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15 Oct 2020 | ENEA | PASCAL: a new H2020 project to support ALFRED and MYRRHA pre-licensing newspicture PASCAL: a new H2020 project to support ALFRED and MYRRHA pre-licensing

The PASCAL project was recently approved for co-financing by the EC within the H2020 Euratom programme. PASCAL, gathering 16 European organizations, is aimed at generating new quality experimental data supporting the pre-licensing processes of the two ESNII heavy-liquid-metal-cooled systems: ALFRED and MYRRHA.

15 Oct 2020 | Vuje | Cold and hot hydro-test at Mochovce NPP Unit 3 newspicture Cold and hot hydro-test at Mochovce NPP Unit 3

Team of Scientific and Technical Support of Commissioning was formed in VUJE, a.s. to independently supervise the observance of nuclear safety principles during the preparation and performance of Mochovce NPP Units 3&4 commissioning.

15 Oct 2020 | Jacobs | Raman spectroscopy – nuclearised newspicture Raman spectroscopy – nuclearised

An innovative twist on an established technology has created a powerful new tool for characterisation of radioactive material.

15 Oct 2020 | ENEA | Anomalous measurements of radionuclides over North-East Europe in June 2020 newspicture Anomalous measurements of radionuclides over North-East Europe in June 2020

During the month of June 2020 several anomalous measurements of radioactive nuclides have been recorded in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. ENEA has performed isotopic ratios and atmospheric dispersion analyses in order to pinpoint a possible region of origin of the radioactive material.

15 Oct 2020 | Vuje | Progress in decommissioning of V1 NPP primary circuit contaminated components newspicture Progress in decommissioning of V1 NPP primary circuit contaminated components

From October 2017, the Consortium Westinghouse Electric Spain, Westinghouse Electric Sweden and VUJE is implementing the Project: “D4.2 Dismantling of Reactor Coolant System Large Components” being one of the most important project of V1 Nuclear Power Plant (two units with VVER– 440 reactors located in Jaslovské Bohunice site in Slovakia) decommissioning process managed by Slovak company Jadrová a vyraďovacia spoločnosť (JAVYS, a.s.) and co-funded by the European Union through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Project has to be developed in a tight period, and this has resulted in the design of specific technical strategies and solutions.

15 Oct 2020 | Jacobs | Jacobs’ innovation supports first-of-a-kind decommissioning in Slovakia newspicture Jacobs’ innovation supports first-of-a-kind decommissioning in Slovakia

Specially designed and manufactured equipment is being used to perform underwater segmentation of the first ever VVER-440 reactor to be decommissioned.

15 Oct 2020 | Vuje | Successful delivery of the hydrogen concentration measurement system for beyond design basis accidents for Rivne NPP newspicture Successful delivery of the hydrogen concentration measurement system for beyond design basis accidents for Rivne NPP

In the years 2018 to 2020, the company VUJE, a.s. supplied the system for monitoring the  concentration of hydrogen in the containment for beyond design basis accidents in Rivne Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) Units 3 and 4. The system was delivered to RNPP as part of the implementation of measures within the Complex Consolidated Safety Upgrade Program for the Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants.

15 Oct 2020 | Jacobs | Thermal transfer modelling for Stable Salt Reactor newspicture Thermal transfer modelling for Stable Salt Reactor

Jacobs, the global technology-forward solutions company, is supporting the development of a new type of nuclear power plant.

15 Oct 2020 | Vuje | New plugging manipulator for our new customer newspicture New plugging manipulator for our new customer

VUJE completed delivery of brand-new manipulator for remote controlled plugging of VVER-440 steam generator heat exchanging tubes. Based on extensive experience with development of this kind of equipment VUJE presented turnkey solution, customized to Hungarian Paks NPP requirements.

15 Oct 2020 | Jacobs | Introduction to Jacobs Jacobs – the new name for Eurosafe’s UK member

Following its acquisition of Wood Nuclear in March 2020, global technology-forward solutions company Jacobs is the UK member of Eurosafe

15 Oct 2020 | Jacobs | Work on a test rig at Jacobs’ laboratories Component safety research moves into new phase with INCEFA-SCALE

Research by an international consortium could lead to extensions in the operational lifespan of nuclear power plants around the world. The INCEFA-SCALE programme aims to reduce uncertainties about how critical components will perform when subjected to the harsh conditions inside operational reactors.

16 Sep 2020 | SEC NRS | The First Stage in Digitizing the Expert Review of Software The First Stage in Digitizing the Expert Review of Software

One of the key duties of a nuclear safety authority is to ascertain the nuclear facility safety.

16 Sep 2020 | Bel V | The MYRRHA Project, an innovative Lead-Bismuth cooled reactor The MYRRHA Project, an innovative Lead-Bismuth cooled reactor

MYRRHA (Multipurpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tec Applications) is a unique highly innovative prototype of a nuclear reactor driven by a high power linear accelerator. It will be designed to operate in both critical (no accelerator needed) and subcritical mode. MYRRHA has a fast spectrum core cooled by Lead Bismuth Eutectic (LBE).

16 Sep 2020 | PSI | Assessment of stress corrosion cracking incidents in Alloy 182 News Picture Assessment of stress corrosion cracking incidents in Alloy 182 – reactor pressure vessel dissimilar metal welds

The recent stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in Alloy 182 in reactor pressure vessel nozzles, reactor internal attachment or penetrations dissimilar metal welds in boiling water reactors (BWRs) represent a serious potential safety concern.

16 Sep 2020 | SEC NRS Russia has Developed Guidance on Estimation of Errors and Uncertainties in Computational Safety Analyses

Russian federal nuclear safety rules and regulations ‘Basic Safety Provisions for Nuclear Power Plants’ (NP-001-15) establish a requirement to complement the safety analysis for a nuclear power plant with estimation of errors and uncertainties in the obtained results.

