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The AMES (Ageing Materials European Strategy) network started its activity in 1993 with the aim of studying the consequences and the mechanisms of the ageing process in materials used for nuclear reactor components. Together with ENIQ, NESC, EPERC, it forms the so-called "Safe and Competitive Operation of reactors in Europe" cluster of networks operated by the Joint Research Centre -Institute for Advanced Materials of the European Commission.

During the 4th EURATOM Framework Program some projects were carried out on non- destructive monitoring techniques for thermal ageing, reference dosimetry, reconstitution techniques and comparison of fracture toughness measurements. A brief overview of the outcome of these projects is given.

Within the 5th EURATOM Framework Program, ideally corresponding to AMES third strategy phase, several projects proposed for the Nuclear Fission Safety Key Action were approved for funding.

Their focus is on the influence of chemical composition, namely phosphorus and nickel content, on the irradiation embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel materials, on the improvement of surveillance temperature measurement, on the validation of the master curve approach, and on non-destructive techniques to monitor ageing of irradiated steels.

Funding for the ATHENA (AMES thematic network) proposal was also obtained, allowing some resources to the newly defined AMES Task Groups.

The paper describes moreover the ageing issues foreseen in the context of the coming 6th FWP. 6th FWP.

Additional information

Authors: SEVINI F, Institute for Advanced Materials, EC-JRC, Petten (NL);DEBARBERIS L, Institute for Advanced Materials, EC-JRC, Petten (NL);GERARD R, Tractebel, Bruxelles (BE);ENGLISH C, AEA Technology, Harwell (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Specialist Meeting on Irradiation Embrittlement and Mitigation. Organised by: International Atomic Energy Agency. Held in: Gloucester (UK), 14-17 May 2001
Record Number: 200013520 / Last updated on: 2001-07-25
Original language: en
Available languages: en