The Novosibirsk plant of chemical concentrates is one of the world leading producers of nuclear fuel for atomic power plants and research reactors of Russia and other countries. It’s also the only producer of lithium metal.
Roof of the production building
Shop where nuclear elements and fuel air compositions for research reactors are made.
Uranium dioxide powder production by the method of high temperature pyrohydrolysis.
Operating room. From here they control the process of uranium dioxide powder production. It is finally used for making fuel pellets.
Uranium pellets production area.
Pellets of nuclear ceramic fuel are about to be sent for burning.
The pellets are burnt at the temperature not less than 1750 C in the hydrogen reducing environment during more than 20 hours.
Production and technical control of nuclear ceramic fuel.
Special gloves are used for work inside boxes.
Unloading capacities with the pellets.
Nuclear elements and fuel air compositions are produced here.
Automated line making nuclear elements
Filling of zirconium pipes with uranium dioxide pellets. Ready nuclear elements are 4 m long.
They serve for making nuclear fuel.
Transportation of ready nuclear elements
Fuel rod arrays assembly
Fixing the fuel rod arrays in the feed mechanism.
Frame making. One frame is used for 312 fuel rod arrays.
Frame technical control
Automated stands for fuel elements
Assembly of a bundle of fuel elements
Technical control of fuel rod arrays
Nuclear elements with bar codes. Thanks to the bar codes all production process can be retraced.
Control and packing stands
There must be equal space between fuel elements
Ready nuclear fuel element
Double-tube containers for transportation of the fuel rod arrays. Nuclear fuel for atomic power stations is used in Russia and sent to Ukraine, Bulgaria, China, India, Iran.