Call for papers

Regarding your presentation onsite

Preparation of the Presentation slides

  • The timing and length of your presentation has already been confirmed: Please refer to the technical program on the website.
  • Oral presentation in normal sessions: 20 min. (15min. presentation+5 min. Q&A)
  • If you are using Microsoft PowerPoint, then the PPT slide is recommended to be sized in 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • If you are using Keynote Presentation, the slide is recommended to be sized in 1280 x 720 dimensions.
  • There are no specifications about the design of presentation files.

On the day of the session

  • Please tell your attendance to the session chair.
  • As a presenter, you are asked to use your own laptop for your presentation. Therefore, all presenters are asked to come up to the session rooms prior to their presentation, either during the breaks or in the morning before start of the session to make sure that the connection runs smoothly.
  • A projector with HDMI cable is prepared in the session room. When your PC has no HDMI interface, please prepare a HDMI connection adapter by yourself.
  • Presentations can be provided by a single presenter only. Group presentations are not allowed.
  • All presentations have to be held in English. The conference does not provide simultaneous translation.
  • In the event you will not be able to use your computer for the presentation, please contact the Secretariat in advance by e-mail ( to make alternate arrangements.
  • Presenters are requested to bring a file of their presentations on a flash drive as a backup.
  • Each session room is equipped with a podium and microphone. A laser pointer will be provided as well.

Instruction for the Chair

General instructions

  • Allocated time for each presentation for ordinal sessions: 20 min. (15min. presentation+5 min. Q&A)
  • Allocated time for each presentation for special sessions: individually specified.
    • The time limit should be strictly adhered to. If the presenter exceeds the time of the presentation, please interrupt the presentation and request to end the presentation.
    • Please use the microphone when speaking.
    • Please record on the program list if the presenters did show up or not and report to secretary. This information is important for the organizers to know if all presenters have presented or not.
    • Report by the google forms ( or E-mail to secretary after the session.
    • A projector with HDMI cable is prepared in the session room. Presenters will bring their own PCs.
    • A venue staff will be in the room to respond to technical issues. Please notify the staff to call for help in case presenters face problems to connect their PCs to the screen.
  • If you find that you are unable to attend the conference, please notify the secretary as soon as possible.

Before the conference

  • Please confirm the list of presentations and papers for your session. You can access the papers on the website, which is notified to registered individuals via other email on Feb./22.

Before the session

  • If the chair or co-chair is absent, you can proceed with the session in the absence. Please report the attendance via the google forms after the session.
  • Communicate with co-chair before the session (e.g., during the coffee break, morning before session) .
  • Make sure that the presenters are seated in the session room.
  • When you start the session, please announce the following:
    • Introduce the theme of the session.
    • Notify the presenters that they should keep the allocated time when presenting and that they may be interrupted if they exceed the allocated time.

Before each presentation

  • Please announce the presenter and the presentation title.
  • In case the presenter does not show up, the presentation will be skipped. In this case, please take a break time to spend the time of the presentation (please do NOT move the time table forward).

After each presentation

  • Take questions from the audience.
  • Please keep the time even there are plenty of questions!

After the session

  • Please announce the end of the session. If possible, announce the starting time of the next session of the program.


You are invited to submit abstracts in accordance with the following guidelines.

  • Authors may register for no more than three papers.
  • English being the conference language, the contributions must be submitted in English.
  • 20 minutes oral presentation is requested for each submission.
  • All contributions must be submitted online at: www.SMiRT by March 15, 2023 March 31, 2023. Please submit a short summary (50-250 words) and abstract according to the template (max. 2 pages).
  • Please use the prespecified template to upload your abstract.
  • Authors will be informed about the acceptance of their contributions in July 2023.
  • Authors who have received the acceptance notification on June 30 by e-mail, are asked to submit a full paper through the submission system.
  • The full paper submission portal opens in September 2023. Authors will receive a notification by e-mail once the submission portal has opened.
  • Please use the prespecified template to upload your full paper.
  • When submitting the full paper, the same title should be used as of the accepted abstract,
  • Authors whose abstract was accepted must register and pay the registration fee to submit the full paper no later than November 30, 2023. December 31, 2023.
  • The registration for presenting authors is binding.
  • The full paper must be received as an electronic file (formatted according to the provided template) by November 30, 2023. December 31, 2023.
  • Please recognize that there will be no further extension of the deadline.
  • The web system automatically closes the menu of paper submission.
Full Paper Submission has been closed.
Thank you for your submission.


