Enhancing Combustion Risk Management in Nuclear Power Plants

Almaraz Nuclear Power Plant, Spain

In the event of a severe accident in a nuclear power plant, combustible gases can be released, leading to a potential explosion risk in the nuclear containment building. These gases, including Hydrogen (H2) and Carbon monoxide (CO) need to be managed to avoid threatening the containment integrity, which can result in the release of radioactive material into the environment.

 

The AMHYCO project will improve experimental knowledge and simulation capabilities in an area that has not been explored sufficiently in previous EU and OECD projects: combustion risk management of hydrogen and carbon monoxide (H2/CO) mixtures in severe accidents in nuclear power plants.

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Three Main Objectives

01 – TO EXPERIMENTALLY INVESTIGATE PHENOMENA THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THEORETICALLY
02 – Improve predictability of numerical tools used for explosion hazard evaluation inside the reactor containment
03 – To improve the Severe Accident Management Guidelines
Training and research

The project will host two technical workshops for industry partners, researchers and nuclear power plant owners and will support PhD student’s research on related sectors

Two AMHYCO workshops

A series of workshops and courses will be organised by the AMHYCO project to disseminate knowledge and train the industry partners and researchers in reducing combustion risk in severe accidents (SAs), including a one-day course for fundamentals: “H2/CO safety for nuclear power plants”.

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Doctoral Thesis support

Some of the research performed in the AMHYCO project will be performed by PhD students. The partners will help PhD students researching relevant areas by supporting their doctoral dissertations.

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Student Mobility

The project will also enhance student mobility and allow PhD students to perform research at another partner organisation to promote synergy between the organisations. This support will give the students the opportunity to research in different partner organisations to their own and work with multiple European experimental platforms. 

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