Corrosion of nuclear materials, i.e. the interaction between these materials and their environments, is a major issue for plant safety as well as for operation and economic competitiveness. Understanding these corrosion mechanisms, the systems and materials they affect, and the methods to accurately measure their incidence is of critical importance to the nuclear industry. Combining assessment techniques and analytical models into this understanding allows operators to predict the service life of corrosion-affected nuclear plant materials, and to apply the most appropriate maintenance and mitigation options to ensure safe long term operation.
The summer school will cover all necessary topics, starting with fundamental electrochemistry, to provide a self-consistent understanding of nuclear corrosion issues. The main topics are:
- Electrochemistry and corrosion
- Overview on corrosion in the nuclear cycle
- Corrosion in light water reactor plants (incl. monitoring and mitigation aspects)
- Corrosion in nuclear waste disposals
- Corrosion in Gen IV systems
- Case studies and ageing management
- Advanced technologies to characterize corrosion
For more detailed content of the lectures please see the Programme.
The summer school is primarily intended for people from nuclear authorities, industry and research organizations who would like to get a comprehensive overview on the field of nuclear corrosion.
Between lectures – have some fun!
The schedule consists of morning and evening lecture sessions with plenty of free time in between intended for organized sport and leisure activities available at Bled. As such, participants are highly encouraged to have a look of possible activities and make their mind.