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Development of a Web-Based Information System for Benchmarking of Safety Assessment Approaches for Research Reactors

Funded under: FP6-JRC


The objective of this report is to describe the development of a methodology and corresponding web-based tool for mapping and cross-comparing the safety approaches in European and other research reactor (RR) facilities in order to detect the principal similarities and differences.
As an example, the performance of a Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) for RRs is mapped, as follows: is PSA performed at all? (Yes/No); if so, is PSA mandatory or just recommended? (Yes/No); what is the scope of PSA?, its objective? and practical use? (set of more detailed questions), etc.
In this way, information on different types of safety verification practices and requirements for RRs from Europe, Argentina, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the USA has been collected in a systematic way and included in the web-based JRC benchmarking tool DARES (DAtabase for REsearch Reactor Safety).
This systematic mapping by using DARES in parallel to an international Working Group, consisting of different types of stakeholders (operators, authorities) could be the starting point towards harmonisation of RR safety verification on an international level. In addition, the availability of a user-friendly Information System on the Internet such as DARES containing this information is considered a useful mechanism to exchange international experiences and practices in the area among qualified users.

Additional information

Authors: KIRCHSTEIGER C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL);LAUTER H, Atominstitut, Vienna (AT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21738 EN (2005), 110 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
Record Number: 200718899 / Last updated on: 2007-03-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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