ICN - Pitesti

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Objectives

  • Providing assistance in the implementation of ICN's international agreements and cooperation contacts with international organizations and research centers from the nuclear field;
  • Promoting ICN's participation in the Framework Programs of the European Union.

Cooperation agreements

  • Cooperation with AECL - CANADA, started in 1999 through the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Natural Resources, Canada and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Romania, providing for the development of some common research activities in the following areas:
    • CANDU nuclear fuel;
    • Nuclear safety;
    • Nuclear power plant life management;
  • Cooperation with nuclear laboratories of DoE-USA takes place within the framework of the Agreement to exchange information and collaboration in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear power, concluded in 1999 between the 2 countries. The areas of common interest are:
    • Nuclear safety, including the radioactive waste management;
    • Nuclear materials characterization;
    • Training and education in the field of safeguards and physical protection, by involving ICN's young employees, but also the students and professors from the University of Pitesti;
    • Methods to report nuclear materials/ the radioactive waste inventory at international level.
  • Cooperation with SCK CEN - Belgium was formalized in 2009 through a Memorandum of Understanding, setting the basis for a close collaboration between the 2 centers in the fields of:
    • Nuclear security, reactors and the research infrastructure, Generation IV reactors;
    • Radioactive waste management, education and training in the nuclear field.

The common interest in developing the chain of Lead Cooled Fast Reactors was stressed by the 2 parties during this year's meeting at the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment, reflected in a document through which both parties commit themselves to support each other in the MYRRHA and ALFRED projects.

  • Cooperation with ANSALDO and ENEA - Italy

In preparing the consortium required for building the Lead Cooled Fast Reactor Demonstrator ALFRED in Romania, ICN initiated in 2011 the steps for concluding some agreements with ANSALDO Nucleare and ENEA, organizations equally interested in this project, to be the foundation of building the consortium. Developing this great infrastructure associated with the Generation IV reactor systems requires a significant financial, material and human support which can be ensured only through a strong partnership between different European institutions owing the required potential and experience.

  • Cooperation with COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA) - FRANCE in the field of research, technology and nuclear energy, concluded between ICN and CEA-DEN in april 2008, covers the areas:
    • Nuclear energy;
    • Radioactive waste;
    • Decommissioning nuclear installations;
  • Cooperation with IRSN - France concluded in 2004 through the PHEBUS Agreement and Software Agreements on the use of nuclear safety computer codes;
  • Cooperation with KAERI - South Korea concluded in 2006 through the cooperation agreement in the fields:
    • Nuclear fuels;
    • Nuclear safety;
  • Cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - Vienna consists in ICN's continuous participation in:
    • Technical cooperation projects (TC);
    • Coordinated research projects (CRP);
    • Regional projects;
    • Experts missions;
    • ICN researchers' participation at work consultative meetings, conferences and IAEA courses;
    • Fellowships trainings;
    • IAEA courses and workshops organization.
  • ICN participation in the European Commission Framework Programs aims the integration of the Romanian nuclear research in the European Research Area (ERA) through:
    • Contributions to FP6 and FP7 Euratom Projects;
    • Activities within the "Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform".

Currently, ICN is partner with prestigious European research centers, in FP7 Euratom projects CARBOWASTE, FORGE, SARNET 2 STYLE, IPPA, MATTER, SEARCH, MAXSIMA, ESNII +, MATISSE, CAST, ASAPMSA_E, MARISA, ARCADIA, PLATENSO Eagle and last but not least NEWLANCER, the first Euratom project coordinated by the institute.
Main results of the cooperation programme:

