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Our industry is going through a time of transition with a generation of plant personnel retiring and new professionals entering the workforce.

With AREVA's training portfolio, we are working to foster operational excellence, to facilitate knowledge transfer and to provide utility employees with the information and skills they need to continue operating nuclear energy facilities safely and at optimal performance.

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  • Fuels Integrated Training

    In order to help our customers maintain required certifications and operate nuclear energy facilities safely and at optimal performance, AREVA has worked diligently to bring our customers' training needs to the forefront of our priorities. AREVA has created a Fuels Integrated Training Program (FIT) fostering Operational Excellence and the knowledge to operate plants with AREVA’s fuel in the safest most efficient manner — helping satisfy our customers' engineering training requirements and needs, resulting in higher levels of customer satisfaction.

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    TRAINING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    Training contact: fueltrainingNA@areva.com

    AREVA Fuels has developed a series of in-depth technical training courses covering fuels-related analyses. These courses implement modern instructional techniques geared to engage the audience by simultaneously targeting multiple learning styles.

    Features of the training include:

    Instructor-led PowerPoint Presentations     Microsoft OneNote Companion Notebooks  
                 
    Hands-on Example Problems     Interactive Exercises  
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    TH Reload Process Overview for CE and Westinghouse Plants

    TH Reload Process Overview for CE and Westinghouse Plants

    Course Dates: May 1, 2017; July 31, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 1, 2017; June 30, 2017

    Course Number: 1400

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 8

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: Westinghouse and CE

    Training Tier: 2

    This full-day course provides an overview of the thermal hydraulic reload analysis process performed for CE and Westinghouse Plants. The reload process is that consistent with the EMF-2310, EMF-1961, and EMF-92-081 methodologies utilizing XCOBRA-IIIC.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations, 7 interactive exercises, and 5 optional example problems*. The exercises and example problems reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    The introduction to this 5 module course begins with a general map of the TH reload process. Each module then provides a more detailed summary of a particular technical topic. The content includes the following:

    • Module 1 includes a description of the CE and W plant layouts and trips; a description of the analysis process; and a brief background on Critical Heat Flux (CHF) and statistics.
    • Module 2 describes the development of the three primary XCOBRA-IIIC models with the methodology. These include (1) the two-pass model used for Non-LOCA transient event evaluations, (2) the simplified one-pass model used for setpoint calculations, and (3) the event-specific post-SCRAM MSLB model.
    • Module 3 includes a description of the analyses typically performed as part of a TH Compatibility assessment. These include Guidetube Boiling, Rod Bow, and Mixed-Core Assessments of pressure, flow, and CHF.
    • Module 4 covers the Departure from Nucleate Boiling (DNB) and Fuel Centerline Melt (FCM) calculations performed as part of the evaluation of the Non-LOCA transient events. In addition to margin calculations, this module also covers development of the Limiting Axial, calculation of the FCM Limit, and discussion of the Boron Dilution analysis.
    • Module 5 cover the setpoints analyses performed for both the CE and Westinghouse plants. For CE plants these include Local Power Density (LPD) Limiting Safety System Settings (LSSS), LPD Limiting Condition of Operation (LCO), DNB LCO, Thermal Margin / Low Pressure (TM/LP), and Thermal Margin Limit Lines (TMLL). For Westinghouse plants these include Over-Temperature Delta Temperature (OTΔT), Over Pressure Delta Temperature (OPΔT), and Core Safety Limit Lines (CSLL).

    *Example Problems require access to AREVA analysis codes.

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    XCOBRA-IIIC Model Development

    XCOBRA-IIIC Model Development

    Course Dates: May 4-5, 2017; August 1-2, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 6, 2017; July 1, 2017

    Course Number: 1401

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 16

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: CE & Westinghouse

    Training Tier: 3

    This two-day course covers the development of XCOBRA-IIIC models for use with the EMF-2310 and EMF-1961 Methodologies, including the full core two-pass model, the one-pass setpoints models, and the main steam line break model.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations, 12 interactive exercises, and 3 example problems*. The exercises and example problems reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    The training describes the model types required to perform reload analysis.

    • The two-pass model is used in the DNB evaluation for non-LOCA safety analysis transients. In pass one, each assembly is modeled to calculate core conditions needed for pass two. In pass 2 the limiting assembly is modeled on a subchannel-by-subchannel basis.
    • The one-pass model is a simplified model used in setpoint analysis. The training includes discussion on the benchmarking process used to show that the one-pass model is conservative relative to the two-pass model.
    • The main steam line break (MSLB) model in an event-specific model used to account for the asymmetric core conditions that occur during the post-SCRAM MSLB event.

