Materials, Chemistry & Fitness-for-Service Division (MCFD)

Ever increasing demands for fitness-for-service (FFS) demonstrations often require innovative and multidisciplinary solutions that involve elements of engineering from: materials, chemistry, stress analysis, thermal-hydraulic analysis, probabilistic assessment methods, examination and inspection approaches, and operational strategies. This is the case for most major nuclear plant systems and components, regardless of reactor type.

The MFC Division’s objectives are to provide a forum for exchanging views, ideas, and information relating to FFS demonstrations, and to share technical engineering in support of life extension and refurbishment of nuclear plant major components.

These objectives will be achieved through organizing conferences, seminars, and technical courses and soliciting articles for publication in the CNS bulletin.

The organization of events is normally done by ad-hoc Committees, consisting of both CNS members and non-members, who have a specific interest in the subject.

Current Activities

2023 Activities of the MCF Division:

– The 21st International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, Aug. 6-10, 2023 at Delta St. John’s Hotel & Conference Centre.

2022 Activities of the MCF Division:

– Nuclear Material Challenges for SMRs and Advanced Reactors, October 3, 2023

2021 Activities of the MCF Division:

– The 2nd International Conference of Materials, Chemistry & Fitness-for-Service Solutions for Nuclear Systems to be a virtual conference, October 14-15, 2021Submit Abstracts Here

– CANDU System Chemistry Course-Virtual, By Olga Palazhchenko (UNB-CNER) and Pam Yakabuskie (CNL), October 13, 2021Registration Now)

2020 Activities of the MCF Division:

– CANDU System Chemistry Course-Virtual, By Olga Palazhchenko (UNB-CNER), Jordan Lyons (UNB-CNER/PLNGS) and
Pam Yakabuskie (CNL), Dec. 7, 2020

 – Organized and Co-charied Gen IV Nuclear Materials Challenges Webinar, Oct 20 2020 (Event Recording

2019 Activities of the MCF Division:

– The 1st International Conference of Materials, Chemistry & Fitness-for-Service Solutions for Nuclear Systems to be held from May 15-17, 2019 in Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre.

The conference will be of interest to representatives from various sectors of the Nuclear Industry including: material and equipment vendors, technical and engineering service providers, utility technical staff, regulators, designers, researchers, students, and academia. Student participation is encouraged, in particular by means of a student poster session. The top three student submissions will be selected to present at the conference.

Abstracts are sought in the following areas:

Presented Course: CANDU & Powerplant Chemistry—Brief Overview, by John Roberts, May 15, 2019 at Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre.

Past Activities

Past activities have been centred on: