Partners

ARTTIC S.A.S

ARTTIC

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

FRAMATOME GMBH

FRAMATOME GMBH

INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE

INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

UJV REZ, a.s.

UJV REZ, a.s.

NEXANS FRANCE S.A.S

NEXANS FRANCE S.A.S

INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ

INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ARTS ET METIERS

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D'ARTS ET METIERS

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Almost 1000 years old, the University of Bologna (UNIBO) is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO is one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe and the second largest university in Italy with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and about 87.000 students.

Department. The activity of UNIBO in this project will be performed within the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering (DEI). DEI consists of around 120 scientists, whose research and education activities cover the several fields of Industrial and Information Engineering.

Research group. The research group contributing to this proposal is located at LIT (Laboratory of Innovation Technologies). The group activity is mainly focused on electrical characterisation and diagnosis of insulating materials for electrical apparatus and multi-factor ageing modelling, as well as development of innovative electrical insulating materials. In the last 5 years one FP7 EURATOM project, called ADVANCE, was carried out by LIT-UNIBO on the investigation of electrical quantities correlated with ageing to diagnose low voltage cables installed in Nuclear Power Plant. An additional IAEA CRP project was carried out at the end of the ADVANCE project to deeper investigate electrical quantity correlation with other physical and chemical properties on thermally aged and irradiated cable insulation.

Role in the project

The role of the base insulation and of the additives on the dielectric response of irradiated and thermally aged cable insulation have to be clarified in order to understand the behaviour of electrical properties with ageing on the whole cable insulation.

For this purpose, UNIBO will carry out electrical tests on the samples with different contents of additives and stabilisers, aged during the whole project. In particular:

  • BDS used to evaluate complex permittivity in the frequency range between 0.1 mHz to 3 GHz.
  • Dielectric response and electrical conductivity at very low frequency to find out if ageing could affect the interfacial polarisation, as expected in case of cross-linking.
  • Space charge measurements to search for physical morphological changes in the insulation, revealed by trap-depth variation, due to irradiation and temperature ageing.

In addition to experimental activity, modelling of the diagnostic properties with ageing will also be performed in order to predict with better accuracy the condition of the specific insulation, once correlation with chemical and physical properties and failure criteria have been carried out. Criteria and protocols for deployment of on-site dielectric measurements will also be provided.

Davide Fabiani

Principal Investigator

He is Associate Professor at University of Bologna. He participated in several EU projects as principal investigator. Since 2011 he has been the Scientific Responsible of the LIT laboratory at UNIBO. His fields of research are relevant to modelling of insulation ageing of electrical materials and development of innovative insulating materials. He is author of 170 papers published in major international journals and conference proceedings.

Andrea Cavallini

Co-investigator

Fabrizio Palmieri

Lab technician

Simone Vincenzo Suraci

PhD-Student

TeaM-CABLES
TeaM-CABLES

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

Électricité de France (EDF) is the largest producer and provider of electricity in the world. Around 2,000 people are presently employed at EDF R&D.

The mission of the EDF R&D MMC (Materials and Mechanics of Components) department is to lead the investigations needed to meet security requirements, reliability and productivity of industrial facilities in the fields of materials and mechanics. A part of the Chemistry and Materials of the Energy Efficiency group of this department works on polymer ageing.

Since the 2000s, this team has developed a multi-scale approach on polymer ageing. Some kinetics models of polymer ageing and some progress in multi-scale relations have been realised and implemented in a numerical tool developed internally and called “Virtual Polymer”.

The team involved in TeaM Cables has already been involved in the FP7-ADVANCE project, in the MAI-CAIMAN (Cable AgeIng MANagement) and POLYAGE projects, both dealing with cable ageing.

 

Role in the project

  • Initiator and leader of the TeaM Cables project, the dedicated EDF R&D MMC team has been developing the original multi-scale approach on polymer ageing and associated models since the beginning of the 2000s. In TeaM Cables it will:
  • Provide the numerical tool “Virtual Polymer” already developed internally,
  • Lead the work package dealing with the modelling,
  • Perform sensitivity studies on the models developed,
  • Integrate the models developed in the tool “Virtual Polymer”,
  • Help to interface “Virtual Polymer” with modules from “COMSY” and so generate the TeaM Cables numerical tool,
  • Contribute to dissemination, exploitation and training activities.

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

Électricité de France (EDF) is the largest producer and provider of electricity in the world. Around 2,000 people are presently employed at EDF R&D.

The mission of the EDF R&D MMC (Materials and Mechanics of Components) department is to lead the investigations needed to meet security requirements, reliability and productivity of industrial facilities in the fields of materials and mechanics. A part of the Chemistry and Materials of the Energy Efficiency group of this department works on polymer ageing.

Since the 2000s, this team has developed a multi-scale approach on polymer ageing. Some kinetics models of polymer ageing and some progress in multi-scale relations have been realised and implemented in a numerical tool developed internally and called “Virtual Polymer”.

The team involved in TeaM Cables has already been involved in the FP7-ADVANCE project, in the MAI-CAIMAN (Cable AgeIng MANagement) and POLYAGE projects, both dealing with cable ageing.

 

Role in the project

  • Initiator and leader of the TeaM Cables project, the dedicated EDF R&D MMC team has been developing the original multi-scale approach on polymer ageing and associated models since the beginning of the 2000s. In TeaM Cables it will:
  • Provide the numerical tool “Virtual Polymer” already developed internally,
  • Lead the work package dealing with the modelling,
  • Perform sensitivity studies on the models developed,
  • Integrate the models developed in the tool “Virtual Polymer”,
  • Help to interface “Virtual Polymer” with modules from “COMSY” and so generate the TeaM Cables numerical tool,
  • Contribute to dissemination, exploitation and training activities.

