Structural Materials for Innovative Nuclear Systems
11-14 July 2016, Manchester, UK
Hosted by University of Manchester
The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is organising the Fourth International Workshop on Structural Materials for Innovative Nuclear Systems (SMINS-4) in cooperation with IAEA and, with the support of the EERAJoint Programme on Nuclear Materials (JPNM) and the FP7/MatISSE project. The workshop will be held in Manchester, UK from 11 to 14 July 2016, hosted by the University of Manchester.
Materials research is a field of growing relevance for innovative nuclear systems, such as Generation IV reactors, critical and sub-critical transmutation systems and fusion devices. For these different systems, structural materials are selected or developed taking into account the specificities of their foreseen operational environment. However, material development projects require both cross-cutting research programmes and advanced experimental/simulation facilities so as to characterise and evaluate the performance of the selected materials.
This purpose of this workshop is to stimulate an exchange of information on current materials research programmes for different innovative nuclear systems with a view to identifying and developing potential synergies.
The workshop will cover fundamental studies, modelling and experiments on innovative structural materials including cladding materials for the range of advanced nuclear systems such as thermal/fast systems, sub-critical systems, as well as fusion systems.
Five topics are suggested:
Ceramic and Ceramic Composites
Advanced Materials and Processing/Joining
Ion vs. neutron irradiation
Fundamental studies should focus on the identification of mechanisms driving the response of materials under the conditions expected in innovative nuclear systems. These mechanisms may act at the atomic or at higher scale and the application of multiscale approaches, together with related problems of scale bridging or numerical methods, are of special interest. Moreover irradiation experiments and subsequent characterisation of materials with analytical techniques are included in the session if aimed at better understanding the acting mechanisms or drawing physics-based correlations.
Metal Alloys, Ceramic and Ceramic Composites includes in- and out-of-core applications taking into account the scope of: data availability and gaps (considering also licensing issues); experimental and modelling needs for specific components or degradation modes; link between R&D, standardisation and experimental protocols; coolant effects and mechanical properties. Discussions on code development and implementation plans are also of interest. Application of SiC composites to LWR systems is of interest as an advanced concept.
Advanced materials may include nano-grained materials, grain boundary engineered materials, nano-precipitation-strengthened materials and micro-laminates, processing and joining among other topics. Processing and Joining will focus on novel and advanced methods for the production and joining of materials for innovative nuclear systems.
The "Ions vs. neutron irradiation" topic will focus on specific irradiation comparisons including mechanical properties and microstructural effects caused by ion or neutron irradiation. Comparative irradiation studies on a common material are also welcome.
Please note that fuel-cladding interaction will not be covered in this edition of the workshop.
Plenary lectures and technical sessions will be organised according to the five topics listed above.
A workshop discussion session on ion vs. neutron irradiation will be organised.
A poster session covering all technical subjects will be held.
Abstracts submission is now closed. Participants planning to attend the meeting are first invited to complete the registration form. Note: you will need to login into your NEA account or pre-register if have do not already have an account.
Full papers based on accepted abstracts and invited talks must reach the by 15 May 2016.
14 July 2015
Start of registrations and abstract submissions
15 November 2015
Abstract submissions now closed
Notification to authors
15 May 2016
Close of registration
1 August 2016
Full paper submissions
No registration fee will be charged. If you decide not to attend following your registration, please send a cancellation note to the .
The working language will be English.
SESSION I: OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMMES- Chair: J. Marrow
Effects of high-energy Fe ion irradiation on deuterium permeation and retention of RAFM steels (G.-N. Luo)
Nanoindentation on ion-irradiated Fe-Cr alloys with Ni, Si and P additions (C. Heintze)
A snapshot of the microstructural evolution of alloy 800 H under heavy ion irradiation (E.R Anderson)
A new approach to emulate reactor neutron irradiation by medium-mass ions with tens of MeV (Y. Fang)
Primary damage induced in zirconium alloys (A. Adrych-Brunning)
Venue, hotels, transport
The workshop will be held at the University of Manchester. The meeting will be held in the Harwood Room, the entrance is from Altrincham Street. This is a few minutes walk from Piccadilly station or car parking is available in the multi-story car park on Charles Street.
The link to the campus map shows the location of the Harwood Room.
The following hotels are all adjacent to the campus and only a few minutes walk from the meeting venue.
Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa
London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG
Tel.: +44 (0)344 879 9088
International tel.: +44 (0)161 272 3200 www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk
IBIS Hotel Manchester Centre Princess Street
Charles Street/Princess Street, M1 7DG MANCHESTER
Tel.: +44 (0)161 272 5000 www.ibis.com
If you plan to travel by air to the University of Manchester, the nearest airport is Manchester Airport. Manchester Airport is one of the largest and busiest in the country. It is located about 10 miles (16 km) south of the city centre, about 30 minutes from the university.
The airport has a number of transport links to the city:
Train – The airport's two terminals are linked directly to the city centre by a fast, frequent 24-hour train link to both Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations.
Taxi – A taxi from the airport to the university will cost approximately GBP 20.
Bus – Local buses also run to the Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas of the campus.
Most major airlines fly to and from Manchester.
Workshop officials, committees and contact
Scientific and Organising Committee
Chair and co-chair: Grace BURKE (University of Manchester, UK) and James MARROW (University of Oxford, UK)
Tai ASAYAMA (JAEA, Japan)
Victor INOZEMTSEV (IAEA)
Thierry Auger (CNRS, France)
Lorenzo MALERBA (SCK-CEN, Belgium)
Fanny BALBAUD (CEA, France)
Stuart MALOY (LANL, USA)
Jeremy BUSBY(ORNL, USA)
Simone MASSARA (NEA)
Céline CABET (CEA, France)
Pär OLSSON (KTH, Sweden)
Rachid CHAOUADI (SCKCEN, Belgium)
Ji-Yeon PARK (KAERI, Korea)
Jean-Pierre CHEVALIER (CNRS, France)
Manuel Alexandre POUCHON (PSI, Switzerland)
Jian Gan(INL, USA)
Marta SERRANO (CIEMAT, Spain)
Stéphanie CORNET (NEA)
Mychailo TOLOCZKO (PNL, USA)
Yong DAI (PSI, Switzerland)
François WILLAIME (CEA, France)
Alessandro GESSI (ENEA, Italy)
Local Organising Committee
Jane DEAKIN and Grace BURKE (University of Manchester, UK)
All correspondence with regard to the meeting should be addressed to the workshop Secretariat:
Dr Stéphanie CORNET
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
46 Quai Le Gallo
92100 Boulogne Billancourt,
Dr Jane Deakin
Materials Performance Centre
Room A11, The Mill
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
The conference will be held in cooperation with the IAEA. IAEA travel grants will be provided on the basis of paper selection for applicants from countries eligible to receive technical assistance under the IAEA's Technical Cooperation Programme. The grant application form can be downloaded here.