Concrete issue in Doel and Tihange considered as an “anomaly”Friday, 12 October 2018 13:41
During its scheduled stoppage this month, concrete damage was observed at the level of the bunker ceiling of the reactor Doel 3. Similar damage has been observed in the reactors with the same bunker concept: Tihange 3, Doel 4 and Tihange 2. The agency mentions that the damage is requiring significant repair of the concrete on the roofs of these bunkers.
The concrete damage is linked to the specific function of part of these bunkers. Some facilities have had significant vapour release. The vapour exposes the concrete to warm and humid conditions, which in the end has led to the damage.
The cleaning of the damaged areas has also caused the appearance at Tihange 2 and 3 of anomalies as regards positioning of the concrete armatures of the framework of the bunker, present since the construction of the building.
These buildings house fail-safe systems. So that the operation of these systems is guaranteed at all times, the building must be able to resist external events. The AFCN concludes the scale of the damage and anomalies call into question the resistance of these buildings when faced with an outside accident, such as an aeroplane coming down.
The Brussels Times
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