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Prediction of the Effects of Radiation FOr reactor pressure vessel and in-core Materials using multi-scale modelling - 60 years foreseen plant lifetime

Objective

In nuclear power plants, materials may undergo degradation due to severe irradiation conditions that may limit their operational life. Utilities that operate these reactors need to quantify the ageing and the potential degradations of some essential structures of the power plant to ensure safe and reliable plant operation. So far, the material databases needed to take account of these degradations in the design and safe operation of installations mainly rely on long-term irradiation programs in test reactors as well as on mechanical or corrosion testing in specialized hot cells. Continuous progress in the physical understanding of the phenomena involved in irradiation damage and continuous progress in computer sciences have now made possible the development of multi-scale numerical tools able to simulate the effects of irradiation on materials microstructure. A first step towards this goal has been successfully reached through the development of the RPV-2 and Toughness Module numerical tools by the scientific community created around the FP6 PERFECT project. Relying on the existing PERFECT Roadmap, the proposed 4 year Collaborative Project PERFORM 60 has mainly for objective to develop multi-scale tools aimed at predicting the combined effects of irradiation and corrosion on internals (austenitic stainless steels) and also to improve existing ones on RPV (bainitic steels). PERFORM 60 will be based on two technical sub-projects i) RPV and ii) Internals. The Users' Group and Training sub-project shall allow representatives of constructors, utilities, research organizations... from Europe, USA and Japan to receive the information and training to get their own appraisal on limits and potentialities of the developed tools. An important effort will be made to teach young researchers in the field of materials' degradation. PERFORM 60 will be run with 20 European organizations and Universities involved in the nuclear field.
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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

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Avenue De Wagram 22
75008 Paris 08

France

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 122 249

Administrative Contact

Abderrahim Al Mazouzi (Dr.)

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STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE / CENTRE D'ETUDE DE L'ENERGIE NUCLEAIRE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 855 963

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 017 691

SERCO LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 466 479

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 619 460

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 126 145

AREVA NP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 23 100

AREVA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 943

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 412 159

UJV REZ, a. s.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 75 555

ROLLS-ROYCE POWER ENGINEERING PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 57 540

TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 54 915

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 277 491

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 140 365

BG H2 SOCIETY SDRUZHENIE

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 54 700

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 139 600

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 70 110

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

SUEZ-TRACTEBEL SA

Belgium

ENERGY, SAFETY AND RISK CONSULTANTS (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 232612

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-EURATOM-FISSION

  • Overall budget:

    € 13 596 130,20

  • EU contribution

    € 5 985 465

Coordinated by:

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France