For regulatory authorities, it is important to verify the adequacy of ageing management methods applied by licensees, based on reliable technical evidence. In order to achieve that goal, 14 NEA member countries joined the SCAP in 2006 to share knowledge. As of June 2009, 17 countries have joined the project .
The project focuses on two important safety issues: stress corrosion cracking and degradation of cable insulation, due to their relevance for plant ageing assessments and their implications on inspection practices.
The project's goal is to establish a complete database and also a knowledge base in these fields, to perform an assessment of the data and to identify the basis for commendable practices which would help regulators and operators enhance ageing management. It is planned that the final report will be produced in May 2010.
It is envisaged that the project’s outcomes will be used by the member countries to evaluate how operating experience and state-of-the-art technology are incorporated into plant operating practices, and to support regulatory authorities’ reviews of ageing management programmes.
The objectives of the workshop will be to:
The chairman of the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) is Dr. Masahide Suzuki, Deputy Director-General, Nuclear Safety Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan.
The members of the organising committee are: Ms. Karen Gott (SSM, Sweden, SCC working group chair), Mr. Thomas Koshy (NRC, United States, Cable working group chair), Mr. Helmut Schulz (SCAP Consultant, Germany), Mr. Masanori Kanno (JNES, Japan) and Akihiro Yamamoto (OECD/NEA).
The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the NEA. They will be distributed free of charge to workshop participants and delegates to the CSNI.
Last reviewed: 27 October 2010