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Address new challenges and technological needs, objective of the ninth annual meeting between Ensa and UC

Engineering design, environment and waste management or Technology 4.0 are some of the issues addressed in the joint session between Ensa technicians and UC researchers

 Santander, June 12, 2019.- Exploring new collaboration opportunities in order to address different technological challenges and needs is the objective of the ninth annual meeting held this morning between the University of Cantabria and Equipos Nucleares, S.A., S.M.E. at the company’s facilities in Maliaño.

Each year a conference is organized with the participation of more than twenty researchers and technicians who highlight the potential areas of collaboration in different areas of knowledge, related to economic and business issues; design engineering; environment and waste management; projects with manufacturing; o Technology 4.0, among others.

Ensa’s Project director, Miguel Ángel Andérez, expressed his interest in “continuing to celebrate these joint days in which we intend to continue the collaborations that have been maintained over the years.” He also highlighted the importance of “making known the work that the company does to the university and what the university can contribute to the company.”

The rector of the UC, Angel Pazos Carro, described as “a privileged” the relationship between the UC and Ensa at the time of “exchange knowledge, develop applied projects, as well as to take advantage of the possibilities in both research and training.” For the rector, the meeting held today is on the way of “putting knowledge at the service of Ensa and at the same time, that Ensa can transmit its application needs to the university” and therefore, it is an “example of what that it has to be the transfer of knowledge technology between university and company”, he said.

For his part, the vice rector of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Javier Léon, pointed the close collaboration between UC and Ensa that serves to “put Ensa technicians in contact with UC researchers and meet their needs”.

Ensa participated in the Meeting with the Talent hosted by the ETS of Industrial Engineers and Telecommunication of the UC

Maliaño, March 20th 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the third edition of the Meeting with the Talent hosted by the ETS of Industrial Engineers and Telecommunication of the Cantabrian University .

The aim of this event was brought the student near to the companies, to put them in touch with the labor market. The most important companies in the region participated in it. Ensa was one of them together with its subsidiary, Enwesa. There, the student have the chance to know their products, services and activity and also to provide them the delivery of their resume to possible work practices.

For the state company established at Maliaño this meetings are very productive because improve the approach of companies with the talent of the students and offer the opportunity to find different profiles that fit what it needs.

Ensa received students of the intermediate level of Mechanid of Salesianos school

Maliaño, February the 26fst of 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E  received the visit of the second-year students of the intermediate level of Machined of Salesianos school at Santander.

The group was welcomed with a presentation of the company where the main products designed and manufactured and the services offered to the nuclear industry were shown.

The visit continued in the Advanced Technology Centre where they observed, among others, tensile tests and impact tests with Charpy pendulum.

The meeting finished in the factory where they could see the main components and products in differents stages of manufacturing. Also the group observed the operation of specific machines such as grinding machines, boring machines, broaching machine and the vertical lathe and it was explained to them the work carried out in the clean area.

Ensa has done a new vibration test in the Ascó nuclear power plant

Maliaño, February the 21fst of 2019.- The Automatic department of the Advanced Technology Centre of Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has made a new test of vibrations in Ascó nuclear power plant in Tarragona to verify the correct state of the reactor coolant pumps.

As a part of the framework contract that the state company with head office/headquarters in Maliaño has signed with Westinghouse for the nuclear power plants of the National Association Ascó- Vandellós group it has been made the vibration measurements of the reactor coolant pumps during the beginning of plant cycle.

With these measures it was verified the correct state of the pumps after the servicing realized during the refuelling outage and also the needed calculations were made in anticipation of a scenery where balancing is necessary. The works were developed during the pressure and temperature rise of the plant until reaching nominal values.

Ensa finished successfully the test developed with the mockup of its ENUN 32P cask by the German Institute B.A.M

Maliaño, February 7th 2019. – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has finished successfully all the activities in the 1/3 mockup of its ENUN 32P cask at the facilities of the German Institute B.A.M with the American laboratories of SANDIA and PNNL.

Two drop tests were performed from 30 cm height, in horizontal position with different orientations of its basket, on non-deformable surface that show the postulated scenarios  according to normal conditions of transport, at the regulation transport of radioactive material.

The cask was instrumented with 51 accelerometers located in the body of the cask, in the basket, at 11 of the fuel elements and also at the contact surface in the floor. SANDIA laboratories are in charge of the post-processing of the results, and PNNL of the modelling of the system through two elements finite codes.

The project is part of a series of tests and simulations that the state company located in Maliaño, SANDIA and PNNL have been carrying out for many years, to study in detail the behavior of spent fuel assemblies during postulated mechanical processes in the transport regulation of radioactive material for standard conditions and hypothetical accident conditions.