IV nuclear reactors cooled by heavy liquid metals.

Institut Von Karman de Dynamique des Fluides

VKI, founded in 1956, is an international non-profit organization (INPA) for post-graduate education and research in fluid dynamics. The research and training activities are carried out combining experimental, theoretical and numerical approaches, and span over industrial safety applications. VKI has a large number of advanced experimental facilities, complemented by an important activity in the domain of computational fluid dynamics, for which four clusters of multi-processor computers are available.

Joint Research Centre - European Commission
European Union

JRC is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. Its mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The Directorate G – Nuclear Safety and Security of JRC contributes to the scientific foundation for the protection of the European citizen against risks associated with the handling and storage of highly radioactive material, and scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of community policies related to nuclear energy.

Karlsruher Institut fur Technologie

KIT is a higher education and research organization with about 9,500 employees and 25,000 students. It bundles the missions of a university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and of a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation. Within its renown Nuclear Waste Management, Safety and Radiation Research (NUSAFE) research programme, KIT continues providing a key contribution for the safety improvement of advanced nuclear systems for waste management.

Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group
The Netherlands

NRG is an internationally operating nuclear service provider. The mission of NRG is to respond to the social need for high quality nuclear research and innovation, safe and reliable nuclear isotope production and services to organizations working with nuclear technology. As such, the company produces isotopes (operating the 45 MW High-Flux Reactor, HFR), conducts nuclear technological research, is a consultant on the safety and reliability of nuclear installations and provides services related to radiation protection. Research is performed for governments aimed at developing knowledge about nuclear technology.

Paul Scherrer Institute

PSI is a multi-disciplinary research center for natural sciences and technology. In national and international collaboration with universities, other research institutes and industry, PSI is active in solid state physics, material science, particles physics, life sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research, and energy related ecology. The institute’s priorities comprise various areas of both basic and applied research, particular in fields which are relevant for sustainable development as well as for teaching and training.

Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie / Centre d'etude de l'Energie Nucleaire

SCK CEN, the Belgian research centre on nuclear energy, is a Foundation of Public Utility under the tutorial of the Belgian Federal Minister. Its main missions are research in safety and efficiency of nuclear installations, solutions for the disposal of radioactive waste, radiation protection, sustainable development, education and training. In order to perform its activities, SCK CEN operates several research facilities, which include the BR1, BR2 and VENUS-F reactors, and the heavy liquid metal lab. Since 1998 SCK CEN is collaborating with European laboratories and research centers in the development of MYRRHA.

Sintec s.r.l.

Sintec is a private company offering a wide range of consulting, project management and engineering services for the development of advanced industrial systems, with particular attention to energy production systems. The activity includes the design, development and realization of renewable energy systems and R&D in support to the development of nuclear energy systems. In the field of project management, Sintec provides comprehensive services in support to the preparation and conduction of complex research programmes, from feasibility analysis and building of consortia up to a complete set of tools for the management and secretariat of the projects.

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TU Delft
Technische Universiteit Delft
The Netherlands

TU Delft is a multifaceted institution offering education and research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognized level. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 650 scientists, 250 support staff and 2,400 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology and Applied Physics. The activities of the research group Reactor Physics and Nuclear Materials (RPNM) include solid state chemistry and thermodynamics of nuclear materials.

Regia Autonoma Tehnologii pentru Energia Nucleara - Institutul de Cercetari Nucleare

RATEN-ICN is a complex R&D center with a longstanding tradition of more than 45 years in the nuclear energy field. The main R&D areas cover a large spectrum of activities: reactor physics and nuclear safety, nuclear materials and corrosion, NPP ageing management, nuclear fuels performance, fuel and materials irradiations, post-irradiation examinations, instrumentation and control, environmental protection, radioactive waste and spent fuel management. RATEN-ICN is a founding member of FALCON, with the role of the implementing agency of the ALFRED demonstrator.

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan

KTH is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden, with many international researchers and students, and extensive international research and educational exchange programmes. More than a third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at the university level is provided by KTH. The university has about 13,400 first and second level students and almost 1,900 doctoral students and 4,900 employees.
KTH is organized into ten schools, which together contain about 40 different departments.

Kauno Technologijos Universitetas

KTU is the largest technical university in the Baltic States, and the second largest institution of higher education of Lithuania. The Ultrasound Research Institute possesses specific knowledge, know-how and infrastructure to carry out investigation and developments in the field of ultrasonic applications in covering wide range of conventional and novel materials including metals, plastics, composites. Ultrasound research spans over 55 years of activity, with more than 1000 publications and over 150 patents.