CaNRisk students went to Caltech University and eight of them were selected by the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute to compete in the Best Paper on Resilience. CALTECH At the end of 2010, approximately 9,000 m³ of nuclear waste had been generated in Canada. This inventory is expected to grow to 20,000 m³ by the end of 2050. Our program will focus on providing a refined experimentally- and analytically-supported risk and resilience quantification framework for the planned long-term waste storage facility. WASTE Canada will continue to rely on nuclear power as a major component of its overall energy supply mix for the foreseeable future, especially as Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels is reduced. The CaNRisk-CREATE approach is focused on developing the next generation of highly qualified personnel equipped with cross-disciplinary knowledge to ensure the safety and resilience of Canada’s power stations under extreme events. POWER The use of nuclear fuel to generate energy and the subsequent disposal of the spent fuel require multi-disciplinary expertise. The CaNRisk-CREATE team with their diverse backgrounds provide the program trainees with the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to ensure the resilience of Canada’s nuclear infrastructure under extreme events. FUEL There is need to build a deep geologic repository to store the spent nuclear fuel safely in Canada. This $24 billion project is expected to be “Canada’s largest infrastructure project of all time”, and its seismic design and analysis have created unprecedented challenges requiring innovative solutions and cross-disciplinary expertise. REPOSITORY Control and instrumentation room is the brain of any nuclear power station. It also monitors and control complex and interconnected systems throughout the station. As such, providing expertise in fault-tolerant station control systems is key for the safe operation and shut down of the reactor system. CONTROL Control and instrumentation room is the brain of any nuclear power station. It also monitors and control complex and interconnected systems throughout the station. As such, providing expertise in fault-tolerant station control systems is key for the safe operation and shut down of the reactor system. CONTROL In addition to university-based training, industrial internships will enable the CaNRisk-CREATE trainees not only to receive hands-on experience and understanding of the importance of their academic training, but also to tailor their research to meet immediate and future industry needs for both technical and professional skills. TRAINING Because an earthquake-related nuclear disaster can cause devastation to millions of people, nuclear power plants are mandated to be designed for extreme earthquakes that historically occur, on average, every 10,000 years; however, available historical records of Canadian earthquakes go back only 250 years. SEISMIC Existing micro-fractures in the vicinity of the nuclear waste storage facility will expand under seismic events. The CaNRisk-CREATE trainees focus on understanding the effects of geosphere conditions on the groundwater systems in order to quantify and minimize seismic risk on the nuclear waste storage facility. EARTH

Focus

CaNRisk-CREATE focuses on resilience and systemic risk quantification of interdependent systems in Canada’s nuclear infrastructure.

Resilience

Interdependence

Systemic Risk

Training

CaNRisk-CREATE provides a unique multi-modal cross-disciplinary training experience.

Education

Internship

Soft Skills

Upcoming Events

2019-08-04

Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT) 25 Conference

2019-06-19

Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI 2019)

2017-06-04

37th Annual CNS Conference & 41st CNS/CNA Student Conference

2017-06-04

Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference (EMI 2017)

2017-07-31

13th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications of Accelerators

2017-08-20

24 International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology

2017-09-17

2nd CNS Conference on Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness

2017-10-01

CMNCC-2017 Conference

2017-03-14

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Regulatory Information Conference (RIC)