International Symposium on
Nuclear Power Plant Life Management

Budapest, Hungary
4 – 8 November 2002

organized by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

hosted by the
Government of Hungary
through the
Hungarian Nuclear Society (HNS)

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    There is an increasing number of older nuclear power plants (NPPs) in IAEA Member States. As a consequence plant ageing management has gained increasing attention over the last decade. Moreover, life management is an attractive option for new plants, increasing safe operation, availability and reliability. The benefits of employing plant life management (PLIM) are the same as those in favour of using nuclear power: not only does the cost of electricity become cheaper but also the impact on reducing fossil burning greenhouse gas emissions is sustained.

    The long term operation of NPPs is influenced by a number of factors including economic considerations, the socio-economic environment including public acceptance, changes in regulatory requirements, the availability of necessary technical infrastructure to maintain and service the systems structures and components (SSCs) of NPPs and preserving the knowledge of qualified personnel.

    To deal with the issues of ageing NPP SSCs, human resources and other technical issues of NPP life assurance, as well as reliable and economic operation, NPP life management programmes are being implemented in many countries at present.

    Though in general this topic is being addressed at a number of meetings and conferences, it is thought that it would be appropriate for the IAEA to take the lead in organizing a major symposium on the subject.

    The IAEA Technical Working Group on Life Management of Nuclear Power Plants (TWG-LMNPP) recommended during its regular meeting in February 1999 that the IAEA should consider holding a symposium in this subject area in the year 2002.


    The objectives of the Symposium are:

    • to emphasize the role of NPP life management programmes in assuring a safe and reliable NPP operating cycle;
    • to identify progress in methodological and technological developments for managing ageing processes and understanding degradation mechanisms;
    • to provide a forum for information exchange on national and international policies and strategies in NPP life management programme development.


    The programme of the Symposium is intended to be of interest to managers at utilities and staff at research and design organizations, regulatory bodies, and manufacturing and service companies, as well as to government decision makers concerned with near, medium and long term energy needs.


    Anticipated relevant topics for the Symposium will include the following areas:

    • operational and manufacturing history
    • degradation mechanisms and obsolescence
    • life limiting features
    • operating life assessment
    • importance of data and databases
    • regulatory aspects, licensing issues and economic considerations
    • evolution of safety rules
    • modernization of existing instrumentation and control (I&C) system using digital I&C system
    • modernization of main control room
    • design principles and methodologies for equipment replacement
    • transition of modern technologies
    • life-cycle management programmes
    • staff training
    • organization models and decision making processes
    • operating, maintenance and inspection procedures updated to reflect current understanding of degradation mechanisms
    • ageing management and lessons learned
    • evaluation criteria related to ageing management programmes
    • principles and guidelines in deriving effective ageing management methodologies
    • evaluation of hazard propagation in ageing plants
    • needs for plant/utility information management system(s)
    • environmental qualification
    • aspects of codes and standards
    • human factors engineering management
    • NPPs power uprates
    • associated research

    To achieve the purpose of the Symposium, the first session will be devoted to an invited overview presentation summarizing the state of the art of the subject area, while subsequent sessions will begin with an invited overview paper describing the status worldwide of the particular topic to be dealt with in the session. Further presentations will supplement specific areas within the topic(s).

    Session 1: Opening Session

    Opening addresses will be made by senior management of the IAEA, a representative of the Government of Hungary, and by the Symposium Chairperson (L. M. Davies). This Session will set the Symposium objectives and provide background information on the status and trends in the field of nuclear power plant life management. Keynote presentations will provide information about the background of PLIM technology and the change of emphasis in the nuclear engineering business from building new NPPs to taking measures to optimize the service or operational life of existing plants.

    Session 2: Plant Life Management

    Topics to be addressed in the contributed papers:
    1. general methodology of NPP PLIM, scope, terms and definitions
    2. motivation for the selection of the NPP type and PLIM
    3. current world inventory of NPPs and their age
    4. plant license extension and I&C ageing management
    5. effective management of NPP I&C modernization
    6. rationale for actual operational or service life
    7. special requirements for operational life extension, re-licensing and also periodic safety assessment reviews for continued operation
    8. re-assessment of operational life (compared with design life)
    9. PLIM feedback for advanced design features.

