Under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) and under the mandate of the Working Party on Scientific Issues of the Fuel Cycle (WPFC), the objective of the Expert Group on Innovative Structural Materials (EGISM) is to conduct joint and comparative studies to support the development, selection and characterisation of innovative structural materials that can be implemented in advanced nuclear fuel cycles, under extreme conditions such as high temperature, high dose rate and corrosive chemical environment and long service lifetime.
The objectives of the Expert Group are:
Provide a state-of-the-art assessment of specific areas to be considered as priority areas of research;
Identify the areas where experimental protocols and standards are needed and where the share of available experimental installations could be possible;
Identify existing databases; and
Organise the next in a series of workshops on structural materials for innovative nuclear systems (SMINS).
The Expert Group will particularly work closely with NSC Working Party on Multi-scale Modelling of Fuels and Structural Materials for Nuclear Systems (WPMM).
Consistent with the above objectives, the scope of the Expert Group includes:
State-of-the-art assessment of specific areas to be considered as priority areas of research;
Identification of system requirements for advanced reactors, identification of advanced materials being studied to meet the system requirements, and identification of readiness level of each of the materials.
Identification of novel material pathways that could significantly improve material performance in advanced nuclear systems.
Experimental protocols and Standards and share of available experimental installations;
Identification and elaboration of areas where experimental protocols and standards are needed.
Identification of challenge issues, both in modelling and experimentation, as well as round robin experiments to verify consistency of results across international test programs.
Identification of existing and required experimental facilities, as well as the potential for collaborative research using existing experimental installations.
Common experimental database; and
Identification of existing databases and their ownership and accessibility.
10th meeting (23-24 October 2014 location TBD)
9th meeting (26-27 March 2014, NEA offices, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France)
8th meeting (29-30 April 2013, NEA offices, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France)
7th meeting (19-20 November 2012, NEA offices, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France)
6th meeting (9-10 January 2012, NEA offices, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France)
5th meeting (6 May 2011, Nice, France)
4th meeting (14 June 2010, San Diego, USA)
3rd meeting (16-17 December 2009, NEA offices, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France)
2nd meeting (15 May 2009, Tokyo, Japan)
1st meeting (24-25 November 2008, NEA offices, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France)