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Abstract

With the aim of co-ordinating a common strategy to deal with the problems posed by the operation and ageing of structural components and with their structural integrity assessment, several European engineering companies, R&D institutions, including the Joint Research Centre (JRC), as well as Regulatory Bodies and electrical utilities have joined together into co-operative programmes organized as networks. The Institute for Advanced Materials of the JRC plays the role of Operating Agent and Manager of the Networks AMES, ENIQ AND NESC, each of them dealing with a specific aspect of fitness for purpose of materials in ageing structural integrity and codes and standards. Networks are organized and managed like the successful PISC programme (Programme for the Inspection of Steel Components). The AMES network was started in 1993 with focus on the problem of thermal and irradiation ageing of materials and their remedial measures, e.g. annealing [1]. The network is now entering its third strategy phase with the 5th Framework Programme of the EC. Under the aegis the members have already participated in several Shared Cost Actions of the European Commission's Nuclear Fission Safety Programme, whose results together with an exhaustive review of the state-of-the-art in the field of irradiation ageing where published in thirteen AMES reports. 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 JRC Laboratory, to give examples of ongoing research projects and of the network strategy within the 5th Framework Programme of the EC.

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Authors: SEVINI F, IAM, JRC-Petten (NL);DEBARBARIS L, IAM, JRC-Petten (NL);VON ESTORFF U, IAM, JRC-Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IAEA Specialist Meeting on Irradiation Embrittlement and Mitigation, Madrid (ES), 26-29th April (1999)
Availability: Available from Publications and Public Relations Unit, Ispra (IT)
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