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International Conference on Future of Heavy Water Reactors (HWR-Future)

October 2, 2011 @ 12:00 am - October 5, 2011 @ 12:00 am


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A greater use of nuclear energy will be required to achieve sustainable emissions-free energy production and energy use while economically meeting the requirements of security of supply (energy independence) and growing demand.  Nuclear energy will continue to make a substantial contribution to meet the world’s energy needs based on the sound foundation of existing reactor technology, infrastructure and resources (natural resources and human capital).  To ensure that nuclear energy can contribute its full potential, reactor and related nuclear technologies, in particular nuclear fuel cycles, must continue to evolve.  Heavy Water Reactor (HWR) technology is uniquely suited to respond to the future needs because of its inherent technical characteristics and associated fuel cycle flexibility.  With the looming renaissance of nuclear power, major plans for new builds have been established or considered in many countries. In cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) is organizing the International Conference on the future of HWR (HWR-Future).  This conference is aimed at providing a forum for discussion of advancements and issues, sharing information and technology transfer, and establishing future collaborations on reactor design, fuel design, material and chemistry, thermal-hydraulics and safety, and operating experience for HWRs.  The official language of the symposium is English.


Call for Papers announcement (June 10 2011)

Technical Topics

Papers related to the following topics are of interest to HWR-Future:
  • Reactor Core and Fuel Designs
  • Advanced Fuel Cycle and Reactor Physics
  • Material and Chemistry
  • Thermal-hydraulics and Safety Analysis
  • Steam Generators
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Other topics


**NEW**Embedded Panel Discussions

“Fuel CHF Enhancement – Technologies to improve safety margin, enhance power output, and mitigate ageing effect”

  • Panel organizers: Laurence Leung (AECL)
  • October 4, 2011, 14:00 – 17:00 (tentative)
  • Discussion topics:
    • Past experience
    • Current developments
    • Analytical support
    • Experimental support
    • Future trends
    • Regulatory and licensing requirements

“Current Developments and Challenges In Heavy Water Reactor Physics Analyses”

  • Panel organizers: Parvaiz Akhtar (Chair), Adriaan Buijs (McMaster University), Dumitru Serghiuta (CNSC)
  • October 4, 2011, 14:00 – 17:00 (tentative)
  • Discussion topics:
    • Present neutronics computational schemes for heavy water reactors and challenges related to optimization of operational and licensing needs for life extension
    • Full core transport methods in HWR: drivers and trends
    • Coupled neutronics-thermalhydraulics codes
    • Developmental needs pertaining to advanced HWR designs and new fuel cycles
    • Verification and validation activities and related qualification of uncertainties
    • Developmental needs to address evolution of regulatory and licensing requirements

Paper Formatting and Submission

Use this Microsoft Word templates for submission of Full Paper

Submit on-line abstracts and papers at https://www.softconf.com/c/cns_fhwr2011/.

To help with planning, authors are kindly asked to log on to the electronic submission system and input the title and main author of their planned paper even before making the full submission.

Important Dates for Authors (Extended)

Submission of on-line abstracts March 14, 2011
Acceptance/author notification April 04, 2011
Draft paper submission June 20, 2011
Comments on draft paper sent to authors July 11, 2011
Final paper submission August 22, 2011
Earlybird discount registration August 23, 2011


Copyright of papers submitted to the International Conference on the Future of Heavy Water Reactors (HWR-Future) remains with the author and/or his/her organization, but the CNS may freely reproduce the papers in print, electronic or other forms.   The CNS retains a royalty-free right to charge fees for such material as it sees fit.


The final program has been established based on submissions and registration information.  Please review and contact us if there is any schedule conflict.

Technical Tours

A tour of the AECL Chalk River Laboratories (http://www.aecl.ca/Science/CRL.htm) has been planned on 2011 October 06.  Please sign up at the registration desk (spaces are limited).


Click HERE to register for the International Conference on the Future of Heavy-Water Reactors (HWR-Future) 2011 Oct. 2-5

Earlybird Registration Fees (deadline August 23, 2011):
CNS Member CDN$600
Non-CNS Member CDN$700
Full-Time Student CDN$330
CNS Retiree CDN$430
Regular Registration Fees (after August 23, 2011):
CNS Member CDN$700
Non-CNS Member CDN$800
Full-Time Student CDN$430
CNS Retiree CDN$530


Important Dates (Extended)

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March 14, 2011 Submission of on-line abstracts
April 04, 2011 Notification of paper acceptance sent to authors
June 20, 2011 Draft paper submission
July 11, 2011 Comments on draft paper to authors
August 22, 2011 Final paper submission
August 23, 2011 Earlybird discount registration
Oct. 02 – 05, 2011 Int. Conf. on Future of HWRs
October 06, 2011 Technical tour of Chalk River Lab.


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The official Conference hotel is the 
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
You can reserve your room on-line via the following dedicated link: Marriott Hotel

100 Kent Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5R7 Canada 
Phone: 001 (613) 238-1122 · Toll-Free: 001 (800) 853-8463
(Group code is “NSSNSSA”)

More Information

General Enquiry
Laurence Leung
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Chalk River Laboratories
Chalk River, Ontario K0J 1J0
Ph: ++1 613-584-8811 ext. 44813
e-mail: leungl@aecl.ca

Thank you to our Sponsors

(Click on the logo to link to our sponsor’s website)

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  Candu Energy Inc. Logo
GoC logo
Isowater logo


Co-Sponsoring Agencies and Societies

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China_NS logo

IAEA logo

KNS logo


October 2, 2011 @ 12:00 am
October 5, 2011 @ 12:00 am
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