Grégory MARQUE

PhD, Research Engineer

  • PhD in Polymer materials from the University of Savoie (France),
  • 9 years of experience in polymer ageing mainly in the framework of the EDF projects dealing with cable ageing (projects Nuclear Polymer Project – NPP and Cable AgeIng MANagement – CAIMAN).
  • supervision of several PhD works (A. Shabani, A. De Almeida, W. Bannouf, M. Ben Hassine, C. Kartout, P. Pubellier, M. Mahaud) related to polymer ageing.
  • Between 2013 and 2017 he was the project manager of the EDF project CAIMAN (Cable AgeIng MANagement). He is now manager of the Chemistry and Materials for the Energy Efficiency group at the Materials and Mechanics of Components Department of EDF R&D.
  • Project director of TeaM Cables.

Mouna BEN HASSINE

PhD, Research Engineer

  • PhD in Materials and Mechanics from the “École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers” of Paris in 2013. Subject: modelling of thermal and mechanical ageing of an external protection made of EPDM
  • Since 2014 : research engineer working on the study and prediction of ageing of polymer materials. She is, since 2017, the project manager of the EDF project CAIMAN (Cable AgeIng MANagement).
  • Supervision of several Ph D works (P. Publellier, M. Lacuve, Q. Pelzer) related to polymer ageing. She is working at the Materials and Mechanics of Components Department of EDF R&D and
  • In TeaM Cables: in charge of the integration of the kinetics models in the “Virtual Polymer” numerical tool (WP4).

Jonathan TIREAU

PhD, Researcher

  • PhD in Materials and Mechanics at the “École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers” of Paris in 2011.
  • At EDF since 2014. Currently, he is actively involved in EDF project CAIMAN (Cable Ageing MANagement) and other projects linked to the use of polymer for nuclear and renewable energy.
  • Participation to numerous national and international conferences and in the supervision of several internships and one Ph.D work (G. Rapp) related to polymer ageing.
  • In TeaM Cables: in charge of the integration of the mechanical, electrical and physical models in the “Virtual Polymer” numerical tool. He will take the lead of WP4.

Romain MAURIN

PhD, Research Engineer

  • He did a 2-year post doc on ceramic matrix composite ageing before working for 7 years on polymer ageing for EDF R&D
  • Developer of the “Virtual Polymer” tool, a polymer ageing simulation tool.
  • Supervision of 3 PhD works on polymer ageing and Non Destructive Exams (NDE) for composites.
  • In TeaM Cables: integration of the Virtual Polymer tool as the calculation part of the T&M cables simulation tool (WP6). He will also carry out sensitivity studies on the models developed during the TeaM Cables project and will participate in the production of the TeaM Cables numerical tool and the associated training sessions.

FRAMATOME GMBH

Framatome GmbH is a subsidiary of Framatome S.A.S France and provides products and services to support the operation of the global nuclear fleet. Framatome GmbH is present throughout the nuclear fuel production, the nuclear reactor design and operating services and consists of five business units: Fuel, Installed Base (IB), Large Projects, Instrumentation & Control and Engineering and Design Authority (DTI).

The DTICQ unit (DTI technical Centre, Qualification) is part of the Technical Centre within the Engineering and Design Authority. DTICQ is responsible for Strategy, Methods and Approval of equipment qualification and ageing management of electrical and I&C equipment. For this reason DTICQ has knowledge and expertise in the fields of: elaborating strategies to implement ageing management in NPPs, build up and implement tools for supporting ageing management, comprehensive knowledge about equipment (design, functionality and materials) including cables used in NPPs, knowledge on material degradation.

The IBGSL unit (IB Germany Services Lifetime Management) is a department in the Installed Base Section of Framatome GmbH in Germany. The unit provides engineering and expert consultancy services in the field of Ageing and Plant Life Management for mechanical equipment, electrical and I&C components and civil structures, also covering the elaboration of maintenance rules for active components and environmental qualification (EQ) of electrical and I&C equipment.

Role in the project

Framatome will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development of the open access TeaM Cables tool with the integration of models
  • Issuing the required technical documentation (e.g. specifications, user guide)
  • Implementing software modifications and establishing the interfaces (internal and user interface)
  • Performing user training related to the tool.

Peter WABER

Dr., WP6 leader

Dr. Peter Waber works for Framatome GmbH as Chief Advisor in the field of ageing management and qualification of electrical and I&C systems and equipment. After graduating in electrical engineering and achieving the PhD he has been working in different fields of nuclear engineering service for approximately 25 years. The most important part of the work is the development of optimised strategies for ongoing qualification of electrical and I&C equipment that also includes ageing management and ageing aspects to a greater extent. In addition Mr. Waber is actively involved in the preparation of new standards in the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission): Project manager of the revision of IEC60772 and member of the joint project team issuing condition monitoring standards. Furthermore he represents the company in the frame of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), preparing TECDOCs (Technical Documents) and performing training courses on qualification and ageing management.

