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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.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 908 792,50

Participants (19)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 405 600
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
PREUSSENELEKTRA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Tresckowstrasse 5
30457 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 762 750
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANLAGEN UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) gGmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Schwertnergasse 1
50667 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
TUV RHEINLAND ISTEC GMBH,INSTITUT FUR SICHERHEITSTECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 192 700
Address
Boltzmannstrasse 14 Garching Forschungszentrum
85748 Garching B Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KERNKRAFTWERK GOSGEN-DANIKEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 62 475
Address
Kraftwerkstrasse
4658 Daniken
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOKURITSU DAIGAKU HOJIN KYOTO DAIGAKU
Japan
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Yoshida Honmachi 36-1 Sakyo Ku
606 8501 Kyoto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LGI CONSULTING
France
EU contribution
€ 217 018,75
Address
6 Cite De L'ameublement
75011 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 83 000
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1121 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 198 375
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 338 314,75
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 344 750
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 325 708
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UJV REZ, a. s.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 140 750
Address
Hlavni 130, Rez
250 68 Husinec
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 132 992,81
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 308 500
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ANALYSIS AND MEASUREMENT SERVICES CORPORATION
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
9119 Cross Park Drive
37923 Knoxville Tn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TUV RHEINLAND INDUSTRIE SERVICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 90 900
Address
Am Grauen Stein
51105 Koln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)