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Participation in the course of the SOTERIA project, PUV - Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 3.-7.9.2018

The SOTERIA project (»Safe long term operation of light water reactors based on improved understanding of radiation effects in nuclear structural materials«) is a four-year European project, launched on 1.9.2015 under the auspices of EURATOM in Horizon 2020. The main objective of the project is to improve understanding the phenomena of steel aging used for the production of reactor pressure vessels and its internal components. With the research in the field of steel aging, key information about this phenomenon will be provided to regulator and operator, which are necessary for the safe and long-term operation of existing European nuclear power plants. Many European research centers (including IJS) and industrial partners are involved in the project. The project coordinator is CEA, France.

As the project approaches the last year of operation, a course was organized within the framework of the WP6 »Dissemination, exploitation, training and end-user assessment« course in order to inform the public, especially students and professionals at the beginning of the career path, about the most important results of the project. At the same time, the purpose of the course was to link the groups of experimenters and theoreticians involved in modeling. The course had three sections that followed the structure of the project: reactor pressure vessels (»RPV«), internal structure of the reactor (»internals«) and multi-level modeling. In addition to the lectures, the course also offered interactive sections where we tested the operation of a computer platform, in which various tools, (simplified) models and databases are integrated with which the user becomes acquainted with the basic mechanisms and the effects of various parameters on steel aging.

The course, organized by TECNATOM, S.A. in Valencia, was attended by dr. Samir El Shawish of the Reactor Engineering Division, Jo┼żef Stefan Institute.

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