Ageing management platform for Finnish NPP concrete infrastructure

Miguel Ferreira, Fahim Al-Neshawy, Esko Sistonen

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    Abstract

    It is possible that many NPPs will be able to operate longer than their operational design lives, provided appropriate and proven ageing management measures are implemented in a timely manner. As a result, attention from the regulators and the utilities has been focused on the ageing of buildings and infrastructures of NPPs. In Europe approximately a third of the operational reactors are within a few years of, or older than, their original design lifetimes. In Finland, the VVER reactors have been granted a licence extension up to 50 years of operation, whereas the BWR reactors operating license has been renewed for a 60 year lifetime. All reactors have to be subject to a safety evaluation every 10 years. Strategies to manage and reduce the consequences of the concrete infrastructure ageing are also currently under development in many fields of civil engineering. Here is presented the MANAGE research project (funded by SAFIR2014). In this project an ageing management platform (AMP) has been developed for Finnish NPPs. The AMP consists of the central database and a group of analysing and planning tools which interact with the database. Both can be used during different phases in the lifetime of a plant: design, operation, inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair of structures. The AMP consists of the following applications: document archive visualization; condition assessment database (archived reports and documents, inspection reports, etc.); and service-life assessment (ServiceMan).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransactions of SMiRT-23
    PublisherInternational Assn for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology IASMiRT
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
    Event22nd International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology 2013, SMiRT 22 - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 18 Aug 201323 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 23

    Conference

    Conference22nd International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology 2013, SMiRT 22
    Abbreviated titleSMiRT 22
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco
    Period18/08/1323/08/13

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    Ferreira, M., Al-Neshawy, F., & Sistonen, E. (2015). Ageing management platform for Finnish NPP concrete infrastructure. In Transactions of SMiRT-23 [Paper ID 219] International Assn for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology IASMiRT .