Call for Proposals: AMALIA, assessment of nuclear power plants core internals (EMMA)

Publication date
November 15, 2022
March 1, 2023
Short description

The AMALIA laboratory is used to study the effect of environment on the mechanical performance and characterisation including life assessment and qualification of structural materials for present and next generation of nuclear systems.


The AMALIA laboratory provides 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), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), microstructural analysis and data management tools can be offered. It is possible to make an Open Access Proposal using more than one EMMA laboratory.

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:

  • State of the art water chemistry sensors such as Conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen and hydrogen sensors.
  • Low and high pressure pump including the back pressure regulators and pulsation dampeners to provide water circulation and needed water pressure for test facilities.

Priority topics of AMALIA

  1. Safety and reliability of nuclear components for current and future nuclear systems
  2. Support to the development and adaptation of European Codes and Standards
  3. Development of advanced test methods for material characterization
  4. Characterisation of mechanical properties of candidate and new corrosion-resistant high-temperature materials, incl. surface modifications and welded joints
  5. Prediction of design life of new materials, remaining life of service-exposed materials including welded joints subjected to operational conditions by mechanical tests, modelling and microstructural analysis. 
  6. Characterization of tensile and creep properties using standard and sub-size specimen and small punch tests
  7. Characterization of ageing effects for key material properties.

Eligibility criteria

  • The Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State, or country associated to the Euratom research programme.
  • The scope of the work for nuclear RIs must be in line with the activities defined in Annex I of Council Regulation (Euratom) 2021/765.
  • The Lead User Institution must be from a university, research or public institution, or from a Small-Medium-Enterprise (SME).
  • User Institutions from international organisations, under the condition that the Lead User Institution and at least 2/3 of all the User Institutions (including the Lead User Institution) are located in a Member State or a country associated to Horizon Europe or to the Euratom research programme. In case of one or two User Institutions (including the Lead User Institutions), this requirement is only applied to the Lead User Institution.
  • Ethical considerations in accordance with EU Law, in particular Art. 19 of Regulation (EU) 2021/695, and applicable laws and regulations in the EU Member States.
  • The proposal submission form is complete and complies with the instructions.

Selection criteria

Proposals will be evaluated in accordance to the following selection criteria:

  • Scientific implementation (50 points)
  • Collaboration and access to new Users (20 points)
  • Strategic relevance (30 points)

How to apply

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 by the closing date of the call. The deadline has been extended until 1 March 2023.

The User Selection Committee will only evaluate proposals that are complete and comply with the instructions in the proposal submission form.


For all further information and details, please visit the source page of this call

Call identifier
  • Other
Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Engineering and Technology
  • General
  • Natural Sciences

Entry created by Admin on December 13, 2022
Modified on December 13, 2022