26th Int. Conf. on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT 26)
August 8, 2021 - August 13, 2021
Energy production and consumption account for about two-thirds of today’s greenhouse gas emissions with the global energy mix still based on fossil fuels. Nuclear power presents an excellent technology to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel-powered energy sources without compromising access to reliable and sustainable energy supplies. In advanced economies, it provides a good share of the electricity supply and is the largest low-carbon source of electricity. Nuclear will undoubtedly form an essential part of the world’s future energy mix and its clean energy transition.
Over the course of the last years, many developments have taken place throughout the nuclear industry and the nuclear community. Some countries have enlarged their nuclear share in power production, Japan is restarting its nuclear fleet, and other countries are joining the nuclear community by starting nuclear New Build programmes or by implementing nuclear programmes from scratch. On the other hand, there are countries that continue their skeptical view on nuclear energy. We do see nuclear plants being shut down due to political, social, economic reasons or because they reach their end of lifetime. Thus, decommissioning of retired plants and waste management is becoming more and more a subject of interest in many countries. Nevertheless, common to everyone always was and permanently is the necessity for safety in all doings and the knowledge transfer from the “Greybeards” to “Newcomers” in the nuclear business. To share the worldwide lessons learned and provide a platform for the exchange on new developments in the enhancement of safety, the nuclear community has for a long time organised international conferences all around the world.
In 1971, Thomas Jaeger organised the first conference on “Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology” (SMiRT) in Berlin. With that, he initiated a biannual series of conferences, which alternately convene in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Today SMiRT is the premium conference series bringing together nuclear industry and academic researchers to mark the advances in understanding and development of engineering solutions for the entire nuclear cycle – from material science, plant design and construction issues, through safe operation, reliability, risk, margins and life extension, to decommissioning and waste disposal.
- Deadline for abstract submission: 30 November 2020
- Notification of abstract acceptance: end of February 2021