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ATLAS + is a four-year European project (June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2021) funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 (call 2017-2018). The project is aimed at developing advanced tools for assessing structural integrity for the safe and long-term operation of nuclear power plants. The project coordinator is the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT).

The third session of the General Assembly marked the center of the project after two years of ongoing research activities. Leaders and representatives of (sub)work packages presented activities and status of results. The project continues on schedule without anticipated major delays in experimental and numerical part or results. In May 2019, a major milestone in WP1 (planning and performing the experiments) was achieved in the first large-scale test. The purpose of the test was to control the growth of the cracks through the wall in a ferrite nuclear tube under bending load. As anticipated, we successfully achieved limited growth of ductile cracks without catastrophic tube failure. In June, another milestone in work package 3 (growth of cracks due to mixing of the current) should be reached, in which the IJS is actively involved. These are the final results of the final computational fluid dynamics simulation (Large eddy simulations with conjugated heat transfer) in a flow mixer. The next General Assembly of the project will take place on May 27 and 28, 2020 in Miskolc, Hungary.

The third General Assembly of the ATLAS + project took place on 22-23 May in Manchester, United Kingdom, and was attended by Dr. Oriol Costa. The host institution was the University of Manchester, and representatives of the majority of partner institutions ATLAS + were present at the meeting.

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