Helmut NOPPER

Project advisor

Mr. Helmut Nopper works for Framatome GmbH as Senior Advisor and Engineering Expert in the field of ageing and plant life management, degradation assessment and inspection/maintenance optimisation. After achieving a diploma in mechanical engineering in 1981, he worked in the field of thermal hydraulic testing and nuclear safety research. For more than 25 years he has been dealing with degradation assessment and plant lifetime management issues. He participated in a number of international projects and is one of the main developers of the COMSY computer code family, designed for ageing surveillance programmes in nuclear plants. His main subjects of expertize are degradation assessment in respect to corrosion, fatigue and wear and respective inspection optimisation activities including Risk Based Maintenance approaches for nuclear and thermal power plants. Helmut Nopper also represents the company in international working groups on Ageing Management and LTO. Furthermore, he performs training courses and lectures on topics related to Ageing Management and Reliability Assessment.

INSTITUT DE RADIOPROTECTION ET DE SURETE NUCLEAIRE

IRSN is the French public service expert in nuclear and radiological risks and its activities cover all the related scientific and technical issues. IRSN interacts with all parties concerned by these risks (public authorities, local authorities, companies, research organizations, stakeholders’ associations, etc.) to contribute to public policy relating to nuclear safety. It plays an active role in providing information to the public within its fields of expertise.

IRSN employs around 1,770 people, including many specialists, engineers, researchers, and technicians. It also hosts the activities of doctoral and post-doctoral students. Its annual budget is nearing 300 € millions, out of which more than 40 % are devoted to research activities.

IRSN is involved in the cable ageing area since the 70’s, through several programmes: GEQN, VEILLE, EPSILON, ECCEITAS, CORALO, VAVIT, SCAP and CADAK.

For NPP life-time extension assessment, the cable ageing issue is a key topic for IRSN. One of the major IRSN’s objectives is to deepen the comprehension of degradation mechanisms for low dose rate and low temperature, including synergistic effects. The focus is put on NPP I&C cables which are important for safety. The study of cable ageing during normal operating conditions but also during accidental conditions are both considered. IRSN’s experimental program is based on model formulations and real cable insulations for deepening the knowledge on degradation phenomena (reaction pathway and kinetic) and establishing correlations between microscale evolutions and macroscale mechanical loss of properties.

 

Role in the project

  • French safety expert point of view to ensure results will be useful for assessing future NPP life extension requests.
  • Accidental test profile definition and corresponding irradiations of samples.
  • Characterisations (FTIR, OIT, swelling tests, and SEM) on irradiated samples.
  • Leader of Cable and material characterisations (WP3).

Thierry ALBIOL

Engineer – Nuclear safety, severe accident specialist - Deputy Head of SEREX (Studies and Experimental Research Department)

Laurent CANTREL

PhD - Senior scientist in chemistry and nuclear safety - Head of L2EC (Environment and Chemistry Experimental Research Laboratory)

Juliette COLOMBANI

PhD - Physico-chemical characterisation specialist

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, a French government-funded technological research organisation. Leader in research, development and innovation, CEA is active in four main areas:

  • Low-carbon energies
  • Defence and security
  • Information technologies
  • Health technologies

CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture built on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. In 2016, the total CEA workforce consisted in 16 000 employees and there were 1 200 PhD students and 250 post-doctoral researchers. The work within the TeaM cables project will primarily be conducted by the teams of the Nuclear Energy Division (CEA/DEN) and Technological Research Division (CEA TECH).

CEA/DEN performs research on current reactors and fuels in support to nuclear industry, and is working on the development and qualification of future reactors, fuels and fuel cycles for Generation IV systems. The Department of Nuclear Materials of CEA/DEN is, among other, recognised for atomic scale understanding of irradiation damage, defects and diffusion in nuclear materials, both metallic and insulators. Numerical simulation and experimental irradiation (JANNuS platform) are used and implemented. This expertise will be used in the TeaM Cables European project to calculate relevant energy barriers, which can be considered as input parameters for the other partners’ simulations (each partner being specialist of one scale). The Department of Physical Chemistry of CEA/DEN is, among other, recognised for its knowledge of degradation mechanisms of polymers submitted to irradiation as a function of the irradiation conditions (emitter, atmosphere, temperature…). The analytical equipment available at CEA/DEN allows the characterisation of the materials before and after ageing, and provides valuable tools to complement non-destructive exams and establish relations between gathered data and polymer structure. This expertise will mainly be used to contribute to the characterisation of materials and the identification of their ageing mechanisms.

CEA TECH, through one of its institutes, LIST (Laboratory of Integrated Systems and Technologies), leads research on software intensive systems. The three main themes with strong economic and societal stakes which are followed by CEA TECH are interactive systems, embedded systems, sensors and signal processing. CEA TECH wire diagnosis experience is considered as a strategic research domain, by developing innovative diagnosis methods, but also developed tools and systems for several application domains (nuclear power plant, aeronautics, space, infrastructures, among others). CEA TECH will use reflectometry as a remote diagnosis tool of cables. This method will be based on cable ageing and fatigue modelling, and applied to non-destructive tests for on-site inspection. This approach will allow the measurement of ageing characteristics remotely on live cables, eliminating destructive tests or local measurements.

CEA participated in the ADVANCE FP7 project.

Role in the project

CEA/DEN will contribute mainly to the characterization of materials and their simulation. By using gas mass spectrometry, CEA/DEN will determine the oxygen consumption in the materials, a key parameter to obtain better understanding of the ageing mechanisms. CEA/DEN will also use ab initio simulation of specific polymer models with or without chain defects in order to establish a fruitful exchange between experiments and simulations. The calculation of relevant energy barriers will be performed in connection with multiscale simulation performed by other partners (EDF).

CEA TECH will use reflectometry as a remote diagnosis tool of cables. This method will be based on cable ageing modelling, and applied to non-destructive tests for on-site inspection. This approach will allow to measure ageing characteristics remotely on wire using the reflection of signals on the cables.

Muriel FERRY

Researcher

  • PhD at CIMAP-GANIL (Centre de recherche sur les Ions, les MAtériaux et la Photonique – Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds) on energy and species transfers between aliphatic and aromatic moieties of polymers subjected to ionizing radiations in 2008.
  • Joined CEA/DEN in 2011 to work on polymers radio-oxidation, mainly in the field of nuclear waste management.
  • In TeaM Cables:
    • realizes experiments using gas mass spectrometry to determine the O2 consumption from radio-oxidized polymeric materials aged in UJV, as a function of the different parameters studied in this European project
    • CEA coordinator.

Guido ROMA

Researcher

  • PhD in Physics from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata (Italy) in 1996.
  • 4 years at CECAM (European Center for Atomic and Molecular Calculations) in Lyon (France)
  • Joined CEA/DEN in 2000. His research area and expertises are:
    • simulation of materials at the atomic scale using Density Functional Theory (in particular on the properties of point defects in insulators)
    • vibrational properties, including defects signatures.
  • HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France, in 2012 and named CEA Senior Expert in 2015.

Christophe GALLE

Project leader - Researcher

  • PhD in Ingineering geology at the Paris National School of Mines in 1991
  • Joined CEA/DEN in 1992 to work on the nuclear waste management issue in strong relationship with French national companies dealing with nuclear energy (EDF, ANDRA, AREVA).
  • From 2002 to 2011: Head of laboratory on research laboratory dedicated to the use of cementitious and compacted clayed materials for nuclear deep disposal
  • From 2011: Project leader 2011 for several basic research programs dedicated to the behaviour of metallic alloys and polymers under irradiation and thermal solicitation in the context of Gen2&3 reactors lifespan extension and the development of new materials for Gen IV sodium fast reactors (ASTRID French demonstrator).
  • HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from the University of Toulouse III in 2011.

Josy COHEN

Project leader - Research engineer

  • Engineer from SUPELEC engineer school in Gif sur Yvette, France in 1993 similar to Master of Science degree in electrical and electronic
  • 10 years in different industrial company (Airbus, EDF, Renault, Valéo, …) in applied research
  • Joined CEA/DRT in 2003: Project Manager and Research Engineer at CEA LIST
  • More than 10 patents, for instance in reflectometry to characterize RLCG cable parameter and soft defect detection and localization
  • In TeaM Cables:
    • brings his knowledge to research and develop new method to characterize local ageing based on reflectometry for all along of the cable under test, non-destructive and in situ inspection.
    • Identification end-of-life criteria on reflectometry measurement from knowledge of others work package (WP 3 and WP4 principally)
Photographs of two polyesterurethanes as a function of irradiation dose. Bottom, industrial polymer, and above, corresponding pure resin
Some reflectometry measurements to extract RLCG of cable under test and to evaluate global ageing of cable under test
A model of polyethylene containing an unsaturated carbonyl defect (the oxygen atom is red). This structure is used in ab initio simulations of carbonyls spectral properties

UJV REZ, a.s.

ÚJV Řež, a. s., is a nuclear service oriented company. It has significant knowledge about tests, analyses and evaluations of materials, NDT qualification, integrity and lifetime assessment of individual components and reactors, equipment qualification etc. ÚJV Řež, a. s. services guarantee the safe and efficient operation of energy sources, in particular nuclear sources, fuel cycle chemistry, and complex services in the management of radioactive and other waste products. These knowledge and means have been used for energy equipment systems by ÚJV Řež, a. s. for more than 60 years.

Role in the project

The Radiation Chemistry and Environmental Qualification Department and its accredited testing laboratory dealing with cable ageing management and qualification has long experience in ageing, accident simulation and properties determination. Therefore, UJV will lead the activities related to Cable provision ageing and accident simulation.

ÚJV will contribute in:

  • Accelerated ageing at different conditions (thermal, radiation), accident simulations and function testing (mechanical, electrical, physical tests)
  • Long-term post-accident simulations (non-accelerated vs. accelerated) including voltage loading of the cables and periodical measurements and monitoring of electrical properties
  • Measurement and testing of functional properties
  • Mechanical, physical (Elongation at break, OIT, density) before and after ageing and accident simulation
  • Electrical (insulation resistance, voltage withstand tests, RF measurement with VNA, capacitance and loss factor) before, during and after ageing and DBE simulations
  • Parameters correlation

UJV has developed SW system for NPP cable life time calculation, based on NPP cable measurement, which includes different ageing models.

Vít Plaček

Dr., main contact for UJV

25 years of experience in the field of equipment qualification for their use in the NPPs as well as in cable ageing management programme. He is head of the department and accredited testing laboratory. Took part in IAEA expert missions on cables and equipment qualification at NPPs in Argentina, Brazil, Armenia, China etc.

Gabriela Mizerov

RNDr, measurement and results evaluation

Experience in the field of material and equipment qualification for their use in the nuclear power plants as well as in non-nuclear areas. Specialist on valuation of mechanical properties of plastics, knowledge on radiation chemistry.

Vladimír Hnát

Dr., results evaluation, modelling

He has 30 years of experience in the field of physical chemistry of polymers, mechanical and fracture behaviour of plastics, mechanisms of degradation of plastics, ageing of cables in NPP and equipment qualification. He is a member of technical standard commission for evaluation and qualification of electrical insulating materials and systems at IEC, TC 112 / WG 2. He is QA manager of the department.

