2020 has been a pivotal year for Hinkley Point C (HPC), and we are so proud to be part of the team bringing to life this nuclear power plant in Somerset. EASL engineer Mike Nielsen is embedded in the HPC Structural Integrity Branch supporting acceptance of the design of primary circuit components in preparation for shipment to the site.
Mike led the review of the RCC-M design code assessment of hydro-test conditions of the first major primary circuit component to be delivered to a UK site in over 25 years. The review involved working closely with the FRAMATOME design team, including several visits to their design and manufacturing facilities. This has been an exciting collective achievement and we are very pleased to have been part of it.
Several members of our team have been working on the project often involving periods of collaboration with FRAMATOME and EDF teams in France, providing essential UK context expertise to the structural integrity requirements.
The experience that we’ve gained during this job is substantial; it has given us the opportunity to work with different teams, share knowledge and learn alternative approaches to mechanical analyses/pressure compliance from a designer’s perspective, whilst trying to impart our experience regarding structural integrity requirements of the operational plant into the design stage.
This project is only one example of EASL’s contribution towards the development of new nuclear technology for the nuclear power industry and a step closer to a greener and more sustainable future.
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