Dear Colleagues and interested parties,
the LACOMECO project was positively evaluated and accepted by the European Commission.
As already announced at different meetings, the principle objective of the LACOMECO project at KIT is to provide research institutions from the EU Member Countries (except Germany) and Associated States access to four large-scale experimental facilities QUENCH, LIVE, DISCO, and HYKA used to investigate the coolability of a degraded core, corium coolability in the RPV, possible melt dispersion to the reactor cavity, and hydrogen mixing and combustion in the containment.
This access is provided free of all charge to the interested users or user groups and includes all infrastructural, logistical, technical and scientific support needed to perform the desired experiments. For the users of the facilities KIT will cover the travel and subsistence costs of the visits.
Now KIT is ready to announce the first call for proposals and invite interested organisations to participate in the project. If you and your colleagues are interested in participating in the project and perfrom experiments that may help support and contribute to your R&D needs, please complete the proposal submission form for the access to LACOMECO and return it not later than April 30, 2010.
The submission form and additional information about the project can be found at the LACOMECO website at http://www.fzk.de/lacomeco.
Please specify the facility you want to use, the experimental objectives, requirements and experimental conditions. Collected proposals will be then evaluated by independent experts and submitted to the European Commission for justification. Careful consideration will be given to the features not yet considered in earlier experiments in these facilities, the recommendations and results of the SARNET SARP group will be used as guidelines. Authors of selected proposals will be invited for further negotiations and detailed discussions of the proposed experiments (time schedule, test parameters, visits to KIT, etc).
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, or need more details about particular facilities please don’t hesitate to contact
Dr. Alexei Miassoedov
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET)
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Phone: +49 7247 82 2253; Fax: +49 7247 82 4837