21 Making Fuel Assemblies For Nuclear Power Plants

Making Fuel Assemblies For Nuclear Power Plants

Posted on November 14, 2012 by team

We are at the Novosibirsk Plant of Chemical Concentrates where fuel assemblies for nuclear power plants are made.

Nuclear reactor is something like a huge kettle that boils water. The water is heated under the impact of the chain nuclear reation that happens in the fuel assembly. Such assemblies are produced just here, in Novosibirsk.

Alexander once came to the plant as an ordinary worker but now he is the chief of the shop.

Each time a new assembly is developed, they try to make it better: more rigid, reliable and safe. Old technologies are sold to other countries.

It is the very beginning of the technological chain.

One can walk only within these lines.

Enriched uranium is delivered from Seversk to Novosibirsk.

Now it has to be processed in the way to make fuel pellets from it. It is heated, various ingredients are added etc.

All equipment for this stage of production is developed and produced on the territory of Russia.

Then the fuel of right consistency is packed into such cones.


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21 Responses to “Making Fuel Assemblies For Nuclear Power Plants”

  1. Nergol says:

    The Russian nuclear industry: Only poisoning three countries in 60 years is a pretty good record, if you think about it.

    • America says:

      Which three countries? Just in the former Soviet Union alone there must be more then 3 countries that are polluted from radioactivity. Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus are just the obvious ones that come to mind due to Chernobyl. But there are Soviet era polluted nuclear sites all over the FSU, probably elsewhere too.

  2. YJ says:

    Nuclear power for everyone!!!

  3. moot says:

    This is so interesting more article like this plz!

  4. Wancho says:

    Looks like the head of Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran is smoking.

  5. deepo says:

    How can the nuclear fuel assemblies be assembled without cooling? Spent fuel assemblies are stored under water for 5 years because they produce a lot of heat.

    I would also have expected the fuel assemblies to have control rods inserted from production to absorb the neutrons being emmitted by the uranium.

  6. Osip says:

    How did they manage without the American and German technological equipments?

  7. Osip says:

    Why is it we always see the Russian pounding sensitive assemblies with the cross pein hammer??
    It is just as out dated as the sickle.

  8. Bazar says:

    I totally agree with moot more like this.

  9. Steve says:

    Very cool. I wonder if the fuel assemblies are warming even as they are assembled.

  10. Muzzlehatch says:

    They allow smoking in this plant? How dangerous!

    • Mudgutz says:

      They will die of cancer anyway.

      • America says:

        So will millions of others who have never spent a moment around radioactive elements…

        How many of them will die of cancer because of their exposure to radioactivity vs. just die of cancer like millions of others? The answer might not be as obvious and you think it would be. The guy smoking probably has a higher chance of developing it. Godspeed to the ones who smoke, eat charbroiled red meat and work at the plant! lol

  11. ProudGerman says:

    IRAN is not a country to be trusted only fools think it is for energy.

  12. tom says:

    This is such an inefficient system, we need to look at Thorium reactors.

    • America says:

      There are quite a few companies and organizations that already are. Good luck convincing the greenies in government and tree hugging lobbying groups that it’s a good idea though. It’s nuclear, that’s bad! They will demonize it in favor of gov backing for geothermal / solar /wind / wave energy. No matter how environmentally sound, economical, and viable the tech is made to be. It’s nuclear. It must be evil, right?

  13. stolichnaya says:

    Iranian ambassador to factory workers: “Do you guys have any extra fuel rods lying around? Could I borrow some? I’m, uh … I’m doing a science project. Yeah.”

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