Joint Research Centre IET

The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) is a part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre which is the European Commission's in-house science service that carries out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. IET research activities include nuclear safety of Generation II, III and IV reactors. Within this an extensive programme on material characterisation and modelling is performed and innovative experimental techniques are being developed (e.g. ultrasonic excitation for high cycle fatigue and small punch test). The IET collaborates with partners from the EU Member States and beyond.

Role in the project

IET is contributing to SOTERIA with experimental testing of material properties on grain level size (WP3) and corresponding modelling (WP5). IET has extensive facilities for material testing, including mechanical testing laboratories for tensile and compressive strength, fracture toughness, isothermal and thermo-mechanical fatigue resistance characterisation of structural materials at temperatures up to 1500°C, creep, metallography and microstructure analyses. Some of these facilities are used within the project. IET has a significant experience with computational structural analysis, development of grain-level models and crystal plasticity. These activities are linked with the planned modelling in WP5. 

Personnel involved

Igor Simonovski: PhD, Scientific/Technical Project Officer, Principal Investigator
Igor Simonovski is scientific officer working in the “Innovative Technologies for Nuclear Reactor Safety” unit of JRC-IET. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and has more than 10 years of experience in computational structural analysis and crystal plasticity modeling. His work field at JRC-IET is multi-scale modeling of the mechanical behavior of nuclear reactor materials. He has issued a large number of publications in his fields of expertise, including books.
Igor Simonovski
Ana-Maria Ruiz: PhD, Scientific/Technical Project Officer, Investigator
Ana-Maria Ruiz is a scientific officer in the “Innovative Technologies for Nuclear Reactor Safety” unit of JRC-IET. She holds a PhD in Physics and has a large experience in the structural and chemical characterisation of materials. Her career started studying nano-materials for chemical sensing and evolved into biomaterials and nuclear materials. She is currently working in the microstructural analysis of materials for future nuclear reactors. She has issued more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and books.
Ana-Maria Ruiz
Oliver Martin: PhD, Scientific/Technical Project Officer, Investigator
Oliver Martin is scientific officer working in the “Innovative Technologies for Nuclear Reactor Safety” unit of JRC-IET. He hold a PhD in mechanical engineering, MSc in nuclear engineering and has more than 10 years of experience in structural integrity assessment of technical components (including nuclear). His work fields at JRC-IET are structural integrity issues and ageing management of Generation II and III nuclear reactors in the context of long term operation. He has been involved in various European and international research projects related to these fields.
Oliver Martin

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