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Delay, cost increase announced for U.K. nuclear project
Perspex screens and reduced seating capacity in the Hinkley Point canteens help protect the workforce during breaks, EDF Energy said. Photo: EDF Energy
The unfortunate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear new-build projects haven’t stopped with Vogtle: EDF Energy this morning reported that the expected startup date for Unit 1 at its Hinkley Point C site is being pushed from late 2025 to June 2026.
In addition, the project’s completion costs are now estimated to be in the range of £22 billion to £23 billion (about $30.2 billion to $31.5 billion), some £500 million (about $686 million) more than the 2019 estimate, EDF said, adding the caveat that these revisions assume an ability to begin a return to normal site conditions by the second quarter of 2021.
D. Ostermann, C. Krumb, R. Krieg
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 179 | Number 2 | February 2015 | Pages 211-231
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-3
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During postulated severe accidents in nuclear power plants, steel sheets and shells may suffer high plastic strains up to several percent. In contrast, for design-basis accidents the strains are within lower limits of the order of 0.2% required by the given rules. In both cases the margins up to structural fracture are of vital interest. In sheets and shells these margins may be reduced by diffuse as well as localized necking. Therefore, this paper investigates the remaining structural deformability described by the uniform elongation strain, where diffuse necking starts, and the quasi-uniform elongation strain, where localized necking starts. The theoretical models developed recently for thin sheets under uniaxial loading are extended to account for biaxial loading. Major findings are confirmed by appropriate structural experiments. Based on these results and their scatter, strain limits are recommended for steel sheets and shells under accident loading, such that fracture can be excluded. The strains caused by the accidents discussed in this paper turn out to be below these limits.