    For each model type, the course covers applicable acceptance criteria and licensing requirements; how each model fits into the reload process; card-by-card descriptions of the model development process; review of code output and common consistency checks; and an example problem.

    In addition, the introduction to this course includes a discussion of the history of XCOBRA-IIIC and the basic theory of DNB and subchannel modeling.

    *Example Problems require access to AREVA analysis codes.

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    Fuel Centerline Melt Limit and Limiting Axial Analysis

    Fuel Centerline Melt Limit and Limiting Axial Analysis

    Course Dates: May 8, 2017; August 3, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 10, 2017; July 3, 2017

    Course Number: 1402

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 4

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: Westinghouse and CE

    Training Tier: 3

    This half-day course covers the calculation of the fuel centerline melt limit and limiting axial analyses. The results of these analyses feed downstream setpoint and Chapter 15 DNB and FCM analyses. This course covers analyses consistent with the EMF-2310 and EMF-1961 methodologies.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations, 5 interactive exercises, and 2 example problems*. The exercises and example problems reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    The course provides detailed discussion of two analyses in the thermal hydraulic reload process. The first analysis is the calculation of the cycle specific fuel centerline melt (FCM) limit. The FCM Limit module includes discussion of licensing requirements; the basis for when an FCM limit calculation is required; a detailed discussion of the calculation performed in RODEX2 to correlate LHGR to rod melt; a detailed discussion of the calculation performed in MELTLIM to calculate a UO2 LHGR limit that precludes melt in all rod types; a description of analysis inputs; and execution of the analysis code and review of output.

    The second analysis is the Limiting Axial analysis which defines the axial power shape(s) use in downstream DNB calculations. The Limiting Axial module includes the basis for using the limiting axial in DNB analysis; a discussion of the difference between the ‘design’ limiting axial, and the ‘cycle-specific’ limiting axial;  a step-by-step walkthrough of the limiting axial analysis process; a description of the power and ASI input ranges and how they are determined; and execution of the analysis code and review of output.

    *Example Problems require access to AREVA analysis codes.

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    Departure from Nucleate Boiling and Fuel Centerline Melt Analysis

    Departure from Nucleate Boiling and Fuel Centerline Melt Analysis

    Course Dates: May 8, 2017; August 3, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 10, 2017, July 3, 2017

    Course Number: 1403

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 4

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: CE & Westinghouse

    Training Tier: 3

    This half-day course covers key inputs and calculation descriptions for Chapter 15 Departure from Nucleate Boiling (DNB) and Fuel Centerline Melt (FCM) thermal hydraulic analyses. The calculations covered are based on XCOBRA-IIIC and the EMF-2310 non-LOCA methodology.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations, 6 interactive exercises, and 1 example problem*. The exercises and example problem reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    The training provides detailed discussion of the analyses used to evaluate DNB and FCM. It includes the thermal hydraulic evaluations, which calculate margin to failure based on inputs provided from RELAP transient analysis and PRISM neutronics analysis (the generation of these inputs is not discussed). For both criteria, the course includes discussion of the applicable acceptance criteria, licensing requirements, and NRC approved methodologies; description of the analysis process; discussion of fuel failure assessments; and margin recovery techniques. For the DNB analyses, the course also discusses the typical events specific requirements.

    This course also covers the unique calculation performed for the Post SCRAM Main Steam Line Break (MSLB) event. The MSLB section includes discussion of the iterative process between XCOBRA-IIIC and PRISM used to develop the neutronics inputs, DNB evaluation using an event specific XCOBRA-IIIC model, FCM calculation, and reactivity verification analysis.

    Recommended prerequisites:
    1401 - XCOBRA-IIIC Model Development
    1402 - Fuel Centerline Melt Limit And Limiting Axial Analysis

    *Example Problem requires access to AREVA analysis codes.

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    Statistical Setpoint Verification for CE Plants

    Statistical Setpoint Verification for CE Plants

    Course Dates: May 15-16, 2017; August 7-8, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 17, 2017; July 7, 2017

    Course Number: 1404

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 16

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: CE

    Training Tier: 3

    This two-day course covers the statistical setpoint calculations for CE plants (EMF-1961 Methodology) that support establishment or verification of cycle specific plant protective setpoints designed to protect the fuel.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations, 17 interactive exercises, and 4 example problems*. The exercises and example problems reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    The course provides detailed discussion of Thermal Hydraulic (TH)-related Limiting Conditions of Operation (LCOs) and Limiting Safety System Settings (LSSS) used to protect Departure from Nucleate Boiling (DNB) and Fuel Centerline Melt (FCM) design limits. These include Local Power Density (LPD) LSSS, LPD LCO, DNB LCO, Thermal Margin / Low Pressure (TM/LP), and Thermal Margin Limit Lines (TMLL). Each module includes the basis of the analysis, specific methodology used for the verification, description of key input parameters, and explanation of how the analysis is performed, including example exercises and hands on computer code runs.

