17 May 2021 On call 24/7 - how GRS supports the Federal Radiological Situation Centre newspicture On call 24/7 - how GRS supports the Federal Radiological Situation Centre

In the course of the new Radiation Protection Act (2017) the Federal Radiological Emergency Centre was established. GRS has by law been assigned the task of supporting the Federal Radiological Emergency Centre in its work together with different Federal Offices. In our interview, GRS expert Dr Albert Kreuser explains how the emergency organisation at GRS works and how his colleagues prepare for a possible mission.

17 May 2021 Electricity from nuclear fusion: Experts open up new territory for fusion plant licensing newspicture Electricity from nuclear fusion: Experts open up new territory for fusion plant licensing

Nuclear fusion occurs naturally in the sun. On Earth, meanwhile, fusing two atoms involves a great deal of effort. The more research is done in this field, the sooner will concepts for commercial fusion plants appear on the horizon. A research project of GRS and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is now looking at the regulatory framework for such plants.

17 May 2021 Searching a site for a repository: scientific methodology for a site comparison newspicture Searching a site for a repository: scientific methodology for a site comparison

GRS developed the methodological bases and recommendations for the site selection procedure in Germany. The synthesis report and ten supplementary technical reports are available on the GRS website.

18 Jan 2021 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 Nov 2020 Nuclear Safety: GRS Participation in International Fire Related Research Activities for Nuclear Installations newspicture Nuclear Safety: GRS Participation in International Fire Related Research Activities for Nuclear Installations

Knowledge about the origin, propagation and suppression of fires is essential for assessing fire safety of nuclear installations. For this reason, GRS is continuously participating in fire related international research activities carried out  under the auspices of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

16 Nov 2020 Repository research: Studies on the effects of heat on claystone newspicture Repository Research: Studies on the Effects of Heat on Claystone

Claystone, salt rock or granite are considered suitable host rocks for a radioactive waste repository in Germany. In a current project carried out in the GRS Geoscientific Laboratory, researchers investigate how the properties of claystone formations might be influenced by the waste emplaced.

16 Nov 2020 Interventional radiology: Using 3-D simulations to enhance radiation protection of medical staff newspicture Interventional Radiology: Using 3-D Simulations to Enhance Radiation Protection of Medical Staff

In interventional radiology, diagnostic or therapeutic medical interventions can be performed while monitoring them simultaneously, often by means of X-ray imaging. GRS scientists are developing a 3D-simulation model that will allow to draw conclusions on how to further optimise the radiation protection for the medical staff involved.

17 Aug 2020 Covid-19 vs. Nuclear Safety Covid-19 vs. Nuclear Safety

In a recent virtual workshop of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON), nuclear safety experts of the network´s member organisations explored the consequences of the current Covid-19 pandemic for nuclear safety and discussed respective countermeasures.