36th Annual CNS Conference - 2016 June 19-22

Presented at:
36th Annual CNS Conference
2016 June 19-22
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
Session M1B: Reactor Safety and Licensing 2

C. O'Grady (Amec Foster Wheeler)
P. Nimmrichter (Amec Foster Wheeler)
E. Alderson (Amec Foster Wheeler)


In the wake of Fukushima, there is continuing focus on the assessment of external hazards on Nuclear Power Plants. In Canada, CNSC REGDOC 2.4.1 [1] and 2.4.2 [2] compliance requires that safety assessments are completed for external hazards. One hazard not consistently reviewed across Canadian Nuclear Power Plants is external flooding (either from precipitation or body of water threats). This is, at least partially, due to the lack of a single standard or accepted methodology for external flooding assessments.

Historically, external flooding challenges were assessed with conservative modelling, in compliance with S-294 and followed the superseded IAEA Safety Series 50-P-7. Since Fukushima, methodologies using more realistic approaches have been applied. One area of particular concern is the definition of an extreme rainfall event which should be considered in these assessments.

This paper discusses the various regulatory guidance in place for external flooding assessments and provides a hazard screening methodology. This methodology includes direction in defining bounding rainfall events and could be applied at Canadian nuclear generating stations.

Individual Conference-Paper Copies (Electronic Where Available):

  • For CNS members, the first 5 copies per calendar year are free, and additional copies are $10 each.
  • For non-members, the price is $25 for the first Conference-paper copy in a request, and $10 each for additional copies of papers in the same conference and in the same request.
  • Contact the CNS office to order reprints.