SAFIR: The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2003-2006: Final Report

Hanna Räty (Editor), Eija Puska (Editor)

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    Major part of Finnish public research on nuclear power plant safety during the years 2003-2006 has been carried out in the SAFIR programme. The programme has been administrated by the steering group that was nominated by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (KTM). The steering group of SAFIR has consisted of representatives from Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Ministry of Trade and Industry (KTM), Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO), Fortum Power and Heat Oy, Fortum Nuclear Services Oy (Fortum), Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LTY). The key research areas of SAFIR have been 1) reactor fuel and core, 2) reactor circuit and structural safety, 3) containment and process safety functions, that was divided in 2005 into 3a) thermal hydraulics and 3b) severe accidents, 4) automation, control room and IT, 5) organisations and safety management and 6) risk-informed safety management. The research programme has included annually from 20 up to 24 research projects, whose volume has varied from a few person months to several person years. The total volume of the programme during the four year period 2003-2006 has been 19.7 million euros and 148 person years. The research in the programme has been carried out primarily by Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT). Other research units responsible for the projects include Lappeenranta University of Technology, Fortum Nuclear Services Oy, Helsinki University of Technology and RAMSE Consulting Oy. In addition, there have been a few minor subcontractors in some projects. The programme management structure has consisted of the steering group, a reference group in each of the seven research areas and a number of ad hoc groups in the various research areas. This report gives a short summary of the results of the SAFIR programme for the period January 2003 - November 2006, and highlights of some major achievements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages481
    ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6887-7
    ISBN (Print)951-38-6886-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Tiedotteita - Meddelanden - Research Notes


    • nuclear safety
    • reactor components
    • reactor core
    • fuel elements
    • high-burnup
    • thermal hydraulics
    • severe accidents
    • containment
    • reactor circuit
    • structural safety
    • control rooms
    • automation
    • organisations
    • risk informed safety management
    • ageing
    • reactor analysis


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