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Science and Technology Series

The Science and Technology Series includes monographs and overviews of current knowledge on radiological protection and nuclear safety. These books are written for the most part by IRSN authors with the participation of one or several outside authors and coordinated by an IRSN researcher or specialist. A Reading Committee monitors their quality.
 

Elements of security and non-proliferation


EP-EN_Couv.jpgAuthor: J. Jalouneix

Number of pages:

Format: H 24 cm x L 16 cm

Date of issue: 2017

Available language: English

Price: 25 €



Following on from the work on the safety of nuclear facility published in 1996, which needed to be updated and extended in scope, IRSN has created a new series of educational publications entitled "Elements of nuclear safety, radiological protection and security". The series takes up the general objective of tackling all aspects of risk management in the nuclear field, in terms of protecting human health, society and the environment. The first publication in this series, covering nuclear security and non-proliferation, describes the measures implemented in France and at international level to prevent terrorism and malicious acts and, if necessary, mitigate the consequences of any such act. It deals with the security of nuclear material, nuclear facilities and the transport of nuclear material, the security of radioactive sources and describes States' undertakings to implement safeguards relative to tracking nuclear material and chemicals to prevent their use for fraudulent purposes. These publications will be of interest to anyone concerned by these issues, especially those who work in the nuclear industry, but it will also answer many questions that members of the public may have regarding these subjects. It includes information on context and history, the provisions and requirements contained in French regulations and international agreements, as well as details of the roles played by the various entities involved, including IRSN.


Download the unprintable, in colour, PDF book

Download the printable B&W PDF book, by chapter

            (cover and foreword, summary, introduction, chapter 1, chapter 2,                 chapter 3, chapter 4)

Download the ePub (for e-reader, tablet and smartphone)

To order a printed book, please write to net.science@irsn.fr





LAG_EN.jpgCoordinator:
D. Jacquemain

Authors: A. Bentaïb, H. Bonneville, G. Cénérino, B. Clément, F. Corenwinder, M. Cranga, G. Ducros, F. Fichot, D. Jacquemain, C. Journeau, V. Koundy, D. Leteinturier, D. Magallon, R. Meignen, F. Monroig, G. Nahas, F. Pichereau, E. Raimond, J-M. Seiler, B. Tourniaire, J-P. Van Dorsselaere

Number of pages: 414

Format: H 24 cm x L 16 cm

Date of issue: 2013

Available language: English

Price: free



For over thirty years, IPSN and subsequently IRSN has played a major international role in the field of nuclear power reactor core melt accidents through the undertaking of important experimental programmes (the most significant being the PHEBUS FP programme), the development of validated simulation tools (the ASTEC code that is today the leading European tool for modelling severe accidents), and the coordination of the SARNET (Severe Accident Research Network) international network of excellence. These accidents are described as "severe accidents" because they can lead to radioactive releases outside the plant concerned, with serious consequences for the general public and for the environment.


This book compiles the sum of the knowledge acquired on this subject and summarises the lessons that have been learnt from severe accidents around the world for the prevention and reduction of the consequences of such accidents, without addressing those from the Fukushima accident, where knowledge of events is still evolving.


The knowledge accumulated by the Institute on these subjects enabled it to play an active role in informing public authorithies, the media and the public when this accident occurred, and continues to do so to this day.


Download the unprintable, in colour, PDF book

Download the printable B&W PDF book, by chapter

            (cover and foreword, summary, chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter            4, chapter 5.1, chapter 5.2, chapter 5.3, chapter 5.4, chapter 5.5,                  chapter 6, chapter 7, chapter 8, chapter 9)

To order, please write to net.science@irsn.fr



Les retombées radioactives de l’accident de Tchernobyl sur le territoire français - Conséquences environnementales et exposition des personnes (Radioactive fall-out in France from the Chernobyl accident - Environmental consequences and human exposure)

 

Authors: P. Renaud, D. Champion, J. Brenot

Number of pages: 192

Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm 

Date of issue: 2008 

Available language: French

Price: 35 €


 

For IRSN, the twentieth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster provided an opportune moment to conduct a new assessment of radioactive fall-out in France caused by the accident. The book reports on knowledge acquired through numerous scientific studies conducted in France since its first edition was published in 1999. The new edition provides the most recent knowledge and assessments into the transfer of radioactive substances - released during the accident - into the air, soil and food. This status report explains the levels of radioactive contamination levels observed in France between 1986 and 2006, before going on to assess the exposure of the French population to fall-out from the accident. Analysis of the Chernobyl accident illustrates the multitude and complexity of contamination phenomena and the transfer of radioactive substances from the environment to humans. To conclude, this book presents the lessons learned from the disaster in terms of knowledge and with regards to the development of scientific programs, radiological monitoring and nuclear crisis management in France.

 
 
 

Catastrophes et accidents nucléaires dans l'ex-Union soviétique (Nuclear Catastrophes and Accidents in the Former USSR)


Coordinator:
D. Robeau
Number of pages: 138
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 2001
Available language: French
Price: 30 €

 

 

In the Soviet Union, civil and military nuclear industries were developed at the height of the cold war. In spite of Soviet technological advances, nuclear safety, the protection of workers and the population at large, and environmental safeguards were often voluntarily overlooked by authorities. The production of nuclear weapons, commissioning of nuclear submarines, and profuse generation of electrical power were the only targets set by Soviet authorities. Until the Chernobyl accident, the Soviet Union did not reveal the catastrophes and accidents that occurred throughout the development of its nuclear power. This book proposes to recount and explain the circumstances behind these accidents and dangerous practices, to assess their impact on human populations and the environment, and determine whether or not these events from the recent past represent a threat today.

