Structural Analysis and Dynamics

MEthods and Tools Innovations for Seismic risk assessment

The major goal of METIS project is to propose innovations in tools and methodologies for seismic safety assessment of reactors and to develop a new state of the art, in particular by supporting technology transfer from the research community to the industry. It aims at developing common guidelines for seismic safety assessment at the European level, in line with international practice and consensus, so as to provide a new set of state-of-the-art approaches, promoting good practices for conducting seismic PSAs. The outcome then allows for risk-informed decision-making in the European context. In consequence, given the concurrent occurrence of new safety requirements following the Fukushima accident and scientific advancement in the field of earthquake engineering, METIS will help to optimise the use of existing and future reactors and will contribute to competiveness of the European nuclear industry.

The advanced tools and methodologies developed by METIS will be made available to a wider community thanks to the capitalisation in modern high-performance open source tools as OpenQuake, code_aster/ salome_meca, OpenSees, and SCRAM.
METIS is an EU-funded 4-year project under the Horizon 2020 EURATOM Programme for Research and Innovation having a total budget of €5 million, of which €4 million is funded from the European Commission.
The project will be delivered by an international consortium gathering 13 European partners from France, Germany, Italy, Greece, UK, Ukraine and Slovenia alongside with 3 organisations from US and Japan.  
The consortium brings together universities, research organisations and industrials so as to create an ideal ecosystem for research, development, and its dissemination and application by end users.

List of project partners:

•    Electricté de France
•    EDF R&D UK Centre
•    Limited Liability Company Energorisk
•    Fondazione GEM
•    GeoForschungsZentrum
•    Institut de Radioprotection et de  Sûreté Nucléaire
•    University School for Advanced Studies Pavia
•    LGI
•    National Technical University of Athens
•    Géodynamique et Structures
•    State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety
•    Technical University of Kaiserslautern
•    University of Ljubljana
•    Geotechnical Research Institute
•    North Carolina State University
•    Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

The Institute of Structural Analysis and Dynamics of TUK will lead WP 6 and contribute to WPs 2-3 and 7, offering training, dissemination and research in seismic hazard, fragility (including seismic margin assessment/best estimate plus uncertainty) and risk assessment of structural and nonstructural components of power-plants via vector intensity measures. We will coordinate WP 6, develop multi-dimensional (vector-based) fragility evaluation methods, develop efficient uncertainty propagation approaches for holistic performance assessment and develop simplified approaches and practical guidelines to be used for seismic margin assessment, best estimate plus uncertaintyand fragility evaluation.

Contact Person

Konstantin Goldschmidt

Technical University of Kaiserslautern

Mail: konstantin.goldschmidt(at)

Tel.: +49 631 205-2932

H2020 EURATOM Programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) In addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.
EURATOM aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, notably to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way.
By contributing to these objectives, the Euratom Programme will reinforce outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº945121. The content in this presentation reflects only the author(s)’s views. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.














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