Zuzana Konečná

MSc., F, reflectometry measurement

Electrical engineer. She is in parallel a PhD student at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Within TeaM Cables, she will study the reflectometry for cable condition assessment. She has two years of experience at UJV on qualification evaluation and fibre optic cable ageing.

Jan Kábrt

MSc., electrical measurement

Electrical engineer, has been working for 10 years in ÚJV Řež on equipment qualification for nuclear power plants. He is head of electrical tests within the accredited testing laboratory. He has 11 years of experience in the design of electric power-circuits, author inspection.

Pavel Žák

Dr. electrical engineer

Electrical engineer with 5 years of experience in ÚJV Řež. Expert on cable, electrical penetrations and valves equipment qualification for nuclear power plants.

ARTTIC

Created in 1987, ARTTIC is the leading European group providing consultancy and hands-on management services for international collaborative R&D projects. The ARTTIC group comprises several companies based in France, Belgium, Germany, the UK and Israel. ARTTIC recently acquired Gabo:mi, a consulting company providing similar services (July 2016). The total staff now adds up to about 100 persons, all specialised in the provision of advice and practical assistance in all aspects of international R&D collaborations.

ARTTIC provides specific and practical help with all aspects of international R&D projects, taking charge of all management aspects of running projects and helping to disseminate and exploit project results successfully.

ARTTIC has a track record of more than 30 years in the management of international R&D collaboration projects in various scientific and technical domains, including more than 100 large RTD projects and networks during previous framework programmes. ARTTIC staff has extensive experience and knowledge in various R&D fields, including in energy and nuclear research.

Role in the project

In TeaM Cables, ARTTIC will lead the WP7 “Dissemination, exploitation, training and end-user group”. ARTTIC will also have a strong role in WP1 “Project management and Technical Review”, supporting the project coordinator by providing the day to day project management tasks.

Sara Skogsater

Senior Consultant

Sara Skogsater joined ARTTIC in January 2005 and has worked on the preparation and management of numerous European collaborative research projects in FP6, FP7 and H2020.  In the area of EURATOM, she has  coordinated the preparation, submission and negotiation of the proposal SOTERIA – Safe long term operation of light water reactors based on improved understanding of radiation effects in nuclear structural materials (H2020-Euratom), which was funded by the EC and started in September 2015.

Sara advises and manages all aspects related to the building and management of a collaborative project, such as the collaborative design, the proposal writing, the budget setup, the operational, financial and contractual follow-up once the project started, the consortium management and the communication and reporting towards the European Commission. The quality of her work has been recognised notably by the ESNATS (FP7) consortium who officially acknowledges her excellent coordination capabilities in one of their scientific publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535399/. Sara holds a Master of Science in International Business from the Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden.

Adeline Paul

Project Manager

Adeline Paul has been Project Manager at ARTTIC since 2012. She has a Master’s degree in European Projects Management with a specialisation in Research and Innovation from the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. She has been involved in the management of projects mostly in the field of Transport, Energy and Health. In addition to TeaM Cables, Adeline currently manages an Aeronautics platform funded by the French “Investments for the Future” program – PIA, led by Safran Aircraft Engines and an H2020 project in Health (SECURE). Previously, she provided support to management and dissemination activities of the FP7 Energy project ADDRESS – Active Distribution network with full integration of Demand and distributed energy RESourceS – coordinated by EDF. She also managed the FP7 Transport project MAINLINE – MAINtenance, renewal and Improvement of rail transport iNfrastructure to reduce Economic and environmental impacts – coordinated by UIC. She also has experience of proposal writing and negotiations in various other technical fields such as raw materials or quantum physics.

NEXANS FRANCE S.A.S

Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cutting-edge products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been at the core of the Group’s differentiation strategy, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers. Today, Nexans empowers its customers in their most complex projects in four main business areas: Building & Territories, High Voltage & Projects, Telecom & Data, and Industry & Solutions.

All required properties of a cable, such as chemical, mechanical, physical or electrical specifications, are closely linked to cable design and production process. Therefore, manufacturing of a high-quality cable requires appropriate tools and equipment as well as highly skilled experts. As a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans has a wide expertise in manufacturing insulation, jacketing and bedding compounds to meet required standards and customer specifications in all business areas.

For many years, Nexans has been a major cable supplier to the Nuclear Power Plants segment around the globe. The Group has contributed to all nuclear programs in France as well as to many major projects in Europe and worldwide. Its know-how in terms of production and testing of compounds and cables is key to TeaM Cables project.

Nexans has contributed to many research programs involving the cable industry, including some of the major European projects, such as:

  • POSEIDON, delivered in 2012
  • ADVANCE, delivered in 2013.
  • EUROTAPES and JOULES, delivered in 2017

Nexans employs more than 26,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2017, the Group generated 6.4 billion euros in sales.

Role in the project

Three departments within the Nexans Group will be involved in the TeaM project: a cable production unit, a Research Center and the Nuclear Power Plants TEK Center. Their contribution includes:

  • Supply of cables and model materials representative of current cables constituents: Nexans provides a selection of cables and model materials that are fully representative of existing electrical parts in the nuclear power plants;
  • Contribution to the preparation of test protocols;
  • Materials and cable testing according to the testing program and protocol defined by the TeaM Cables partners;
  • Enriching discussions around ageing mechanisms and models, including identification of multi-scale relationships;
  • Communication, further use and promotion of the project’s results.

