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Two new IRSN research projects selected following the Andra/ANR call for projects


Certyf and Kri-Terres, two projects involving IRSN, have just been selected following the call for projects issued by Andra, in cooperation with the French National Research Agency (ANR), as part of the “Investment in the Future” program.


These are additional results of the second session of the call for projects issued at the end of 2015, for which 17 projects have already been selected. The call for projects seeks to promote the emergence of innovative solutions for optimizing predisposal management of radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear facilities. It targets industry, small and medium-sized businesses in France, and the scientific community. The first session of the call for projects was issued in 2014, following which 12 projects - including Camrad [1] - were selected for an overall budget worth 40 million euros.


Certyf, a project coordinated by Laboratoire Hubert Curien (LabHC - University of Saint-Etienne) with IRSN and Laboratoire Physique de la Matière Condensée (LPMC - University of Nice), is aimed at learning more about the combined effects of various environmental constraints, including radiation, temperature, rock, and hydrogen, on the resistance and aging of several types of optical fibers that are increasingly used in nuclear facilities.


Kri-Terres is a project coordinated by Armines, in collaboration with IRSN. It consists in developing an innovative approach for planning ahead, in the event of nuclear facility decommissioning, for the management of soil that may have been contaminated by radioactive liquid discharged by the facility during its lifetime. The novel approach will combine geostatistics and simulations of radionuclide transport in the subsoil to simplify the management of uncertainties concerning possible soil contamination, together with the related costs.


Complete list of selected projects



[1] Camrad is a project involving multiple partners, coordinated by the Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE – SUPAERO). Its aim is to create a high-resolution camera that is radiation-hard (with ten times the radiation hardness of existing cameras) and that can be used at every stage of dismantling and radioactive waste disposal processes. It should provide high-definition images that are unaffected by radiation.


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