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Gap analysis for long term inspection needs of nuclear plant


Inspection by non-destructive testing (NDT) and continuous monitoring plays an important role in assuring the continued safe and economic operation of nuclear plant. The inspection methods themselves (underlying technology) and the way in which they are ap plied (inspection strategies) continue to evolve due to three reasons: - Changing inspection needs as plant ages - Emergence of new inspection technologies and strategies - New challenges associated with decommissioning and waste storage Development of new inspection technologies and strategies is undertaken through a wide variety of fragmented routes including in-house, single party contract, national programmes and international collaborative programmes. This leads to duplication of effort, inefficient us e of resources, and lack of awareness of results. The object of the proposed study is to identify the medium to long-term inspection needs of nuclear plant, identify where these can be met by recent/current research and technological development work (incl uding Community Framework Programmes), and perform a gap analysis which will attempt to direct future Community Research and Technological Development (RTD) activities and other initiatives. The main activities planned are: - Identification of desired futu re inspection methods / tools / strategies ("wish-list") through questionnaires / meetings / workshop with both nuclear utilities and regulators (also including organisations with responsibilities in decommissioning and waste storage) - Review of recent / current research and technological development relevant to nuclear inspection needs - Match-making of recent / current work to utilities' / regulators' wish-list - Analysis of gaps between recent / current work and utilities' / regulators' wish-list to ide ntify those gaps which could best be addressed by future Community RTD activities and other collaborative work.'

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