    Session 3: Technological and Operational Aspects of PLIM

    Topics to be addressed in the contributed papers:
    1. record keeping, condition based and other methods of monitoring degradation
    2. methodology of monitoring (single and multi-plant approaches)
    3. planned maintenance, lead plant approaches, mitigation of degradation
    4. assessment of SSC condition
    5. use of risk based assessments in PLIM
    6. various I&C aspects for NPPs power uprating
    7. existing experiences and solutions of NPP I&C modernization
    8. methods and tools facilitating I&C modernization
    9. modernization of main control room
    10. human factors engineering management
    11. organization.

    Session 4: Economics of PLIM

    Topics to be addressed in the contributed papers:
    1. Potential business opportunities and risks
    2. Economic analysis for decision making in deregulated markets
    3. Cost effective technologies/practices for inspection surveillance and maintenance (to be addressed from the economic point of view)
    4. Instrumentation and control issues
    5. Grid and energy markets and NPP competitiveness
    6. Aspects of refurbishment and replacement.

    Session 5: Overview on Decommissioning as Part of PLIM

    Topics to be addressed in the contributed papers:
    1. pre-shutdown preparation strategy and procedures (economical and technical aspects)
    2. activities during decommissioning and associated costs
    3. decommissioning waste and fuel strategies
    4. site conversion.

    Session 6: Panel Session on Current National Approaches to PLIM

    • technological
    • regulatory
    • political
    • public acceptance.

    Session 7: Closing Panel Discussion

    The Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion in which the chairperson of the Symposium and those for each of the sessions will discuss key issues related to PLIM and recommendations for future IAEA activities.

    Technical Tour

    A technical tour to the Paks NPP is foreseen for Friday, 8 November. Additional information about the tour can be found as it becomes available at the IAEA web site, as specified below in Section 10.


    A limited amount of space will be offered by the host, the Hungarian Nuclear Society, for companies’ displays/exhibits during the Symposium. Interested parties should contact the local organizers:

    Hungarian Nuclear Society
    c/o KFKI
    Atomic Energy Research Institute
    M – 1515, POB 49, Budapest
    Tel. +36 1 391 2293
    Fax.: +36 1 395 9293
    Contact Person: I.Vidovszky (President)


    Contributed papers on topics listed in Sessions 2 – 5 above (Section 4) may be submitted. All papers - apart from invited review papers - must present original work; they should not have been published elsewhere.

    Deadline for Submission

    A completed Form for Submission of a Paper (see attached Form “B”), together with the Participation Form (see attached Form “A”) and two copies of an extended synopsis of 800 words (i.e. two A4 format pages of single spaced typing or the equivalent, including any tables or diagrams and a few pertinent references) must be sent (in English) to the competent official authority for transmission to the IAEA by 15 April 2002 (see Section 15 below). In addition, the extended synopsis should be sent electronically to the Scientific Secretary, V. Lyssakov (e-mail address: [email protected]).

    The synopsis should give enough information on the contents of the proposed paper to enable the selection committee to evaluate it. Introductory and general matters should not be included. The synopsis - if accepted - will be reproduced in unedited form in the Book of Extended Synopses; therefore, the original must be submitted as camera-ready copy in a form the author would wish to have the work presented. The general style and presentation should be as in the attached sample. The extended synopsis should be prepared using commonly available word processing software. The IAEA uses Microsoft Word. In the letter of transmittal, the author should note the specific software used.

    Acceptance of Papers for Oral/Poster Presentation

    In order to provide ample time for discussion, the number of papers that can be accepted for oral presentation is limited. If the number of relevant and high quality papers submitted for selection exceeds the acceptable number, some of them will be selected for poster presentation.

