Research Reactor Section
Operation and Maintenance
The Research Reactor Section works with Member States to optimize research reactor availability and reliability through shared operating experience as well as the development and implementation of operational and maintenance plans, ageing management plans, training programmes and international peer reviews. Many Member States look to the Agency for advice, ideas and information exchange on these topics. Projects in the Operation and Maintenance area aim to fulfil these requests by documenting good practices and lessons learned as an element for strengthening operational management.
This video describes the importance of research reactor applications, the challenges research reactors face today, and the many ways that the IAEA helps countries with their research reactor programmes on ageing and applications.
- Homepage of this CRP — rrcrp.com
2013 meeting of the International Group on Research Reactors (IGORR)
Research Reactor Modernization and Refurbishment, IAEA TECDOC-1625 (2009)
Throughout their lifetime, research reactors must address deficiencies and new requirements that evolve over time. Reactor organizations must undertake an array of work activities to either re-establish performance that has degraded over time, maintain performance in the face of changing conditions (refurbishment) or adapt to new customer or regulatory demands (modernization). The scope of this publication includes work typically implemented as a site capital engineering project or series of smaller individual sub-projects.
Optimization of Research Reactor Availability and Reliability: Recommended Practices , IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NP-T-5.4
An effective availability and reliability programme (ARP) is necessary to ensure the financial viability of research reactor facilities. This publication draws upon data from heavily utilized research reactors of diverse sizes and usage, and provides information on specific operations and maintenance practices and programmes directed towards optimization of reactor performance. The optimization of reactor performance not only increases customer confidence, thereby ensuring funding, but also improves the reactorÿs operating life and economic competitiveness.
For more Operation and Maintenance publications, see the Research Reactor Bibliography.