FINNUS - The Finnish research programme nuclear power plant safety 1999-2002: Annual report 2000

Timo Vanttola, Eija Karita Puska

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    FINNUS is the Finnish public research programme on nuclear power plant safety, launched and administrated by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (KTM). The programme concentrates on the themes of ageing, accidents and risks. The general objectives of the programme are to develop tools and practices for safety authorities and utilities, to provide a basis for safety-related decisions, to educate new nuclear energy experts and to promote technology and information transfer. The technical objectives of the programme are prepared in the guidance of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), but the views of the power companies and the research institutions are taken into consideration. Funding of the programme is mainly from public sources. The research is coordinated and mainly conducted by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), with significant contribution from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. The effects of ageing on nuclear power plants are studied intensi v ely, in order to evaluate safe remaining lifetime of the components and efficiency of the corrective measures. The programme concentrates on studies in material sciences of metallic structures, structural integrity and in-service inspection and monitoring methods. The accident theme concerns operational aspects of nuclear power plant safety. The issues of nuclear fuel behaviour, reactor physics and dynamics modelling, thermal-hydraulics and severe accidents are addressed under the theme. In the risk field attention is paid on one hand on advanced risk analysis methods and their applicability, and on the other hand, on the evaluation of fire risks, safety critical applications of software based technology, as well as human and organisational performance. The report summarises goals and results of the programme in the year 2000. The annual volume of the programme was FIM 21.3 million (\200 3.6 million) and 31 person years. The programme produced 172 reports in different categories. Two d o ctor, one licentiate and six master degrees were awarded. The results were presented in the Mid Term Seminar Oct. 31st-Nov. 1st 2000.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages106
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Energy Reports


    • FINNUS
    • nuclear power plants
    • reactor safety
    • materials
    • ageing
    • accidents
    • risk analysis


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