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Safe long term operation of light water reactors based on improved understanding of radiation effects in nuclear structural materials

Objective

The overall aim of the SOTERIA project is to improve the understanding of the ageing phenomena occurring in reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels and in the internal steels (internals) in order to provide crucial information to regulators and operators to ensure safe long-term operation (LTO) of existing European nuclear power plants (NPPs). SOTERIA has set up a collaborative research consortium which gathers the main European research centres and industrial partners who will combine advanced modelling tools with the exploitation of experimental data to focus on four technical objectives: i) to carry out experiments aiming to explore flux and fluence effects on RPV and internals in pressurised water reactors, ii) to assess the residual lifetime of RPV taking into account metallurgical heterogeneities, iii) to assess the effect of the chemical and radiation environment on cracking in internals and iv) to develop modelling tools and provide a single platform integrating developed modelling tools and experimental data for reassessment of structural components during NPPs lifetime. Building on industry-specific key questions and material, SOTERIA will fill current gaps in safety assessment related to ageing phenomena, by providing a set of modelling tools directly applicable in an industrial environment. Guidelines for better use of modelling, material testing reactors and surveillance data will also be an output of paramount importance. Another important parallel objective is the education of the nuclear engineering and research community of SOTERIA results to improve and harmonise knowledge about NPPs ageing and thereby ensure a high impact of project results. The knowledge and tools generated in SOTERIA will contribute to improving EU nuclear safety policy, to increasing the leadership of the EU in safety related equipment and information and to contribute to improved NPP safety world-wide. The SOTERIA proposal received the NUGENIA label on 10 August 2014.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2014-2015
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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 890 000

Participants (24)

Jacobs Clean Energy Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 248 886
Address
Chelford Road Booths Hall
WA16 8QZ Knutsford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AREVA NP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 48 000
Address
1 Place Jean Millier Tour Areva
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AREVA GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 97 957
Address
Paul-gossen-strasse 100
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 221 763
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 365 963
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 336 348
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Hlavni 130
250 68 Husinec-rez
Activity type
Research Organisations
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 266 250
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE
France
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Av De La Division Leclerc 31
92260 Fontenay Aux Roses
Activity type
Research Organisations
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 103 750
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
PHI-MECA ENGINEERING
France
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Centre D'affaire Du Zenit L'arche, Rue De Sarlieve 34
63800 Cournon-d'auvergne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 208 656
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECNATOM S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Avenida Montes De Oca 1
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes - Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UJV REZ, a. s.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 155 000
Address
Hlavni 130, Rez
250 68 Husinec
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 681
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VATTENFALL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Evenemangsgatan 13
169 56 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ARTS ET METIERS
France
EU contribution
€ 80 000
Address
Boulevard De L Hopital 151
75013 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAMATOME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 254 043
Address
Paul-gossen-strasse 100
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)