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AMES reports - Reactor pressure vessel ageing and mitigation techniques

As part of its support activities to the European Commission's (DG XI) Working Group on Codes and Standards (WGC/S), the Institute for Advanced Materials (JRC-Petten) is responsible for the running of three European networks on structural integrity:

- AMES (Ageing Materials E...
As part of its support activities to the European Commission's (DG XI) Working Group on Codes and Standards (WGC/S), the Institute for Advanced Materials (JRC-Petten) is responsible for the running of three European networks on structural integrity:

- AMES (Ageing Materials Evaluation and Studies);
- ENIQ (European Network for Inspection Qualification);
- NESC (Network for the Evaluation of Steel Components).

These networks have the following broad objectives:

- The integration of fragmented R&D work on structural integrity through the execution of studies and projects at European level;
- The support or introduction of a long term strategy in some of the European groups or actions conducted by the Commission.

The use of European networks influences studies and project results in the direction of codes and standards in Europe and for the harmonization of codes in general.

The AMES network has published a number of reports on reactor pressure vessel ageing and mitigation techniques. The reports currently available are:

- Irradiation embrittlement mitigation: EUR16072EN;
- State-of-the-art review on thermal annealing: EUR16278EN;
- Comparison of the scientific basis of Russian and European approaches for evaluating irradiation effects in RPVs: EUR16279EN;
- Survey of national regulatory requirements: EUR16305EN;
- Survey of existing, planned and required standards: EUR16313EN;
- A review of formulas for predicting irradiation embrittlement of reactor vessel materials: EUR16455EN;
- The AMES Reference Laboratory: EUR16409EN;
- Dosimetry and neutron transport methods for RPVs: EUR16470EN;
- A comparison of western and eastern nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels: EUR17327EN.

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