May 15-17, 2019
Toronto/Markham, Canada

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 Date: May 15 - 17, 2019 |  Conference Venue: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre 

 Contact: Chantel Megaffin |  Phone: 416.915.3020 x 118 |  Email:


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.

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Call for Papers - Now Open!

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

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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).

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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 conference program is preliminary at this time. A more detailed program will be available closer to the date of the conference.

Date Time Program
Wednesday May 15th: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Registration & Reception (evening); CANDU Plant Chemistry Course
Thursday May 16th: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Technical Sessions (morning & afternoon); Banquet (evening) 

Student Poster Session
Friday May 17th: 8:00a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Technical Sessions (morning), closing of conference (afternoon)


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.

CANDU Plant Chemistry Course

We're pleased to announce that we will offer a CANDU Plant 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!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Moe Fadaee
Sponsorships and Exhibits Chair
Phone: (1)-647-909-0816

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Location: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre

8500 Warden Ave, Markham, ON L6G 1A5




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To reserve your stay, please book online or contact the Hilton Hotel directly at 905-470-8500 or toll-free at 1-800-593-9223. (Please request the CNS 2019 Conference room block to facilitate your booking). 

CUT-OFF DATE: April 21, 2019

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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