Heat and Mass Transfer in Nuclear Safety Applications:
Severe Accident, Environment Contamination
Waste Storage

The International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT), is pleased to announce 

The Heat and Mass Transfer in Nuclear Safety Applications: Severe Accident, Environment Contamination, Waste Storage, HMTNS - 16,

is postponed to a future date. 




In the post-Fukushima context, as well as in the context of global discussion of the future energy resources, the civil nuclear energy is the subject of close evaluations in which safety plays a major role. Indeed, the public pressure about safety and environment issues is stronger than ever. And yet, significant progress has been made on the understanding of severe accident conditions and mitigation, the outcome of large-scale environmental contamination and the problem of nuclear waste disposal.

The main objective of the symposium is to bring together actors involved in Nuclear Safety issues to promote exchanges between researchers from complementary backgrounds. State-of-the-art concepts and results will be presented with a perspective on the Nuclear Safety applications.

Accident prevention and management issues raise numerous challenges involving complex scientific questions. The proposed symposium will be clearly on the scientific edge with topics on multiphysics and multiscale aspects, high thermal and mechanical constraints, inverse methods, etc.



Session 1 : Severe accidents

  • In-vessel corium/debris coolability (hydrogen production, debris bed coolability, in-vessel melt retention)
  • Ex-vessel corium interactions and coolability (coriumconcrete interaction, fuel-coolant interaction, steam explosion)
  • Containment behaviour (Hydrogen risk, mitigation, ...)

Session 2 : Environmental impact

  • Atmospheric dispersion
  • Water dispersion (river, sea, ocean)
  • Underground dispersion
  • Soil contamination
  • Inverse modelling

Session 3 : Waste storage

  • Spent fuel pools (wet storage)
  • Transport and storage casks
  • Long-term storage (dry storage, fractured media, transport properties of tight rocks)



  • Michael Quintard (IMFT)
  • Florian Fichot (IRSN)
  • Won-Pil Baek (KAIST)
  • Sevostian Bechta (KTH)
  • F.-B. Cheung (Penn State Univ.)
  • Peter Croot (NUI Galway)
  • Frédérique Eyrolle-Boyer (IRSN)
  • Brenda Howard (CEH)
  • Christophe Journeau (CEA)
  • Ivo Kljenak (JSI)
  • Olivier Masson (IRSN)
  • Anne Mathieu (IRSN/PRP-CRI/SESUC)
  • Jean-Michel Matray (IRSN)
  • Alex Miassoedov (KIT)
  • Sandro Paci (Univ. Pisa)
  • Pavel Povinec (Comenius Univ. Bratislava)
  • Sébastien Savoye (CEA)
  • Jorg Schafer (Bordeaux Univ.)
  • Bal Raj Sehgal (KTH)
  • Jun Sugimoto (Kyoto Univ.)
  • Keiko Tagami (NIRS)
  • Shinji Ueda (IES)
  • Mikhail Veshchunov (IAEA)
  • Zhihong Zhao (Tsinghua Univ.)


  • F. Fichot (IRSN, France)
  • N. Chikhi (IRSN, France)
  • P. Duru (IMFT, France)


Extended Abstracts:

May 15, 2016 Electronic copies of extended abstracts
June 15, 2016 Notification of acceptance
Full Papers:
July 15, 2016  Electronic copies manuscripts
August 15, 2016  Notification of acceptance
September 15, 2016 Final, camera-ready manuscripts (in pdf and MS Word document)
September 15, 2016 Registration fee to ICHMT Secretariat


August 15, 2016 Electronic copies of 1-page Abstracts
August 30, 2016 Notification of acceptance
September 15, 2016 Final, camera-ready extended abstracts in pdf and doc format (to ICHMT Secretariat)
September 15, 2016 Registration fee (to ICHMT Secretariat)
October 25-28, 2016 HMTNS-16







The Symposium will have both stand-up presentations of contributed papers and poster presentations.

Contributed papers must clearly state the purpose, the findings and the originality of their contribution. Acceptance for oral presentations will be based on the review of these texts. Accepted papers will be published by Begell House, Inc., in a proceedings volume and will be available in the form of flash memory disks to the participants at the registration.

After the conference, authors of contributed papers will have the opportunity to submit an improved/enhanced version of their text, to be considered for publication after going through a new review process.

