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Several institutions and electrical utilities in Europe have the capability to deal with several of the problems posed by the operation and ageing of structural components and with their structural integrity assessment. These institutions have developed cooperative programmes now organised in networks. They include utilities, engineering companies, R and D laboratories and regulatory bodies. Networks are organized and managed like the successful Programme for the Inspection of Steel Components (PISC). The Institute for Advanced Materials of the JRC plays the role of operating agent and manager of these networks, each of them dealing with a specific aspect of fitness for purpose of materials in ageing structural components.

The Ageing Materials Evaluation and Studies network (AMES) has presently 3 major projects in development, of which the first one is dealing with the validation of surveillance practice and mitigation methods. It is subdivided in several task groups of which one is devoted to small specimen test techniques. This paper is intended to give information about the structure and the objectives of the existing European AMES network. .

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Authors: VON ESTORIFF U, JRC Petten (NL);AHLSTRAND R, Imatran Voima OY International (FI);DAVIES M, LMD Consultant, Oxford (GB);ENGLISH C, AEA Technology, Harwell Laboratory, Didcot, Oxon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ASTM - Symposium on Small Specimen Test Techniques, New Orleans (US)
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40793 ORA
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