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Proceedings of the Kick off meeting, JRC Network: Incorporating Ageing Effects into PSA Applications

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The Ageing PSA Network Kick-off meeting was organized by the Institute of Energy (IE) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) on 16 -17 September 2004 at Petten, Netherlands, with the aims to open the JRC Network on �Incorporating Ageing Effects into Probabilistic Safety Assessment�, to start discussion of ageing issues in relation to incorporating ageing effects into PSA tools and to come to some consensus on objectives and work packages of the Network, taking into account expectations of potential participants.
At the kick-off meeting 20 participants from Europe and the USA actively attended, see meeting agenda and list of participants in Appendices I and II.
A questionnaire focused on partners� current and past activities and experience in use of PSA applications, ageing studies and incorporating ageing effects into PSA tools, was sent to all potential partners before the meeting. A specific part of the questionnaire was included to identify partners� expectations from the Network activities and ways of their possible participation.
Appendix III contains condensed versions of the responses to the questionnaire from all potential partners, organised according to the four parts of the questionnaire:
- General questions related to use of risk informed applications,
- Questions related to ageing studies,
- Questions related to incorporating ageing effects into PSA tools and
- Questions related to preferences and expectations.
The presentations and discussions at the meeting confirmed the main conclusion from the previously organized PSAM 7 pre-conference workshop on �Incorporating PSA into Ageing Management�, Budapest, 10-11 June 2004, that incorporating ageing effects into PSA seems to be more and more a hot topic particularly for risk assessment and ageing management of nuclear power plants operating at advanced age /more than 25-30 years/ and for the purpose of plant life extension /2/.

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Authors: PATRIK M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL);KIRCHSTEIGER C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22514 EN (2005), 175 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
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