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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The AMALIA laboratory was built and it is operated in order to provide tools to study the effect of environment on the mechanical and corrosion performance including life assessment and qualification of structural materials for present and next generation of nuclear systems. It includes test machines and auxiliary equipment for corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking testing for various types of test specimen. In support, 3D profilometry, x-ray tomography, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), microstructural analysis and data management tools can be offered.
AMALIA is situated at the Joint Research Centre in Petten (the Netherlands), consists of 5 water loops for providing and analysing water for AMALIA autoclave test facilities. The water loops include:
The AMALIA water loops are connected to six autoclave testing systems:
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units. For AMALIA, the Access Unit is an 'AU' and corresponds to 1 day of continuous operation.
The typical duration of a test programme is 1-60 AUs. The latter is representative for performing a SCC initiation tests in high-temperature and pressure water with controlled oxygen or hydrogen content. Up to three SCC initiation tests can be performed simultaneously in Autoclave 4. Otherwise only one test per autoclave is usually under way. Moreover, corrosion tests (without any load) can be conducted as well with AUs extending to 60 AUs.
It is expected that the User Institutions provide the test specimens.
The JRC may provide a financial or in-kind contribution to support Users to cover their costs of travel and subsistence (T&S) related to the User Stay Days, subject to the availability of funds, personnel and other resources to Users from User Institutions located in an EU Member State or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (only Switzerland and Ukraine).
A User Stay Day is a day of physical presence of a User at the concerned Research Infrastructure for Access related to the User Access Project. A User Stay Day counts as a registered entry to the JRC site where the Research Infrastructure is located.
Long term stays are primarily for students and have a duration of at least 1 month. They are typically 3 to 9 months for Karlsruhe, and 1 to 6 months for Petten and Geel.
The Lead Used is welcomed to fill in the User travel and subsistence form and send it to JRC-OPEN-AMALIA@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call. For more information the Lead User may contact the JRC Research Infrastructure at JRC-OPEN-AMALIA@ec.europa.eu
or, if requested by the user or when users run the research infrastructure
Proposals will be evaluated in accordance to the following selection criteria:
The proposal must be prepared using the Relevance-driven Proposal Submission Form.
During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:
Proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.
The User Selection Committee will only evaluate proposals that are complete and comply with the instructions in the proposal submission form.