    In addition, the course provides an overview of the CE reactor protection system and a basic refresher for statistical methods relevant to the setpoints methods.

    *Example Problems require access to AREVA analysis codes.

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    Statistical Setpoint Verification for Westinghouse Plants

    Statistical Setpoint Verification for Westinghouse Plants

    Course Dates: May 22-23, 2017; August 10-11, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 24, 2017, July 10, 2017

    Course Number: 1405

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 12

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: Westinghouse

    Training Tier: 3

    This 2-day course covers the statistical setpoint calculations for Westinghouse plants (EMF-92-081 Methodology) that support establishment or verification of cycle specific plant protective setpoints designed to protect the fuel.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations, 9 interactive exercises, and 1 example problem*. The exercises and example problem reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    The course provides detailed discussion of Thermal Hydraulic (TH)-related setpoint analyses used to protect Departure from Nucleate Boiling (DNB) and Fuel Centerline Melt (FCM) design limits. These include Over-Temperature Delta Temperature (OTΔT), Over Pressure Delta Temperature (OPΔT), and Core Safety Limit Lines (CSLL). Each module includes the basis of the analysis, specific methodology used for the verification, description of key input parameters, and explanation of how the analysis is performed, including example exercises and hands on computer code runs.

    In addition, the course provides an overview of the Westinghouse reactor protection system and a basic refresher for statistical methods relevant to the setpoints methods.

    *Example Problem requires access to AREVA analysis codes.

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    B&W Fuel Reload Licensing Process Overview

    B&W Fuel Reload Licensing Process Overview

    Course Dates: July 5-9, 2017; August 21-22, 2017

    Registration Ends: June 5, 2017; July 21, 2017

    Course Number: 2000

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 36

    Course Cost: $2000.00 per student per day

    Plants: B&W

    Training Tier: 1

    This five-day course provides an overview of the entire fuels reload analysis and licensing process for B&W plants (BAW-10179 Methodology).  Included is a description of the mechanical fuel design methodology and all elements of the supporting reload licensing analyses spanning neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, thermo-mechanical, and safety analyses.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful training presentations. The training is packaged within an electronic OneNote companion notebook, which contains all training materials facilitating the interactive training experience.

    Course Outline

    • Fuel Assembly/Control Component Mechanical Design and Performance
    • Fuel Rod Thermal Mechanical Performance
    • Fuel Assembly Structural Analyses
    • Core Design and Fuel Cycle Analyses
    • Nuclear Analyses
    • Fuel Assembly Hydraulics and Core Thermal-Hydraulic Performance
    • Non-LOCA Safety Analyses
    • ECCS Analyses
    • Radiation Analyses
    • Core Safety and Maneuvering Analyses
    • Core Monitoring and Operation
    • Water Chemistry
    • Crud Evaluation
    • Fuel Reliability

    This training is intended as in introduction into AREVA’s B&W Plant Reload Licensing process and provides a high-level overview of all the interdisciplinary analyses that support reload licensing for a given plant cycle. 

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    Critical Heat Flux

    Critical Heat Flux (CHF)

    Course Dates: May 10, 2017; August 28, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 12, 2017; July 31, 2017

    Course Number: 3401

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 4

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: PWRs

    Training Tier: 3

    This half-day course provides an overview of the critical heat flux (CHF) phenomena, mechanisms leading to CHF, experimental testing for CHF, and empirical models used to predict CHF.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful presentation materials and 2 exercises. Exercises and review questions reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training.

    The course begins by describing the fundamental CHF phenomena and it causes, and differentiates the possible mechanisms for CHF. Next, the focus shifts to CHF from the regulatory perspective, including legal requirements and acceptance criteria. The experimental testing and correlation development process is then described, including discussion of the CHF test facilities, test configurations, and correlation considerations and limitations. The final part of the course describes specific CHF correlations and can be tailored based on class participants.

    Computer access is not required, as this course does not include a OneNote Companion.

