A scientific visit on non-destructive testing for experts from the Republic of Belarus was held from 15 to 19 November within the extra-budgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to the IAEA Technical Cooperation projects for the development of national nuclear infrastructure in newcomer countries.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the representatives of the Belarusian nuclear power industry with various aspects of non-destructive testing, including statistical methods for assessing and predicting the equipment life at higher-risk facilities, NPP equipment diagnostics according to the operating technological control data, development and implementation of an industry diagnostic system.
During lectures Mr. Sergey Vasiliev, an expert of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences on automated diagnostic and testing systems, and Mr. Maxim Trofimov, a professor at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, discussed with the participants the possibility of using autonomous fibre-optic measuring systems to control the parameters of NPP units with water coolant, as well as issues of technical condition management based on an assessment of NPP electrical equipment resource.
Moreover, the programme of the scientific visit included a technical tour to CJSC “Moscow Scientific-Industrial Association “Spectrum”, which is the leading Russian scientific-research institute in non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics in the areas of technogenic, anti-terrorist, environmental and medical X-ray diagnostics. During the technical tour, the participants got acquainted with the equipment and diagnostic devices of the institute.