Volume 29, Issue 3 (May 2001)
The AMES Network Strategy Developments in the 5th Euratom Framework Program
The AMES (Aging Materials Evaluation and Studies) Network started its activity in 1993 with the aim of studying the consequences and the mechanisms of the aging process in materials used for nuclear reactor components. Together with ENIQ, NESC, and EPERC, it forms the so-called “Structural Integrity of Industrial Components” cluster of networks operated by the Joint Research Centre—Institute for Advanced Materials of the European Commission.
Initial activities of the network were the compilation of state-of-the-art reports on nondestructive monitoring techniques for thermal aging, dosimetry, survey of regulatory requirements, and predictive formulas for irradiation embrittlement as a result of in-kind contributions and projects cofunded by the 4th Euratom Framework Program. A brief overview of the outcome of these projects is given.
With the start of the 5th Euratom Framework Program. AMES has now entered its third strategy phase. Most of the projects approved by the Steering Committee and proposed to the Nuclear Fission Safety Key Action of the program to cover aspects of irradiation embrittlement and nondestructive monitoring were selected for funding.
Their focus is on the influence of chemical composition, namely phosphorus and nickel content, on the irradiation embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel materials, on the improvement of surveillance temperature measurement, on the validation of the master curve approach, and on nondestructive techniques to monitor aging of irradiated steels. The paper describes the objectives of the new 5th Framework Program projects and their matching with the AMES strategy, pointing out the involvement of CEEC and NIS countries.