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    Form Loss Coefficients

    Form Loss Coefficients (FLC)

    Course Dates: May 10, 2017; August 28, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 12, 2017; July 31, 2017

    Course Number: 3402

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 3

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: Any

    Training Tier: 2

    This 3 hour course covers the fundamental physics behind the loss coefficient, how the coefficient is derived, and how it is often used in a reload analysis. (Fundamentals apply to form loss coefficients, pressure loss coefficients, and pressure drop coefficients.)

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful presentation materials and 2 exercises. Exercises and review questions reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training.

    The course begins by describing what the PLC represents and why basic fluid dynamics theory cannot practically represent reality. The class then covers how to convert from a measured pressure drop to a loss coefficient, including emphasis on key considerations such as the reference area, thermal expansion, and resistance. Finally, the course describes how the loss is used in a subchannel code and in a lift calculation.

    Computer access is not required, as this course does not include a OneNote Companion.

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    COBRA-FLX™

    COBRA-FLX™ Thermal Hydraulic Subchannel Code Overview

    Course Dates: May 11, 2017; August 31, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 13, 2017; July 31, 2017

    Course Number: 3403

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 3

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: Any

    Training Tier: 2

    This 3 hour course provides an overview of how a subchannel code works and what differentiates AREVA’s fully licensed, next generation subchannel code—COBRA-FLX™—from other subchannel codes.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful presentation materials. Review questions are used to reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention.

    The course begins by providing an understanding of what the NRC requires and the situational validity of subchannel codes. The class then covers the assumptions embedded in a subchannel code, the equations solved by the code, and a brief overview of numerical calculus. Finally, the course describes how COBRA-FLX™ is different from other subchannel codes and examples of AREVA input automation tools and post-processors.

    Computer access is not required, as this course does not include a OneNote Companion.

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    Mixed Core Analysis with COBRA-FLX™

    Mixed Core Analysis with COBRA-FLX™

    Course Dates: May 11, 2017; August 31, 2017

    Registration Ends: April 13, 2017; July 31, 2017

    Course Number: 3404

    Course Location: AREVA Operational Center of Excellence, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg Virginia.

    Course Hours: 4

    Course Cost: $2,000.00 per student per day

    Plants: PWRs

    Training Tier: 3

    This half-day course provides an overview of the analyses typically performed to ensure hydraulic compatibility for lead test assemblies, VQP, or a fuel transition effort. Examples specific to a sub-channel analysis code were developed for COBRA-FLX™, AREVA’s fully licensed, next generation subchannel code.

    The course follows the FIT training style of maximizing student engagement through the use of visually impactful presentation materials and 1 exercise. The exercise and review questions reinforce key concepts and maintain student attention more effectively than traditional lecture-focused training.

    The course begins by discussing pressure loss coefficient considerations important to mixed core analysis. The classes then covers each of the typical components of a thermal hydraulic compatibility analysis: pressure drop, control rod drop time, inter-assembly crossflow velocity, DNB performance impact, RCS loop flow, and bypass flow. Finally, the course describes guide tube boiling and rod bow analysis.

    The course can be adapted to thermal hydraulic compatibility analysis using XCOBRA-IIIC, upon request.

    Computer access is not required, as this course does not include a OneNote Companion.

  • NDE Training
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    TRAINING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    Training contact: NDEtrainingAdmins@areva.com

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    ECT - Eddy Current Training - 100 Level

    ECT-100

    Eddy Current Platform Support Technician

    (16 hours)

    This specialized course covers the basic elements of eddy current steam generator platform support to include equipment and platform setup, basic probe driver maintenance, probe changes and support activities for manipulator operation. Students learn inspection activities related to eddy current testing of steam generator tubing and other essential work practices for PWR reactor containment building and radiological environments.

    ECT-120

    Eddy Current Level I

    (40 hours)

    This is the basic course of study for entry level into the eddy current test method. The course is designed around SNT-TC-1A and CP-189 requirements. Learning objectives include eddy current fundamentals, basic types of eddy current testing, sensing coils and their characteristics, calibration methods and exercises for specific technique applications. The primary emphasis is on the inspection of tubing with internal probes. The course includes 16 classroom hours and 24 practical “hands-on” hours.

    ECT-121

    Eddy Current Level II

    (40 hours)

    This is an advanced course in the eddy current test method. This course focuses on steam generator and heat exchanger tubing, following SNT-TC-1A and CP-189 requirements. Emphasis is on advanced multi-frequency eddy current techniques with bobbin, rotating and array probes. Basic signal analysis is also covered. The course includes 20 classroom hours and 20 practical “hands-on” hours.

