Issue No. 35 Winter
(February 2012)


ENS News

Word from the President

Tapping unusual quarters: summary and conclusions

ENS Events

Pime 2012

RRFM 2012

TopSafe 2012

TopFuel 2012

ENC 2012

Member Societies

BNS Conference « Long Term operation of Nuclear Power Plants: Life beyond 40 years »

The Nuclear Society of Slovenia celebrates its twentieth birthday

10th Symposium on Nuclear Techniques

Population growth and standard of living: coming to terms with the considerable increase in mankind’s energy needs

News from the Finnish Nuclear Society (ATS)

RAAN – SITON: Focusing on the strategic area of the deep geologic dispol of radioactiv waste

Decision made on location of Spain’s Temporary Centralized Storage facility

Summary of the 494th Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar on “Innovative Nuclear Power in a Closed Fuel Cycle Scenario"

YGN Report

Westinghouse executive wins major nuclear industry award

Corporate Members

The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) extend their cooperation agreement

L-3MAPPS launches new simulator learning module

Rosatom launches its “Exhibition on Wheels”

Rosatom: an integrated approach to preserving the legacy of the nuclear industry

GUINEVERE: a world premiere

ENS World News

Recognising the unique contribution of women to nuclear in Europe

JRC launches initiatives to preserve and upgrade nuclear sector skills

Scholarship - LUCOEX

IAEA Foratom Management System Workshop

ENS sponsored conferences

ENS Members

Links to ENS Member Societies

Links to ENS Corporate Members

Editorial staff


PIME 2012

PIME 2012
12 - 15 February 2012 in Warsaw, Poland


RRFM 2012

RRFM 2012
18 - 22 March 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic


TopSafe 2012

TopSafe 2012
22 - 26 April 2012 in Helsinki, Finland


TopFuel 2012

TopFuel 2012
2 - 6 September 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


ENC 2012

ENC 2012
9 - 12 December 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


TopFuel 2012

TopFuel 2012 - Call for Papers

TopFuel 2012 will take place from 2 – 6 September 2012 in Manchester, UK.

TopFuel’s primary objective is to bring together leading specialists in the field from around the world to analyse advances in nuclear fuel management technology and to use the findings of the latest cutting-edge research to help manufacture the high performance nuclear fuels of today and tomorrow.

More information is available on the TopFuel 2012 Conference Website:

The TopFuel 2012 Programme Committee is calling for both oral and poster presentations in the following tracks:

Operation and Experience
Fuel operating experience and performance; reliability; high burn-up fuels; water side corrosion and hydriding; stress corrosion cracking; MOX fuel performance; post irradiation data; pool-side examination; radiation effects; water chemistry and corrosion counter-measures; assembly distortion; mixed-core operation; re-use after transportation/storage.

Transient Fuel Behaviour
Transient fuel behaviour and criteria (RIA, LOCA, ATWS, power ramps …); fuel safety-related issues; pellet cladding interaction (PCMI/PCI); transient fission gas releases; cladding bursting/ballooning, pellet fragmentation/dispersal during transient events; small and large-scale fuel testing facilities; fuel behaviour under extended loss of cooling, re-criticality.

Design and Materials
Advances in fuel assembly design; fuel processing and manufacturing; cladding and structural alloy development; MOX fuel design and manufacturing; fuel design for improved thermal hydraulics, mechanical and corrosion-resistant behaviour; irradiation experience in test reactors; accident resistant fuel; fuel design  optimisation for disposal; innovative fuel concepts.

Development, verification and validation of fuel modelling codes; multiscale modelling; multi-physics coupling; fuel behaviour modelling during operation and under back-end conditions; water chemistry modelling; treatment of uncertainty; statistical analysis;design and analysis methods.

Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation
Interim storage; reprocessing; closed fuel cycles; criticality; fuel behaviour in dry containers, wet storage ponds and during transportation; long-term storage strategies; ageing; R&D activities; fuel database management.

Authors should submit their abstract text in English (a minimum of 400 words) through the Abstract Submission System on

15 February 2012

Notification of abstract acceptance: 27 March 2012

Full paper submission for review: 8 May 2012

Notification of paper acceptance: 15 June 2012

Final paper submission: 1 August 2012

Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentations: 20 August 2012

Email ALL correspondence to

Your abstract contribution will be included in the Conference
Proceedings (Transactions) that will be available on CD-ROM (after the conference) and posted on the ENS website:

Reference number ISBN978-92-95064-16-4

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