Title: Considerations on the different aspects of a nuclear power plant's life
Authors: Frédérick, G
D'haeseleer, William
Delvoye, J #
Issue Date: 1996
Series Title: Nuclear Energy vol:35 issue:3 pages:167-169
Abstract: Unlike many other countries, where the nuclear power plants have a finite period of time foreseen in their operating licence, the authorization in Belgium is delivered without time limitation but on condition of a safety reassessment process at definite intervals of ten years. Important repairs, replacements and modifications (steam generator replacement, seismic re-evaluation and requalification, RCS overpressure protection and process computers) are mainly associated with these 10-year reviews. Beyond those major changes, the follow-up of equipment is performed on a case-by-case basis. Specific monitoring programmes have been developed for sensible equipment to cope with new loading or degrading phenomena (erosion-corrosion, intergranular attack, stress corrosion, wear, stratification, etc.). The lifetime policy is assessed on a pragmatic case-by-case basis; owing to the variety of plants and circumstances, 'generic 'solutions are not often applicable. This Belgian approach is put into perspective by contrasting it to a variety of possible nuclear power plant life definitions.
ISSN: 0140-4067
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion Section
# (joint) last author

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