  • Deadline for full paper submission: November 30, 2023 December 31, 2023
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: December 31, 2023
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 9, 2024


Division 1

Mechanics of Materials
  • Properties of metallic and non-metallic materials (such as concrete, graphite, high-density polyethylene, rubber, plastics), and their constitutive laws for behavior under monotonic, cyclic and dynamic loadings
  • Experimental and analytical methods to characterize nonlinear behavior of isotropic and anisotropic materials
  • Degradation mechanisms including effects of thermal cycling, aging, embrittlement, welding, stress corrosion, fatigue, creep, cavitation, and interactions
  • Fuel and clad materials
  • Nano materials for next generation reactors and associated facilities

Division 2

Fracture Mechanics and Structural Integrity
  • Experimental and theoretical results on brittle and ductile fracture of metallic, non-metallic and concrete materials
  • Cracks in welds and crack propagation by creep or fatigue
  • Local approach of fracture mechanics and dynamic fracture
  • Fatigue and creep issues including thermal and environmental effects
  • Assessment of steel components (reactor vessels, piping systems, etc.)
  • Leak-before-break assessment/break exclusion
  • Crack arrest, residual stress, probabilistic damage evaluation and fuel integrity

Division 3

Computation, Simulation and Visualization
  • Computational methods for linear and nonlinear analysis including:
    • Simulation of inelasticity, material damage, large deformations, and large displacement
    • Simulation of impact, seismic soil-structure interaction, creep damage, vibrations, and blast
    • Simulation of turbulence, fluid dynamics, flow-induced vibrations, thermal hydromechanics, and fluid-structure interaction
  • Computer-aided engineering and information technology
  • Computer software and control of errors
  • Verification and validation
  • Application of multi-scale material modelling

Division 4

External, Internal Hazards and Load Characterization
  • Probabilistic and deterministic definition and consideration of uncertainties of design and beyond-design loads for critical facilities caused by:
    • normal operations, operational occurrences, accidental events and severe accidents;
    • earthquakes, tornadoes, high winds, floods, fire, hydrodynamic loads, blast, temperature and environmental effects, (hydrogen/vapor deflagration/detonation, steam generator tube rupture, reactor activity flooding, etc.);
    • aircraft impact, missile impact, impulsive loads, flow-induced vibrations

Division 5

Modelling, Testing & Response Analysis of Structures, Systems and Components
  • Modelling and response analysis of structures (including foundations), systems, lifelines and components subjected to extreme loads
    General approaches or methodologies which cover wide range of applications
  • The use of implicit and explicit approaches for solution of numerical simulations - needs and limitations
  • Reduced scale and large-scale structural testing

Division 6

Design Issues, Codes and Standards
  • Addressing Design Margins in current codes & standards
  • Acceptance criteria for Operational States (Normal Operation and Anticipated Operational Occurrences) and Accident Conditions (Design Basis Accidents and Design Extension Conditions)
  • Design Codes & Standards and Regulatory documents
  • Design code harmonization
  • The use of code design criteria in FE analysis and design software chain

Division 7

Safety, Reliability, Risk and Safety Margins
  • Reliability of structures, systems and components
  • Application of probabilistic methods to improve design, operation and safety of complex systems
  • Probabilistic safety assessment (PSA) for internal and external events
  • PSA and margin studies
  • Development of risk-informed approaches and risk-based regulations, codes and standards
  • Human factors engineering
  • Failure mode analysis
  • Assessments for severe accidents, severe accident management, means to address epistemic uncertainties in developing robust severe accident management guidance, phenomenology of core degradation and progression of core damage from initial fuel degradation to core-concrete interaction

Division 8

Issues Related to Operation, Inspection and Maintenance
  • Life cycle management including inspection, instrumentation, online monitoring and diagnostic, maintenance, repair and replacement
  • Life and service prediction, reliability, availability, deterministic and probabilistic integrity risk assessment
  • Utility and regulatory perspectives on periodic safety reviews, license renewal, safety and economic issues
  • Non-destructive examination (NDE) methods and techniques for structural integrity assessments, reliability and validation of NDE methodologies, and NDE training
  • Operational feedback and lessons learned
  • Guidelines, code and standards related to operation, inspection and maintenance
  • Ageing Management, Long Term Operation
  • Obsolescence Management

Division 9

Fuel Cycle Facilities, Waste Management and Decommissioning
  • Siting, design and construction of fuel cycle facilities including fuel storage, fuel racks and dry storage
  • Evaluation of existing facilities by risk-informed and performance-based considerations and probabilistic safety assessment
  • Issues related to long-term and short-term waste storage and transportation
  • Deep Geological Repositories (DGRs), interim storage facilities
  • Innovative concepts for interim storage and disposal of radioactive waste
  • Fuel cask design and handling
  • Decommissioning, technical solutions, optimization, transition from operation to decommission, regulatory challenges and opportunities

Division 10

Advanced and Small Modular Reactors
  • Siting, design and construction programs for small modular reactors including research reactors, advanced, generation IV and fusion reactors
  • Performance and behavior of components in high-temperature environment and thermal hydromechanics
  • Design governing accidents and design criteria for small modular reactors including research reactors, advanced, generation IV and fusion reactors
  • Regulatory framework, safety research and development and adequacy of codes and standards
  • Passive safety features

Division 11

Construction Management, Cost, Scheduling and Insurance
  • Manufacturing and construction of fuel and core structure, pressure vessel; steel and concrete containment structures; other concrete structures (storage, processing, etc.); piping and major components
  • Capacity, ductility, redundancy and quality considerations
  • Construction management
  • Quality assurance and supplier oversight
  • Construction cost and schedule
  • Insurance aspects
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Division 12

New Technologies (Additive Manufacturing, AI, Digital Twin, etc.)
  • Additive manufacturing and technologies
  • Artificial intelligence and deep learning
  • Digital twin
  • Digital transformation
  • Natural language processing