• Spring Meeting of…

    Launched in May 2010, the MAI-SN held its plenary spring meeting on 20th of May 2014 at the EDF Lab,…

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  • Handbook of material…

    The Materials Ageing Institute is proud and pleased to announce the publication of the book entitled…

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  • Five years of international…

    From June 11 to 13, 2013 the MAI (Materials Ageing Institute) held special meetings of its Program Committee…

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  • The next MAI workshops

    Mark your agendas for the the upcoming courses and training sessions offered by the institute for 2014...

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  • Supporting
    long term operation

    By 2020, one third of the world’s nuclear fleet will be 40 or more years old. In 2030, this figure will increase to 80%. Since short term replacement of current generation capacity without a massive increase in CO2 emission is not technically feasible, ensuring the safety of nuclear plant operations beyond 40 years is currently considered to be the best option.
    In 2008 EDF proposed to other plant operators to found the Materials Ageing Institute (MAI), on the belief that sharing research, experimental results, feedback and scientific information on materials degradation can contribute significantly to the long term operability and life extension of power plants and, more specifically, nuclear plants. Management of nuclear power plant ageing is increasingly considered to be a key energy challenge worldwide.

    The MAI addresses this crucial issue from an applied research and development (R&D) perspective. By teaming up with utilities and related industries as well as academic partners, the MAI is able to combine operational expertise and theoretical knowledge, and to apply experiments and computer modelling to the understanding of the ageing process in materials and components. Since establishment of the MAI in 2008 by the world’s largest nuclear power plant operator, EDF, other nuclear plant operators and organizations have joined the Institute.
    In 2013, eleven members include the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO, Japan), Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO, Japan), the US Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), EDF Energy (United Kingdom), CGNPC (China), Rosenergoatom (REA, Russia), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI, Japan), Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI, Japan), Areva (France) and the french Atomic Energy Commission (CEA, France).