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Structural integrity for lifetime management – non-RPV components

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to assess, optimise and develop the use of advanced tools for the structural integrity assessment of reactor coolant pressure boundary components (RCPB) relevant to ageing and life time management and to integrate the knowledge created in the project into mainstream nuclear industry assessment codes. Realistic failure models for some of the key components will be identified within the project based on the operators’ experience supported by an efficient knowledge management database system. The range of assessment tools considered will include those for assessment of component failure by advanced fracture mechanics analyses validated on small and large scale experiments, quantification of weld residual stresses by numerical analysis and by measurements, stress corrosion crack initiation/growth effects and assessment of RCPB components (excluding the reactor pressure vessel) under dynamic and seismic loading. Based on theoretical and experimental results, performance assessment and further development of simplified engineering assessment methods (EAM) will be carried out considering both deterministic and probabilistic approaches. Integrity assessment case studies and large scale demonstration experiments will be performed on Mock-ups of safety-relevant components. These will include a repair weld in an aged butt-welded austenitic pipe, a dissimilar narrow gap TIG weld (following the EPR design) and a cladded ferritic pipe. Moreover experiments on specimens and feature test pieces will be carried out to support the large scale Mock-up analyses. The end product of the project (“STYLE TOOLS”) will comprise best practice guidelines on the use of advanced tools, on improvement and qualification of EAM as a part of European Leak-before-break (LBB) procedures and on life time management of the integrity of RCPB components in European nuclear power plants. The project will interact with the European Network of Excellence NULIFE.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/numerical analysis
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/structural engineering/earthquake engineering/seismic loading

Call for proposal

FP7-Fission-2009
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AREVA GMBH
Address
Paul-gossen-strasse 100
91052 Erlangen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 571 894
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Keim (Ms.)

Participants (19)

EDF ENERGY NUCLEAR GENERATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 204 431
Address
Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL43RS Barnwood
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael C Smith (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 277 340
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yann Kayser (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 157 748
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)
SERCO LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 159 479
Address
Bartley Wood Business Park 16 Serco House
RG27 9UY Bartley Way Hook
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Waites (Mr.)
RINGHALS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 84 640
Address
Hallands 13 Varberg 83
43022 Varobacka
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pål Efsing (Dr.)
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA KFKI ATOMENERGIA KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 101 750
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1525 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
ákos Horváth (Dr.)
AREVA NP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 165 125
Address
1 Place Jean Millier Tour Areva
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Chapuliot (Dr.)
BAY ZOLTAN ALKALMAZOTT KUTATASI KOZALAPITVANY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 102 000
Address
Fehervari Ut 130
1116 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Szabolcs Szávai (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 600
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Coombs (Ms.)
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 128 750
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dominique Moinereau (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE SOUDURE ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 93 750
Address
Rue Des Vanesses 90 Zi Paris Nord
93420 Villepinte
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christian Boucher (Dr.)
REGIA AUTONOMA PENTRU ACTIVITATI NUCLEARE DROBETA TR. SEVERIN RA SUCURSALA CERCETARI NUCLEARE PITESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 102 250
Address
Cimpului 1
0402 Mioveni - Arges
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Roth (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 55 250
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dieter Siegele (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 121 500
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 57 250
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Frederic J. Blom (Mr.)
UJV REZ, a. s.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 124 250
Address
Hlavni 130, Rez
250 68 Husinec
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Milan Brumovsky (Dr.)
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 63 250
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Griet Vanderperren (Ms.)
TECNATOM S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 81 250
Address
Avenida Montes De Oca 1
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes - Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Manuel Mourín Valcárcel (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 124 250
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Merja Asikainen (Ms.)