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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2014-ETN | Award Amount: 3.70M | Year: 2015

The growth of cities, impacts of climate change and the massive cost of providing new infrastructure provide the impetus for this proposal entitled Training in Reducing Uncertainty in Structural Safety (TRUSS) which will maximize the potential of infrastructure that already exists. If flaws in a structure can be identified early, the cost of repair will be vastly reduced, and here an effective monitoring system would allow identifying the optimum time to repair as well as improving structural safety. But safety is difficult to quantify and requires a deep understanding of the uncertainty associated to measurements and models for the structure and the loads. TRUSS will gather this understanding by bringing together an intersectoral and multidisciplinary collaboration between 4 Universities, 11 Industry participants and 1 research institute from 6 European countries. The consortium will combine and share expertise to offer training at an advanced level as new concepts for monitoring, modelling and reliability analysis of structures are emerging all the time. TRUSS will make knowledge of structural safety grow by incorporating these emerging technologies (hi-tech monitoring and manufacturing, computing, etc.) into the training programme and it will support job creation by enabling a wider talent pool of skilled and accredited engineering graduates with business, entrepreneurship, communication, project management and other transferrable skills. The training programme will be structured into taught modules combined with original research supported by secondments that will expose 14 fellows to both academia and industry. While developing tools that will reduce uncertainty in structural safety and improve infrastructure management, TRUSS will lay the basis for an advanced doctoral programme that will qualify graduates for dealing with the challenges of an aging European infrastructure stock, thereby enhancing their career prospects in both industry and academia.


The present proposal addresses the support to the Jules Horowitz Material testing reactor, a new research infrastructure of pan-European interest (Topic Fission-2007-4.1.2). In the EURATOM field of fission, the Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR) appears to be an innovative project (FEUNMARR & ESFRI), firstly from the technical point of view as an up-to-date high performance material testing reactor (MTR), secondly through a funding and steering structure gathering several European research institutes and industrial companies. The overall JHR project that encompasses the JHR design and construction is generally designates as the JHR project. In the following JHR-CP designates the 7th FP Collaborative Project proposed as a contribution to the overall JHR project. The JHR-CP project will include several networking activities related to : - the management of the project, - the organizational aspects of the experimental processes attached to this experimental reactor, - the training, with the definition of academic and professional training related to the specific JHR experimentation and operation needs based on the best European practices. In the same way the JHR-CP project will include several Technical activities related to the JHR design and construction. Those activities are concerning more specifically : - the qualification programme of the critical components of the reactor, - the qualification tests of specific components, - the man machine interface principles definition, - the safety analysis and actions, the definition of some supports to JHR experimentation.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: Fission-2008-2.2.1 | Award Amount: 11.87M | Year: 2009

The suggested Collaborative Project (CP) addresses key viability and performance issues to support the development of a fourth generation European Sodium Fast Reactor (ESFR). This innovative system is mainly developed for competitive electricity generation and offer interesting potential characteristics in terms of safety, environmental impact, resource utilisation and waste minimisation (e.g. potential for Minor Actinides management). The objectives of the CP-ESFR look for the improvement, vis--vis of current nuclear systems, of the safety level, the guarantee of a financial risk comparable to that of the other means of energy production and a flexible and robust management of the nuclear materials. The corresponding technical requirements in terms of Systems performance; Operation, maintenance and procedures; Safety design & analysis and licensing issues; Physical protection &Proliferation resistance; Functional requirements for provisions; Fuel cycle Constructability; Decommisioning; Systems economy are based among others - upon the results of the 6th FP Specific Support Action EISOFAR (Roadmap for a European Innovative SOdium cooled FAst Reactor). The schedule for this four years project fit with the principle for an industrial deployment of ESFR technology around 2040 with the preliminary deployment of a demonstrator by 2020-2025. Following the requirements above, and considering the context as it is described, the Collaborative Project is tentatively structured into six main technical sub projects (SPs): 1)Consistency and assessment & international relationships 2)Fuel, fuel element, core & fuel cycle 3)Safety and Security 4)Energy Conversion System Components & materials 5)Reactor system (including handling) 6)Education & training A specific Management activity will insure the whole consistency.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.37M | Year: 2011

The introduction of laser welding for the manufacturing of heat exchangers and steam generators can introduce some improvements in the manufacturing process such as the increase of the welding speed and of the quality level. Furthermore the automation of the process, involving the use of the laser welding technology, would permit to reduce the time between welding operations. Implementation of the laser welding process in industrial applications where orbital moving is needed involves the development of a special laser welding head. This is why a consortium of SMEs, consisting of companies with complementary expertises, have asked to LABOR, IWS-Fraunhofer and AIMEN to design and develop an orbital laser welding head for using in tube to sheet applications. The ORBITAL system consists in the design, development and construction of a new laser welding head adapted to the specific requirements of the orbital laser welding process and tailored for tube-to-sheet joints used in the production of heat exchangers. The system will be developed in order to enhance the characteristics of the laser welding process: high-speed welding, real-time control, easy automation, data exchange, accuracy. The ORBITAL laser welding system will be designed in order to satisfy the conditions of orbital welding applications, providing a good shielding gas atmosphere and a repeatable and robust positioning of the laser respect to the tubes to be welded thanks to a mechanical finger inserted in it. In order to achieve the objectives, it will be necessary to develop the three following technical aspects: an optical path in order to focus the laser on the workpiece, an electro-mechanical system in order to move and control the speed and path of laser beam around the tube circumference with a high positioning accuracy, and a control system that will be able to control the different parameters of the welding head and all the laser installation in order to perform the welding process.

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