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This fourth international symposium was organised as a mid-term assessment exercise for the 41 projects in the area of reactor safety, which were launched under the specific programme 'Nuclear fission' of the Euratom framework programme 1998-2002. The symposium discussed the strategy and the main achievements of EU research in the area of reactor safety, especially plant life extension and management (PLEM), severe accident management (SAM) and evolutionary safety concepts (EVOL), with emphasis on their applications to plant safety improvement and regulatory approaches. In addition, a total of 20 invited lectures of generic interest were presented at the symposium. The audience consisted of approximately 300 experts, representatives of the end-users (i.e. manufacturing industries and utilities, and regulatory authorities, as well as research organisations and universities) from inside and outside the EU Member States.

The main areas covered were:

1) Understanding of materials' ageing effects and evaluation of the safety margins;

2) Understanding of the most risk-relevant phenomena of severe accidents in light-water reactors and development of severe accident management measures and

3) Innovative safety systems, especially for decay heat removal, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications in reactor safety.

Additional information

Authors: VAN GOETHEM G ET AL (EDITORS), European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20281 EN (2002), pp.752. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20281-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research. Fax: +32-2-29-58220. E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3455-4
Record Number: 200215018 / Last updated on: 2002-07-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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