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Nuclear plant life prediction.

Objective

European organisations have been at the forefront in developing advanced plant life management methodologies, mainly at national level. Their overall impact has been reduced by fragmentation. NULIFE Network of Excellence will work over a 5-year period to create a single organisation structure in the form of a Virtual Institute, capable of providing harmonised R&D at European level to the nuclear power industry and the related safety authorities in the area of lifetime evaluation and management methods for structural components. The demand for such technology is driven by the need to maintain safety margins of nuclear power plants over extended operational lifetimes. NULIFE is an innovative approach to coordinate fragmented European R&D in this complex, multidisciplinary area, which requires a complete understanding of how the interaction between ageing mechanisms, environmental effects and loadings impacts safety relevant systems, structures and components. The Network's strategy is based on a Joint Programme of Activities comprised of carefully selected Work Packages, which will follow a step-wise process to create an integrated long-standing research environment to develop qualified procedures and best practices applicable to all reactors in operation in EU member, Associated and Candidate States. An Executive Group consisting of WP leader organisations will have responsibility for implementing the Network integration strategy and creating a Virtual Institute. Activities will be performed by Expert Groups and an Infrastructure Group. An End-User Group, comprising representatives of utilities and manufacturing industry, will prioritise the activities. This, together with strong links to safety authorities, will ensure a customer-driven programme, which can be sustained beyond the 5-year period of EC financial support, based on the created Virtual Institute, recognised as a worldwide pole of excellence in the field of plant life assessment and management.

Call for proposal

EURATOM-2005-6-FIXEDDEADLINE
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Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT)
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
Espoo
Finland

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Participants (10)

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE - CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
Address
Herrmann Debrouxlaan 40-42
Bruxelles

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USTAV JADERNEHO VYZKUMU REZ A.S.
Czechia
Address
Husinec - Rez 130
Rez

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
Paris

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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
Address
22-30 Avenue De Wagram
Paris

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AREVA NP GMBH
Germany
Address
Freyeslebenstrasse 1
Erlangen

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels

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BRITISH ENERGY GROUP PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Systems House, Alba Campus
Livingston

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SERCO LTD
United Kingdom
Address
16 Bartley Wood Business Park
Hook

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FORSMARKS KRAFTGRUPP AB
Sweden
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Oesthammar

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E.ON KERNKRAFT GMBH, KERNKRAFT GRAFENRHEINFELD
Germany
Address
Tresckowstrasse 5
Hannover

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