 

L'uranium, de l'environnement à l'homme (Uranium, from the environment to man)
Coordinator: Henri Métivier
Number of pages: 340
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 2001
Available language: French
Price: 54 €

 

Since its discovery, more than 200 years ago by the chemist M.H. Klaproth, uranium has found numerous uses. At present, its use for energetic purposes positions it to the core of safety and protection problems controlled by the nuclear industry. In this volume, uranium experts describe its presence in the environment, its chemistry, its development as a fuel element for reactors, but also its toxicity, the hazards for handlers and the rules implemented for using it. The authors, from varied horizons and professions, bring a neutral and unpassionated look on what uranium is. The preface is written by Professor Robert Guillaumont, a member of the French Academy.

 

 To order, please visit the EDP Sciences website


 

Le Césium, de l'environnement à l'homme (Caesium, from the environment to man)


Coordinating authors: D. Robeau, F. Daburon and H. Métivier
Number of pages: 288
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 2000
Available language: French
Price: 53,35 €

 

 

Fourteen years after the Chernobyl accident, there is still caesium-137 in the soil in Europe and the experts expect it to remain there for decades. What are the properties of this radionuclide remaining so long after the accident? How does its presence vary in the soil, in water and in the food chain? What are the risks for people and the environment? And, above all, how can this unwanted nuclear waste be go rid of? These are some of the questions that the authors of the book answer. The experts, of France and other countries, that have contributed in different ways to accumulating the knowledge presented here, and their long experience of the issues mentioned, are a guarantee the information is firsthand. The preface is by Jean Dercourt, life secretary of the French Academy of Science.

 

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Les installations nucléaires et l’environnement : méthode d'évaluation de l’impact radioécologique et dosimétrique (Nuclear installations and the environment: assessment method for the radioecological and dosimetric impact)


Coordinating authors: L. Foulquier, F. Bretheau. With the collaboration Y. Baudin-Jaulent, A. Desprès,A. Lambrechts, J. Garnier-Laplace, M. Pally, B. Descamps, M. Masson, G. Gontier, H. Mansoux, L. Jourd’Heuil et F. Vray
Number of pages: 171
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 1998
Available language: French
Price: 38,10 €

 

 

Definition of the objectives and substance of radioactive nuclide measurements in the environment. The selection of the main components of the environment taken into account and the methods for taking, preparing and conditioning samples are given in detail. The analyses to be carried out in estimating the radioecological impact of installations are clearly explained. The dosimetric impact for the population and the risks run are assessed using this radioecological impact.

 

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Le radon, de l’environnement à l’homme (Radon, from the environment to man)


Coordinating authors: M.C. Robé, H. Métivier in conjunction with professionals of radon
Number of pages: 274
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 1998
Available language: French
Price: 53,35 €

 

 

At the same time as a new regulation has just been implemented, the best French specialists on radon explain the different properties of this gas in order to enable an unaware public to appreciate the risks that it may pose to the population.

 

 To order, please visit the EDP Sciences website


 

Le tritium, de l’environnement à l’homme (Tritium, from the environment to man)


couverture livre tritiumCoordinating authors: Y. Belot, M. Roy and H. Métivier
Number of pages: 191
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 1996
Available language: French
Price: 38,10 €

 

 

Report on the knowledge acquired concerning tritium and examination of its developmentin the natural environment, its transfer to man and current emission reduction efforts.

 

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Eléments de sûreté nucléaire (Elements of nuclear safety)


Coordinating author: J. Libmann
Number of pages: 574
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 1996
Available languages: French – English – Russian
Price: 53,35 € in French, 65 € in English and free of charge in Russian

 

Presentation of the bases, principles and experiments conducive to for those personsconcerned with the safety of nuclear installations. The author insists upon the gradual construction of safety and the difficulties encountered in France, despite the generally very satisfactory safety record of French installations. He also deals with practical applications relating to calculating radiological consequences or the probability of some accidental sequences. Examples are thus available to enable the reader to get an idea of the scale of the phenomena. The clarity of the presentation brings it within reach of a general readership.

 

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Approche de la sûreté des sites nucléaires (Nuclear plant safety approach)


couverture livre approches de la sûretéAuthor: J. Fauré
Number of pages: 250
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 1995
Available language: French
Price: 38,10 €



The selection of a site for the implantation of a nuclear installation is described with the aid of several illustrations. The educational approach enables the safety rules that are in application in France to be understood.

 

 To order, please visit the EDP Sciences website


 

Traitement de la contamination interne accidentelle des travailleurs (Treatment of workers subjected to accidental internal contamination) (book out of print)


couverture livre traitementAuthors: M.H. Bhattacharyya, , B.D. Breitenstein, B.A. Muggenburg, H. Métivier, G.N. Stradling et V. Volfu
Number of pages: 115
Format: H 24 cm x W 16 cm
Date of issue: 1995
Available language: French
Price: Distribution free of charge to the medical sector, upon request, subject to availability

 

 

Six internationally renowned experts, three Americans and three Europeans, describecurrent techniques for decontamination of persons who have absorbed radioactive nuclides. The radioactive nuclide approach and medical treatment approach are dealt with, along with management of contaminated persons, training of medical personnel and the research still to be carried out.


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