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The specific programme "Nuclear Fission Safety 1994-1998", under the Euratom 4th Framework Programme, consisted of five research areas, each of them divided into a number of sub-areas. This EUR report contains the final summary reports of the 5 multi-partner research projects carried out in the sub-area B.2 " Reactor Safety / Severe Accident: Ex-Vessel Corium Behaviour and Coolability", which were grouped under a common "cluster" known as "EXV". It also contains an overview paper prepared by the EC Scientific Officers in charge of the cluster, with emphasis on the objectives, results and relevant achievements of the projects. Similar EUR reports have been produced for the other 6 clusters of projects of area B ("Reactor Safety"), namely "INV", "AGE", "CONT", "ST", "AMM" and "INNO".

The "EXV" cluster mainly focused on the study of the integrity of the basemat, by investigating the behaviour of the core debris relocating into the reactor cavity sump or into core-catchers for evolutionary reactors, with emphasis on spreading, stabilisation and cooling of large quantities of corium as ex-vessel mitigation phenomena.

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Authors: ZURITA A, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);VAN GOETHEM G (EDITORS), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19962 EN (2002), 172pp. Euro: 26.00
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-19962-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4776-1
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