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Increased lifetime safety and reliability of conventional and nuclear power generation plants

To provide the foundation to enable the development of novel ndt techniques for inspection of power generation plants, including the development of inspec systems based on a combination of tofd and phased array. Ventilation systems for inspection based on cheaper carbon absorbers will be developed.

This proposal addresses the growing need within the power generation industry for the development of novel NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) systems in order to increase reliability during the different steps of the industrial lifecycle. The present proposal aims at developing inspection systems covering the environment and reliability aspects in the different stages of the industrial life cycle. The results of the project will increase: * Integrity and reliability of Power Generation Plants, including NPP (Nuclear Power Plants); * Health and Safety of workers during shutdown; * Protection on environmental issues. The main objectives of the project are therefore: - To assist its member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international cooperation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of conventional and nuclear energy for peaceful purposes - To provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues, as input to government decisions on nuclear energy policy and to broader policy analyses in areas such as energy and sustainable development. - Specific areas of competence of the EUREKA proposal include safety and regulation of nuclear activities, radioactive waste management, radiological protection, nuclear science, economic and technical analyses of the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear law and liability, and public information. - Promote the use of European standards; Harmonisation and compliance with European standards. - The SAFENERGY Data Bank will provide relevant data and computer program services for participating countries. The development of new integrated NDT techniques will overcome the current limitations during on-site inspections, related with the reliability of the results, data recording and thus time saving through the simultaneous acquisition of data, using different techniques and covering different types of defects for a specific weld geometry and material. The development of NDT systems is therefore foreseen where they integrate mechanical scanners, ultrasonic equipment, probes and UT techniques to test moderate and thick welded components of conventional and nuclear facilities at different stages of the industrial life cycle. The integrated NDT systems inspection will improve the level of reliability of the inspection and thus the time between inspections. The development of a new safety set (mobile filters, masks and cloths) to be used by maintenance staff during on-site inspections will enhance the health and safety of the workers as well as their productivity in terms of time saving by using long-term resistant ‘mouth’ filter masks. The results obtained will lead to the redesign of existing components and a unit revamp promoting the eco-design and the health and safety of the maintenance staff. The project objectives scope will be extended to the nuclear power generation type considering that health and safety of nuclear power generation plants is the most relevant factor for the wide use of nuclear plants worldwide. Moreover, existing units require a very tight inspection control, particularly during operation and decommissioning stages. In fact, due to some unexpected accidents in Nuclear Power Plants (NPP), the policy of many countries was to reduce the investment in this type of Energy Resource. The arising oil crisis launched once again the search of alternative energies in which nuclear energy has become a potential one. To have the 4th Generation of NPP we still have to wait about half a century; meanwhile the 3rd and 3rd+ generations have solutions for having low cost energy sources. The proposal will therefore merge the interests of conventional and nuclear power generation plants in terms of reliability and safety issues.
Acronym: 
SAFENERGY
Project ID: 
4 555
Start date: 
01-12-2008
Project Duration: 
61months
Project costs: 
3 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Assessment of Risk
Market Area: 
Other utilities and related firms

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.