Jules Horowitz Reactor, 6 March 2014
Following the 2014 AGM, the Nuclear Industry Group was pleased to welcome David Farrant from NNL. David presented the UK contribution to the Joules Horowitz reactor, construction of which is well underway and is expected to complete in 2018.
From Fission to Fuel Gone, 20 November 2014
CONSORT, the last civil research reactor in the UK, shut down for the final time in December 2012. The reactor, owned and operated by Imperial College London, had for nearly 50 years been used for teaching and research in many fields of nuclear science and technology, such as reactor physics, reactor engineering, neutron physics, solid state physics, radiochemistry and activation analysis. But, now the neutrons have ceased their toil, what’s left for the reactor? The talk discussed the first significant stage in the decommissioning of the reactor: defueling. This was a major activity as the reactor had never been designed to have a refuelling system, so it required a new installation. The talk covered the design, installation and commissioning of the defueling equipment, the regulator interactions and the successful outcome of the project.