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01/09/2022

IRSN and U.S. NRC signed the implementing Agreements concerning the cooperative research in severe accidents and thermal hydraulics

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On August 30, in Washington, DC, the Director General, Jean-Christophe Niel, and Raymond Furstenau, Director of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and their respective teams, both on-site and remote, took stock of their cooperation in nuclear research. 

​This meeting was an opportunity for all the NRC and IRSN experts involved in this cooperation to present to Raymond Furstenau and Jean-Christophe Niel all their joint work and the results achieved in fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, severe accidents, fuel safety, reactor physics, and long-term operation. These exchanges once again demonstrated the vitality and quality of scientific exchanges between the two organizations.

During his visit, Jean-Christophe Niel was also able to discuss with Daniel Dorman1, Executive Director for Operations at the NRC, the major, current, and future issues for both organizations, particularly concerning small-module reactors (SMRs).

These exchanges with the NRC ended at the French Embassy, at the invitation of the Minister Counsellor, Aurélie Bonal, who presided over the signing2, between the Com​missioner of the NRC, Annie Caputo, and Jean-Christophe Niel, of the renewal of the framework agreement for cooperation between the NRC and IRSN.

With this visit to Washington, DC, the Institute's Director General wished to confirm the longstanding special partnership between the NRC and IRSN, as illustrated by the involvement of operational teams on both sides, who were largely "present," with about 15 participants (on-site and remote) and high-quality scientific communications.

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1. Daniel Dorman and Jean-Christophe Niel


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2. Signing implementing agreements at the French Embassy

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