  • AECL - CANADA cooperation. Activities carried up to date:
    • Power cycling testing for the CANDU fuel in the C9 capsule of the TRIGA-ICN Pitesti reactor;
    • Fatigue behavior testing for Zircaloy-4 sheaths;
    • Transfer, implementation and validation of computer codes for nuclear safety analysis and design parameters optimization of the advanced nuclear fuel.
  • Cooperation with the USA DoE laboratories. Activities carried up to date:
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL):
      • Water flow modeling and radionuclides transport in geological environments;
      • Radionuclide migration experiments in loess, clay and limestone.
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL):
      • Transfer of computer codes for nuclear safety and biological protection assessments, neutron calculations and nuclear data generation.
      • Determining the technology for manufacturing 99Mo from the irradiated targets of Uranium at the ICN - TRIGA research reactor.
    • LANL and ORNL:
      • Development of a business plan for ICN - TRIGA research reactor
  • CEA-DEN cooperation
    • ICN participation in nuclear safety experiments on the release of fission products in severe accident conditions carried out at Cadarache.
    • The Numerical Simulations for Radioactive Waste Disposal NSRAWD initiated by ICN and DM2S/SFME/LSET CEA department within the IFA-CEA projects competition launched in 2010. The project was deployed during 1st October 2010 - 30th September 2013 and aimed to establish a cooperation between ICN and CEA in the field of numerical simulations for radioactive waste disposal, combining modeling activities with experimental ones for improving and validating the numerical models used for simulationg the water flow and the transport of contaminants.
  • Cooperation with IAEA - Vienna: current Technical Projects and Research Contacts carried out in ICN:
    • RO 13364 - Fission molybdenum production technology development for indigenous needs;
    • RO 14974 - Improving the behavior and the use of ROFEM and CREB computer codes in the FUMEX III exercise
    • RO 15066 - Large Sample NAA Facility And Methodology Development;
    • RO 15350 - Assessment of the Computational Tools and Methods Used in Safety Analysis at TRIGA SSR 14 MW against Research Reactors Experimental Data;
    • RO 15854 - Risk and safety assessment during transport and storage of naturally occurring materials - Uranium ore and Uranium waste in Romania;
    • RO 16049 - Study of the aging behavior of Incoloy 800HT and 304LI alloy undergoing thermal testing at high temperatures using the cristal neutron difractometer with focusing configuration and the SANS equipment;
    • RO 16094 - Neutron and gamma imaging method combined with analytical methods based on neutrons for the research of cultural heritage;
    • RO 16373 - Case Study: "The development and implementation of the knowledge transfer and preservation process at Cernavoda NPP";
    • RO 16798 - Assessment of the degradation conditions of Zirconium alloys due to the presence of Hydrogen, during the use of nuclear fuel and its storage;
    • CRP 16705 - Benchmarking of advanced materials pre-selected for innovative nuclear reactors;
    • CRP 17519 - Prediction of axial and radial creep in HWR pressure tubes.
  • ICN participation in the European Commission Framework Programs:
    • Framework Program 5:
      • PHEBEN2 - Validating Severe Accident Codes against Phebus FP for Plant Applications;
      • JSRI - European Index for research papers on issues of nuclear safety for nuclear reactors.
    • Framework Program 6:
      • HOTLAB - European Network on Hot Laboratories;
      • COWAM2 - Community Waste Management 2: Improving the Governance of Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal in Europe;
      • SARNET - Network of Excellence for a Sustainable Integration of European Research on Severe Accident Phenomenology;
      • NULIFE - NOE on Nuclear Plant Life Prediction;
      • MRT+I3 - Integrated Infrastructure Initiatives for Material Testing Reactor Innovations www.mtri3.eu;
      • ELSY - Generation IV Reactors - European Lead System;
      • CIP - COWAM in Practice.
    • Framework Program 7:
      • CARBOWASTE - Treatment and disposal of irradiated graphite and other carbonaceous waste (2008 -2012)
      • SARNET 2 - Severe Accidents (2008 - 2012)
      • FORGE - Fate of repository gases (2009 - 2013)
      • STYLE - Structural Integrity assessment for safety and lifetime management of the reactor coolant system piping and components (2010 - 2014)
      • LEADER - Lead-cooled European Advanced Demonstration Plant (2010 - 2012)
      • ADRIANA - ADvanced Reactor Initiative and Network Arrangement - dedicated to the mapping and gap analysis of research infrastructures in support of ESNII (2010 - 2011) adriana.ujv.cz
      • IPPA - Implementing Public Participation Approaches in Radioactive Waste Disposal (2011 - 2013)
      • MATTER - Materials, Tests and Rules (2011 - 2014)
      • SEARCH - Safe Exploitation Related Chemistry for HLM reactors (2011 - 2014)
      • NEWLANCER - New MS Linking for an Advanced Cohesion in Euratom Research (2011 - 2013) www.newlancer.net
      • ESNII+ - Preparing ESNII for Horizon 2020
      • MATISSE - Materials: Innovations for a Safe and Sustainable nuclear in Europe
      • CAST - Carbon 14 Source Term
      • ASAPMSA_E - Advanced Safety Assessment : Extended PSA (2013-2016)
      • MARISA - MYRRHA Research Infrastructure Support Action marisa.sckcen.be
      • MAXSIMA - Methodology, Analysis and eXperiments for the "Safety in MYRRHA Assessment" maxsima.sckcen.be
      • ARCADIA - Assessment of Regional CApabilities for new reactors Development through an Integrated Approach (2013-2016) projectarcadia.eu
      • PLATENSO - Building a platform for enhanced societal research related to nuclear energy in Central and Eastern Europe (2013-2016)
      • EAGLE - Enhancing educAtion, traininG and communication processes for informed behaviours and decision-making reLatEd to ionizing radiation risksParticiparea ICN la Platforma Tehnologica Europeana "Sustainable Nuclear Energy" (2013-2016) eagle.sckcen.be
    • Contributions to drafting the Strategic Research Agenda
  • JRC cooperation activities:
    • APSA Network - Incorporating Ageing Effects into Probabilistic Safety Assessment;
    • NET - Network on Neutron Techniques Standardization for Structural Integrity;
    • Harmonization of techniques and methodologies for measuring the radioactivity in the environment.
  • Cooperation with other nuclear research centers within some external contracts:
    • GRS Braunschweig - Germany:
      • Models and computer programs related to the final storage of spent fuel or highly active radwaste in salt formations;
      • Deterministic analysis of spent fuel storage in granite formations.
    • DBE Peine - Germany:
      • Impact assessment of radioactive waste for granite storage.
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - SUA:
      • Concepts for storage of low and medium active waste and spent fuel.
  • OTHER COOPERATIONS:
    • Stefan Jozef Institute- Slovenia.

Contact person: Dr. Daniela DIACONU; e-mail: daniela.diaconu@nuclear.ro

Last modified: 18-02-2014.


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