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Advanced Structural Integrity Assessment Tools for Safe Long Term Operation

Objective

NFRP 1: 2016-2017 notes that “A number of current Generation II reactors should continue operating for a few decades and Generation III should still be in operation one century from now.” This requires a systematic ageing management procedure for justifying their safe long term operation (LTO). One fundamental part in this process is to demonstrate the integrity of the nuclear power plant components. The required safety margins are determined by considering various degradation and ageing mechanisms and postulated defects. This project focuses on open technology gaps, identified in the NUGENIA road map, related to piping components, not covered by other ongoing projects.

Specifically this project will focus on developing:

o innovative quantitative methodologies to transfer laboratory material properties to assess the structural integrity of large piping components,
o an enhanced treatment of weld residual stresses when subjected to long term operation,
o advanced simulation tools based on fracture mechanics methods using physically based mechanistic models,
o improved engineering methods to assess components under long term operation taking into account specific operational demands,
o integrated probabilistic assessment methods to reveal uncertainties and justify safety margins.

ATLAS+ will have a significant impact on the safety of operational Generation II and III nuclear power plants. The project will demonstrate and quantify inherent safety margins introduced by the conservative approaches used during design and dictated by codes and standards employed through-out the life of the plant. The outcomes from ATLAS+ will therefore support the long term operation of nuclear power plants. This will be achieved by using more advanced and realistic scientific methods to assess the integrity of piping. The project will provide evidence to support the methods by carrying out large scale tests using original piping materials.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 532 207

Participants (20)

AREVA GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 622,88
Address
Paul-gossen-strasse 100
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AREVA NP SAS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 8 597,10
Address
1 Place Jean Millier Tour Areva
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 416 250
Address
Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Jacobs Clean Energy Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 664
Address
Chelford Road Booths Hall
WA16 8QZ Knutsford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 225 067
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 155 875
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 223 681
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KIWA INSPECTA TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 519 810
Address
Lindhagensterrassen 1
104 25 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 67 087
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECNATOM S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 46 813
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)
BAY ZOLTAN ALKALMAZOTT KUTATASI KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT.
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 248 375
Address
Kondorfa Utca 1
1116 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 76 250
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1121 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 46 875
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 95 438
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Other
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 368
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 49 375
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE
France
EU contribution
€ 87 972
Address
Av De La Division Leclerc 31
92260 Fontenay Aux Roses
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 101 109,92
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAMATOME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 487 524,12
Address
Paul-gossen-strasse 100
91052 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRAMATOME
France
EU contribution
€ 263 902,90
Address
1 Place Jean Millier Tour Areva
92400 Courbevoie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)