Jean-François LARCHE

Doctor and engineer in material science

He specialised in polymer, ageing and physical-chemical analyses. He has been working for NEXANS Research Center in Lyon since 2011 as R&D Engineer. He led several projects regarding polymeric materials for cable applications, which deal with formulation, ageing and characterisation. He was involved in previous related subjects as Copola, Advance, and Cast.

Grégory MAVEYRAUD

Nuclear Technical Product Manager

He has an engineering degree and is graduated from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs” ENSIL. He joined NEXANS in 2007, and has been in charge the R&D laboratory management since then. For the past five years, Grégory has been in charge of technical design and qualification for Nuclear NEXANS cables.

Hakim JANAH

TEK Centre Manager

He manages three market segments including the Nuclear power plants. He has a Doctorate graduation in physics and Chemistry of Polymers from Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris VI).  He joined Wire & Cables industry in 1990 as research programs manager, and since then he has overseen various technical activities. During the past seven years, Hakim was a technical director for the aerospace wires & cables.

INSTYTUT CHEMII I TECHNIKI JADROWEJ

The INCT (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology) is Poland’s most advanced institution in the fields of radiochemistry, radiation chemistry, radiobiology, nuclear chemical engineering and technology, application of nuclear methods in material engineering and radioanalytical methods. Since the early sixties the Institute has been playing a leading role in the development and implementation of nuclear technologies, methods and instruments. The INCT supports the Polish nuclear power program, participating in the EU and national nuclear energy projects and conducting research in the following areas: radiation protection, human resources development, nuclear fuel cycle, materials performance and ageing, and radioactive waste treatment.

The Institute has personnel of over 250 people, including 12 full professors, 8 associate professors and 53 doctors. It was awarded A Category during the last evaluation carried out in 2017 by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

The Institute is authorised to confer the Ph.D. and habilitation degrees in the field of chemistry and is the only research institution in the country running doctoral studies in nuclear chemistry. In 2016 the Institute was nominated IAEA Collaborating Centre for Radiation Processing and Industrial Dosimetry.

Competences

Our competences and experience are based on long-term research on radical processes induced by ionising radiation in polymers, radiation induced cross-linking of polymers and copolymers, degradation and recycling of plastics, comprehensive characteristic of radiation and thermally modified polymeric materials.

The INCT is a leading institute in Poland in the implementation of EU projects related to nuclear energy. Its experience and infrastructure constituted the basis for participation in the FP7-EURATOM project “Ageing Diagnostic and Prognostic of low-voltage I&C cables”.

Role in the Project

Contribution of the INCT in the TeamCables Project is focused on the identification of ageing mechanisms and kinetics of radical decay. Radiation induced processes studied by means of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPRS) have been a priority direction of basic research for last decades.  Many years of experience and unique equipment (two EPR spectrometers, X and Q band, equipped with cryostat and high temperature resonator) allow us to comprehensively investigate  chemical reactions causing radiation degradation of cables.

Grażyna Przybytniak

Ph.D., D. Sc., Assoc. Prof., Deputy Head of the Centre for Research and Radiation Technology, Head of the Laboratory for Radiation Modified Polymers

Experience: radiation cross-linking and degradation of polymers, thermal and radiation ageing of polymeric materials. Cooperation with the industry in the field of radiation technologies of polymers.

Marta Walo

Ph.D., Senior researcher

Research interest:  influence of ionising radiation on polymers, surface modification  initiated by radiation grafting, degradation of macromolecules.

Jarosław Sadło

Ph.D., Senior researcher

Experience in radiation chemistry, radiation induced processes in inorganic and organic compounds, dosimetry,  EPR spectrometry .

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG e. V.

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Society for the Advancement of Applied Research) is a German research organisation with 72 institutes focusing on different fields of applied science. The expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP is spread across the lifecycle of materials, where in each field, leading-edge methods of non-destructive testing are applied. High-frequency eddy current, microwave and terahertz methods are a key competence directly related to this project. Fraunhofer IZFP holds the knowledge and possesses equipment for analysing, testing and evaluating materials with regard to their electric, dielectric and magnetic properties, which are strongly related to ageing phenomena.

Role in the project

In TeaM Cables, Fraunhofer IZFP contributes through terahertz spectroscopy and tomography scans of cable material samples as well as real cables, including analysis, interpretation and correlations of the results to ageing-specific parameters and conditions. The real-world advantage of terahertz methods regarding cable characterisation in the NPP is that they can be applied in a contactless way over many centimetres of stand-off distance. Terahertz equipment is becoming less expensive and fast today, and Fraunhofer is a supplier of terahertz modules, hard- and software. Fraunhofer IZFP will finally propose criteria and protocols for deployment of the terahertz technique for on-site measurements.

Klaus Szielasko

Dr.-Ing., head of Materials Characterization department, Project leader

K. Szielasko studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and materials science at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, and earned his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) degree in materials science. Szielasko has been working at Fraunhofer IZFP since 1998, has more than 50 publications and holds seven patents in different fields of nondestructive testing.

Maryam Manavipour

M. Sc., research associate and Ph.D. student in the Materials Characterization department

M. Manavipour holds an M. Sc. degree in material science, which she has obtained at the Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, and is working on her Ph.D. thesis in material science at Saarland University, Germany. The topic of her Ph.D. thesis regards ageing phenomena of sliplining materials, which are fibre-reinforced plastics. She has been working in the field of microwave techniques for more than five years and is mainly concerned with microwave/terahertz time domain spectroscopy scans including the respective algorithms.

