AN EXAMPLE OF EUROPEAN COLLABORATION - THE EUROPEAN ACCIDENT CODE AND ITS BENEFITS FROM THE COMPARATIVE EXERCISES OF THE WHOLE-CORE ACCIDENT CODES GROUP
In the field of fast breeder reactors the Commission of the European Communities is conducting coordination and harmonisation activities as well as its own research at the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The development of the European Accident Code (EAC) is a typical example of a concerted action among EC Member States performed under the leadership of the JRC. The purpose of this paper is to give an example of a joint European activity, namely the development of the EAC code. All the EC Member States who had a LMFBR programme contributed to this venture, and also the USA (DOE and NRC) who provided EPIC and participated in the comparative calculations. It was proved that the modular structure of EAC allows modules developed by other research organisations to be incorporated relatively easily. The results obtained in the frame of the comparative exercise showed the well-advanced state of the code. The EAC code is being further improved particularly by including the TRANS-URANUS (JRC-TUI) and MDYN (JRC-Ispra) modules, for fuel behaviour and out-of-pin fuel motion respectively. In its final version the code should be attractive to the Member States for safety analyses and particularly for the execution of residual risk assessments. Due to its rather sophisticated modelling, the code could also be used to validate simpler codes.
Bibliographic Reference: ANSENS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAST BREEDER REACTOR SYSTEMS: EXPERIENCE GAINED AND PATH TO ECONOMICAL POWER GENERATION, RICHLAND, WASHINGTON (USA), SEPT. 13- 17,1987 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 33485 ORA
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