Title: SARNET - Severe Accident Research Network of Excellence
Citation: Topsafe 2008, International Topical Meeting on Safety of Nuclear Installations p. A1-014.1-A.1-014.15
Publisher: European Nuclear Society
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC51594
ISBN: 978-92-95064-06-5
URI: http://www.euronuclear.org/events/topsafe/transactions/TopSafe2008-transactions.pdf
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Fifty-one organizations network in SARNET (Severe Accident Research NETwork of Excellence) their capacities of research in order to resolve the most important pending issues for enhancing, in regard of 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 actors involved in SA research in Europe, plus Canada. To reach these objectives, all the organizations networked in SARNET contribute to a Joint Programme of Activities, which consists in: - Implementing an advanced communication tool for accessing all project information, fostering exchange of information, and managing documents; - Harmonizing and re-orienting the research programmes, and defining new ones; - Analyzing the experimental results provided by research programmes in order to elaborate a common understanding of relevant phenomena; - Developing the ASTEC code (integral computer code used to predict the NPP behaviour during a postulated SA), which capitalizes in terms of physical models the knowledge produced within SARNET; - Developing Scientific Databases, in which all the results of research programmes are stored in a common format (DATANET); - Developing a common methodology for Probabilistic Safety Assessment of NPPs; - Developing short courses and writing a text book on Severe Accidents for students and researchers; - Promoting personnel mobility amongst various European organizations. 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 for the next four years is under negotiation with the EC 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 a complete self-sustainability. The bases for such an evolution are presented in the last part of the paper.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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