2019 EQ Technical Meeting (21093-217)

Call for Papers
2019 Equipment Qualification Technical Meeting

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Clearwater Beach, FL
November 13 - 15, 2019

Sponsored by
Curtiss-Wright, Nuclear Division, Scientech
NUGEQ (Nuclear Utility Group on Equipment Qualification)

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Curtiss-Wright and NUGEQ are jointly sponsoring a technical meeting on nuclear power plant equipment qualification (EQ). The purpose of the meeting is to promote the interface of organizations involved in nuclear industry EQ efforts. Managers and engineers in attendance represent US and international utilities, regulators, manufacturers, national laboratories, commercial test laboratories, and consultants.



There is no registration fee for personnel from utilities that are members of EQ PowerSuite™ or NUGEQ. There is a $1,295 fee for non-member participants. 

There will be an Optional two-day training held Monday and Tuesday.  Topic and Price TBD.


Preliminary Agenda


The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 13 through Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. A coordinated schedule of events will be published in advance of the meeting. A preliminary schedule of events is provided below. Presentations will be integrated into the appropriate Technical Sessions and open to all attendees.


November 11-12
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm

Training (Optional)

Subject: TBD


November 12
Tuesday 3:00am-12:00pm


EQMS Users Group Meeting (Optional)

(Please return to this site for more information as it comes available)


November 13

Wednesday 8:30am-12:00pm


Industry EQ Initiatives

EQ Technical Topics

EQ Program Topics


November 14
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm


NUGEQ Fall Meeting

Regulatory Developments

Utility Interactions – Plant Topics


November 15
Friday 8:30am-12:00pm

Utility Interactions – EQ Program Performance Utility Interactions – Plant Topics (Continued)



Call for Papers


Abstracts regarding other topics related to Environmental and Seismic Qualification are welcome and will also be considered.  Industry personnel interested in contributing to the technical sessions should submit a presentation abstract of not more than 400 words no later than COB, Friday, August 23, 2019 to: Rick Weinacht rweinacht@curtisswright.com.   Presentations will be selected based on the subject matter as provided in the abstract and relevance to the broad topics below. 

  • Design Bases Assurance (Programs) Inspections (IP 71111.21N)

    • Unresolved Items (URI) Resolution

    • Lessons Learned

    • Sustainability& Improvement Initiatives

    • Vendor Inspection Impact

    • Regulatory Initiatives & Updates

  • Alternative Treatments for EQ Equipment under 10CFR50.69*

  • Plant Specific EQ Issues & Challenges *

  • EQ Test Lab Inputs on New Equipment Qualification, Current Challenges and Improvements on Thermal Aging Methods *

  • Plant O&E Responses*

  • Development New EQ Equipment or Materials of Interest*

  • New Regulatory Issues and the Impact on EQ Programs and EQ Management*

  • New Plant EQ Parameters, EQ Equipment, and Qualification Topics*

  • Vendor presentations of equipment designed for new plants and severe/BDE accidents*

  • Solutions for Obsolescence Issues/Components*

  • Qualification of Mechanical Equipment*

  • Equipment Reliability/Failure Rates During Normal 40-Year Life Span*

  • Aging Management Research and Practical Applications*

  • EQ Involvement with Beyond Design Basis Events (i.e., Fukushima Mods affecting design basis)

  • Utility Experience and Lessons Learned from Self-Assessments

  • Update on new plant construction (US and/or international)

  • Industry Standards Revisions Impacting EQ

  • Industry Activities Related to Equipment Procurement and Obsolescence

  • Equipment Condition Monitoring – Costs and Benefits

  • Temperature/Radiation Monitoring – Costs and Benefits

  • Implementation of IAEA EQ Program Guidance

  • Utility experience with EQ and Licensing of Digital Systems and Equipment

  • EQ Program Upgrade; Cost Reduction; Scope Reduction

  • EQ Program Health Monitoring – Methods, Benefits and Pitfalls

  • EQ Cost Savings Initiatives

  • Power Uprate Impact on EQ Programs

  • Seismic Qualification Technical and Regulatory Topics

*Topics with high interest level.

Technical Contacts

Rick Weinacht


Nuclear Division, Scientech
29399 US Hwy 19 N, Ste 320

Clearwater, FL 33761

Phone: (727) 669-3074

Fax: (727) 669-3100

E-mail: rweinacht@curtisswright.com

Bill Horin

Winston & Strawn, LLP

1700 K Street NW,

Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 282-5737

Fax: (202) 282-5100


Past EQ Technical Meeting participants include:


AES, Nuclear, Inc.


