The objective of the NUGENIA+ project is to support the NUGENIA Association in its role to coordinate and integrate European research on safety of the Gen II and III nuclear installations in order to better ensure their safe long term operation, integrating private and public efforts, and initiating international collaboration that will create added value in its activity fields.
The project consists of two parts, the first part being a Coordination and Support Action and the second part a Collaborative Project. The aim of the first part, the Coordination and Support Action, is to establish an efficient, transparent and high quality management structure to carry out the planning and management of R&D including project calls, proposal evaluation, project follow-up dissemination and valorisation of R&D results in the area of safety of existing Gen II and future Gen III nuclear installations.
The preparatory work will encompass governance, organizational, legal and financial work, as well as the establishment of annual work plans, with the aim to structure public-public and/or private-public joint programming enabling NUGENIA to develop into the integrator of the research in the respective field in Europe. The management structure will build on the existing organisation of the NUGENIA Association, currently grouping over 70 nuclear organisations from research and industry (utilities, vendors and small and medium enterprises) active in R&D.
In the second part, the Collaborative project, one thematic call for research proposals will be organized among the technical areas of plant safety and risk assessment, severe accident prevention and management, core and reactor performance, integrity assessment of systems, structures and components, innovative Generation III design and harmonisation of procedures and methods.
The call will take place one year after the start of the project. The call will implement the priorities recognised in the NUGENIA Roadmap, in line with the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) strategies. The research call which is going to be organised within the project is open to all eligible organisations.
The NUGENIA+ project will benefit from the experience of the NUGENIA Association member organisations on managing national research programmes and from the track record of the NUGENIA project portfolio.
EU FP7 programme project NUGENIA-PLUS, AIR-SFP Preparing NUGENIA for H2020: Spent fuel pool behavior in loss of cooling or loss of coolant accidents has been launched on March 1, 2015. Project duration is 18 months. Project is managed by IRSN (France); 14 organizations from EU countries participate in it.
Benckmark calculations of heat removal disruptions and loss of coolant at Fukushima Daichi NPP Unit 4 spent fuel pool were conducted. These calculations were conducted using ASTEC V18.104.22.168 and RELAP 5 and RELAP/SCDAPSIM software codes. After performing these calculations, criticality phenomenon of the system was assessed by analysing situations that might cause power increase. The laboratory specialists developed a numerical model applying SCALE 6.1.3 KENO-VI module. A 3D model of a boxed with spent fuel assemblies loaded in a spent fuel pool was developed, due to which criticality dependence from water density was investigated. The impact of a step of fuel assemblies arrangement in the box on criticality was analysed. After conducting the benchmark calculations, milestones for future scientific research for accidents in spent fuel pools were prepared.
A part of project REDUCE of EU FP7 programme NUGENIA-PLUS (while preparing NUGENIA H2020) Justification of risk reduction by applying operational control, with additional funding from the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, has been launched in the second quarter of 2015, the activities were continued in 2016. As it was planned, the following activities were implemented:
- the Laboratory participated at the meeting of project REDUCE part and at the meetings related to project and NUGENIA-PLUS activities;
- the Laboratory participated in preparation of the report on benchmark calculations (including risk assessment);
- in the preparation of milestones for risk reduction applying inspection.
Various parameters of boiling water reactor (BWR) and pressurized water reactor pipeline weld parameters (total 14 main cases, among which cracks resulting from the impact of intergranular corrosion and failure, are analysed) were chosen for research. In scope of the fourth work package (coordinated by LEI), risk reduction assessment manual (guidelines) Guideline for assessment of risk reduction achieved by ISI based on operational control was prepared. This guideline was prepared in accordance with the results obtained in other work packages and NUGENIA/ENIQ methodological document European Framework Document for Risk-Informed In-Service Inspection. The project participants set plans for the future. Basic highlight of the activities – the application of inspection based on risk assessment not only to pipeline but to other nuclear object systems and components. Participation in NUGENIA initiated projects and individual technical meetings as well as NUGENIA-Plus project meetings enabled to get better engaged with safety research perspectives of nuclear power plants and provided possibilities to get involved with new scientific and applied works in the field of nuclear energy safety analysis and reliability assessment. Experience gained while implementing this project could be also applied in the activities not related with nuclear power plants.
Total cost: 10 315 899,39 EUR (LEI part: 28 800 EUR)
Coordinator: TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY, Finland
- TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT, Finland
- NUGENIA-NUCLEAR GEN II & III ASSOCIATION AISBL, Belgium
- AMEC FOSTER WHEELER NUCLEAR UK LIMITED, United Kingdom
- AREVA NP SAS, France
- AREVA NP GMBH, Germany
- COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES, France
- ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE, France
- PREUSSENELEKTRA GMBH, Germany
- INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE, France
- JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Belgium
- LAGRANGE SARL, France
- NATIONAL NUCLEAR LABORATORY LIMITED, United Kingdom
- STUDIECENTRUM VOOR KERNENERGIE, Belgium
- UJV REZ, a.s., Czech Republic
- VATTENFALL AB, Sweden
- KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE, Germany
- CEZ AS, Czech Republic
- TEOLLISUUDEN VOIMA OYJ, Finland
- BAY ZOLTAN ALKALMAZOTT KUTATASI KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT., Hungary
- UNIVERSITE DE ROUEN NORMANDIE, France
- INSPECTA TECHNOLOGY AB, Sweden
- LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS, Lithuania
- THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
- POLE NUCLEAIRE BOURGOGNE, France
- SWEREA KIMAB AB, Sweden
- EESTI MAAULIKOOL, Estonia
- CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, France
- UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON, United Kingdom
- STANGENBERG UND PARTNER INGENIEUR GMBH, Germany
- CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT, Spain
- MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA ENERGIATUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT, Hungary
- CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ S.R.O., Czech Republic
- IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE, United Kingdom
- PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT, Switzerland
- REGIA AUTONOMA TEHNOLOGII PENTRU ENERGIA NUCLEARA – RATEN, Romania
- THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
- ZAVOD ZA GRADBENISTVO SLOVENIJE, Slovenia
- AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L’ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE, Italy
- GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANLAGEN- UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) MBH, Germany
- INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN, Slovenia
- INZINIERSKA VYPOCTOVA SPOLOCNOST TRNAVA S.R.O., Slovakia
- NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY GROUP, Netherlands
- NUCLEAR SAFETY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LTD., Hungary
- RISK ENGINEERING LTD, Bulgaria
- STATE ENTERPRISE STATE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CENTER FOR NUCLEAR AND RADIATION SAFETY, Ukraine
- TECNATOM S.A., Spain
- SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE, Slovakia
- INSTYTUT MASZYN PRZEPLYWOWYCH IM ROBERTA SZEWALSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK – IMP PAN, Poland
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE, Italy
- KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN, Sweden