MAECENAS will develop a comprehensive reliability-based analysis assessment tool to determine the risk of an unacceptable reduction in the structural safety of reinforced PCCV and PCPVs as a result of operational and environmental ageing effects.
For the first time a complete analysis capability will exist that considers the complex moisture transport, creep, shrinkage and fracturing processes under elevated temperature for concrete suffering multi-axial stress states. This can lead to a step-change in the interpretation of condition and assessment of appropriate repair strategies.
Test data on the behaviour of aged concrete will be gathered to create a thermodynamically consistent constitutive theory. The project will involve close collaboration between leading academic institutions and senior engineers from within the nuclear industry.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
G74 5PR Glasgow
166 29 Praha 6
L20 3LZ Bootle (Merseyside)
G12 8LT Glasgow