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The AMES (Ageing Materials Evaluation and Studies) network started its activity in 1993 with the aim of studying the ageing mechanisms of nuclear reactor structural materials. Together with ENIQ, NESC, EPERC, it forms the so-called "Structural Integrity of Industrial Components" cluster of European networks operated by the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Advanced Materials of the European Commission.

Main areas of interest of the AMES network are non-destructive monitoring techniques for thermal and neutron irradiation ageing, dosimetry, survey of regulatory requirements, irradiation embrittlement, mitigation procedures and re-embrittlement.

Several projects co-funded by the 4th EURATOM Framework Program-Fission Safety key action involved network members. An overview of the outcome of the projects is given.

With the entry of Finland into the European Union and the foreseen one of the selected countries, AMES network's research subjects started to deal more with the still open issues of former-Soviet type WWER reactors.

A link with CEECs has been established with the recent entry of Hungary and the Czech Rep. representatives into the AMES network Steering Committee, while collaboration with NIS is being established via EPLAF (European Plant Life Assessment Forum), the Eastern arm of AMES.

As a consequence, some of the projects proposed by AMES members for the 5th EURATOM Framework Program deal also with WWER ageing issues. g issues.

Additional information

Authors: SEVINI F, JRC, Institute for Advanced Materials, Petten (NL);DEBARBERIS L, JRC, Institute for Advanced Materials, Petten (NL);ACOSTA B, JRC, Institute for Advanced Materials, Petten (NL);GERARD R, Tractebel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at the: 16th International Conference on Structural Materials in Reactor Technology (SMIRT-16). Held in: Washington D.C. (US), 12-17 August 2001
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