“The EQ Services Alliance vision is to
provide a lifetime equipment qualification service that helps ensure Nuclear Site Licensees, NPP Designers, Operators
and their extensive supply chain minimise reliability and operational issues, ensure safety in a cost effective manner and minimise long term complexity of NPP as they enter the latter stage of their life.”
Equipment Qualification (EQ) and Materials Qualification (MQ), are highlighted in the IAEA Safety Reports:
“Qualification is an important design tool whenever safety equipment has to tolerate service conditions that could cause equipment failures."
Drawing on extensive experience of nuclear power plant operations and regulation,
Jacobs has joined forces with Element Materials Technology, Tecnatom and TUV Rheinland to form the EQ Services Alliance.
All four companies have expert capabilities in EQ together with global experience supporting various nuclear licensed sites and NPPs.
Together, we offer a comprehensive and complete EQ service, expert support and advice on materials selection and qualification plans, and testing strategies and programmes - all designed to establish,
preserve and upgrade equipment qualifications.
Equipment Qualification and Materials Qualification –
the keys to safety
Equipment Qualification is typically required for electronic, electrical, electromechanical and mechanical equipment that fulfils a safety function while performing an active role within a system. Materials Qualification (MQ) can help support a qualification such as this or act as a standalone qualification.
“Qualification is an important design tool whenever safety equipment has to tolerate service conditions
that could cause equipment failures.” – IAEA, Safety Reports Series No.3
The International EQ Services Partnership supports the IAEA’s Four Phase of EQ:
Design Processes – materials selection
Establishing EQ – component design
Preserving EQ – maintenance schedule, technical specification for operation
Upgrading EQ – extension of component life through materials testing