SCIP is dedicated to experimental research on nuclear fuel and cladding with focus on the performance in reactor operation, in transients, under accident conditions and during long-term storage.
The Studsvik Cladding Integrity Project SCIP (Studsvik Cladding Integrity Program), is an international OECD/NEA project that started in 2004 operated by Studsvik.
The project is being run in five-year phases with the participation of 40 organizations from 15 different countries with participants from Europe, Japan, the US, China and Korea. The participants represent four categories; those who supply and manufacture the fuel, the power companies themselves, regulators and laboratories with similar assignments to Studsvik’s.
The project is funded by the members under a common agreement, and the project is controlled by a management board (MB), composed of one representative from each signatory member. The project review group (PRG) convenes twice per year to hear presentations on the current progress and to have open discussions and oversee the plans going forward.
Within the project, Studsvik conducts advanced experiments on irradiated nuclear fuel in our laboratories. Most of the test rigs have been customized to meet the requirement specifications of project members. The experiments simulate for example nuclear fuel accidents and storage conditions which, together with advanced microscopy and other characterization technologies, provide the nuclear industry with important reference data for modelling of fuel behavior and decision support to regulatory bodies.
The current five-year phase, SCIP IV, is ongoing to 2024 and the planning for the next phase SCIP V has started. Current and potential members are all welcome to contact Studsvik for further information and details.