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[en] A diagram presents the whole of the works that will be made on the French fleet of nuclear reactors. The diagram includes the works necessary for the decenal reviews, the lifetime extension projects, usual reactor maintenance and the post-Fukushima measures. (A.C.)
[en] While the nuclear power industry works towards reinforcing its safety and regaining the public’s support post-Fukushima, it is also faced with another challenge that affects its day-to-day activities: a rapidly aging workforce. Statistics show that close to 40% of the current workforce in the nuclear power industry will retire within the next five years. For newcomer countries, the challenge is even greater, having to develop a completely new workforce. The workforce replacement effort introduces nuclear newcomers of a new generation with different backgrounds and affinities. Major lifestyle differences between the two generations of workers result, among other things, in different learning habits and needs for this new breed of learners. Interactivity, high visual content and quick access to information are now necessary to achieve a high level of retention. To enhance existing training programmes or to support the establishment of new training programmes for newcomer countries, L-3 Communications MAPPS Inc. (L-3 MAPPS) has devised learning tools to enhance these training programmes focused on the “practice-by-doing” principle. L-3 MAPPS has coupled 2-D and 3-D computer visualizations with high-fidelity simulation to bring real-time, simulation-driven animated components and systems allowing immersive and participatory, individual or classroom learning. The use of technology, such as learning tools, should be a key element of a successful and robust knowledge management programme. (author)
[en] Objectives of PR&PP Working Group: • Facilitate introduction of PR&PP features into the design process at the earliest possible stage of concept development → PR&PP by design. • Assure that PR&PP results are an aid to informing decisions by policy makers in areas involving safety, economics, sustainability, and related institutional and legal issues.
[en] Current RSWG Activities: • Work during the past year has turned to focus primarily on development of an integrated framework for assessing risk and safety issues in Generation IV systems; • Methodology is called the Generation IV Integrated Safety Assessment Method (ISAM).
[en] Conclusion: • Since there are various technical choices, safety design standard for Gen-IV reactors should include commonly applicable, technology-neutral criteria. • Appropriate combination of deterministic and risk-informed approach should be pursued aiming at rational safety design. • Since SFR and LFR have common aspects as LMFR, consistency as LMFR safety design criteria is important in SFR SDC and LFR SDC. • On the other hand, clarification of SFR and LFR specific safety design criteria is also important.
[en] The close cooperation of INPRO with the three GIF methodology working groups (proliferation resistance and physical protection, risk and safety, and economic modeling) has been very productive and should continue. In the future, GIF will continue to focus its efforts on facilitating advanced reactor R&D cooperation among our members. As part of the GIF vision, I am open to hearing from IAEA about any suggestions on how INPRO and GIF can strengthen our relationship to support mutual objectives.
[en] Background: In the TWG-GCR a clear need has been identified by the MS to develop mHTGR Safety Design Criteria. The development and implementation of comprehensive safety design criteria (SDC) that take HTGR-specific characteristics into account would provide a high level of assurance that modular HTGRs are consistently designed, constructed, and operated in a manner that takes advantage of these intrinsic properties, while also avoiding unintended compromises in plant safety.
[en] This presentation discusses the identification and training of non-technical skills for enhancing resilience in emergency operations centre commanders. Currently there is focus on technical skills and seniority and no focus on non-technical skills. The research project the the Chalk River Nuclear Labs involves the development of taxonomy of non-technical skills, assessing the most important non-technical skills and training of most important non-technical skills.
[en] The main objectives of decommissioning are to place nuclear facilities, that have reached the end of their useful lives in such a condition that they pose no unacceptable risks to the public, to workers or to the environment, and to reuse facilities and sites for new purposes. For that, attached particular importance to reducing risks for people. as a result appropriate consideration of health and safety. During the design stage, which covers concept detailed design specification (drawings, calculations, specifications, etc) for maximum potential for reducing risks, by application of the principles of safer design.
[en] Last week, Japanese people had a so sad memory of day, March 11th, on the huge earthquake, tsunami, and 1F accident. So many people, more than 40,000, are still evacuated from their hometown due to the influence of the radio active materials released by 1F accident. Nuclear engineers and researchers, not only in Japan but over the world, thought again how the safety of nuclear is significant and our responsibility. Today, it is our great opportunity to discuss not only for safety but also sustainable and clean energy supply systems using nuclear, together with IAEA specialists and GIF members.