Conference Scope

  1. Fuel performance and operational experience
    • fuel operation regimes
    • refueling and reloading patterns
    • fuel and control rods performance
    • technologies and equipment for fuel visual inspection
    • fuel discharge burn-up
    • fuel element and fuel assembly failures
    • mixed core performance
    • reprocessed uranium fuel operation
  2. Improvement of fuel design and operation
    • extended fuel cycles
    • new requirements for fuels
    • advanced technology fuel (ATF)
    • advances in design, materials and manufacturing
    • fuel fabrication experience and perspectives
    • upgraded and new type fuels for extended burn-up and load-follow regimes
    • operational requirements for fuels fabricated from reprocessed uranium
  3. Fuel modelling and experimental support
    • general concepts and computer codes
    • models for individual processes and components
    • material properties, fabrication specifications, tolerances
    • on-line measurements and results of post-irradiation examinations at pool-side and in hot-cells
    • irradiation tests in commercial and research reactors
    • nuclear fuel data bases
    • modelling and experimental simulation of RIA, LOCA and severe accident conditions
  4. Fuel safety and QA
    • safety criteria, safety programs
    • licensing in operational conditions including mixed cores
    • licensing in RIA, LOCA and severe accident conditions
    • licensing criteria for fuel assembly design improvements
    • fresh fuel safety transportation and handling
    • quality assurance
    • WWER fuel issues in the light of Fukushima accident
  5. Spent fuel performance and management
    • spent fuel performance at short-term and long-term storage
    • advanced methods for safe spent fuel storage
    • spent fuel transportation and transportation licensing
    • spent fuel accident analysis and management
  6. Specific issues of WWER-1000 fuel reliability
    • WWER-1000 fuel zero failure
    • operational experience of WWER-1000 fuel
    • manufacturing technology and quality assurance
    • measures to identify the failure causess