Nuclear Power Plant Design: Civil Engineering Aspects

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Nuclear Power Plant Design Training

About the Course

Many countries are currently constructing or are in the planning/designing stage of building nuclear power plants. This is primarily to move away from the depleting fossil fuel and in an attempt to combat climate change. However, design construction and operation of these structures poses particular challenge with respect to handling radioactive material. The recent incident of Fukushima Nuclear Power plant highlighted the risk of these structures to earthquakes and eroded public confidence (in some countries such as Germany).

A project of such kind involves extensive civil engineering work. The course is designed for civil engineers with no prior knowledge of seismic design or Nuclear Power Plant Installation design. The course would cover basics of generating electricity from nuclear reaction that is adequate for Civil Engineers. The topics that will be covered are –
components in a nuclear installation, safety philosophy and systems, relevant seismic design, geotechnical aspects in the design and waste disposal.

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for people:

 Interested in Nuclear Power Plant
 Develop understanding seismic design related to Nuclear Power Plant


Day 1

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 1: Generating electricity from nuclear reaction and overview of a Nuclear Installation – Subhamoy Bhattacharya
10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.30 Lecture 2: Fundamentals of seismic design related to Nuclear Power Plants – Subhamoy Bhattacharya
12.30 -13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 3: Design of noncontainment structures including thermal effects and modelling considerations – Ashraf Ayoub
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 4: Nuclear Power Plant Infrastructures under extreme dynamic loading conditions and design challenges – Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis

Day 2

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 5: Containment design for a nuclear reactor – Stefan Szyniszewski
10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.30 Lecture 6: Reactor Materials and lifetime behaviour – John Brear
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 7: Structural integrity and life assessment of power generation – John Brear
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 8: Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment Used for Nuclear Sites – Nawal Prinja

Day 3

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 9: Designing Against Extreme Events and the New Design Extension Condition. – Nawal Prinja
10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.30 Lecture 10: Waste Disposal and Engineered Barrier Design – Rao Martand Singh
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 11: Risk management in Reactor Safety – Bruno Merk
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 12: Decommissioning technology – Kelum Gamage
CV’s of Lecturers:

Subhamoy Bhattacharya: Professor Subhamoy Bhattacharya currently holds the Chair in Geomechanics at the University of Surrey where he leads the Geomechanics Research Group. He is also the Programme Director for the MSc course in “Advanced Ground Engineering/Advanced Geotechnical Engineering” and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Civil Engineering. Previously, he held the post of Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Academic fellowship at Tokyo Institute of Technology as well as industrial positions with Fugro Limited (UK) and Consulting Engineering Services (India) Ltd – now Jacobs. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, investigating failure mechanisms of pile-supported structures in seismically liquefiable soils. He proposed a new theory on pile failure which received the 2005 T.K.Hseih award for the best paper in civil engineering dynamics from the Institution of Civil Engineers. His further work on piles includes design principles for the foundation design of new generation Floating Production Storage and Offloading platforms, built from his experience designing piles for more conventional offshore structures. His work on p-y curves for clay appears in the latest API/ANSI/ISO code of practice. His current research interest are foundations for offshore wind turbines, seismic behaviour of piles.

Ashraf Ayoub: Prof. Ayoub holds the Royal Academy of Engineering Pell Frischmann Chair of Nuclear Infrastructure at City University London, UK. He obtained his MSc and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and was a Post-Doctoral fellow at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute; a past chair of Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 447, Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures, and the ASCE committee on Emerging Computing Technologies; and a member of ACI committee 349, Concrete Nuclear Structures; committee 440, Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement, and the ASCE committee on Analysis and Computation. He currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE. His current research is in the field of design and analysis of nuclear infrastructure systems, nonlinear finite element analysis, constitutive modeling of materials through experimental and analytical techniques, earthquake engineering, and design of Fiber Reinforced Polymer composite systems. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Houston and the University of Missouri-Rolla, USA.

Stefan Szyniszewski: Dr Stefan is a lecturer at the University of Surrey and received his education from the Johns Hopkins University (Post-Doc), University of Florida (PhD),
Warsaw University of Technology (BS, MS), and RWTH-Aachen (MS). Stefan designed nuclear power plants at Bechtel Power Corporation in the United States, and conducted full-scale, structural impact experiments in Kanazawa, Japan.

