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Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Division
Lab for Nuclear Materials
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CEA Saclay
Laboratoire de Modélisation, de Thermodynamique
et de Thermochimie SCCME
91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette Cedex

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EFC Working Party 4: Nuclear Corrosion



  • To provide links between European teams and EU-funded programs in the nuclear corrosion field, with an opening on to the world;
  • To initiate and stimulate opportunities of exchange of scientific and technical subjects related to nuclear corrosion, particularly on today's main nuclear research areas (waste systems, water reactors, generation IV and fusion reactors);
  • To promote corrosion science and technical developments through events such as seminars, workshops, publications, etc.


  • Int. Winter School on 'Modelling of Corrosion' 2019:

    The 4th edition of the int. school on corrosion modelling was held at INSTN Saclay from 28 January to 1 February 2019. It was organized by the Nuclear Energy Division of CEA and the chair 'Materials Simulation & Engineering' (MSE) of the University Paris-Saclay. This winter school focused on multi-scale modelling of corrosion with courses in the morning and demonstrations or computer tutorials in the afternoon. It can be concluded that it was a great success (see the right lower picture). As for the previous editions, all the available places (35) were taken (a dozen persons even had to be refused). Among the participants, two thirds were French and the last third were Koreans, Japanese, and other Europeans. It should be noted that almost half of the participants came from the non-nuclear sector! This school was supported by the EFC WP4 and the World Corrosion Organization and organised by D. Féron, L. Martinelli (both CEA Saclay) and C. Meis (Head of the MSE chair, INSTN).


  • The 2018 Henri Coriou Award for outstanding contributions to corrosion science and engineering in the nuclear field has been given to Dr. Gérard Pinard Legry, France, during the CEFRACOR General Assembly in Paris, on 21 September 2018:


    Short CV: As engineer from the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie de Paris, he obtained his PhD in 1969 with a thesis on the corrosion and mechanical properties of martensitic steels. He then joined the Corrosion Department at the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) where he rapidly was appointed head of the Aqueous Corrosion Unit before becoming head of the Corrosion Department in 1984, succeeding Henri Coriou. His work includes not only EAC studies in PWR primary and secondary water, but also the selection of materials for reprocessing plants and nuclear waste overpacks for storage and disposal. He has also been involved in fast breeder reactor issues, as well as in the corrosion behaviour of materials for fusion energy. He has been a key person in nuclear corrosion science and engineering for all the industrial developments in the nuclear fuel cycle. In 1993 he was awarded the Charles Heichner medal by the SF2M (French Society of Materials and Metallurgy) in recognition of his work. Alongside his extensive research work, he was an active member of EFC WP4, being its Secretary between 1986 and 1994. Being actively involved in standardization as President of AFNOR commission A05A on corrosion of metallic materials until 2000, he was also President of the CEFRACOR (French Corrosion Society) from 1999 to 2011. At the same time, he was also an associate Professor at the INSTN (National Institute of Nuclear Science and Techniques) and at the EAMEA (“Atomic School”) of Cherbourg.

  • Prizes for the best oral and poster presentation of the 2018 Nuclear Corrosion session have been awarded during EUROCORR 2018:


    The prize for the best oral presentation has been awarded to Kamila Wilczynska, CEA & INP Grenoble, France (see photo) for the presentation ‘Simulation of C-Ring, O-Ring and tensile ring specimens for Iodine induced SCC experiments on zirconium alloy’; co-authors: Matthew Bono (CEA, France), David Le Boulch (CEA, France), Marion Fregonese (INSA de Lyon, France), Valérie Chabretou (Framatome, France), Nathanael Mozzani (EdF, France), Martin Rautenberg (EdF, France). The paper can be downloaded from: here.




    The prize for the best poster presentation has been awarded to Sato Tomonori, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan (see photo) for the poster ‘Investigation of the effects of irradiation on corrosive environments using in-situ electrochemical measurements during gamma-ray irradiation’; co-author: Fumiyoshi Ueno (JAEA, Japan). The poster can be downloaded from: here.




    Because we discovered another excellent nuclear corrosion related poster in a different session, we decided to give a 'special prize' to Joakim Halldin Stenlid, Stockholm University, Sweden for the poster 'Modelling the electrochemical interface by DFT - The case of aqueous copper corrosion'. The poster can be downloaded from: here.



