The most important accident management measure to terminate a severe accident transient in LWR is the injection of water to cool the uncovered degraded core. In order to detailed investigation of the reflood effect on bundle degradation the QUENCH program was initiated in 1996 followed-up the CORA bundle tests and is still on-going. So far, 17 integral bundle QUENCH experiments with 21–31 electrically heated fuel rod simulators of 2.5 m length using zirconia as fuel substitute have been conducted. Influence of following parameters on bundle degradation were investigated: degree of pre-oxidation, temperature at reflood initiation, flooding rate, effect of neutron absorber materials (B4C, Ag-In-Cd), air ingress, influence of the type of cladding alloy, formation of a debris bed in the core. Integral bundle experiments are supported by separate-effects tests. The program provides experimental data for the development of quench-related models and for the validation of SFD code systems. In seven tests, reflooding of the bundle led to a temporary temperature excursion. Considerable formation, relocation, and oxidation of melt were observed in all tests with escalation. ... mehrThe temperature boundary between rapid cool down and temperature escalation was typically 2100–2200 K in tests without absorber. Tests with absorber led to temperature escalations at lower temperatures. Although separate-effects tests have shown some differences in oxidation kinetics of advanced cladding materials, the influence of the various cladding alloys on the integral bundle behaviour during oxidation and reflooding was only limited. The two bundle tests with air ingress phase confirmed the strong effect of air on core degradation especially when pre-oxidation in steam is limited and oxygen starvation occurs during the air ingress phase. Oxidation in a nitrogen-containing atmosphere accelerates the kinetics by the temporary formation of zirconium nitride and causes strongly degraded and non-protective oxide scales. The latest QUENCH-LOCA tests investigated influence of secondary hydriding of ruptured cladding on mechanical properties of cladding tubes.