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Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) System for the Inspection of Operation-Induced Material Degradation in Nuclear Power Plants

Objective

The long-term operation (LTO) of existing nuclear power plants (NPPs) has already been accepted in many countries as a strategic objective to ensure adequate supply of electricity over the coming decades. In order to estimate the remaining useful lifetime of NPP components, LTO requires reliable tools.
The objective of NOMAD is the development, demonstration and validation of a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) tool for the local and volumetric characterisation of the embrittlement in operational reactor pressure vessels (RPVs). In order to address these objectives, the following steps will be taken:
• Development and demonstration of an NDE tool for the characterisation of RPV embrittlement, especially accounting for material heterogeneities and exceeding the existing information from surveillance programmes.
• Extension of the existing database of RPV material degradation by adding correlations of mechanical, microstructural and NDE parameters as well as including quantification of reliability and uncertainty.
• Application of the developed tool to cladded material resembling the actual RPV inspection scenario.
NOMAD takes into account the priorities of reactor operation, responding to stringent safety requirements from regulators, and seeks to foster convergence of nuclear safety approaches. The approach to be developed within NOMAD will deliver information complementary to and exceeding the information obtained by destructive tests of surveillance samples, which are currently assumed to represent the whole component and do not take into account possible local material variations. NOMAD aims to fulfil requirements for nuclear safety in the framework of assessment of lifetime operation. Thereby, it covers the specific challenge and scope of the call: Continually improving safety and reliability of Generation II and III reactors.

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017

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Sub call

NFRP-2016-2017-1

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Net EU contribution
€ 676 358,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (9)

STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 1 645 670,88
Address
Avenue Herrmann Debroux 40
1160 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 564 152,50
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SVTI SCHWEIZERISCHER VEREIN FUR TECHNISCHE INSPEKTIONEN
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 366 241,25
Address
Richtistrasse 15
8304 Wallisellen

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 385 625,00
Address
Heinrich-hertz-allee 1
66386 St Ingbert

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Saarland Saarland Saarpfalz-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 326 955,37
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HEPENIX MUSZAKI SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 285 625,00
Address
Petofi Sandor Utca 39
2049 Diosd

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Közép-Magyarország Pest Pest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 275 250,00
Address
Konkoly Thege Miklos Ut 29-33
1121 Budapest

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Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 231 790,00
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Nordwestschweiz Aargau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECNATOM S.A.
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 123 500,00
Address
Avenida Montes De Oca 1
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes - Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00