Special Issue: Nuclear Energy PHM

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The International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM) is the premier online open access journal related to multidisciplinary research on Prognostics, Diagnostics, and System Health Management. This special issue is focused on advances in research in condition monitoring applications to nuclear energy.

The first commercial nuclear power stations began operation in the 1950s. Since that time nuclear energy generating capacity has grown to 430 commercial nuclear power reactors operating in 31 countries, with 372,000 MWe of total capacity. That equates to over 13% of the world’s capacity and has proven to be a reliable method for generating base-load capacity. Nuclear Power remains the single largest contributor (more than 70 percent) of non-greenhouse-gas- emitting electric power generation in the United States.

As the world’s current nuclear fleet lifetimes are extended beyond 60 years, it is vital that they continue to be operated safely and efficiently. Understanding the failure modes, being able to detect precursors to failure, tracking degradation mechanisms, and predicting the remaining useful life of components and systems is vital to the continued success of nuclear power. With world electricity demand expected to double between 2000 and 2030 and currently demand growing at an annual rate of 2.4%, it is vital to keep our current fleet productive and to invest in new technologies to assure future plants are equally safe and reliable.

Submission Deadline January 31, 2015 (extended)

Topics of Interest

  • Surveillance, diagnostic and prognostic technologies
  • Remaining useful life estimation for passive components
  • Concrete health monitoring
  • Aging and obsolescence issues with I&C Systems
  • Risk-based maintenance practices
  • Advanced sensors and measurement technologies
  • Small modular reactor (SMR) applications of PHM
  • Sensor calibration monitoring theory and technologies
  • Condition monitoring of equipment and processes
  • Fleet wide monitoring PHM applications
  • Cable ageing monitoring and RUL estimation
  • Human performance and reliability issues
  • PHM regulatory issues
  • Failure and fault analysis of digital I&C systems
  • Quantification of PHM uncertainties
  • Prognostics and its relation to balance of plant operation

This CFP solicits papers that discuss the emerging art and science of nuclear power plant PHM. A secondary goal is to document and benchmark the state-of-the-art in nuclear component and system RUL estimation.

All submission types are invited for this issue. Please refer to submission guidelines & templates.

Special Issue Editors:
Leonard Bond
(Director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), and Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University, USA)
Wes Hines (Professor and Head, Department of Nuclear Engineering,University of Tennessee, USA)
Pradeep Ramuhalli (Senior Research Scientist, Applied Physics Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
Enrico Zio (Professor and Chair Director, Ecole Central Paris and Supelec, France and Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Submission Instructions
– Prepare a manuscript as per journal guidelines
Create a submission through the website
– Select submission target as “IJPHM”, a dropdown menu will appear to select “Publication Issue”.
– Select “Special Issue Nuclear Energy PHM” option
– provide all authors names and other details for the paper including the manuscript.