Major interests of Materials & Chemistry center on the integrity of structural materials in Nuclear Power Plants and facilities.

By aging, all structural materials in NPPs suffer from various degradation phenomena such as corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in reactor coolant conditions and external conditions.

Since such material degradation could affect the safe operation of NPPs, it is very important to identify possible degradation mechanisms for components and structures, to investigate their kinetics, and to evaluate their consequences.


The teams research is focused on the following areas:

  • Primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) of austenitic stainless steels
  • Integrity of reactor containment building
    • Reinforcement corrosion of reactor containment buildings
    • Chloride penetration in concrete
  • Surface degradation of dry storage systems
  • Localized corrosion of structural metals in Chloride environment
Selected publications