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Overview of EPRI Long Term Operations Work on Nuclear Power Plant Concrete Structures

  • Joe WallEmail author
  • Sam Johnson
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)

Abstract

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been engaged in collaborative research and development activities related to concrete in nuclear applications over the past several years in concert with the nuclear generation industry, foreign and domestic national laboratories and regulatory bodies and universities. The EPRI Long Term Operations program is focused on performing research activities that will help the industry extend operation beyond the first period of license renewal, which for US plants means operation beyond 60 years. In this overview talk, three subjects will be addressed—radiation damage in boiling and pressurized water reactor concrete biological shields, boric acid attack of pressurized water reactor spent fuel pool concrete substructures and alkali-silica reaction degradation of concrete structures. The results of these and other studies are expected to support utilities as they demonstrate technical bases to regulatory bodies for long term operation of commercial nuclear plants.

Keywords

Concrete irradiation damage Spent fuel pool leakage Alkali silica reaction Concrete degradation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nuclear Sector, Electric Power Research InstituteCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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