Track 1: Operating Plant Experience
- Operations & Maintenance and Engineering Modifications
- Life extension, Life Cycle and Balance of Plant Optimization
This track will focus on the topics related to optimizing and improving plant operations, maintenance, modifications and upgrades, ageing and materials’ degradation management, performance evaluations, risk and outage/work window planning and management, heat exchangers/condensers operating experience and maintenance strategies, maintenance and inspection of rotating equipment, materials issues with operating plants.
Track 2: Nuclear Fuel and Engineering
- Reactor Physics and Kinetics
- Advanced Fuel Materials
- Nuclear Fuel Cycle
- Transport Theory
This track will cover topics related to recent developments in nuclear fuel, fuel cycle, reactor physics, neutronics and transport theory, including advanced technology fuel and SMR fuel.
Track 3: Nuclear Plant Engineering
- Plant Systems
- Structures and Components
- Heat Exchangers
- Instrumentation and Control (I&C) and Influence of Human Factors
This track will focus on new developments, and novel concepts related to plant systems, structures and components, reliability, I&C for next generation plants, integrated control rooms, hybrid control rooms, I&C refurbishment, analog component supply issues, human-machine interface.
Track 4: SMR and Advanced Reactors
- Small and very-small modular fission nuclear reactors
- Nuclear Fusion
- Special purpose fission and radioisotope power systems
- Technologies of next generation nuclear reactors
- Advances in nuclear fission reactors technologies and applications
This track will focus on the expected safety and performance features of future builds (SMR, GEN III, III+, IV and fusion technologies) and of the technical, scientific, economic, and environmental details of the many different designs and concepts for innovative power that can be accomplished from nuclear reactions.
Track 5: Nuclear Safety, Security, and Cyber Security
This track will focus on safety and security topics, safety culture, plant security, safety and security of digital I&C systems.
Track 6: Codes and Standards
This track will focus on globalization of codes and standards, risk-informed codes & standards and their applications (ISI/IST), PRA standards, design & QA issues, standards and certification of software, licensing of non-power and research reactors, environmental qualifications.
Track 7: Thermal-Hydraulics
- Experimental methods
- Single and multiphase heat transfer
- Best estimate codes
This track will focus on small and large-scale thermal-hydraulic experiments, laboratory and industrial measuring methods, system and component thermal-hydraulic codes development, separate thermal-hydraulic effects, coupling to system codes, best estimate plus uncertainty analysis, as well as safety analyses and TH application discussions.
Track 8: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- CFD for single and multi-phase systems
- Numerical methods
- CFD and thermal-hydraulic codes coupling
This track will focus on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multidimensional single and multiphase systems, CFD and thermal-hydraulic codes coupling.
Track 9: Verification and Validation
- Verification & verification techniques
- Experiment scaling
- Validation & validation metrics
- Uncertainty Quantification
- Software reliability and Systematic Errors
This track will focus on verification and validation processes –in particular V&V protocols recognized by regulatory agencies, experimental scaling and design processes consistent with producing acceptable experimental data for validation, acceptance criteria for calculation tools, uncertainty quantification, quality assurance and quality control, Codes and CFD V&V.
Track 10: Decontamination & Decommissioning
- Decontamination & Dismantling techniques
- Remediation (disposal policies, etc.)
- Waste Treatment
- Waste Management
- Storage and Disposal (safety of storage, package performance, monitoring technologies, etc.)
- Radiation protection
This track will cover topics related to decontamination & decommissioning, radiation protection, monitoring and external sensing technologies, shielding and waste management, improvements in waste treatment, packaging, storing and reduction, recycling, and reuse of all forms of low, intermediate, and high level waste, environmental sustainability.
Track 11: Beyond Design Basis
- Design Basis Accident (DBA)
- Beyond DBA and Mitigation
The track addresses the topics of Beyond Design Basis Accidents (BDBAs), including severe accident, the evaluation of accident progress, the analysis by using computer codes, experimental study, PSA study for BDBAs, severe accident preventive and mitigated measures, severe accident management, the emergency response in NPPs, the insight from Fukushima accident, etc.
Track 12: Nuclear Policy
- Nuclear Education
- Public Acceptance
This track focuses on many topics including the training and education of students and personnel, government programs supporting deployment, safety, the economics of nuclear power, sustainability, construction and project management techniques, and the importance of international cooperation and collaboration as well as the importance of public communication and acceptance.
Track 13: Probabilistic Risk Assessments
- Risk Management
- Fire Protection PRA
- Probability Base Maintenance
This track will focus on Probabilistic Risk (Safety) Assessment (PRA/PSA), use of risk measure in the design of new plants and operation and maintenance of existing, and development and use of risk informed rules and regulation.
Track 14: Student Paper Competition
The purpose of this track is to encourage the active participation of students in ICONE 28 by submitting high quality technical papers on the various aspects of nuclear engineering. Students participating in this track will be expected to make a technical paper oral and poster presentations, chair and aid sessions.