The seventh regional IAEA training course dedicated to the special issues of safety analysis of VVER/PWR reactors was held from October 25 to November 2 at two sites: Rosatom Technical Academy in Obninsk, Kaluga region and Alexandrov Research Institute in Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad region. This course was organized in the framework of the IAEA Technical Cooperation project RER/9/144 “Building Capacity for Infrastructure Development and Safety Assessment of Water Cooled Water Moderated Power Reactor Technology with Advanced Safety Features”.
A representative of the IAEA, expert of the Nuclear Safety Department Mr. Anthony Ulses took part in the course. The Russian Federation was represented by six experts from four organizations: the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” (Moscow), OKB GIDROPRESS JSC (Podolsk), Alexandrov Research Institute (NITI, Sosnovy Bor), as developers of computer codes used for safety assessment, and Rosatom Technical Academy (Obninsk).
Ten specialists from five countries: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia participated in the training course as trainees. The experts presentations were devoted to a new design principles in international safety standards, procedures for assessing safety using best estimate codes, simulation codes and their numerical models, verification results, expert evaluation and certification of safety assessment codes, etc. In addition, a significant part of the program included practical exercises on the use of MCU and KORSAR codes, which trainees found especially useful.