16 Sep 2020 | Bel V | Thermal Fatigue issue in the Upper Plenum Injection lines at Doel 1-2 News Picture Thermal Fatigue issue in the Upper Plenum Injection lines at Doel 1-2

A leak suspected to have been caused by high cycle thermal fatigue due to fluctuating axial motion of a swirl penetration front end has been detected in early 2018 in a non-isolable Reactor Coolant System branch at the Doel 1 Nuclear Power Plant (Belgium).

16 Sep 2020 | SEC NRS Coronavirus Pandemic Challenges Identified by Rostechnadzor and Actions Taken to Address Them

Similar to the situation with other human activities, the coronavirus pandemic has put to test the regulator ability to adapt and retain effective performance under extreme conditions. 

16 Sep 2020 | SEC NRS | Development of Safety Regulation Approaches for Land-Based Small Power Nuclear Plants with Small Modular Reactors in the Russian Federation Development of Safety Regulation Approaches for Land-Based Small Power Nuclear Plants with Small Modular Reactors in the Russian Federation

In recent years, there has been a growing interest across the world in the designs of small nuclear power plants (SNPP) with small reactors of various types. 

16 Sep 2020 | SEC NRS | Development of the Software for Evaluation of Emergency Response Exercises at the Rostechnadzor Information and Analytical Centre newspicture Development of the Software for Evaluation of Emergency Response Exercises at the Rostechnadzor Information and Analytical Centre

The Exercise Evaluation software was developed by the SEC NRS to render the scientific and technical support to the Information and Analytical Centre of Rostechnadzor (Rostechnadzor IAC) – the Russian state safety regulation authority in the field of atomic energy. 

17 Aug 2020 | VTT | VTT’s activities on small modular reactors newspicture VTT’s activities on small modular reactors

The small modular nuclear power reactors under development represent a new way of thinking about nuclear energy. 

17 Aug 2020 | VTT | FiR 1 reactor core VTT and its partners are developing nuclear power plant decommissioning into a business

In autumn 2019 VTT launched the multi-year domestic project “dECOmm: Finnish Ecosystem for New International Decommissioning Services” bringing together Finnish expertise that will prove useful in the forthcoming effort to decommission nuclear power plants both in Finland and abroad. 

17 Aug 2020 | VTT | SAFIR2022 newspicture VTT’s contribution to the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety SAFIR2022

The objective of the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2019-2022 (SAFIR2022) is to ensure that should new matters related to the safe use of nuclear power plants arise, the authorities possess sufficient technical expertise and other competence required for rapidly determining the significance of the matters.

17 Aug 2020 | VTT | KYT2022 Newspicture VTT’s contribution to the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Waste Management (KYT2022)

Coordinated public research programmes on nuclear waste management have been active in Finland since 1989. 

17 Aug 2020 | VTT | Finland Continued Excellence in Radioactive Waste Management Newspicture Finland Continued Excellence in Radioactive Waste Management

VTT continues to support Finland progressing towards having the first-in-the-world licenced deep geological repository for spent nuclear fuel. 

17 Aug 2020 | GRS | Covid-19 vs. Nuclear Safety Covid-19 vs. Nuclear Safety

In a recent virtual workshop of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON), nuclear safety experts of the network´s member organisations explored the consequences of the current Covid-19 pandemic for nuclear safety and discussed respective countermeasures.

30 Apr 2020 | ENEA | PERSEO experimental facility layout PERSEO separate effect test facility to characterize full scale heat transfer in in-pool heat exchanger for decay heat removal

PERSEO is a full scale facility aimed at studying a new passive decay heat removal system operating in natural circulation.

30 Apr 2020 | ENEA | Gas content analysis news picture Gas content analysis in saturated-unsaturated transition area

Unexpected methane and CO2 releases from the ground and noble and conventional gases in groundwater could be favored by stress produced by geological and seismic phenomena.

30 Apr 2020 | ENEA | Thermal-hydraulic experimental activities at SIET Laboratories Thermal-hydraulic experimental activities at SIET Laboratories

SIET S.p.A. is a small joint-stock company with public and private capital, ENEA is the main shareholder.

30 Apr 2020 | ENEA | News Picture to New Bologna Science Park: ECMWF, Leonardo HPC and ENEA New Bologna Science Park: ECMWF, Leonardo HPC and ENEA

Thanks to funding from the Emilia Romagna Region, a new Science Park is under development in the outskirts of Bologna to host several scientific and technological agencies and institutions of national and international relevance.

16 Jan 2020 | NRA | Seawall A Method for Evaluating the Maximum Tsunami Wave Pressure on Seawalls

The seawall is one of the main coastal protection structures against tsunamis. Estimating tsunami wave pressures on a structure is quite important when designing seawalls.

16 Jan 2020 | NRA | News Picture of A novel method for trace determination of uranium A novel method for trace determination of uranium

Uranium is an important nuclear material and contaminant with respect to the sites of uranium mining and whole nuclear facilities.

16 Jan 2020 | NRA | News Picture of Effects of Neutron Irradiation on Concrete Strength Effects of Neutron Irradiation on Concrete Strength

The regulatory guide for reviewing the licensee's technical report for the extension of the operating period of commercial power reactors, enacted in November 2013, requires evaluation of the proof stress of the concrete structures of nuclear power plants operated for more than 40 years if the neutron fluence exceeds or may exceed a certain limit where neutron irradiation affects the concrete strength.

16 Jan 2019 | NRA | News Picture of PRA research activities for a new inspection program PRA research activities for a new inspection program

A new risk-informed and performance-based inspection program will be enacted from April 2020. A part of this program builds on the information obtained from a probabilistic risk assessment (PRA).

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