Canadian Nuclear Society

Société Nucléaire Canadienne

480 University Ave., Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1V2

Telephone: (416) 977-7620                      Fax: (416) 977-8131


The Toronto Branch of the Canadian Nuclear Society announces a public seminar


Speaker:                 Mr. Peter G. Boczar, Director, Reactor Core Technology Division, AECL



Date and Time:        Tuesday, March 5, 2002

                             11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Location:                Conference Room 8A, OPG Head office, 700 University Ave., Toronto

Visitors please enter the OPG front doors outside Queens Park subway station and check in with main floor security, then proceed to the 8th floor and follow the signs.


All welcome.  Coffee and donuts will be provided.



Despite the fact that the performance of CANDU fuel is outstanding, advanced fuel designs offer benefits to operating and new stations.  CANFLEX fuel improves thermalhydraulic margins, by increasing the critical channel power.  Slightly enriched uranium (SEU) reduces the quantity of spent fuel, lowers fuel cycle costs, and improves operating margins.  The judicious placement of parasitic absorbers, along with SEU, results in Low Void Reactivity Fuel (LVRF), in which any value of void reactivity and fuel burnup can be designed.  DUPIC (Direct Use of Spent PWR or BWR Fuel In CANDU) fuel offers synergism with light water reactors, by extracting additional energy from the spent LWR fuel, thereby reducing the environmental impact of the fuel cycle.  MOX fuel, using plutonium from dismantled nuclear warheads, enhances world peace while generating electricity.  Fuel is the key enabling technology in the Next Generation CANDU design that allows a significant reduction in capital cost.


The implementation of some of these advanced fuels is now enticingly close!


Speaker's Biography


Mr. Boczar is the Director of the Reactor Core Technology Division in AECL.  The Division has 130 staff in 5 branches:  physics and fuel branches at Chalk River and Sheridan Park, and the Fuel Channel Thermalhydraulics Branch at Chalk River Labs.  He has company-wide responsibility in AECL for both R&D and engineering in reactor & radiation physics, fuel design & development, advanced fuel cycles, and fuel channel thermalhydraulics. 


Mr Boczar joined AECL in 1979, with a Masters degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University, and a BSc in Physics from the University of Windsor.  He worked as a reactor physicist in the first part of his career, focusing on advanced fuel cycles.  In 1991 he was appointed Manager of the Fuel Materials Branch at the Chalk River, and in 1995 assumed his current position.


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Adam McLean, Chair, CNS Toronto Branch

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