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18 Jan 2021 | VTT | Kraken renews VTT’s reactor analysis code base newspicture Kraken renews VTT’s reactor analysis code base

The work on Kraken started recently and has proceeded to the first validation calculations for operating cycle simulations. Transient simulations will soon follow.

18 Jan 2021 | RATEN ICN | Improving Fission Gases Composition Measurements newspicture Improving Fission Gases Composition Measurements

A device for efficient calibration of the SRS QMS 200 gas analyzer was designed, manufactured and tested at RATEN ICN.

18 Jan 2021 | GRS | Chasing Corona newspicture Chasing Corona - GRS scientists simulate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosoles

Aerosols contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 are deemed to be one of the main causes for Covid-19 infections.
A team of researchers at GRS has used simulation software from nuclear engineering to calculate the dispersion of respective aerosols in rooms.

 

16 Dec 2020 | IRSN | LD-SAFE: a H2020 project to assess the maturity of laser cutting technology for nuclear power plant dismantling newspicture LD-SAFE: a H2020 project to assess the maturity of laser cutting technology for nuclear power plant dismantling

Over the coming decades, a large number of nuclear reactors will be decommissioned and dismantled to enable environmental mediation.  
The aim of the H2020 LD SAFE project IRSN participates in is to characterize and review the assessment of the risks associated with the laser cutting technology.

16 Dec 2020 | IRSN | PRIODAC: 3 years extension for the program newspicture PRIODAC: 3 years extension for the program

Since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi complex in 2011, IRSN has conducted research as part of the PRIODAC program to examine procedures for administering stable iodine to people in the event of repeated or prolonged radioactive releases. The program, which aims to set forth guidelines to be used by the authorities in charge of protecting the population, has been extended for three more years.

16 Dec 2020 | IRSN | IAEA RANET Exercise newspicture (© IRSN) newspicture IAEA RANET Exercise

IRSN takes part in an international crisis exercise jointly organized by France and the IAEA.

16 Dec 2020 | EK CER | The radiation and environmental protection system of the Paks NPP is to be upgraded in order to improve its resistance to earthquakes and station blackout newspicture The radiation and environmental protection system of the Paks NPP is to be upgraded in order to improve its resistance to earthquakes and station blackout

The stress-test performed after the events of Fukushima revealed the vulnerability of the environmental protection system of Paks NPP to earthquakes and station blackout. Project has been launched to improve the resistance of the system.

16 Dec 2020 | ETSON | Investigating the Zirconium Cladding Tubes of New Paks NPP Fuel Assemblies at Centre for Energy Research nerspicture Investigating the Zirconium Cladding Tubes of New Paks NPP Fuel Assemblies at Centre for Energy Research

At the end of 2020, the operation of new VVER-440 lead test assemblies optimized for the water-uranium ratio will start at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant. With the introduction of new fuel, fewer fresh assemblies will be needed for refuelling of the reactor.

16 Dec 2020 | ETSON | Researchers of EK assessed raw materials to be used in nuclear-grade concretes to reduce nuclear decommissioning costs newspicture Researchers of EK assessed raw materials to be used in nuclear-grade concretes to reduce nuclear decommissioning costs

Scientists of the Centre for Energy Research (EK) studied the activation susceptibility of the pebble-sand fraction of radiation-shielding concretes around nuclear reactors. During the project, a strong research network was formed with the Czech, Polish, Slovakian and Korean participants of the RADCON project.

16 Nov 2020 | SSTC NRS | Safety under Control: Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Spread Implemented at Ukrainian NPPs newspicture Safety under Control: Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Spread Implemented at Ukrainian NPPs

While the entire world is facing the disease caused by СОVID-19 coronavirus infection, it is required to combine forces and implement urgent measures to ensure safety of the public. Following many countries, in the spring Ukraine entered a quarantine regime, continuing to day, and limited certain activities. However, the most important and most effective measure is conscious responsibility of each person.

 

16 Nov 2020 | SSTC NRS | SSTC NRS to Cooperate with NuScale newspicture SSTC NRS to Cooperate with NuScale

The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) of Ukraine and the U.S. NuScale Power Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) providing for review of national regulatory and design documents related to the implementation of the NuScale technology for the construction of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Ukraine. The MoU was signed by SSTC NRS Director, Ihor Shevchenko, from the Ukrainian side and by NuScale Power’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nuclear Officer, Dale Atkinson, from the U.S. side.

 

16 Nov 2020 | SSTC NRS | SSTC NRS Invites You to Become an Author in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal newspicture SSTC NRS Invites You to Become an Author in Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal

The State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety presents a new design of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Journal.
Last year, we presented a new identity of our company and now we have an updated journal design owing to the joint efforts of all editorial board members. It became more up-to-date, bright and no less relevant.

 

16 Nov 2020 | SURO | Transfer of TSO function from Research Centre Rez to National Radiation Protection Institute newspicture Transfer of TSO function from Research Centre Rez to National Radiation Protection Institute

In December 2020, the 4-year period of building the Nuclear Safety Department at the National of Radiation Protection Institute Safety (SURO, v.v.i) will be closed and thus the transfer of the TSO function from Research Centre Rez to SURO will be completed. The whole process was based on the document “SUJB Support Section (TSO) for the field of nuclear safety in SURO, v.v.i. - Strategy 2017-2020 “.

16 Nov 2020 | ETSON | ETSON Award 2020 newspicture ETSON Award 2020

On November 3, four young experts from ETSON member organisations competed in an online science slam for this year´s ETSON Award. The event, won by an IRSN researcher and his team, had been organised by the network´s Junior Staff Programm.

16 Nov 2020 | SURO | Award of the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic for extraordinary results in the field of security research for 2020 newspicture Award of the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic for extraordinary results in the field of security research for 2020

The award of the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic for extraordinary results in the field of security research was won by a research team composed of representatives of the Research Center Rez and the Czech Technical University in Prague.

 

 

 

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