American Electric Power

Ametek Solidstate Controls

Analysis& Measurement Services Corporation

Applied Energy Services

Arexis Group

Arexis Canada Inc.

Arizona Public Service Co.

Assurance Technical Services

ATC Nuclear

Atlantic Nuclear Services, Ltd.

Atomic Energy Council, Exe. Yuan

Atomic Energy of Cananda Limited

AZZ Nuclear

Barton Instruments


Brookhaven National Lab

Bruce Power

CableLAN Products, Inc.

Cameron Measurement Systems

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


CNSC Canadian Nuclear Safety


CANDU Owners Group

Chubu Electric (Japan)

Clark Testing

Comisión Federal de Electricidad

Conax Technologies

Constellation Energy

Contech Inc.

Curtiss-Wright Nuclear Division

Dessau (Canada)

DiBenedetto Associates

Dominion Nuclear

DP Engineering Ltd. Company

DTE Energy

Duke Energy Corporation

Dupill Group

EDF Energy

Electric Power Research Institute

Eletronuclear - Angra (Brazil)

Emerson Rosemouont Nuclear Instruments, Inc.

  • ASCO Numatics
  • ASCO Valve
  • Fisher Controls, LLC
  • Rosemount Nuclear Instruments
  • TopWorx

ENERCON Servuces, Inc.

Energy Northwest

Engineered Solutions Group

Entergy Nuclear Operations

EPM, Inc.

Eugen Seitz AG

Exelon Corporation

Fauske & Associates

FirstEnergy Nuclear

Forsmarks Kraftgrupp AB,

Framatome, Inc.


FPL Energy

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

General Cable Corporation



Habia Cable AB

Hanna Cylinders

Henry Controls, Inc. (Canada)

Hydro Québec (Canada)


Iepson Consulting Enterprises

Institute of Nuclear Energy Reseach Atomic Energy Council. R.O.C.

Institute of Nuclear Power Ops


Japan Atomic Power Company

Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Org.

Japan Nuclear Safety Institute

Japan NUS Company, LTD.

Kansai Electric Power Co.

Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG


Kinectrics, Inc. (US & Canada)

Kiran Consultants, Inc. (KCI)

Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO)

  • Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP)

Korea Foundation of Nuclear Safety

Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials

Korea Power Engineering Co.

Lakeside Process Controls

Limitorque Corporation


Mirion Technology (IST)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan)

MVM Paks II Nuclear Power Plant Development Ltd.


National Inst. of Nuclear Research (Mexico)

National Technical Systems

NB Power (Canada)

Nebraska Public Power Dist.

NEQ Consulting

NexTech Materials, Ltd.

NextEra Energy

NKW, Inc.

Nuclear AMRC

Nuclear Energy Institute

Nuclear Engineering, Ltd. (NEL)

Nuclear Logistics, Inc.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nuclear Research Inst. Rez
(Czech Rep.)

Nuklearna Elektrarna Krško (Slovenia)

NuScale Power, LLC

Nutherm International

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Omaha Public Power District

Ontario Power Generation

Pacific Gas& Electric

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

PBMR (Pty.) Ltd. (S. Africa)

Phoenix Contact

PPL Susquehanna LLC

Progress Energy

PSEG Nuclear LLC

Public Service Electric & Gas

Rad Consultant

RCM Technologies

Red Wolf Associates

Ringhals AB

Rizzo Associates Czech


Rotork Controls

RSCC Wire & Cable LLC

Sandia National Laboratories

Sargent& Lundy Engineers


Schultz Electric Company

SCI Technology, Inc.

Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration

Soldan America

South Carolina Electric & Gas

Southern California Edison

Southern Nuclear Oper. Co.

SNN-SA Cernavoda (Romania)

Sporian Microsystems

Steel City Nuclear

Stevenson& Associates
(Czech Rep.)

Stone & Webster Engineering

STP Nuclear Operating Co.

Strategic Technologies & Resource

Structural Integrity Associates

Talen Energy

TE Connectivity Energy/Raychem

Teollisuuden Voima Oy (Finland)

Tenera Environmental

Tennessee Valley Authority

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Japan)

Tractebel Energy Engineering

United Controls International

Ultra Electronics, NSPI

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Valcor Engineering

Vattenfall AB (Sweden)

Vectra Technologies

Wardrop Engineering (Canada)

Washington Laboratories, LTD.

Weed Instrument Company

Westinghouse Electric Co.

Winston& Strawn

Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp.

Worley/Parsons Group, Inc.

Xcel Energy