    ECT-122

    Eddy Current Data Analyst

    (40 hours)

    This advanced course in eddy current signal analysis meets the requirements of ASME Section XI and related industry standards for personnel who analyze data from heat exchanger tubing. The course introduces the student to commonly used inspection techniques, typical damage mechanisms, basic signal analysis and calibration and process channel (mixing) applications. State of the art equipment and analysis software programs are employed. The course is a constant blend of organized instruction and practical applications.

    ECT-122A

    Qualified Data Analyst (QDA)

    (80 hours)

    This advanced course in eddy current signal analysis meets the requirements of EPRI PWR Steam Generator Examination Guidelines and related industry standards for personnel who analyze data from steam generator tubing. The course uses the EPRI supplied QDA training and testing materials. The focus is on damage mechanism specific analysis techniques using actual industry data and qualified analysis techniques.  State of the art equipment and analysis software programs are employed. The course is a constant blend of organized instruction and practical applications.

    ECT-122AR

    Qualified Data Analyst (QDA) Re-qualification

    (24 hours)

    This course in eddy current signal analysis meets the requirements of EPRI PWR Steam Generator Examination Guidelines for QDA personnel who require re-qualification. The course involves proctoring the written and practical examinations required for re-qualification. The course uses the EPRI supplied QDA training and testing materials.  State of the art equipment and analysis software programs are employed. The course is purely practical applications for the purpose of conducting an examination. Instruction for refresher purposes, prior to or during the examination, and additional time required past the allotted 24 hours may involve additional fees.

    ECT-123

    Eddy Current Level III

    (40 hours)

    This course follows the guidelines established by the American Society of Nondestructive Testing as outlined in SNT-TC-1A and CP-189. The course offers instruction in advanced eddy current theory and applications; applicable materials, products and fabrication technology; basic understanding of other NDE methods; and NDE related codes, standards and specifications. The course is entirely classroom instruction.

     

    ECT-126

    Eddy Current Familiarization

    (typically three days)

    This introductory course covers a broad range of elements related to the acquisition, analysis, management, and relevance of tubular product eddy current data and is intended for non-specialists who would benefit from a general understanding of the theoretical and applied aspects of eddy current inspections. Beginning with an overview of both the scientific basis of the phenomenon of eddy currents as well as the industry codes that govern inspections, the student is then presented with the technology and hardware that is used to record ECT data. A computer is provided to each student for instruction on signal interpretation of both calibration standard and actual in-service tubing data. The course instructor is an experienced ET Level III Examiner who will also utilize specialist speakers to cover topics such as data management and tube integrity engineering. Because class enrollment is not intended to lead directly to industry certification (there are no student examinations), there is flexibility in the presentation of topics, as course content and emphasis may be tailored to the specific needs of the student.

     

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    INS - Instructor

    INS-200

    NDT Instructor

    (40 hours)

    This course meets the requirements of ASME Code and CP-189. The course offers instruction in the design, development, implementation and delivery of instructional materials. The course is a blend of organized instruction and practical applications. Students are required to demonstrate comprehension of the material by developing and delivering an appropriate lesson plan at the end of the course.

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    MTT - Magnetic Particle Testing

    MTT-111

    Level I Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

    (16 hours)

    This course covers the theory and application of Magnetic particle testing (MT) for the detection of flaws in ferromagnetic materials. Designed around ANSI/ASNT CP-189 requirements, the student will learn the theory behind magnetic and electromagnetic fields and how these may be used to detect flaws at or near the surface of engineering materials which lend themselves to this examination technique. Selection and use of magnetic phenomena such as direct/indirect magnetization, induction, magnetic hysteresis, skin effects of AC power and rectification of DC power used to detect flaws will be presented along with the selection and care of the appropriate equipment.

    MTT-112

    Level II Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

    (16 hours)

    After a short review of the Level I class highlights, the student will be taken to the next level of MT – the how, when and why of flaws found in engineering materials. Students will learn how flaws occur in pipe, tubing and structural components which are made of cast, wrought, forged and welded components. Techniques for detecting flaws will be discussed in detail as well as being demonstrated on mockups containing real flaws. Skills for discriminating between real and “false” indications of flaws will be discussed and demonstrated. Detection and identifying flaws found in the basic steel making processes, those occurring during component processing/fabrication and flaws occurring during the service life of a component will be presented. Flaws that are unique to the different manufacturing processes such as casting, forging, metal working and welding will also be presented and discussed in detail. Another portion of this comprehensive course discusses codes, standards and procedures which require this NDE method to be employed and the interpretation of flaws and how to evaluate their acceptability to the various standards.

