SAFIR2010 - The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2007 – 2010


SAFIR2010 research programme on nuclear power plant safety for the years 2007-2010 is strongly based on the chapter 7a, “Ensuring expertise”, of the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act. The programme is the newest link in chain of public research programmes on nuclear safety that have proved to excel in order to maintain and develop know-how in Finland. The steering group of SAFIR2010 consists of representatives from Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority  (STUK), Ministry of Employment and the Economy  (MEE), Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO), Fortum Power and Heat Oy, Fortum Nuclear Services Oy (Fortum), Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes), Helsinki University of Technology (HUT)  and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). In addition to representatives of these organisations, the Steering Group has permanent experts from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and Fennovoima Oy (Fennovoima).

SAFIR2010 research programme is divided in eight research areas, which are:

1. Organisation and human factors
2. Automation and control room
3. Fuel and reactor physics
4. Thermal hydraulics
5. Severe accidents
6. Structural safety of reactor circuit
7. Construction safety
8. Probabilistic safety analysis (PSA)

The planned volume of the SAFIR2010-programme is 7.0 M€ and 46 person years in 2009. Research is carried out in 31 projects.