Online Reports

Prepared by the Association Secretariat and Working Group members.

CORDEL Design Knowledge and Design Change Management in the Operation of Nuclear Fleets

The operating lifetime of a nuclear plant spans several decades. During this time, the plant may undergo design changes as a result of experience feedback, new knowledge or requirements, and safety reviews.

CORDEL Facilitating International Licensing of Small Modular Reactors

This report looks at the various issues (positive and negative) that could arise in the licensing process for SMRs, applying the CORDEL concept of a standardized design approval process.

CORDEL Safety Classification for I&C Systems in Nuclear Power Plants - Current Status & Difficulties

Classification of structures, systems and components (SSC) acts as part of the defence in depth approach as an essential task in the overall life cycle of a nuclear power plant. The classification of SSCs specifies their importance to safety, according to the consequences of their failure to perform when required.

CORDEL View of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP)

The World Nuclear Association’s (WNA) Cooperation and Development of Reactor Design, Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL) Working Group recognises that the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) has been a valuable counterpart in achieving a future in which regulators move towards harmonization in regulatory requirements across borders.

CORDEL: Aviation Report

This report, written by CORDEL's Design Change Management Task Force explores design licensing and design change management procedures in the civil aviation industry.

CORDEL: Certification of NDE Personnel

This report looks at and compares the current code requirements in the certification of NDE personnel for the major nuclear design codes.

CORDEL: Design Change Management

CORDEL’s Design Change Management. A new edition of this report will be published in the next few months, look out for announcements.

CORDEL: Nuclear Standards Harmonization

The achievement of harmonization of nuclear safety standards could facilitate the emergence of a global market that offers a choice of a small number of reactor types that are recognized by regulators as safe and technologically mature.

CORDEL: Standardization of Reactor Designs

In this paper, the CORDEL Group proposes a conceptual three-phase programme introducing a mutual acceptance and eventually internationally valid design approvals for standardized reactor designs.

CORDEL: Strategic Plan 2014-2018

This Strategic Plan is to outline the general directions and activities CORDEL plans to undertake during the period 20145-2018.

Ensuring Security of Supply

The current world market provides a considerable degree of security of supply, and has never to date failed to ensure continued operation of nuclear energy generation worldwide.

Good Practice in the Compliance and Licensing of Nuclear Exports

In this report, the World Nuclear Association maps the strategic export control landscape and identifies examples of good practice by suppliers and export control authorities. 

Greater Efficiency in Low-Level Material Management

This report emphasizes the importance of converging towards greater efficiency in the management of low-level radioactive material. This requires consistent strategies and approaches between countries for proper reuse, recycling and disposal.

Inside the Black Box - Exploring Nuclear Power Forecast Assumptions

This report reviews some of the best-known recent energy scenario studies using integrated models and maps the variations between studies and seeks to account for them.

Licensing and Project Development of New Nuclear Plants

This report explores the relationship between licensing and regulatory systems on the one hand and important commercial project decisions on the other. 

Lifecycle GHG Emissions of Electricity Generation

This report provides a comparison of the lifecycle GHG emissions of different electricity generation facilities and the relative contribution of the electrical generation industry to climate change.

Nuclear Power Economics and Project Structuring

This report to identifies the key risks associated with a nuclear power project and how these may be managed to support a business case for nuclear investment.

Optimized Capacity: Global Trends and Issues

This report draws upon data collected in the IAEA PRIS database to present a snapshot of the performance of the world’s operating nuclear power reactors as well as a breakdown of the principal causes of capacity loss for the period 2010-2012.

Russian Secondary Supplies

This report examined the need for Russian secondary supplies from the time of the report until 2013 (which was fairly well known) and the continued need for secondary supplies after the HEU deal expired in 2013.

Structuring Nuclear Projects for Success

This report describes the key risks facing those who are looking to build new nuclear plants and then demonstrates that a good structure is essential for project success.

Swaps in the International Fuel Market

Trade in nuclear fuel materials and services takes place between producers and consumers spread across a range of countries worldwide. To carry out such trade efficiently often requires that quantities of nuclear materials are exchanged, or ‘swapped’.