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    NDE for Engineers

    NDE for Engineers

    NDE for Engineers

    (24 hours)

    This course is designed for anyone who directly or indirectly is affected by NDE. No prior experience is needed in NDE or ASME Codes as the course dissects these Codes for the student.

    Students will learn the basic principles of several NDE methods commonly used in the nuclear industry: liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, visual weld inspection, ASME III visual inspections, and ASME XI visual inspections. In addition, the principles of the eddy current, radiography, and ultrasonic examination techniques are covered. In the end, students will spend an afternoon actually performing some of these techniques.

    The course provides an overview of why the nuclear industry does what it does in NDE terms. The material covers federal regulation, relevant ASME Section III subsections as well as ASME Section XI. This material is reviewed in detail with students to aid students in determining what NDE is required for various applications. The interrelation of these various codes is also explained in detail.

    Practical exercises are used to provide students with the opportunity to consult the various codes and determine, on their own, what NDE methods are most appropriate for the application. Actual situations from AREVA’s business are used to illustrate practical applications in the student's daily work.

    While the title states “for engineers,” this class is also beneficial for supervisors and managers of personnel. Past students have included engineers, vice presidents of organizations, foreign authorized nuclear inspectors, and personnel from subcontracted NDE companies.

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    PTT - Penetrant Testing

    PTT-111

    Level I Dye Penetrant Testing (PT)

    (8 hours)

    This time proven and easy to perform technique for finding flaws that are open to the surface of materials will be presented starting with its conception and use during the Industrial Revolution. The different applications and techniques covered will include visible dye penetrant which shows flaws as a bright red stain and a fluorescent dye penetrant technique which makes flaws “glow” under the presence of UV or “Black Light.”

    PTT-112

    Level II Dye Penetrant Testing (PT)

    (8 hours)

    As in the MTT-112 course above, the student will learn the intricacies of evaluating indications of flaws as to classification and identification.  Detection and identifying flaws found in the basic steel making processes, those occurring during component processing/fabrication and flaws occurring during the service life of a component will be presented. Flaws that are unique to the different manufacturing processes such as casting, forging, metal working and welding will also be presented and discussed. Another portion of this session discusses codes, standards and procedures which require this NDE method to be employed and the interpretation of flaws and how to evaluate their acceptability to the various standards.

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    TIE - Condition Monitoring and Operational Assessment

    TIE-200

    Condition Monitoring and Operational Assessment

    (24 hours)

    This class is structured to provide a fundamental understanding of how to perform calculations to support condition monitoring and operational assessment evaluations.  The approach taken by the instructor is provide an overview of the requirements for structural and leakage integrity of degraded steam generator tubing, statistics, probability, and Monte Carlo simulation. The procedures of the revised EPRI Steam Generator Integrity Assessment Guidelines are described and illustrated by example problems. Impacts of the revised Structural Integrity Performance Criteria, SIPC, and adoption of the 0.95 probability requirement for meeting the SIPC are covered. EPRI Flaw Handbook equations, combined with the application of NDE sizing uncertainties are introduced to develop best estimate structural limits, condition monitoring, operational assessment, and repair structural integrity limits. Additionally, alternative analysis procedures, such as signal amplitude based methods, are presented as potential solutions for more complex degradation mechanisms. AREVA NP's Mathcad CMOA Programs and MultiFram Probabilistic Program are utilized as examples for performing the assessments. There is no examination for students, only example problems. Degradation specific examples can be requested by class participants when registering. The course is 24 classroom hours.

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    UTT - Ultrasonic Examination Training

    UTT-111C

    Combined Level I Ultrasonic Examination Classroom and Laboratory (UT)

    (80 hours)

    This course uses an innovative approach to presenting the ultrasonic theory and equipment setup and use. Theory and laboratory sessions will be presented as a combined presentation, with actual demonstration of the practical application of theory using UT equipment. AREVA NP has very successfully trained UT students using this approach. It helps keep the students interested by breaking up what can be a very dry presentation with the ability to actually see how the different parameters such as frequency, transducer size and other elements actually affect not only the display on the UT scope screen, but differences in the ability to detect reflectors.

    UTT-111L

    Level I Ultrasonic Examination Laboratory (UT)

    (40 hours)

    This course satisfies the Level I laboratory training requirements of ASME Section XI Paragraph IWA-2300 and Appendix VII Paragraph VII-4220 for personnel wishing to examine nuclear power plant components. The student will be trained in the use of state of the art digitally controlled Ultrasonic Flaw Detectors and the calibration standards, probes, cabling and couplant associated with the method. Training will also be given on flaw detection and discrimination. This is an excellent preparatory course for those seeking manual piping PDI UT qualifications in accordance with ASME Section XI Appendix VIII.

