UNIST Department of Nuclear Engineering announced the successful completion of the ’19th KNS-EPRI Joint Workshop on Water Chemistry and Corrosion in Nuclear Power Plants.’ Held from June 28 to 30 in Busan, the workshop provided a valuable platform for experts to exchange research findings and field technology experiences concerning coolant chemistry and corrosion issues that directly impact the durability and safety of nuclear power plants.
Organized annually by the Korean Nuclear Society (KNS), in collaboration with industry, academia, and research institutes within the association, this year’s workshop took on an international joint format. It attracted participation from 110 industry-academic experts representing 32 institutions worldwide, including renowned organizations, such as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) from the United States. The focus of this edition was centered around Small Modular Reactors (SMR), which are considered next-generation models for nuclear power plants. Dr. David Perkins from EPRI shared valuable insights into core SMR technologies, like boron-free operation.
Professor Ji Hyun Kim from UNIST Department of Nuclear Engineering emphasized the immense significance of water chemical management and corrosion reduction/prevention techniques in ensuring safe operations within nuclear power plants.
The event received sponsorship through support from the Busan-Ulsan Regional Energy Cluster Talents Cultivation Project, further underscoring its importance within the energy sector.