The Symposium will also include poster sessions to allow the researchers to discuss their most recent works in a relaxed atmosphere. Selection for the poster session will be based on one- page abstracts only. No further text is required for the posters. 

All authors are expected to send their abstracts and contributed papers in camera-ready format (in pdf and as a MS-Word document) electronically. The guidelines for preparing camera-ready papers can be found on the Web pages of the Symposium,


The symposium will take place in Antibes Juan-Les-Pins Congress, Nice, France and further information will be provided soon.


The Executive Committee of ICHMT will be able to offer some financial support to assist scientists and engineers to participate in its symposia. Priority will be given to students and to scientists early in their career from the Developing Countries.

Grants will normally cover the registration fee and not more than 50% of the other costs.

The application form should be downloaded, completed and sent as an email attachment no later than six months before the start of the symposium to:

   Professor Faruk Arinç,
   Secretary General, ICHMT

Applicants must arrange for a statement to be supplied by a senior officer of their Institution (university, laboratory etc.) to confirm that funds are not available from that institution, or from any other source, to support the complete costs of attendance. This statement should indicate the extent to which funds will be available from such sources. It must be sent separately from the application, by the officer of the Institution. It should be sent by fax or airmail, on institution letterhead, directly to

   Professor Faruk Arinç,
   Secretary General, ICHMT
   Mechanical Engineering Department,
   Middle East Technical University
   06800 Ankara, Turkey.
   Fax: +90-312-210 1429

An application cannot be considered if this statement has not been received by the closing date.

Applicants for grants will be informed of the outcome of their applications not later than four months before the start of the symposium.

The grants will be available from the Secretary General or the Symposium Chair at the Symposium, subject to presentation of proof of all costs relating to attendance at the meeting (including copies of all relevant receipts, tickets etc). The grant will not be paid unless full documentation is presented.


For full information about the Symposium, write to Michel Quintard and Florian Fichot (Symposium Co-Chairs) or to Faruk Arinç (Symposium Secretary):


Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Michel Quintard
Address: Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse, 31400 TOULOUSE - France
Tel: +33 534322921

Dr. Florian Fichot
Address: IRSN (Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety),  BP3 - 13115 st Paul lez Durance - France
Tel:+33 442199519


ICHMT Secretary-General

Prof. Faruk Arinç
Mechanical Engineering Department
Middle East Technical University
06800 Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90 312-210-5214 or 5213
Fax: +90 312-210-1429


The International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) is an international, professional, non-governmental, non-profit organization. The general objective of the Centre is to promote and to foster international cooperation in the science of heat and mass transfer and its applications. Its secretariat is located at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (METU).

The first meeting of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) was held in Herceg Novi, Yugoslavia, on September 16, 1968, during the International Seminar on Heat and Mass Transfer in Turbulent Boundary Layers, organized by the Boris Kidric at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Belgrade. This meeting was the culmination of activities initiated by a group of leading scientists in the field from different countries. These activities resulted from a long felt need to create an international organization in the fast growing field of heat and mass transfer. Some of the most prominent names in the field who were involved in the founding and creation of the Centre were: E.A. Brun, E.R.G. Eckert, U. Grigull, J.P. Hartnett, T.F. Irvine, Jr., S.S. Kutateladze, A.V. Luikov, W.M. Rohsenow, D.B. Spalding, and M.A. Styrikovich. The active participation and efforts of D. Velickovic, Z. Zaric and N. Afgan from the Serbian Academy of Sciences and the Boris Kidric Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Belgrade made the founding of the Centre possible.


The leadership and initiatives of Professor Zoran Zaric and later Professor Naim Afgan made the Centre grow and reach maturity over the years and become a well-known organizer of meetings and other activities with high prestige among scientists and researchers in the field of heat and mass transfer. The meetings have served as a means of conveying and transferring scientific knowledge, technical know-how, and cultural values. The Centre's many publications have become among the most sought after collections of scientific literature in the field.


The Secretariat of the Centre remained in Belgrade for almost 24 years and traditionally organized one seminar and one symposium a year, usually in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, until early 1990s when the start of the political turmoil in former Yugoslavia unavoidably hampered the functioning of the Secretariat. The Executive Committee of the Centre started looking for a new home for the Secretariat of the Centre.