    UTT-111T

    Level I Ultrasonic Examination Classroom (UT)

    (40 hours)

    This course satisfies the Level I classroom training requirements of ASME Section XI Paragraph IWA-2300 and Appendix VII Paragraph VII-4220 for personnel wishing to examine nuclear power plant components. It also satisfies the requirements of ASNT-TC-1A and ASNI/ASNT CP-189. Ultrasonic theory will be presented by PDI-qualified Level III instructors with over 30 years of experience performing ultrasonic examinations in the power generation business with a minimum of 20 years dedicated to the nuclear industry.

    UTT-112C

    Combined Level II Ultrasonic Examination Classroom and Laboratory (UT)

    (80 hours)

    As with the Level I combined course, the combination of classroom and hands-on equipment use will allow students to understand the theory of detection, length sizing and through-wall sizing, while having the opportunity to go to the lab and see what the actual screen presentations are while the theory is fresh in their minds.

    UTT-112L

    Level II Ultrasonic Examination Laboratory (UT)

    (40 hours)

    During this course, particular attention will be given to the detection, length sizing and through-wall sizing of flaws. Advanced techniques developed as a result of the PDI program will be presented and taught by PDI-qualified instructors. This class is an absolute necessity for those wishing to obtain ASME Section XI Appendix VIII certifications.

    UTT-112T

    Level II Ultrasonic Examination Classroom (UT)

    (40 hours)

    After a short review of the Level I course, attention will be turned to where flaws come from, how they can cause a component to fail, and how we can detect them using ultrasonic testing. Examination techniques will be discussed in detail, explaining what techniques are used to find and size particular flaws. Ultrasonic signal evaluation will be covered in detail. Advanced sizing techniques will be presented along with techniques used to discriminate between real flaw signals and signals from component geometry. Included will be a review of ASME Section V and XI UT calibration standards, examination techniques and flaw evaluation.

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    VTT - Visual Examination Training

    VTT-111

    Level I Visual Examination (VT)

    (8 hours)

    The universal inspection method - everyone uses visual examination whether it be looking for bruises on bananas in the grocery store or giving that new car the careful look over before you decide to buy. The Visual Examination Level I course will introduce the student to how visual examinations are conducted on industrial components, piping systems and structures for attributes defined in their applicable specifications. Unlike judging the acceptability of things in our personal lives according to taste, the industrial version of visual inspection sets in place controls on how an item is examined as well as establishing criteria against which defined attributes are measured for acceptability. Industry established techniques for performing visual examinations will be presented along with an explanation of how the human eye performs under industrial conditions.

    VTT-112

    Level II Visual Examination (VT)

    (8 hours)

    Like the magnetic particle and dye penetrant courses above, the Visual Examination Level II course will focus on detecting and identifying flaws found in the basic steel making processes, those occurring during component processing/fabrication, and flaws occurring during the service life of a component. Flaws that are unique to the different manufacturing processes such as casting, forging, metal working and welding will also be presented and discussed. Another portion of this session discusses codes, standards and procedures which require this NDE method to be employed and the interpretation of flaws and how to evaluate their acceptability to the various standards.

    VTT-113

    ASME Section XI Level II Visual Examination (VT)

    (24 hours)

    This course is targeted for those performing VT-1, VT-2 and VT-3 examinations in nuclear power plants. The training requirements of ASME Section V, Article 9, ASME Section XI Appendix VI, and ANSI/ASNT CP-189 are satisfied in this training. Examination of components, welds, bolting and pressure testing is presented by Level III instructors with over 30 of years experience in the nuclear power business. Students will come away with a thorough understanding of not only the requirements for conducting examinations, but an understanding of how to demonstrate the adequacy of examination procedures to governing authorities such as the NRC and ANII personnel.

  • ASME

    Training contact: Caleb Tomlin Caleb.Tomlin@areva.com

    ATC-001: Overview of Codes and Standards for Nuclear Power Plants

    This course will introduce plant personnel to the ASME Code. The course will focus on Sections III and XI, with discussion of Sections II, V, and IX and how they pertain to Section III. The Operations and Maintenance Code as well as Section VIII will also be touched on. The course will cover how the NRC invokes the ASME code, including discussion of the Code of Federal Regulation and applicable Regulatory Guides. The NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance program will also be discussed.

    Course Outline

    • Module 1- Overview of ASME
      This module includes an introduction to ASME, describing the organization of ASME and its role, how Codes are developed, and the differences between Codes and Standards.

