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The ageing materials evaluation and studies (AMES) network was set up to bring together the organizations in Europe that have the main capabilities on reactor pressure vessels (RPV) materials assessment and research, with the following objectives:

- Provide information and understanding on neutron irradiation effects in reactor materials in support of designers, operators, regulators and researchers;
- Establish and execute AMES projects in these subject areas;
- Act as European review group;
- Provide technical support to regulatory bodies, General Directorates of the EC and provide a base for development of common European standards;
- Participation in collaborative programmes with the New Independent States (NIS) and the Central and East European Countries (CEEC);
- Promotion of the integration of national programmes, the validation of techniques, the definition of European Standards and the validation and establishment of safe limits for mitigation measures.

This paper is intended to give updated information about the structure and the objectives of the European Network AMES, to describe the role of the AMES Reference Laboratory, and to give examples of ongoing joint research projects within AMES. in AMES.

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Authors: DAVIES L M, LMD Consultancy, Oxford (GB);CRUTZEN S, JRC Petten (NL);DEBARBERIS L, JRC Petten (NL);VON ESTORFF U, JRC Petten (NL);TJOA G L, ECN, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Fifth International Conference on Material Issues in Design, Manufacturing and Operation, St Petersburg (RU), June 7-14, 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41753 ORA
Record Number: 199811375 / Last updated on: 1998-11-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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