Professor Sadik Kakac, a member of the Scientific Council representing Turkey, with the encouragement of Professor Yasuo Mori, the President of ICHMT, and Professor Franz Mayinger, the Chairman of the Executive Committee, contacted Professor Kemal Guruz, Head of TUBITAK (Scientific and Technical Reaserach Council of Turkey), and Professor Suha Sevuk, President of METU (Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey), and urged them to prepare a joint proposal. These efforts took more than a year. In September 1992, the proposals from institutions in seven countries were examined at an Executive Committee meeting in Rome, and it was decided, with a majority vote, that the joint proposal of METU and TUBITAK, could provide the best financial and administrative support to the Centre. Since January 1993, the Centre has restarted its activities in its new home, the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, under the joint auspices of these institutions, METU and TUBITAK.
The Statutes and the By-Laws of the Centre were revised, partly in response to the move to Turkey. At the meetings of the General Assembly and of the Scientific Council in Brighton, England in August, 1994, Professor Faruk Arinç, a faculty member at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of METU, was elected as the new Secretary General of the Centre. He was  re-elected to this office at the succeeding Scientific Council meetings held in every four years during International Heat Tranfer Conferences (IHTC).

The new Secretariat working under the new rules with renewed enthusiasm and support of the Executive Committee as well as the two standing sponsors of the Centre in Turkey, organized highly successful meetings since 1994, and sponsored many others elsewhere. The venues of the meetings in Turkey were chosen to be five-star hotels on the Aegean or Mediterranean coast, providing excellent settings for scientific as well as social gathering of all attendees and spouses. ICHMT also organizes meetings in countries other than Turkey, chaired by prominent researchers in the field.

The traditional activity of ICHMT is organization the International Symposia and Seminars. These meetings have been always met with increasing interest by the scientific, technical and industrial communities. The general scope of the meetings has always been designed with the aim of active promotion of interesting scientific work and achievements at high technical levels.

The Centre has published over 80 Proceedings on various specific aspects of heat and mass transfer. Each proceeding is related to a meeting of the Centre. International participation in the meetings is always a major aim. The total number of participants in the meetings of ICHMT since 1968 has been over 5000, coming from over 60 different countries.

In order to promote the international activities of the Centre and reach as many scientists and researchers as possible in the field, the Centre signed a publication agreement with the publisher, Begell House, Inc., in 1994, since when Begell House has been printing and distributing the scientific work of ICHMT. In addition, the Proceedings of the Biotransport-98, Plasma-99, Turbine-2000 and Vim-2001 symposia were published in the Annals of New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in accordance with a separate agreement signed between the Centre and the Academy. In June 2006, the agreement between ICHMT and Begell House, Inc. was renewed and expanded to include the creation of an ICHMT Digital Library Online (

As emphasized in our Mission Statement, the Centre aims not only to provide attractive meeting occasions for all scientists active in the field, but also to foster international exchange of science and engineering in all branches of heat and mass transfer through the promotion of research, education, and the exchange of personnel. With this purpose of existence in mind, the Centre aims to be a reliable and state-of-the-art source of information in all its publications, and to create the means for generating international synergy, enthusiasm, and motivation among the scientists and researchers that will lead to new ideas, procedures, products, and standards to improve productivity and efficiency and to promote living in a cleaner environment.

The membership in the Centre is open to all non-governmental, non-profit, national and international organizations working in the field of heat and mass transfer. The number of member institutions of the Centre is now over 40 from 30 different countries.

One activity initiated by the Secretariat of the Centre in 1994 was the creation of the ICHMT Home Page on the Internet. This site is constantly updated, and has now grown to a significant size. It is being accessed by scientists all over the world.



Sessions will be organised, consisting in technical presentations followed by a general discussion leading to, as far as possible, conclusions and recommendations. The presentations will focus on modelling rather than code descriptions or applications. For each session, the following items should be discussed:

•Evaluation of the current physical understanding and the current capability to formulate it in usable mathematical models,

•Experimental data available and scaling issues

•Identification of the appropriate level of modeling details, Identification of suitable modeling techniques,

•Evaluation of existing numerical and development methods, Evaluation of the benefits of advanced numerical methods, Validation with experimental data.