     

    • Module 2- Overview of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
      This module will describe the purpose of the ASME B&PV Code, explain the objectives and goals of the Code, describe its scope and organization, describe the publishing schedule for Editions and Addenda, and explain the purpose of Code Cases and Interpretations.

     

    • Module 3- Section III with Discussion of Sections II, V and IX
      This module will explain the purpose of Section III, as well as describe the organization of the section and major topics in the section. The basic design philosophy of the Section will be covered, along with the differences between the Code Classes (1, 2, 3, MC, CC, supports and core supports). The section will also cover the organization and scope of Subsection NCA and NB and describe the differences between Mandatory and Non-mandatory Appendices.

      The module will also introduce and discuss the elements of Sections II, V, and IX as they relate to Section III.

     

    • Module 4- Overview of In-service Inspection and Testing
      In this module the instructors will describe the reasons for In-service Inspection and Testing, explain the process for detection of degradation, describe the different types of testing, and explain the role of In-service Inspection and Testing in design.

     

    • Module 5- Overview of Section XI
      This module will discuss In-service Inspection of nuclear power plant vessels, piping, pumps, valves, and supports using nondestructive examination and how the results are evaluated. Discussion will also include repair, replacement, modification and maintenance as well as aging management.

      The module will focus on Division 1, covering the following Subsections:

    Subsection

    Topic

    Subsection IWA

    General Requirements

    Subsection IWB

    Class 1 Components

    Subsection IWC

    Class 2 Components

    Subsection IWD

    Class 3 Components

    Subsection IWE

    Class MC Metal Containment Vessels and Containment Penetrations Not Backed by Concrete, and Liners of Class CC Containment Vessels

    Subsection IWF

    Class 1, 2, 3, and MC Component Supports

    Subsection IWG

    Core Support Structures and Reactor Vessel Internal Structures

    Subsection IWL

    Concrete Containment Vessels

    Appendices:

    Mandatory (Roman numerals)

    Non-mandatory (Letters)

    Real World Application

    At the conclusion of the material for Modules 3 and 5 an exercise will be conducted to help solidify the students understanding of the Sections, requiring that they draw upon their knowledge of the Sections and their interrelation. The exercise will focus on how the students should apply the code and what considerations should be accounted for. The student will be placed in teams to perform the exercise. The instructors will actively engage the students during this time to facilitate their understanding of the Code.

    Course Completion

    Upon completion of the course material a comprehensive examination will be administered which will be used to verify the students understanding of the material and concepts. Following successful completion of the course, including passing the exam, individuals will receive an ASME Certificate of Completion. This course also provides 2.30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

  • Technical Training Center

    The AREVA Technical Training Center is an advanced training center aimed at meeting the growing nuclear site maintenance needs in the United States.

    Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, AREVA's Technical Training Center extends over 3.5 acres, with classrooms, offices, and full-size mock-ups of steam generators, reactor vessels, and other major components of nuclear power plants. Technicians receive hands-on training for plant-specific configurations and new procedures in a safe, realistic environment that is more conducive to learning and sharing information.

    The facility also boasts a reactor pit filled with water and a fuel-handling crane for pressurized water reactors (PWR) and boiling water reactors (BWR). This equipment enables operator training in handling wet fuel.

    Along with its mission to train AREVA's American outage workers and employees, the Technical Training Center also provides training in American standards for AREVA technicians from France and Germany.

    Workforce development is another goal of the facility through its association with Central Virginia Community College, aiming to create a certified training degree program.

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TH Reload Process Overview for CE and Westinghouse Plants

May 1, 2017
July 31, 2017
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XCOBRA-IIIC Model Development

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DNB FCM Analysis

May 8, 2017
August 3, 2017
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Fuel Centerline Melt Limit and Limiting Axial

May 8, 2017
August 3, 2017
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Statistical Setpoint Verification for CE Plants

May 15-16, 2017
August 7-8, 2017
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Statistical Setpoint Verification for Westinghouse Plants

May 22-23, 2017
August 10-11, 2017
Lynchburg, VA

BW Fuel Reload Licensing Process - Overview

June 5-9, 2017
August 21-22, 2017
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Critical Heat Flux

May 10, 2017
August 28, 2017
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Form Loss Coefficients

May 10, 2017
August 28, 2017
Lynchburg, VA

COBRA-FLX™

May 11, 2017
August 31, 2017
Lynchburg, VA

Mixed Core Analysis with COBRA-FLX™

May 11, 2017
August 31, 2017
Lynchburg, VA

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