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Technical Center: Innovations for the future

In its Technical Center in Erlangen and Karlstein am Main Framatome Germany operates own research and test facilities which are often unique in the world. The experts working there develop, for example, methods and tools for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of nuclear power plants. Or they qualify components for use in nuclear power plants and other installations. But they also give support regarding everyday issues in industry and power plant technology – by offering a wide range of services to solve problems.

Thermohydraulics, component tests

At our sites in Erlangen and Karlstein am Main we operate unique large-scale testing facilities to investigate questions on behalf of customers from power plant engineering and industry:

  • Thermal and fluid engineering
  • Qualification and service
  • Thermo-hydraulic behavior of pressurized water reactor plants under accident conditions (primary system testing facility, PKL).

Electrical and I&C technology qualification

With our expertise in safety control technology, we provide customers with advice and assistance in every phase of their qualification projects. Or carry qualification projects out on the customer's behalf.

Materials, corrosion, welding

  • Materials testing
  • Corrosion
  • Metallography
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Failure analysis and materials engineering.

Radiochemical Laboratory

  • Radiochemistry, chemical analytics
  • Post radiation analyses in “hot” cells
  • Radiation measuring technology
  • Radiation protection.
Products and Services

Components qualification for the safe operation of nuclear power plants


AREVA’s Thermo-hydraulic Platform qualified as test and inspection body