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In 1993 some European organisations under tookjoint efforts in the area of ageing (mainly due to irradiation embrittlement) of nuclear structural materials. The European Ageing Materials Evaluation and Studies Network (AMES) was born. The tasks of manager, secretary, operating agent and reference laboratory of this network were passed to the Institute for Advanced Materials of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre as a neutral laboratory.
Three major projects were considered to be of higher priority for carrying out in a shared resource manner.

The 3 projects are :
- the validation of pressure vessel surveillance practice and mitigation methods;
- the effects of irradiation on water reactors internals;
- the significance of Phosphorus in the embrittlement of steels and welds.

These projects have proceeded at different rates and at different starting times.
In this paper the objectives and the structure of the European Network AMES will be described together with a report on the three major projects. Emphasis will be given to a summary of what has been achieved since the launch of AMES. of AMES.

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Authors: VON ESTORFF U, JRC Petten (NL);CRUTZEN S, JRC Petten (NL);DEBARBERIS L, JRC Petten (NL);DAVIES L M, LMD Consultancy, Oxford (GB);ENGLISH C A, AEA Technology, Harwell Laboratory, Didcot (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 5th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Nice (FR)
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40801 ORA
Record Number: 199711121 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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