Element of nuclear safety

Research reactors

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Presentation

This publication gives a global overview of the diversity and complementarity of research reactors, some of which have been or are still being used to conduct experiments that are essential for the development and  operation of nuclear power reactors, including in relation to safety issues. This work highlights the many uses of these reactors, which have very different designs, use highly varied quantities of radioactive substances with varying levels of risk for safety and radiation protection, and which — in many cases because they are old or have been shut down — require appropriate measures to control the ageing or obsolescence
of some of their equipment, as well as, on an organisational and human level, to ensure that they continue to be operated safely. For some research reactors, safety and radiation protection aspects must be considered, taking into account that two types of operators are present at the same time within these reactors: reactor operating personnel and operators in charge of experimental devices using neutrons from the reactor for fundamental or applied research purposes. There are two specific chapters on the safety standards established under the aegis of the IAEA for research reactors and on serious accidents, notably those involving criticality and reactivity, in research reactors. The second part of the work focuses on French research reactors, including the regulations and official documents applicable to these reactors, on lessons learned in France from significant events and accidents — as well as abroad, such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in 2011 — on the consideration of reactivity accidents in the design of French research reactors, and on the ten-yearly safety reviews carried out in France.

Characteristics

Language(s): English

Publisher: EDP Sciences

Edition: 1st edition

Collection: Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire

Published: 12 november 2019

EAN13 (hardcopy): 9782759823567

EAN13 eBook [ePub Reflow]: 9782759823574

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759824267

Interior: Colour

Pages count eBook [ePub Reflow]: 258

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 258

Size: 4,1 Mo (ePub), 4,8 Mo (PDF)