Christopher Stumm

M. Sc., research associate in the Materials Characterization department

C. Stumm studied electrical engineering with a focus on automation technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken, Germany. He has been working at Fraunhofer IZFP for two years in the field of microwave, terahertz and high-frequency eddy current methods, and he currently is especially concerned with high-frequency equipment and algorithmical developments.

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

In the area of nuclear safety, VTT’s expertise includes reactor physics and analysis, nuclear power plant behaviour, nuclear waste management, structural integrity, nuclear reactor materials, material-environment interaction and non-destructive evaluation. The special expertise related to this project includes characterisation of polymer material properties and failure analysis, multi-scale materials modelling, including discrete and continuum methods from the atomistic to the micrometre scale, and NDT inspection development for demanding geometries and components especially related to ultrasonic inspection.

Role in the project

  • VTT will be conducting elongation-at-break and hardness measurements. Mr. Harri Joki, the responsible person, possesses over 30 years of experience in this kind of material characterisation.
  • VTT will participate in the development of new kinetic and multi-scale models for polymer degradation, especially focusing on the microscale structural changes and their impact on the material’s mechanical properties. VTT’s previous experience in modelling polymeric systems includes, inter alia, computational chemistry studies on the thermal degradation behaviour of synthetic and biopolymers, imaging-based micro-scale finite element analyses of the mechanical properties of fibre-reinforced polymer composites, and continuum-level kinetic modelling of the pyrolysis of multi-component polymer formulations and composites.
  • VTT is developing condition monitoring technique for NPP cables based on ultrasonic response. Current expertise related to ultrasonic technique includes measurement of precise ultrasound parameters (attenuation, longitudinal, shear and Rayleigh sound velocity) with various probes and scanners.

Konsta Sipilä

Research Scientist

He received his M.Sc. in material science from the Tampere University of Technology in 2013. Mr. Sipilä has been working at VTT since 2012 mainly with material corrosion and ageing issues of NPP materials and will be acting as a coordinator and supporting VTT personnel during their work.

Antti Paajanen

Research Scientist

He received his M.Sc. in physics from the University of Helsinki in 2011, with specialisation in computational materials physics. Mr. Paajanen has worked at VTT since 2009, focusing on the modelling of thermal degradation phenomena using atomistic simulation methods.

UNIVERSITE D’AIX MARSEILLE

The Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) is a research unit (UMR) including Aix Marseille University / CNRS 7263 / IRD 237 / Avignon University, led by Aix-Marseille University. It studies biological systems on land and in the ocean, with a particular interest in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. The main goal is to improve conservation as well as the management of natural resources in the light of global change. IMBE’s staff of more than 200 environmental scientists cover key areas of biodiversity, evolution, ecology, paleoecology and the human-environment relation (global ecology). Researchers use and develop approaches in basic and applied biology, including model development.

Biotechnology and chemometrics is a team of IMBE which consists of 16 employees (academic staff) and 6 postgraduate students and research workers implicated in the development of analytical methodologies, dedicated analysers and miniaturised systems to study ageing of complex systems (chemical composition and mechanisms), evolution of environmental organic contaminants, and to make quality control. During the last decade, a lot of progress appeared in the analytic field. The time necessary to obtain analytic data decreases, so for one manufactured product, multiple measurements were done (NIR, MIR spectroscopy, liquid or gas chromatography, sensorial analysis). Chemometrics is a chemical discipline that uses mathematical and statistical tests to extract maximum of useful chemical information by analysing chemical data. This approach is particularly fitted for spectroscopic data. The Research areas of Biotechnology and chemometrics are the following:  Chemometric developments; Natural products and Polymers. The Analytical techniques include: Spectroscopy (NIR, MIR, micro FTIR, ATR, Micro Raman, UV, Fluorescence UV); Ageing simulated cells; Separative methods (HPLC, GC).

Role in the project

AMU will build the database which include the measurements done by the partners and provide the related guidelines. AMU will then use the following statistical methods on the database:

  • Chemometrics which can provide both quantitative and qualitative information, according to the method used. Three chemometrics treatments will be performed on the database.
  • The Principal component analysis (PCA), which is an unsupervised modeling method, is often the first step in exploratory data analysis aiming to find patterns in the data.
  • The AComDim method, which is a multi-block analysis to highlight the influential factors (γ-doses, iodine) and their interactions by a simultaneous analysis of all data.

Multivariate methods of curves resolution (SIMPLISMA or MCR-ALS), which allow extracting from these spectres of mixture the pure contributions of the various constituents.

Nathalie DUPUY

Pr, Specialist in chemometrics analysis

N. Dupuy is Responsible of the Biotechnology and chemometrics (Team 7) at IMBE.

Mrs N. DUPUY, the responsible person for AMU, has over 30 years of experience in chemometrics analysis. She obtained an accreditation to supervise research in 1997 at the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille : “chemometrics in MIR spectroscopy “. In 1993 she obtained her PhD in Sciences: “Quantitative analysis in MIR fields» from Lille 3 University. She is interested in the following Research Topics:

  • Natural product Quality control and authenticity
  • Advances methodologies for spectroscopy and imageing PCA, PLS, SIMPLISMA, ACOMDIM
  • Ageing.

She has a record of 92 publications, 43 oral communications and 117 posters.