  • Nuclear Corrosion Session and WP4 Fall Meeting during EUROCORR 2018:

    Also this year we had an excellent nuclear corrosion session during the EUROCORR conference (38 talks, 4 posters). The Monday focussed mostly on nuclear waste disposal corrosion issues (see upper photo), whereas the 'cracking Tuesday' comprised 14 talks dealing with environmentally-assisted cracking in LWR environments. The session continued on Wednesday with 9 presentations on different nuclear corrosion topics and concluded with the well-attended WP4 Fall Meeting (see lower photo).   EUROCORR2018-WP4-SessionFallMeeting

Events and Workshops:

  • 2nd Int. Nuclear Corrosion Summer School - NuCoSS-19
    7 - 12 July 2019, Hotel Špik, Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia; EFC Event No. 440
    Organised by B. Zajec (ZAG), S. Ritter (PSI), D. Féron & L. Martinelli (CEA), G. Burke, F. Scenini & D. Engelberg (University of Manchester), in co-operation with the H2020 project MEACTOS
    The EFC Student Grant winners are announced on the NuCoSS-19 website!
  • Working Party Fall Business Meeting
    12 September 2019, 16:50, Sevilla, Spain. during EUROCORR 2019, room: España 1+2
    Preliminary agenda: download
  • 7th Int. Workshop on Long-Term Prediction of Corrosion Damage in Nuclear Waste Systems (LTC 2019)

    19 - 21 November 2019, Nancy, France; EFC Event No. 443
    Organised by D. Féron (CEA), D. Crusset (ANDRA) and CEFRACOR
    Website: link

Minutes from meetings:


Working Party activities & History:


Recent WP 4 publications:

Upcoming WP 4 publications:

  • EFC Green Book on '50 years of nuclear corrosion'
    Based on the WS during EUROCORR 2017
    To appear in 2019

Past Prizes awarded by the WP 4:

  • Henri Coriou Award (CVs & photos of both: click here):
    2016: Prof. David Tice, Wood, UK
    2017: Prof. Hannu Hänninen, Aalto University, Finland
  • Best oral presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2017:
    'Hydrogen trapping by irradiation-induced defects in 316L stainless steel', by Anne-Cécile Bach, CEA, France; co-authors: Frantz Martin (CEA, France), Cécilie Duhamel (MINES ParisTech, France), Stéphane Perrin (CEA, France), François Jomard (CNRS, France), Jérôme Crepin (MINES ParisTech, France). The paper can be downloaded from: here.
  • Best poster presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2017:
    'Effect of dissolved oxygen on flow-accelerated corrosion in neutral and alkaline solutions', by Kazutoshi Fujiwara, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry - CRIEPI, Japan (see photo); co-authors: Kimitoshi Yoneda, Fumio Inada, (both CRIEPI, Japan). The paper can be downloaded from: here.
  • Best oral presentations during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2016:
    1st: 'Using tapered specimen to study the effect of hydrogen on SCC initiation in Alloy 182 under BWR condition', by Juxing Bai, Stefan Ritter, Hans-Peter Seifert (all Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland), and Sannakaisa Virtanen (University of Erlangen, Germany); 2nd: 'Pitting corrosion modelling by means of a stochastic cellular automata based model', by Cristian Felipe Pérez-Brokate (CEA , France), Dung di Caprio (CNRS - Chimie ParisTech, France), Damien Féron (CEA, France), Jacques de Lamare (CEA, France), and Annie Chaussé (Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, France)
  • Best oral presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2015:
    'In situ imaging of corrosion processes in nuclear fuel cladding', by Alice Laferrere, Robert Burrows (National Nuclear Laboratory, UK), Ron Clark, Carol Glover, Geraint Williams (University of Swansea, UK), Oliver Payton, Loren Picco (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Best poster presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2015:
    'High temperature oxidation of 9-12% Cr materials P91 and P92 in supercritical conditions (25 MPa, 600°C)', by Zuzana Skoumalová, Jaroslav Burda (ÚJV Řež a.s., CZ)
  • Best oral presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2014:
    'Intergranular oxidation of Alloy 600 exposed to simulated PWR primary water', by Jacqueline Caballero Hinostroza, Jérôme Crépin, Thierry Couvant and Cécilie Duhamel (Centre des Matériaux-Mines ParisTech and EDF R&D, France)
  • Best poster presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2014:
    'Investigation of the temperature effect on the oxide layer formed on Alloy 182 in simulated PWR environment', by Renato de Mendonça, Rik-Wouter Bosch and Wouter Van Renterghem (CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education, Brazil and SCK-CEN, Belgium)
  • Best poster presentation during the Nuclear Corrosion Session at EUROCORR 2013:
    'Effects of chloride and sulphate ions on the corrosion of Alloy 800 steam generator tube', by Fabio A. Mansur, Monica Maria A.M. Schvartzman, Pedro Henrique B.O. Nogueira, Marco Antonio Dutra Quinan (Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, Brazil)


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