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Fifty-one organisations network in SARNET (Severe Accident Research NETwork of Excellence) their research capacities in order to resolve the most important pending issues for enhancing, with regard to Severe Accidents (SA), the safety of existing and future Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). This project, co-funded by the European Commission (EC) under the 6th Framework Programme, has been defined in order to optimise the use of the available means and to constitute sustainable research groups in the European Union. SARNET tackles the fragmentation that may exist between the different national R&D programmes, in defining common research programmes and developing common computer tools and methodologies for safety assessment. SARNET comprises most of the organisations involved in SA research in Europe, plus Canada. [...] This paper presents the major achievements after four and a half years of operation of the network, in terms of knowledge gained, of improvement of the ASTEC reference code, of dissemination of results and of integration of the research programmes conducted by the various partners.
After this first period (2004-2008), co-funded by the EC, a further contract SARNET2 with the EC for the next four years started in April 2009 as part of the 7th Framework Programme. During this period, the networking activities will focus mainly on the remaining pending issues as determined during the first period, experimental activities will be directly included in the common work and the network will evolve toward complete self-sustainability. The bases for such an evolution are presented in the last part of the paper.

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Authors: ALBIOL T, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), St-Paul-Lez-Durance (FR);VAN DORSSELAERE J P, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), St-Paul-Lez-Durance (FR);CHAUMONT B, IRSN/DSR/SAGR, Fontenay-aux-Roses (FR);HASTE T, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen (CH);JOURNEAU CH, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);MEYER L, Forschungzentrum Karlsruhe (FZK), Karlsruhe (DE);RAJ SEHGAL B, Kungl Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Stockholm (SE);SCHWINGES B, Gesellschaft für Anlagen und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS), Köln (DE);BERAHA D, GRS mbH, Garching (DE);ANNUNZIATO A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);ZEYEN R, European Commission JRC-IE, St-Paul-Lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Progress in Nuclear Energy, Volume 52, Issue 1, January 2010, Pages 2-10
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