Sandrine AMAT

Research Engineer - Specialist in chemometric analysis

S. Amat works Biotechnology and chemometrics (Team 7) at IMBE.

In 2010 she obtained her PhD in Sciences: Development and comparison of near infrared spectrometric analysers – Calibration transfer – Application to petroleum products and by-products at AMU. The aim of this study was to develop sensors able to analyze fuel quality in an embedded application, in order to optimise engine parameters so that the consumption, the emission of NOx and other pollutants are reduced.

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE D’ARTS ET METIERS

ENSAM is a higher education engineering school in France. The school has trained 85,000 engineers since its foundation in 1780 by the Duke of La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, and it remains a high-status and selective French “Grande Ecole”. It includes 8 Education and Research Campuses and 3 Institutes across France. ENSAM is a “Public Scientific, Cultural and Professional Institution” (EPSCP) under the authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. With 15 research laboratories and 1 PhD program, ENSAM develops teaching and research activities in five strategic fields: Future of manufacturing, Mobility, Energy, Health Tech and Construction.

At ENSAM, the shared goals of the research and industry stakeholders bring them together to develop projects and skills to promote the emergence of new ideas in response to rapid technological changes. This approach enables the school to maintain the highest levels of expertise. Furthermore, ENSAM has been involved in several European Projects, as a partner and as a coordinator.

The laboratory on Processes and Engineering in Mechanics and Materials (PIMM) of ENSAM will be involved in TeaM Cables. It is internationally recognised in the field of ageing of polymer and organic matrix composites, in particular for its research activities on the kinetic analysis and modelling of ageing processes and the non-empirical prediction of the long-term behaviour and embrittlement of these materials in their use conditions. Its extensive experimental park, composed of very varied and complementary facilities, allows the achievement of ageing experiments in selected and well controlled environmental conditions (temperature, oxygen, humidity, etc.) and the monitoring of the ageing consequences at different structural scales, typically from the molecular (monomer unit) to macroscopic scale (use properties), by passing by the macromolecular (polymer chain) and morphological scales (crystalline lamellae). This laboratory focuses on the changes over time in relevant structural variables at these different scales in order to validate the kinetic model that it develops. It also pays a peculiar attention to the relationships between the material microstructure and use properties (mostly mechanical and dielectric properties), but also to end-of-life criteria of structural type. The corresponding multiscale and multidisciplinary approach takes into account the different multi-physical couplings existing between the polymer chemistry, physics and mechanics, for instance the reaction-diffusion coupling for describing the spatial inhomogeneity of the chemical ageing events throughout the sample thickness, or the reaction-diffusion-mechanics coupling for predicting the effect of the mechanical stress/deformation on the ageing kinetics.

Role in the project

The PIMM laboratory will be in charge of the physico-chemical characterisation of electrical cables after their radiochemical and thermal ageing, by a series of complementary destructive and non-destructive methods. These experiments will aim at determining the kinetics of physical loss and chemical consumption of antioxidants (OIT measurement and UV spectrometry), the formation and accumulation of oxidation products (DSC and FTIR spectrometry in transmission and ATR modes), and the relative predominance of chain scissions and crosslinking (swelling at equilibrium in an adequate solvent, micro-indentation). Complementary microscopic examinations (optical microscopy, SEM and AFM) will also be done for determining the thickness of the superficial oxidised layer and a possible modification of the degradation kinetics in the immediate vicinity of the mineral fillers.

All these experimental data collected at distinct structural scales will be used to build the kinetic model, identify its main parameters and check its validity.

Given the large experience and expertise of the PIMM laboratory in this field (see below), it is expected that the main issues and thus, the main innovations in this project will concern the establishment of new structure/property relationships, in particular between the ageing state of the electrical cables and their use properties.

The PIMM laboratory will also be involved in the development of new diagnostic techniques of the ageing of electrical cables and the research of end-of-life criteria.

Xavier COLIN

Professor, physico-chemist, in charge of the project supervision and the kinetic analysis and modeling of the electrical cable ageing

Professor Xavier Colin obtained his PhD thesis in Mechanics and Materials at ENSAM in Paris, France in 2000, and his HDR thesis (required for a full professor position) in Chemistry at University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France in 2008. His field of expertise covers organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, macromolecular physico-chemistry, polymer physics and fracture mechanics. He develops non empirical kinetic models for the lifetime prediction of polymeric materials in their use conditions. He pays a particular attention to structure/property relationships and structural end-life criteria. His research activities are financially supported by many industrial and institutional partners in the field of nuclear energy, building and civil engineering, water distribution, aeronautics and space, automotive, etc. He has supervised 21 PhD theses and 20 master theses. His scientific production amounts to 2 books, 16 book chapters, 86 articles in refereed journals and 40 invited lectures. He is member of the executive board of PDDG (a subgroup of Macro Group UK) and the editorial boards of Polymer Degradation & Stability, Journal of Composites Science, and Matériaux & Techniques.

Sébastien ROLAND

Assistant professor, physico-chemist, in charge of the identification of physico-chemical ageing mechanisms and research of end-of-life criteria

Frederic VALES

Research hengineer, materials science and microscopy, in charge of microscopic examination and analysis

Sarah BAÏZ

Research engineer, materials science and mechanics, in charge of mechanical characterisation and analysis

Gaelle MINARD

assistant engineer, chemistry, in charge of physico-chemical characterisation and analysis

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

The 13th meeting of the “Ionizing Radiation and Polymers” symposium will take place in Moscow, Russia. IRaP 2018 will last from Sunday August 26 to Friday August 31. EDF will be presenting 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...