Nawal Prinja: AMEC Foster Wheeler Professor Nawal K. Prinja is Technical Director of Clean Energy, AMEC Foster Wheeler where he heads 1500 strong engineering and technology staff. In his current role, he is responsible for managing technical capability, application of codes and standards and performing engineering and technical governance. He
has co-authored three books: Use of Finite Element Analysis in the Design Process; An Introduction to the Use of Material Models in FE, and How to do Seismic Analysis Using Finite Elements. Additionally, he has written articles for several technical publications. He holds a position of Honorary Professor at the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Currently he is chairing the International Task Force on Harmonisation of Nuclear Codes set by the World Nuclear Association’s CORDEL project. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee of SMiRT and ASRANET and a member of the Technical Assessment Panel of F4E to help conduct world’s
biggest energy experiment. He was appointed as an advisor to the UK Government to help formulate their long term R&D strategy for nuclear industry and now advises MoD on Nuclear Propulsion Research & Technology programme. He is regularly consulted by IAEA as a technical expert. He contributed to their first Safety Guide on “Construction of Nuclear Installations”, revision of the Safety Requirements by NUSSC after the Fukushima event, delivered workshop on seismic hazards in S Africa and Nuclear Energy Management School held in UAE this year.

Rao Martand Singh: Dr Singh is a Lecturer of Geotechnical Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Surrey since January 2015. He is mainly carrying out his research in the field of Energy and Environmental Geotechnics. Previously he worked as a Research Fellow on geothermal energy pile foundations at Monash University in Australia. He obtained his PhD from Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC), Cardiff University, UK and MTech from IIT Delhi, India. His PhD research involved investigation of heat transfer and mass movement in unsaturated swelling and nonswelling clays in the context of nuclear waste repository and was part of a collaborative European Commission (EC) project called NF-PRO involving various research centres and universities across Europe. After his PhD he continued working as a Research Associate at GRC, Cardiff University and was involved in another European Commission funded research project called THERESA that aimed at a deep understanding of thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) process in unsaturated swelling clays proposed as engineering barriers for high-level nuclear waste disposal. Dr Singh has got 15 years of national and international experience in the area of geothermal energy pile foundation, soil-structure interaction, nuclear waste disposal, gas/liquid permeability
characteristic of cement bentonite used in cut-off walls and borehole walls, thermal properties/suction measurement techniques and thermo-hydro-mechanical. (THM) behaviour of unsaturated soils and geosynthetics. He is collaborating with industries to find practical solution of problems related to energy and environment. He has published extensively in reputed journals and conferences. His paper on thermal conductivity received best paper award in 2013 from Geotextile and Geomembrane Journal which is ranked 1 in Engineering Geotechnical category.

Bruno Merk: Prof Bruno Merk is NNL/RAEng Research Chair in Computational Modelling for Nuclear Engineering at University of Liverpool. He completed his PhD on analytical solution methods for the time dependent neutron transport equation at Technical University Karlsruhe. He also holds Diploma in Energy and Power Plant Technology Technical University Munich. . He worked 9 years at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, HZDR, as Leading Scientist and group head for neutron physics and innovative reactors,
responsible for code development, safety of innovative reactors and waste management. Additionally he served as representative in the IAEA Technical Working Group of Fast Reactors. Before, he worked for 10 years at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, now KIT, on fast reactor safety, neutron physics for innovative reactors, and Plutonium recycling.

Kelum Gamage: Dr Kelum Gamage is a lecturer in the Department of Engineering at Lancaster University and is a leading expert on the mixed-field radiation imaging and
instrumentation for nuclear decommissioning applications. He has published over 50 papers, including over 20 peer-reviewed journal publications and, holds a patent on image of fast neutron-emitting contamination using a fast scintillator detector (Kelum A.A. Gamage, Malcolm J. Joyce, Patent No. GB2484315, April 2012). He has significant
experience on developing novel radiation imaging systems, particularly to image neutron and gamma radiation in uncharacterised environments.Dr Gamage is currently supervising 6 PhD students in nuclear decommissioning related projects. He has a growing international reputation for his research work, evidenced by increasing citations to his publications and, has been regularly invited to review papers from a number of key journals in the field of nuclear science and technology. He is a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council (UK), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Member of the IEEE and IET. He is also working with IET as a professional registration advisor (PRA), where advises candidates applying for CEng registration.

Duration: 3 Days

Cost: £750 + VAT

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