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Code for European Severe Accident Management

Code for European Severe Accident Management

Objective

The Fukushima accidents highlighted that both the in-depth understanding of such sequences and the development or improvement of adequate severe accident management measures is essential in order to further increase the safety of the nuclear power plants operated in Europe. CESAM (Code for European Severe Accident Management) is a R&D project that aims in particular at the improvement of the European reference code ASTEC towards a usage in severe accident management analysis for nuclear power plants (NPP).
The models of ASTEC that are available for the relevant phenomena during severe accidents in the reactor core as well as in the spent fuel ponds are assessed and recommendations for improvement are developed. The lessons learned from the severe accident in Fukushima will be especially considered. Based on these recommendations ASTEC models will be improved and validated by the partners.
In addition, ASTEC will be coupled to environmental consequences tools and a methodology will be investigated that evaluates the probability of different possible accident scenarios based on available on-side data during an accident in a nuclear power plant. This way, ASTEC will be extended to become a tool used for decision-making in emergency cases.
ASTEC reference datasets for the main generic types of NPPs in Europe (PWR, BWR, CANDU) will jointly be prepared to give users appropriate guidance how to apply ASTEC for real plant analyses used e.g. for accident management. Plant analyses and possible improvements of SAM measures based on various plant scenarios and accounting for the lessons drawn from the Fukushima accidents, will be performed. A workshop will be organized to elaborate on ASTEC capabilities for calculations of the Fukushima accidents, both in the reactor core and the spent fuel ponds.

Coordinator

GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANLAGEN UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) gGmbH

Address

Schwertnergasse 1
50667 Koln

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 641 945,80

Administrative Contact

Gisela Niedermeyer

Participants (19)

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TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE

France

EU Contribution

€ 627 100

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 253 250

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 173 065

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 219 000

VUJE AS

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 97 662

INZINIERSKA VYPOCTOVA SPOLOCNOST TRNAVA S.R.O.

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 158 250

LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 93 000

NUBIKI Nuclear Safety Research Institute Ltd.

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 49 200

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 420

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 289 150

INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND NUCLEAR ENERGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 75 300

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 69 690

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 354 893,60

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 48 975

AREVA NP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 44 000

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 111 277,60

DEPARTMENT OF ATOMIC ENERGY

India

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 323264

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2013

  • End date

    31 March 2017

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 258 591,40

  • EU contribution

    € 3 597 179

Coordinated by:

GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANLAGEN UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) gGmbH

Germany