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 and storage canister materials, and to apply the most appropriate maintenance and mitigation options to ensure safe and economic long-term operation and waste storage.
The summer school will cover all necessary topics, starting with fundamental electrochemistry, to provide a self-consistent understanding of nuclear corrosion issues.
The MEGA Symposium will provide technical information, solutions, and insights on policy developments; methods for managing compliance; and new technologies and environmental controls. The conference content will be of value to power company staff responsible for compliance and policy, managers, and engineers; technology suppliers and consultants; project developers; early career industry professionals; government agency managers and staff; academicians; and staff from environmental non-governmental organizations in North America and beyond.
While the conference will focus on presenting the progress made towards more sustainable approaches in the safe management of radioactive waste, decommissioning, environmental protection and remediation and their common aspects of safety, it will ultimately seek to:
• Initiate and assist the necessary dialogue between the safety and sustainability communities to assess and benefit from a holistic understanding of safety and sustainability.
• Consider how to address the relevant interrelationships in an integrated way.
• Identify practical approaches to managing the interrelationships in decision-making, from policymaking to implementation.
The maturity of the safety case concept as developed by the NEA Integration Group for the Safety Case (IGSC) and national and international programmes has reached a high level, providing the basis to explore new domains, such as gathering and using experience obtained from already-operating repositories for other types of radioactive waste, including insights on operational issues and waste acceptance, as well as transfering the safety case methodologies to other disposal concepts.
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