Electricité de France

Electricité de France (EDF) was set up in 1946 out of the desire to have a national electrical utility that could help rebuild the country after the Second World War. Since its creation, the company has had the responsibility for generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity in France. EDF remains one of the European utilities with a significant R&D activity and effort on innovation. Around 2500 people are presently employed at EDF R&D, amongst which, 70% are researchers and executives, 32% women (in majority researchers and executives).
The staff involved in this proposal belongs to EDF R&D’s Material and Mechanics of Components Department. MMC’s task is to carry out the investigations required to meet the safety, reliability and productivity requirements of industrial installations, in the fields of materials and thermomechanics. Its activity covers all energy production means (nuclear power plants, coal-fired power stations, combustion turbines, dams,…), the management of nuclear waste (storage, disposal, transmutation), and the support to the business services of the EDF group. 90% of the activity of the department is oriented towards the nuclear field.
MMC is the combination of skills in the fields of metallurgy, corrosion, chemistry, mechanics and non-destructive evaluation. Its experts form a high level multidisciplinary team in the field of the behavior and development of materials, as well as in the fields of mechanics and technology of some components.

Role in the project

Within SOTERIA, EDF acts as leader of WP5. The main technical activities of EDF in this WP are the development, improvement and validation of models at different scales (simulation of the microstructure, mechanical and fracture).

Personnel involved

Marc Berveiller, PhD
He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the French Institute in Advanced Mechanics (Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2002) and his PhD from the Blaise Pascal University in 2005, where he worked on non-intrusive stochastic finite element methods in collaboration with EDF. He is currently working as a research engineer and project manager at EDF. He will lead the WP5 of SOTERIA and participated in task concerning the use of the developed tools.
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Christophe Domain, PhD
He received his engineer degree from Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles de Paris (ESPCI Paris Tech, France 1995), his master’s degree in fluid physics (Paris 6, France, 1997) and his PhD from the Lille University in 2002, where he worked on effet of hydrogen in zirconium at the atomic scale at EDF. He is currently working as a research engineer and expert at EDF on microstructure modelling from atomic to mesoscale, in particular contributing to SIRENA, PERFECT, PERFORM 60 European projects. He will contribute to the WP5 of SOTERIA to tasks concerning the microstructure evolution of RPV and internals.
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Gilles Adjanor, PhD
He received his master degree in engineering from the School of Mines of Nancy (Ecole des Mines de Nancy, 2002) and his PhD from the Paris XI University in Orsay in 2006, where he worked on the development of atomic simulation methods for the calculation of thermodynamic potentials relevant for the stability of borosilicate glasses used for nuclear waste management at CEA Saclay. He is currently working as a research engineer at EDF. He was in charge of the integration of atomic scale and mesoscale simulation codes (RPV and INTERNALS) in the PERFECT and PERFORM 60 projects. He will participate to three tasks in WP5 of SOTERIA concerning the parameterisation of rate theory and Object Kinetic Monte-Carlo codes.
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Félix Latourte, PhD
He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the ENS Cachan and Université Montpellier 2 in France in 2004 and his PhD from the Montpellier 2 University in 2007, where he worked on inverse problems in plasticity solved using kinematic field measurements. He was postdoctorate researcher between 2007 and 2010 in Northwestern University to study the dynamic failure of composite and metallic materials. He is working as a research engineer at EDF since 2010, working in the field of plasticity modelling including cyclic plasticity, multi-scale models, and high temperature creep. He has proposed two actions in the WP5 bridging experiments and calculations with the objective of validating the crystal plasticity equations and their parameters as proposed in the current and previous projects.
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Ghiath Monnet, PhD,
In 1995, he obtained his Master's degree in Materials Science from INSTN (Saclay, France) followed by PhD from University Paris 13 on the characterisation of the stored energy by XR diffraction and its effect on static recrystallisation. Then he had 2 years of post-doctoral position (ONERA in collaboration with EDF) dedicated to the development of a dislocation dynamics code designed for HCP materials. Since 2003, he has a position of a research-engineer in EDF. He participated to the European projects : SIRENA, PERFECT, GETMAT, PERFORM and contributes to the project MATISSE.
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