Nuclear power plant issues to be studied by EPRI and Japanese partner

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) signed a 3-year agreement with Japan’s Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) to jointly research nuclear power plant issues related to materials science, plant component performance and radiation safety.

The collaboration will facilitate the sharing of research and experimental results, data and scientific information that will expand the knowledge base of critical plant infrastructure and radiation safety in and around nuclear power plants. The results are expected to provide the technical foundation to enhance the safe and efficient operation of nuclear plants worldwide.

Some of the research projects include using three dimensional tools at the atomic level to improve understanding of the effects of neuron damage on reactor materials, developing new materials that are more resistant to radiation damage, evaluating reactor vessel behavior under abnormal and highly unusual circumstances, like those experienced at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and assessing the impact of low-dose radiation on public health and nuclear plant personnel.

Both organizations said in statements that the collaboration was not in response to the crisis at the Fukushima plant in Japan but something that had been discussed previously.

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