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|Title:||WWER RPV Embrittlement Knowledge Consolidation|
|Editors:||VON ESTORFF Ulrik|
|Abstract:||In the beginning of this millennium several publications from different National and International Organizations [1-5] were forecasting a shortcoming regarding nuclear knowledge transfer to the next generation of nuclear experts. Also the education of new nuclear experts was observed as having a downwards trend quantitatively. Now, with the renaissance of nuclear energy production, student numbers are rising again. But still, there is a gap to fill, both in terms of educating students to become nuclear engineers, and passing the nuclear knowledge acquired by the experts of the first generation of nuclear reactor design. Therefore, the Institute for Energy (IE) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has started in 2008 an activity related to the transfer of knowledge to the next generation. The project is named CAPTURE (Knowledge Management, Training and Education in Reactor Design and Operation) and has its own Website http://capture.jrc.ec.europa.eu. CAPTURE is aiming to preserve, consolidate and disseminate nuclear knowledge  as well as looking at possible shortcomings in the related human resource capital in the EU. This is done mainly in view of supporting the development of the next generation (GEN IV) of nuclear reactors and the lifetime extension licensing for the present nuclear reactors. In some specific areas, the JRC’s Institute for Energy has already an advanced knowledge base due to its long-lasting involvement in international nuclear safety networks. In other areas, the knowledge has to be consolidated first in order to create a digestible knowledge package for junior engineers who are going to enter the field. This was the case for the subject of the first pilot study carried out by the JRC’s Institute for Energy during the last 3 years – WWER Reactor Pressure Vessel Embrittlement. An in-house developed dedicated methodology for consolidation of knowledge involving senior experts was applied , the description and the result of which is presented in the present issue of the International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management with JRC Editorship. The final aim is to come up with consolidated knowledge disseminated at different degrees of detail. There will be CAPTURE training days, e.g. at the Joint IAEA - JRC Technical Meeting on Irradiation Embrittlement and Life Management of Reactor Pressure Vessels in Nuclear Power Plants in Znoimo (CZ), 18/10/2010, which will contain 6 lectures explaining the basics of WWER RPV Embrittlement to “last-year” students of nuclear engineering. There will be a series of 10 Multimedia Modules developed jointly with the IAEA introducing the key questions, answers and open issues for an engineer who is going to work in the area of WWER RPV embrittlement. The first module is online on the CAPTURE website. There is this special issue of the International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management regarding WWER RPV Embrittlement, where the consolidated knowledge is presented as scientific reviews in the different sub-areas, also mentioning open issues and giving the relevant literature references.|
|JRC Directorate:||Energy, Transport and Climate|
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