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United States: A New Step Forward in Reactor Safety and Performance
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) Apr 05, 2013


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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved AREVA's new ARCADIA core simulator system used for core performance analysis in pressurized water reactor plants in the United States. This major step forward will enable AREVA to offer a broader portfolio of products for the U.S. nuclear power generation market.

With the strength of its global experience and engineering competencies, AREVA is now able to offer its power generation customers the most advanced industrial code system worldwide.

ARCADIA is capable of modeling reactor core behavior in great detail. As a result, calculation uncertainties are greatly reduced, allowing for improved operational performance and reactor safety margins.

Certain methods employed by ARCADIA have already been used for internal safety studies of the AREVA EPR reactor.

"NRC approval of the ARCADIA code system is a testament to the success of our global organization, drawing on the experience of hundreds of operating cycles. ARCADIA offers an advanced solution to reinforce the nuclear safety margins of pressurized water reactors in operation," said Markus Birkhofer, Fuel Business Unit Executive Vice President.

AREVA plans to deploy the ARCADIA code system to its markets worldwide.

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