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Action 12 - Research and Development

"Effectively utilize research and development"

 

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(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to identify the relevant stakeholders carrying out research and development in the areas of nuclear safety, technology and engineering, including that related to existing and new design-specific aspects. development for advanced engineered safety features designs. In progress
The IAEA Secretariat is developing a strategy to identify the relevant stakeholders who are carrying out research and development in the areas of nuclear safety, technology and engineering, including that related to existing and new design-specific aspects. It is the reason why the Secretariat has initiated the compilation of a database to capture the relevant R&D activities undertaken and will assess and validate this database before it is made available to Member States. In progress
The Secretariat is organizing a series of International Conferences, technical meetings and workshops to collect, discuss, analyse and assimilate the technologies to cope with Fukushima-type accidents, including certain designs that are already existing and under research and development In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat, with the involvement of relevant stakeholders, to identify existing research activities within Member States in connection with the Fukushima accident Completed
Organize Regional Consultancy Meetings on Management of Aging of Low Voltage Cables in Nuclear Power Plants. Completed
The Secretariat organized a Technical Meeting on flow accelerated corrosion in July 2012. Themeeting discussed a programme of work to benchmark the computer based tools used to assess such corrosion and to prepare and issue relevant guidance. Seventeen Member States are involved in this benchmarking activity. Completed
Creation of Technical Working Groups (TWGs) for all reactor types (LWRs, HWRs, FRs, GCRs), as well as Non-electric applications Completed
The Secretariat compiled lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and recommendations from several national and international organizations, and created a comprehensive and concise database of lessons learned with emphasis on technical issues. This database was utilized in meetings with experts from Member States to discuss prevention and mitigation measures for Fukushima-type accidents and to identify the needs for new technologies to be developed in this regard. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to establish a Forum for those Organizations dealing with research and development In progress
Organise regular meetings of the Steering Committee (SC) of the Technical and Scientific Support Organization (TSO) Forum. The objective of the TSO Forum is to strengthen scientific and technical coordination and collaboration among Member States, including countries in the process of expanding or embarking on a nuclear programme, especially for R&D, taking into account the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident. Completed
The Technical and Scientific Support Organization (TSO) Forum was held during the 56th regular session of the General Conference. The Forum highlighted the important role that the TSOs in Member States will play in future research activities drawing on lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Completed
The Secretariat is preparing for the International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSO) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security to be held in October 2014 in Beijing. This will be the third conference on this theme following on from those held in Aix-en- Provence in 2007 and in Tokyo in 2010. Completed
The Secretariat held the first Programme Committee (PC) Meeting in March 2013 in view ofpreparations for the International Conference on "Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSO) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security" that is to take place in Beijing in October 2014. The Programme Committee Meeting defined the objectives and the topics of the conference preparations for the International Conference on "Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSO) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security" that is to take place in Beijing in October 2014. The Programme Committee Meeting defined the objectives and the topics of the conference. Completed
IAEA to continue supporting the TSO Forum In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to produce a report on where research and development is carried out (Member State Organization), what activities are being undertaken and to disseminate this information to Member States. In progress
The Secretariat is conducting a survey on the R&D activities carried out in Member States focusing on research institutes as national laboratories, research companies, nuclear vendors, regulatory bodies and TSOs and organized by country and by topic. The collection of this information will allow the creation of a database of R&D activities and evaluating prospective technologies in the light of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. This survey is still on-going and the topics identified for the database include: Measures against extreme external events and subsequence events Measures to prevent and or mitigate hydrogen explosions Filtered containment venting system Design of structures, systems and components important to safety Consideration on design and siting of multi-unit sites Risk assessment and management with PRA Risk assessment and management with PRA In progress
Continue conducting the survey on the R&D activities in Member States and produce a report In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat to identify, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders and Member States, areas where further research and development in nuclear safety, technology and engineering in the light of Fukushima are needed. In progress
The Secretariat has organized and conducted a meeting in April 2013 in Japan on "Lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident and Water Cooled Reactors (WCR) technology development to cope with Fukushima-type accidents". The objective of the meeting was to address technical lessons learned from boiling water reactor (BWR) plants regarding the impact of external events and to discuss WCR technology development in the light of the lessons learned. The final goal was to develop WCR technologies, to assess their features, effectiveness and challenges by applying lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The research and development needs for technologies to prevent and mitigate Fukushima-type accidents were discussed along with the opportunities for international collaboration. Completed
The Secretariat reviewed several Member States R&D activities in April 2012 with the aim of integrating the research efforts in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. A further review took place in July 2012 on assessing the research needs for accident prevention and mitigation taking into account site specific extreme natural hazards. Completed
The Secretariat is developing a symptom-based accident management toolkit (SAMT) for NPPs for use by Member States. The development, the scope and the possible targets of the toolkit and possible functionality for chain of events, progression, and consequences of each potential scenario severe accident were discussed. Schemes for Severe Accident Management Guidelines SAMGs to be used as guidelines for the development of the toolkit were also identified. In progress
A training workshop will be conducted once updated version of the SAM toolkit is released. Planned
(Actvity) IAEA Secretariat to develop, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders and Member States, a plan to coordinate the needs for further research and development in nuclear safety, technology and engineering. In progress
Organize Consultancy Service on applying lessons learned from Fukushima accident to WCR technology Completed
Continue to identify where areas of further R&D in nuclear safety, technology and engineering in the light of the Fukushima accident are needed and prepare a plan to coordinate a response to these needs. In progress
Organization of meetings that focus on the engineered safety features performance evaluation through balanced use of deterministic and probabilistic approaches, covering: Assessment of low probability yet high consequence events and Contribution of non-electric cooling systems (NECS) on core damage frequency (NECS include isolation condensers, gravity driven cooling systems, steam-driven reactor core isolation cooling systems, and passive reactor heat removal systems). In progress
Project on Reliable Containment Cooling and Filtered Venting (RCCFV) in cooperation with the Russian Federation. In progress
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat and OECD-NEA to identify areas for mutual cooperation in research and development in nuclear safety, technology and engineering in the light of the accident at TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station In progress
Establish and maintain active contact and continued liaison with OECD NEA, WNA, WANO. In progress
Organization of Asian Specialist Meeting (Workshop TM) on Design Requirements for SMR and Advanced Reactor Technologies in Post-Fukushima area. Completed
(Activity) IAEA Secretariat in consultation with the Member States to seek to strengthen existing mechanisms and networks to effectively share results of the research and developments and to assess the effectiveness of these mechanisms and networks. In progress
Organization of Technical meetings, consultancies, General Conference side meetings: On Water Cooled Reactors, 2 Consultancy Meetings were held to discuss technical lessons Learned from the Fukushima accident and WCR technology development. In progress
Development of a TECDOC on Considerations to Enhance the Performance of the Engineered Safety Features in Advanced SMRs in coping with Fukushima-type Accidents. In progress
Strengthen existing mechanisms and networks to effectively share relevant results of the R&D and assess the effectiveness of these mechanisms and networks. In progress
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