• CNNC Group Visits…

    On 22nd July 2015, a delegation from CNNC Group (China National Nuclear Corporation) visited the MAI. CNNC…

  • Thank You Mohamad…

    On the occasion of the EPRI Nuclear Power Council from 26 to 29th January in Nashville (Tennessee, USA),…

  • New corrosion laboratories…

    As part of the MAI, EDF decided to invest in the modernization and creation of additional research facilities…

  • The next MAI workshops

    Next workshops will soon be online. Know more about previous workshops at the MAI

  • Handbook of material…

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

  • Supporting
    long term operation


    SHERLOCK Advisory Board

    The Board of the international project SHERLOCK took place at the MAI.



    ICONE23 International Conference, Japan

    Régis Nhili, MAI Director, took part into the panel session of the 23rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering in Chiba, Japan. He presented MAI and EDF Lifetime extensions programs and strategies for long term operation.


    TPRI Visit at the MAI

    A delegation of the Thermal Power Research Institute from China visited the MAI.



    CGN – MAI Technical Seminar in China

    The seminar took place in Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute, Suzhou city (21-22) and Shenzhen (23) in China.


    Governing Board meeting The GB representatives approved the 2015 programme and budget.

    3 new projects, including contributions from several members, are launched on reactors internals, on primary water chemistry and on corrosion and deposits in the secondary circuit..


    NPC EPRI in Nashville, Tennessee

    The MAI participated to the Nuclear Power Council of EPRI and presented its activities.


    Programme Committee meeting

    All the members joined this Winter PC meeting by videoconference to review the 2015 highlights and prepare the 2015 Programme.

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    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).