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November, 6 + 7
Paris, France

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The EUROSAFE News features contributions provided by its members on current projects, scientific or technical issues and ongoing developments in the field of nuclear safety, nuclear waste management and radiological protection as well as on respective events. In addition, it also serves as a platform for information on the activities of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON).

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The instrumentation and control devices in a nuclear power plant are designed according to the highest safety requirements and the technology is continuously developed. Safe operation of the plant is not the goal, but a requirement for developers. Digital instrumentation is greatly advanced in the recent years providing innovative tools for the nuclear plant operators. The Reactor Monitoring and Simulator Department at MTA EK is also modernized the software tools. A new visualization engine was first developed, called SIMTONIA, which is then further applied to the refurbishment of

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MTA EK operates several experimental facilities, in order to support code validation and safety assessment activities. The article presents the experimental capabilities of the thermal-hydraulic laboratory.

CERES- Vessel External Cooling facility

A research program has been going on at the Institute to give scientific support to the in-vessel corium retention in the Paks Nuclear Power Plant of VVER-440/213 type. The concept to be implemented in the plant is based on the external reactor pressure vessel cooling (ERVC) to preserve the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) integrity

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Own developed codes like KARATE, KIKO3D and FUROM codes are used widely for the core design and safety investigations of the four VVER-440 units of Paks NPP.

KARATE-440 has been elaborated to calculate VVER reactor cores by a coupled neutron physical-thermal hydraulics model. The main goal of the calculation is core reload design, however, certain safety problems amenable to a static code can be analyzed by KARATE. Accordingly, stationary neutron physics and thermal hydraulics models have been implemented. These models are capable of following burnup and Xenon processes but do not

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Chloride trace contamination on stainless steel surface can initialize localized corrosion...

Steam generators of VVER 440 type nuclear power plant are not interchangeable economically....

A part of the research of the Gas Cooled Fast Reactors generation IV is experimental support for...

A quick method to determine the current state of materials is a direct sampling of the primary...

Small Punch Test (SPT) samples have a great advantage in reducing the radioactivity of the...

Company VUJE, a.s. within Operational Program Research and Development for the project “...

There is always need to extend simulation possibilities and to include more operational staff...

Since the middle of the last century, there has been a massive boom in technical sources of...

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„EUROSAFE“ is a global and European initiative aimed at promoting the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe. It is formed and managed by the EUROSAFE partners Amec Foster Wheeler (United Kingdom), Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), a group of technical safety organisations (TSOs) and European regulatory bodies with nuclear safety expertise and competent in nuclear safety assessments, that create the EUROSAFE Association and the Programme Committee. Some of these organisations are also members of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network.

With a view to promoting the formation of a European scientific and technical network in the field of nuclear safety, the EUROSAFE Association has the following objectives:

  • to form a suitable forum for exchanges on analyses and R&D in the field of nuclear safety,to share experiences, and to exchange technical and scientific opinions,
  • to contribute to fostering the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe,
  • to further the definition and the implementation of nuclear safety research programmes.

The partners are aware that a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection is a priority for the countries of Europe; they

  • recognise the reinforcement of the European dimension in the technical, economical and societal challenges which nuclear safety has to face,
  • take note that nuclear safety expertise plays a major role in contributing to the attainment and maintenance of a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection,
  • acknowledge that the organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise develop appropriate approaches to safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities,
  • recognise the need for increased co-operation and reinforced sharing of experience between organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise.

The EUROSAFE Forums

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The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiological protection. Since 1999, this event brings together representatives of organisations specialised in nuclear and radiological safety techniques, research institutes, power utilities, industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations to inform about and discuss current developments and achievements in these topics.

Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities.

The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater transparency - these are all issues where the value of an international approach is gaining increasing recognition.

The development of the European Union including its 2004 enlargement will also require closer collaboration between technical safety organisations and even more convergence in European nuclear safety practices. EUROSAFE aims to respond to these needs by offering a European forum for information on and discussion of important nuclear safety issues.

The EUROSAFE Tribune

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From 2001 until 2016, GRS and IRSN published the magazine "EUROSAFE Tribune". Twice a year, this publication provided readers with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, focusing alternately on the respective EUROSAFE Forum´s main subject and special topics.

 

Cover Tribune 29

 

  • # 6 Man-Technology-Organisation – The Safety Trilogy
  • # 5 Decision Making – A Stakeholder Involvement Issue
  • # 4 Decommissioning – The Need for a Holistic Approach
  • # 3 Convergence of Safety Practices
  • # 2 Safety of Reactor Low-Power and Shutdown States
  • # 1 Management of Nuclear Risks