Recent severe accident research synthesis of the major outcomes from the SARNET network

J.-P. Van Dorsselaere (Corresponding Author), Ari Auvinen, D. Beraha, P. Chatelard, L.E. Herranz, C. Journeau, W. Klein-Hessling, I. Kljenak, A. Miassoedov, S. Paci, R. Zeyen

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    The SARNET network (Severe Accident Research NETwork of excellence), co-funded by the European Commission from 2004 to 2013, has allowed to significantly improve the knowledge on severe accidents and to disseminate it through courses and ERMSAR conferences. The major investigated topics, involving more than 250 researchers from 22 countries, were in- and ex-vessel corium/debris coolability, molten-core-concrete-interaction, steam explosion, hydrogen combustion and mitigation in containment, impact of oxidising conditions on source term, and iodine chemistry. The ranking of the high priority issues was updated to account for the results of recent international research and for the impact of Fukushima nuclear accidents in Japan. In addition, the ASTEC integral code was further developed to capitalize the new knowledge. The network has reached self-sustainability by integration in mid-2013 into the NUGENIA Association. The main activities and outcomes of the network are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-34
    JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • European Commission
    • Fukushima nuclear accidents
    • hydrogen combustion
    • integral codes
    • international researches
    • molten core concrete interactions
    • severe accident
    • steam explosion


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