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Core monitoring techniques and experimental validation and demonstration

Core monitoring techniques and experimental validation and demonstration

Objective

The CORTEX project aims at developing an innovative core monitoring technique that allows detecting anomalies in nuclear reactors, such as excessive vibrations of core internals, flow blockage, coolant inlet perturbations, etc. The technique will be based on primarily using the inherent fluctuations in neutron flux recorded by in-core and ex-core instrumentation, from which the anomalies will be differentiated depending on their type, location and characteristics. The method is non-intrusive and does not require any external perturbation of the system. The project will result in a deepened understanding of the physical processes involved. This will allow utilities to detect operational problems at a very early stage and to take proper actions before such problems have any adverse effect on plant safety and reliability. With an ageing fleet of nuclear reactors utilizing more challenging fuel assembly designs, core loadings, and operating more often in load-follow, new operational problems have been observed during the last decade and will become more frequent in the future. By making the detection and characterization of anomalies possible, the availability of nuclear-generated electricity will be further improved. This will contribute to a lowering of the CO2 footprint to the environment and to a higher availability of cheap base-load electricity to the consumers. By implementing the technique in the existing fleet of reactors, the technique will have a major impact. Moreover, the technique, being generic in nature, can be applied to future reactor types and designs. In order to develop a method that can reach a high Technology Readiness Level, the consortium was strategically structured around the required core expertise from all the necessary actors of the nuclear industry, both within Europe and outside. The broad expertise of the consortium members ensures the successful development of new in-situ monitoring techniques.

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CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

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41296 Goeteborg

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Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 908 792,50

Participants (19)

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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 405 600

PREUSSENELEKTRA GMBH

Germany

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 762 750

GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANLAGEN UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) gGmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

TUV RHEINLAND ISTEC GMBH,INSTITUT FUR SICHERHEITSTECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 192 700

KERNKRAFTWERK GOSGEN-DANIKEN AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 62 475

National University Corporation, Kyoto University

Japan

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 217 018,75

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 83 000

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 198 375

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 338 314,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 344 750

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 325 708

UJV REZ, a. s.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 140 750

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 132 992,81

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 308 500

ANALYSIS AND MEASUREMENT SERVICES CORPORATION

United States

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

TUV RHEINLAND INDUSTRIE SERVICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 90 900

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 754316

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    31 August 2021

Funded under:

H2020-Euratom-1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 462 113,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 092 626,81

Coordinated by:

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden