United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Cooperative Severe Accident Research Program (CSARP)

Sponsored by the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

The Cooperative Severe Accident Research Program (CSARP) is an international program on severe accident phenomenological research and code development activities organized by the NRC. The objective of CSARP is the exchange of data and analyses on experimental and analytical research on severe accidents. The NRC coordinates CSARP activities, with participation from more than 25 member nations that focus on the analysis of severe accidents and their consequences using state of the art computer models. The MELCOR computer code is used for modeling accident progression, and the MELCOR Accident Consequence Code System (MACCS) is used to evaluate offsite consequences from a hypothetical release of radioactive material into the atmosphere. The NRC supports and hosts a number of meetings annually to exchange progress in severe accident research and to report on the status of code development and assessment.

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