    Authors will be informed whether their papers/posters have been accepted for presentation on the basis of the extended synopsis. The IAEA, however, reserves the right to refuse the presentation or publication of any paper that does not meet the expectations based on the information given in the extended synopsis.

    Those authors whose extended synopsis has been accepted, please, see the IAEA Guidelines for Authors on Preparation of Manuscripts for Proceedings. Authors are urged to make use of the IAEA’s Proceedings Paper Template in Word 2000 and its user instructions:

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    All persons wishing to participate in the Symposium are requested to complete a Participation Form (Form "A") and send it as soon as possible to the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or national atomic energy authority) for subsequent transmission to the IAEA. A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form is transmitted through the competent official authority of a Member State of the International Atomic Energy Agency or by an organization invited to participate.

    Participants whose designations have been received by the IAEA will be notified directly two to three months before the meeting.


    No registration fee is charged to participants.

    As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay the cost of attendance, i.e. travel and living expenses, of participants. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of selected specialists from Member States eligible to receive technical assistance under the IAEA’s Technical Co-operation Programme. Generally, not more than one grant will be awarded to any one country.

    If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:

    1. be submitted by 15 April 2002;
    2. be accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Application Form (see attached Form “C”).

    Applications which do not comply with the conditions mentioned under (a) and (b) cannot be considered.

    The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering only part of the cost of attendance.


    The proceedings of the meeting will be published by the IAEA in camera-ready (unedited) form as a CD ROM by the IAEA as soon as possible after the meeting. All participants will receive a free copy of the proceedings.


    The working language of the Symposium will be English. All communications, synopses, abstracts and papers must be sent to the Agency in English.


    Information as available will be placed on the IAEA website:

    A preliminary programme of the Symposium will be sent to participants before the meeting.
    The final programme, and the Book of Extended Synopsis will be available upon registration.


    Detailed information on accommodation and other items will be sent to all designated participants well in advance of the meeting.

    12. VISAS

    Participants who require a visa to enter Hungary should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Hungary as soon as possible.


    The address of the Secretariat is:

    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Vienna International Centre
    P.O. Box 100
    Wagramer Strasse 5
    A-1400 Vienna, Austria

    Telephone No.: +43-1-2600(0) plus extension
    Telex No.: +43-1-12645
    Telefax No.: +43-1-26007
    Electronic mail:[email protected]

    The Scientific Secretary of the Symposium is V. Lyssakov, Nuclear Power Engineering Section, Division of Nuclear Power (telephone extension 22797; e-mail address: [email protected]). Co-ordinator of the Symposium is G. Soukhanov, Nuclear Power Engineering Section, Division of Nuclear Power (telephone extension: 22793; e-mail address: [email protected]). Symposium organization is provided by K. Morrison, Conference Service Section, Division of Conference and Document Services (telephone extensions: 21317 or 21311; e-mail address: [email protected].


    C. Belinco, CNEA-CAC, Argentina
    M. Brumovsky, Nuclear Research Institute, Czech Republic
    T. Planman, VTT Manufacturing Technology, Finland
    G. Bezdikian, EDF, Division Production Nucleaire, France
    G. Sgarz, E.ON Kernkraft Gmbh, Germany
    F. Gillemot, KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute, Hungary
    I.Vidovsky, KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute, Hungary
    H. Hiranuma, Japan Power Engineering & Inspection Corp., Japan
    T.R. Kim, Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Korea, Republic Of
    S. Bugaenko, International Center on Nuclear Safety Of Minatom, Russian Federation
    I. Marcelles, Tecnatom S.A., Spain
    H. Rust, NPP Beznau, Switzerland
    M. Davies, United Kingdom
    V. Lyssakov, Scientific Secretary, IAEA.


    The Participation Form (Form “A”) and if applicable the Forms for Submission of a Paper (Form “B”) and Grant Application (Form “C”) should be sent to the competent official authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, national atomic energy authority) for transmission to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Subsequent correspondence on scientific matters should be sent to the Scientific Secretary and correspondence on administrative matters to the IAEA Conference Service Section.

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