Status and Perspectives of Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel Life Extension up to 60 Years Operation in Belgium

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Abstract

The scope of this report is limited to a safety evaluation of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) against neutron embrittlement, in the most severely irradiation region (beltline) and in the event of a pressurized thermal shock. The irreplaceable RPV is considered to be the most critical component for lifetime considerations of the nuclear power plant. However, an application for operation extension will also depend upon a number of additional considerations, including the technical assessment of other plant components, as well as non-technical arguments (e.g. political, environmental, economical, strategical…) that are outside the scope this report. In the hypothesis of a request for operation extension, it is the responsibility of the utilities to provide the safety authorities with an exhaustive dossier demonstrating that safe extended operation is guaranteed. The role of the safety authorities is to critically evaluate the safety dossier for eventually granting the operation extension.

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages38
Volume1
Edition0
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Publication series

NameSCK•CEN Reports
PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie
No.BLG-1066

Keywords

  • GEMIX, nuclear power plant, license extension, reactor pressure vessel, embrittlement, safety assessment, surveillance program, advanced surveillance approach

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