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INcreasing Safety in NPPs by Covering gaps in Environmental Fatigue Assessment

Objective

INCEFA-PLUS delivers new experimental data and new guidelines for assessment of environmental fatigue damage to ensure safe operation of European nuclear power plants.

Austenitic stainless steels will be tested for the effects of mean strain, hold time and material roughness on fatigue endurance. Testing will be in nuclear Light Water Reactor environments. The three experimental parameters were selected in the framework of an in-kind project during which the current state of the art for this technical area was developed. The data obtained will be collected and standardised in an online fatigue database with the objective of organising a CEN workshop on this aspect.

The gaps in available fatigue data lead to uncertainty in current assessments. The gaps, will be targeted so that fatigue assessment procedures can address behaviour under conditions closer to normal plant operation than is currently possible. Increased safety can thus be assured.

INCEFA-PLUS also develops and disseminates a modified procedure for estimating environmental fatigue degradation. This will take better account of the effects of mean strain, hold time and surface finish. This will enable better management of nuclear components, making possible the long term operation (LTO) of NPPs under safer conditions.

INCEFA-PLUS is relevant to the NFRP1-2014 programme because:

• Present guidance originates from NRC. In Europe various national programmes aim to develop counter proposals allowing greater operational efficiency with at least comparable safety assurance. INCEFA-PLUS brings these programmes together through which a strong EU response to the NRC methodology will be obtained with improved safety assurance through increased lifetime assessment reliability.
• INCEFA-PLUS improves comparability of data from EU programmes because partner laboratories will do some tests on a common material under common conditions. Reduced assessment uncertainty will enable easier maintenance of safety

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Jacobs Clean Energy Limited
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€ 481 324,00
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WA16 8QZ Knutsford
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North West (England) Cheshire Cheshire East
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 607 121,00

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PREUSSENELEKTRA GMBH
Germany
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€ 0,00
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Tresckowstrasse 5
30457 Hannover

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Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
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€ 250 000,00
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
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€ 125 000,00
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Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Aargau
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Research Organisations
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€ 250 000,00
UJV REZ, a. s.
Czechia
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€ 74 662,00
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Hlavni 130, Rez
250 68 Husinec

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Střední Čechy Středočeský kraj
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€ 67 273,00
STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
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€ 332 397,00
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Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles

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Research Organisations
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€ 579 273,00
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
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€ 119 550,00
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Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
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€ 41 263,00
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Breslaujos G. 3
LT-44403 Kaunas

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CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
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€ 100 000,00
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Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE
France
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Av De La Division Leclerc 31
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UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Spain
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Avenida De Los Castros S/n
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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
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€ 39 000,00
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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
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€ 326 806,00
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Rue De La Loi 200
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€ 272 240,25
AREVA NP SAS

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France
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€ 41 789,00
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1 Place Jean Millier Tour Areva
92400 Courbevoie

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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
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Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08

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INESCO INGENIEROS SL
Spain
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Avenida De Los Castros Cdtuc Modulo
39005 Santander

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Cantabria Cantabria
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€ 244 131,50
ROLLS-ROYCE POWER ENGINEERING PLC
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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DE24 8BJ Derby

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FRAMATOME
France
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€ 82 655,66