Development and Design of the EPR™ Core Catcher

  • Dietmar Bittermann
  • Manfred Fischer


The EPR™ is an evolutionary pressurized water reactor in the thermal range of 4,500 MWth, designed and marketed by AREVA NP. Currently, there are four EPR™ plants under design and construction: Olkiluoto-3 (OL3) in Finland, Flamanville-3 (FA3) in France, and Taishan 1&2 (TSN) in the People’s Republic of China.


Molten Pool Ductile Cast Iron Steam Explosion Cool Channel Reactor Pressure Vessel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AREVA Nuclear Power GmbHErlangenGermany

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