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1st International Conference of Materials, Chemistry and Fitness-For-Service Solutions for Nuclear Systems

May 15, 2019 @ 12:00 am May 17, 2019 @ 12:00 am

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 Date: May 15 – 17, 2019 |  Conference Venue: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre 
                              8500 Warden Avenue
                                       Markham, Ontario L6G 1A5
 Contact: Chantel Megaffin |  Phone: 416.915.3020 x 118 |  Email: chantel@redstoneagency.ca


The focus for the MCFD-2019 Conference is on the approaches used to demonstrate the continued Fitness-for-Service (FFS) of components in Nuclear Power Plants. Ever increasing demands for FFS demonstrations often require innovative and multidisciplinary solutions that involve elements of engineering from: materials, chemistry, stress analysis, thermal-hydraulic analysis, probabilistic assessment methods, examination and inspection approaches, and operational strategies. This is the case for most major nuclear plant systems and components, regardless of reactor type.

Objectives of this conference are:

  • to provide a forum for exchanging views, ideas, and information relating to innovative FFS demonstrations, and
  • to share technical engineering in support of life extension and refurbishment of nuclear plant major components.

The conference will be of interest to representatives from various sectors of the Nuclear Industry including: material and equipment vendors, technical and engineering service providers, utility technical staff, regulators, designers, researchers, students, and academia.

Click here for the Conference Poster.

Call for Papers

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:               March 15, 2019
Author Notification of Acceptance:        Begining March 15, 2019
Full Presentations Due:                           April 30, 2019
Conference:                                             May 15-17 2019

Please click here for technical topics and abstract submission guidelines.

Click here to submit your abstract. 


Note: All fees in CAN$
Note: To register as a CNS member, your membership must be in good standing for 2019)
All prices include HST (#870488889 RT).

Registration Received after
March 30, 2019
CNS Member $975
Non CNS Member $1,075
CNS Retiree Member $360
Full-Time Student (CNS Member*) $310
Conference Cocktail/Banquet $130

 * Are you a student but not a CNS member?  Sign up now for FREE to be eligible for our Full-Time Student pricing! 
Enrollment at a Canadian Institution is required to be eligible.

The CANDU Chemistry Course is complimentary with a full conference registration. If you would like to purchase a ticket to attend ONLY the chemistry course, it is available upon request for $200. Please email chantel@redstoneagency.ca for more information.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:00pm Registration Opens
6:00pm -7:30pm Reception
7:00pm – 9:00pm Course: CANDU & Powerplant Chemistry—Brief Overview
Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:30am – 8:30am Registration & Breakfast
8:30am – 10:00am Opening/Keynote
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 12:15pm Fuel Channels
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 1:40pm Fuel Channels
1:40pm – 3:20pm Probabilistic Methods and Simulations
3:20pm – 3:35pm Break
3:35pm – 5:15pm Balance-of-Plant
6:00pm – 10:00pm Banquet Dinner
Friday, May 17, 2019
8:00am Breakfast
8:30am – 10:10am OPEX, FFS Methodology, Materials Factors and Others
10:10am – 10:25am Break
10:25am – 11:25am OPEX, FFS Methodology, Materials Factors and Others
11:25am – 12:05pm Steam Generators
12:05pm – 12:50pm Lunch
12:50pm – 2:10pm Steam Generators
2:10pm – 2:20pm Closing

Click here for a full listing of presentation titles and abstracts. 

We are honoured to have opening remarks and keynotes presented by:

Mark Knutson

Senior Vice President Nuclear Engineering and Chief Nuclear Engineer
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

Gary Newman

Chief Engineer and Senior Vice President Engineering
Bruce Power L.P.

The keynotes will offer a utility perspective on Fitness for Service to open the technical sessions that start Thursday and continue on Friday.

