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The AMES (Ageing Materials European Strategy) network started its activity in 1993 with the aim of studying ageing mechanisms and remedial procedures for structural materials use for nuclear reactor components.

The AMES network operated by JRC-IE supports the co-ordination of different projects and carries out enabling mechanisms on embrittlement mechanisms in Model Alloys, also presented in this conference.

Among others, during the 4th EURATOM Framework Program some projects co-financed by the European Commission were carried out on non-destructive monitoring techniques for thermal ageing, reference dosimetry, and reconstitution techniques applied to Carpy specimens.

Within the 5th EURATOM Framework Program, other projects were approved for funding and are currently running. Their focus is on the mechanism of irradiation embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel materials, namely the influence of chemical composition, 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, which all have relations to plant life management and extension.

This paper presents an overview of the outcome of the projects having plant life management implications, especially non-destructive techniques applied to thermal ageing and neutron embrittlement monitoring (AMES-NDT and GRETE), improved surveillance for VVER 440 reactors (COBRA), dosimetry (AMES-DOSIMETRY, MADAM and REDOS), PISA and FRAME. FRAME.

Additional information

Authors: SEVINI F ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL);BALLESTEROS A, Tecnatom, Madrid (ES);ENGLISH C, AEA Technology plc (GB);GRYNIK E, Institute of Nuclear Research (UA);VALO M, VTT Manufacturing Technology (FI);GERARD R, Tractebel/Belgatom (BE);COSTE J F, Electricite de France (FR);VAN WALLE E, SCK-CEN (BE);BOLTON C, BNFL Magnox (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: International Conference on Plant Life Management and Plant Life Extension (PLIM & PLEX 2001). Organised by: Nuclear Engineering International (GB). Held in: London, 28-30 November 2001.
Record Number: 200214377 / Last updated on: 2002-02-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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