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Overview of CANDU Safety R&D in Canada

An abstract of the technical paper presented at:
PHWR Safety 2014 / CANSAS-2014
Ottawa, Ontario
June 23-26, 2014

Prepared by:
W. Shen, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
F. Doyle, CANDU Owners Group, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


In Canada, safe operation of CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)© reactors is supported by a full-scope program of nuclear safety Research and Development (R&D) in key technical areas. Key nuclear R&D programs, facilities, and expertise are maintained in order to address the unique features of the CANDU as well as generic technology areas common to CANDU and LWR (Light Water Reactor). This paper presents an overview of the CANDU safety R&D which includes background, drivers, current status, challenges, and future directions.

This overview of the CANDU safety R&D programs includes those currently conducted by the COG (CANDU Owners Group), AECL (Atomic Energy Canada Limited), Candu Energy, the CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), and by universities via UNENE (University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering) sponsorship. In particular, the nuclear safety R&D program related to the emerging CANDU ageing issues is discussed. The paper concludes by identifying directions for the future CANDU safety R&D.

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