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PERSÉE facility opened in Saclay

09/12/2016

  

The PERSÉE test bench will also take over from the STEAM facility at Pierrelatte, used until January 2017 for testing the adsorbents making up iodine traps installed in ventilation extraction systems at nuclear facilities.

 

On December 9, 2016, IRSN officially opened PERSEE, its new experimental facility on the Saclay site, in the presence of IRSN's Director-General, the Head of CEA Saclay Research Centre, research partners and potential customers, and lastly the consortium of companies and the IRSN project team that brought the project to successful completion. 

 

The test bench is designed specifically for studying radioactive gaseous waste purification systems at nuclear facilities under normal operating conditions but also during severe accidents at nuclear reactors; it enables experimental research to be carried out on iodine traps as part of the MIRE program (standing for Mitigation of radioactive releases), launched by IRSN in January 2014. Mire aims to improve our understanding and the mitigation of radioactive releases during a core melt accident at a nuclear reactor. It is one of seven IRSN projects selected by the French National Research Agency (ANR) as part of the call for projects for the 2012 nuclear safety and radiation protection research (RSNR) initiative.

 

The PERSÉE test bench will also take over from the STEAM facility at Pierrelatte, used until January 2017 for testing the adsorbents making up iodine traps installed in ventilation extraction systems at nuclear facilities.


 

Photo: in the PERSÉE facility © Francesco Acerbis/IRSN

 

 



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