  • Case studies on responses to FFS issues of heat exchangers, piping, and calandria systems
  • General sessions including papers on FFS methodologies and materials factors
  • Sessions on CANDU fuel channel issues, in particular dimension changes and hydride cracking concerns
  • Presentations exploring several topics affecting steam generator FFS
  • A session looking at CANDU feeder pipes, and especially assessment of dissimilar metal welds
  • Presentations on computer and probabilistic models, and regulatory issues surrounding probabilistic assessments.

Course: CANDU & Powerplant Chemistry—Brief Overview*

We’re pleased to announce that we will offer a CANDU & Powerplant Chemistry course on the evening of 15 May to start the conference. 

Many systems in CANDU nuclear plants are common to other thermal power station designs—steam turbines and related steam and water systems, electrical systems and supplies—but the CANDU design also incorporates unique features: pressure tubes, feeder pipes, moderator, endshield, and annulus gas systems. Twenty-three (23) of these systems have their chemistries monitored as part of either corrosion control and/or reactor control.

Taking a distinctly historical perspective, and sprinkled with interesting anecdotes, the course will concentrate on those systems that have their chemistries controlled to minimise corrosion and extend component life; specifically, those systems that have caused significant expenditure, primarily as a result of corrosion. Along with the actual water chemistry in these systems, you’ll come to understand how chemistry is affected by and, conversely, affects the materials of construction.

A hint at the flavour of the course material:

The boilers, or steam generators, are the dustbin/garbage can of the pressurised water reactor. Not surprisingly, then, these components have resulted in the greatest expenditures to fix and prevent further degradation.

In addition to being the garbage can of the reactor, steam is generated to spin the turbine and generate electricity. This simple act of boiling water causes concentration of impurities which can result in a corrosive environment for tubing. Should the boilers have accumulated deposits there will be amplification of the corrosive environment. What might be surprising is that the degradation is not limited to occurring whilst the boilers are hot!

The course should be of considerable interest to all, from novice engineer to chemistry expert. Come ready to be engaged, informed, and entertained!

This course is complimentary with a full conference registration. If you would like to purchase a ticket to attend ONLY the chemistry course, it is available upon request for $200. Please email chantel@redstoneagency.ca for more information.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of MCFD-2019 is an opportunity to demonstrate your company’s commitment to the nuclear industry and to the goals and objectives of this conference – the engineering, science and technology behind major components of nuclear power plants, and their contribution to operating excellence and long-term life extension.

Sponsorship provides the benefit of increased corporate visibility and recognition among conference participants, and profiles your company as a leader within the industry. There are a wide range of sponsorship items and levels of support available. Click here for more details.

MCFD-2019 Trade Show

Businesses that provide engineering, refurbishment, retrofit and maintenance services to the nuclear industry are encouraged to purchase an exhibit booth space to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase their company’s services to participants. There will be many business development opportunities throughout the conference for networking.

The MCFD-2019 Trade Show involves booth spaces in the Markham Ballroom Foyer. 
Click here for the Trade Show Information package.

Trade Show Booth Package

Each Trade Show booth space includes:

  • One draped booth in blue (with 8 ft-high back drape and 3 ft-high side rails)
  • One 6-ft draped table in blue
  • Two side chairs and waste basket
  • Two full conference registrations
  • Conference Attendee registration list
  • Exhibitor Recognition


$ 2500 for single booth space (plus HST, if applicable)
$ 4500 for double booth space (plus HST, if applicable)

Moe Fadaee
Sponsorships and Exhibits Chair
Email: moe.fadaee@cns-snc.ca 

Our Sponsors:






Location: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre

8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6G 1A5


Mohammadreza Baghbanan, OPG
Conference General Chair
Material, Chemistry and
Fitness-for-service Division Chair

Peter King, Principal, PJKing Consulting Inc.
Conference Technical Program Chair

Daniel Gammage, Manager, Kinectrics 
Conference Treasurer and Advisor

Moe Fadaee, Analyst, Kinectrics
Conference Sponsorship
and Exhibits Chair

Chantel Megaffin
Communications Officer

Orly Wolynetz
Communications Officer



May 15, 2019 @ 12:00 am
May 17, 2019 @ 12:00 am
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