TeaM Cables

European Tools and Methodologies for an efficient ageing management of nuclear power plant Cables

TeaM Cables – European Tools and Methodologies for an efficient ageing management of nuclear power plant Cables – is a research project in the field of nuclear safety and long-term operation.

Launched in September 2017, the project has received a funding of 4.2 million Euro from the Horizon 2020 Euratom Research and Training Programme 2014-2018 of the European Union. It is set to run for a period of 54 months and is coordinated by Electricité de France (EDF).

 

EDF presented TeaM Cables during the “Ionizing radiation and polymers” symposium, IRaP, in August in Russia

The 13th meeting of the “Ionizing Radiation and Polymers” symposium took place in Moscow, Russia. IRaP 2018 lasted from Sunday August 26 to Friday August 31. EDF presented the TeaM Cables project during this event.      

TeaM Cables leaflet available for download in the Media Centre

The leaflet summing the activities of the TeaM Cables project can be dowloaded from the Media Centre.

TeaM Cables partners have met during the NUGENIA forum in April in Prague

The TeaM Cables consortium was present during NUGENIA annual forum organised between 10-12 April 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. It was an opportunity for partners to meet seven months after project...
  • The lifetime of existing Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) can potentially be extended to between 60 and 80 years if safety and operability of facilities can be guaranteed.
  • This means that all equipment must keep satisfactory characteristics in regards to those specified in the plant design time, with respect to normal operation but also during design basis accidents and design extension conditions respectively. This requires efforts in terms of equipment qualification and ageing management to support stakeholders and decision makers.
  • If the components of an NPP were considered as the organs of a body, the electrical cables would be its nerves and blood vessels. These electric cables are diverse with different designs and different materials depending on the voltage, the functionality and the polymer industry evolution over time.
  • With an average of 25 000 cables for a total length of 1 500 km per NPP unit (an NPP containing several units), all organisations involved in the current and next generation of NPPs have recognised the importance of cable qualification, condition monitoring, and ageing management.

TeaM Cables will tackle the challenges mentioned above through an innovative multiscale modelling approach which will increase the accuracy and performance of nuclear cable lifetime management and thus contribute to a safe long-term operation of existing NPPs and to the production of sustainable energy responding to future energy needs.

 Team cables

Innovation in cable ageing management

Ensuring nuclear safety in long-term operation