The project consists of executing a workshop to increase the awareness of the Master Curve fracture toughness analysis method in Europe and to train experts for applying the method in the integrity assessment of pressurised water reactor pressure vessels. The workshop promotes the development and standardisation of the method particularly in the European countries. It enhances collaboration between EU countries and encourages national safety authorities to fully utilise the possibilities of the improved test and analysis methods in licensing the power plants. The collaboration will be extended to the East-European countries and Russia by inviting lecturers and attendees from these countries. The studies will increase personal experience of using the method as part of an entire integrity assessment of true components. The workshop educates experts for training the skills of using the Master Curve method further, e.g. inside their own institutes.
The general objective of the MASC workshop is to increase the awareness of the Master Curve method in Europe and qualify experts to the use of it. The long-term objectives are to encourage the use of the method for integrity assessments of reactor pressure vessels (RPVS), to produce relevant information for licensing RPVs and to enhance the development and standardisation of the method in Europe. The workshop also aims to increase collaboration between countries in order to find standard, generally accepted methods of determining the fracture toughness and to encourage national safety authorities to utilise the possibilities of the improved test and analysis methods in licensing the power plants. The purpose is to extend collaboration also to the East-European countries and Russia. The aim is also to educate experts for training the skills of using the Master Curve method further, e.g. inside their own institutes.