“Readible and useful for engineers in nuclear fuel”
JAN ALMBERGER, VATTENFALL FUEL
As responsible for the manufacturing follow-up done by Vattenfall Fuel I have been very pleased with the FFPH (Fuel Fabrication Process Handbook) so far, and it is been used actively within our company. It is a very readable textbook for engineers with a basic interest in nuclear fuel To have it on our computer server gives opportunities for selfstudies.
We have to introduce new people to the area of fabrication follow-up; the most experienced people are soon retiring or needed for other tasks. In our competence-training program we use the FFPH as well as teaching by fuel vendors and hands on training by our experienced specialists. The FFPH has been a valuable tool because it presents the basic background in a systematic and pedagogical manner. The computer interface has been very practical, because it can serve as an online look up dictionary.
We have to perform our manufacturing follow-up in a systematic and logical manner. For this reason we have recently made a detailed walkthrough of our process descriptions and instructions. The FFPH turned out to be a good reference tool because it already provides the basics for systematism with its checklist type of approach. The experienced and knowledgeable authors are our assurance for the quality and completeness of the material. Nevertheless we had many and vivid discussions on what and how we should actually follow up in order to convince ourselves of the flawlessness of the final products.
My only problem so far is that the attractive layout and the well balanced text and figure material means that people like to borrow the book from my desk. But I decided to live with that.