9 Working With A Nuclear Reactor

Working With A Nuclear Reactor

Welcome to 7th International Conference on isotopes that was visited by representatives who came from 38 countries willing to discuss the present and the future of the isotope industry.

Today nuclear medicine is one of the most perspective industries in isotope field. Technetium is believed to be the most important isotope that enables to perform treatment and diagnostics of oncology patients at a totally new and advanced level.

Technetium-99 is obtained from Molybdenum-99. After closure of a nuclear reactor in Canada engaged in development of Molybdenum isotopes Russia has acquired a perfect chance to improve its positions in the world market of medical isotopes.

Atomic Reactor Research Institute is considered as a birth place of molybdenum-99 in Russia.

In 1960 the USSR took the lead in exploration of space and nuclear science. It is nice to see that experience and achievements of our ancestors have not sunk into oblivion but is well-preserved and developed. Department of Reactor Complex.

Modern Atomic Reactor Research Institute is equipped with 6 nuclear reactors and three more reactors are planned to be launched in the near future.

A new medical center of a nuclear and innovative cluster is at the stage of construction today. Over 40 thousand of patients a year will be able to undergo treatment at the center.

Over 5000 of people are employed in the Center, 23% of them are represented by the youth.

Let’s have a look at the most powerful nuclear reactor in the world handled by young specialists.

Some parts of the equipment can be considered as out-of-date but won’t be changed in the near future due to their high reliability.

Special containers with targets (uranium rods in aluminum coats) are placed on the bottom of the reactor filled with water for 8 meters. The targets are later bombarded by neurons. The rods will be held inside the reactor for 6 days. Molybdenum-99 is obtained during that time. Then the rods are removed, and dissolved in special solutions when uranium turns into residue and isotope of molybdenum-99 remains in the solution. That’s how the final product is obtained.


Nuclear release can take place as a result of the nuclear reaction. After the reactor is stopped it is thoroughly cleaned and washed with special deactivating powder.

Round corners make cleaning easier.

Use the opportunity and have a look inside the reactor without any risk for your health!

Rods are placed inside the reactors manually or with the help of special cranes.

People and equipment who came into contact with the reactors will be checked for contamination with the help of a radiation-measuring device.

To the shelter.

Department of radionuclide sources and preparations.

That’s where the exposed rods are placed.

Molybdenum-99 is transported in special containers.

An honorable employee.

As the employees have to work under harmful conditions, they are provided with healthy food.

Location: Dimitrovograd

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9 Responses to “Working With A Nuclear Reactor”

  1. Sean says:

    Cool. Always liked these kinds of unique facilities. Realizing it is so complex and in a few number makes me wonder what it takes to keep it going.

  2. Boritz says:

    I especially admire the squirrel house.

  3. Unknown says:

    Sweet stuff.

  4. Archy Bunker says:

    So, the squirrel turns the wheel, and makes the turbine go.

  5. marxistworker says:

    We live inside a quantum computer universe. Information gave rise to everything in this universe (all Laws and matter). We are just the products of information from a computer (yes, even the squirrel).

  6. (r)evolutionist says:

    If I was a visitor, I’d memorize that “To the Shelter” sign (language AND location).

  7. Chris says:

    Glad to see something still working and not abandoned.

    • Verto says:

      Well said ! ! ! ! !but according to “western standards” this facility is already “abandoned” 30 years ago ! ! ! ! !

  8. Jack says:

    Very impressive images, I’ve alway wanted to see the inside of an old nuclear reactor.

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