Phase I of the Studsvik Cladding Integrity Project (SCIP) started in July 2004 and was completed in June 2009. It utilised the hot cell facilities and expertise available at the Swedish Studsvik establishment in order to assess material properties and determine conditions that can lead to fuel failures.
A second phase of this project (SCIP-2) started in July 2009 and will build on the considerable knowledge generated in the previous SCIP programme. The goal of the project is to generate high quality experimental data to improve the understanding of the dominant failure mechanisms for water reactor fuels and to devise means for reducing fuel failures. The major focus will be on cladding failures that are caused by pellet-cladding mechanical interaction, especially stress corrosion and hydrogen-assisted fracture mechanisms, as well as on the propagation of cladding cracks. The project aims to achieve results of general applicability (i.e. not restricted to a particular fuel design, fabrication specification, or operating condition). The results can consequently be used in solving a wider spectrum of problems and be applied to different cases. It also aims to achieve experimental efficiency through the judicious use of a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques and approaches.
The nuclear fuel failure mechanisms studied in SCIP-2 are as follows:
The project is supported by safety organisations, research laboratories and industry from the following countries: Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
July 2009 – June 2014
SEK 15 million (about EUR 1.5 million) per year. Swedish parties cover 50% of this cost.
Last reviewed: 25 November 2011