Now showing 1 - 5 of 60
- ItemShipment of research reactor spent fuel from Australia to France(Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Compagnie Générale des Matières Nucléaires (COGEMA), 1999-11) Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation; Compagnie Générale des Matières Nucléaires (COGEMA)The first maritime shipment of research reactor spent fuel from Australia to France initiates a new partnership between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, ANSTO, and the French Compagnie Générale des Matières Nucléaires, COGEMA. The spent fuel elements that will be transferred to France arise from the HIFAR research reactor, operated by ANSTO. HlFAR is at the heart of Australia's nuclear science and technology program, which encompasses the fields of nuclear medicine, serving domestic and foreign markets, materials and environmental research. Spent fuel from nuclear research reactors may be managed under three main strategies: long-term storage, direct disposal or overseas reprocessing. Given the particular nature of ANSTO’s fuel, Australia has chosen the overseas reprocessing path due to the widely recognised advantages of this proven industrial solution. To implement this strategy, ANSTO has contracted with COGEMA, the World leader in nuclear fuel reprocessing, with more than three decades of successful and safe industrial operation. The reprocessing operations as well as the associated transports will be carried out under very stringent Quality Assurance/ Quality Control policies and will be in full compliance with all relevant international and national regulations, particularly those related to safety.
- ItemSafely managing Australia's radioactive waste(Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, 2015-12-09) Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationNuclear medicine produced by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has benefited generations of Australians since the 1960s. With benefits come responsibilities, and the by-product of nuclear medicine includes radioactive waste. Australia responsibly manages this waste in both the long and short term.
- ItemRadiation consultancy, training and calibration(Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, 2016-02-12) Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationThe ANSTO Radiation Services team offers advice, training, instrument calibration and consultancy services to ensure the safe, effective use and management of radiation in all industry sectors including mining, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education, universities, research and other fields where radiation is present. The radiation experts at ANSTO provide services and tailored advice to ensure the safety of your employees, the community and the environment, as well as providing assurance that your practices align with relevant national and international regulations and standards. ANSTO operates the Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor, Australia’s only nuclear research reactor. We offer a range of services including: • consulting in radiation protection monitoring and health physics • radiation training courses • radiation instrument calibration • radioactive source inventories • emergency preparedness and response • systems safety and reliability consulting
- ItemWhat is radiation?(Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, 2013-07-23) Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRadiation can be described as energy or particles from a source that travel through space or other mediums. Light, heat, microwaves and wireless communications are all forms of radiation. The kind of radiation discussed here is called ionising radiation because it can produce charged particles (ions) in matter. Ionising radiation is emitted by a large range of natural materials, can be produced by everyday devices such as X-ray machines, and can also be emitted by unstable atoms. Atoms become unstable when they have the wrong amount of mass required to keep them stable, an excess of energy, or both. Unstable atoms are said to be radioactive. In order to reach stability these atoms give off, or emit, energy and/or mass. The energy is emitted in the form of electromagnetic radiation (i.e. light) and the mass is in the form of tiny particles. These emissions are called nuclear radiation and such atoms are said to be radioactive. Gamma radiation is an example of electromagnetic radiation. Beta and alpha radiation are examples of emitted particles. Ionising radiation can also be produced by devices such as X-ray machines.
- ItemWater research(Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, 2014-10-07) Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationAtoms are everywhere. Everything we touch, see, taste and smell is made up of atoms. Likewise isotopes, which are simply atoms with a different number of neutrons, are also everywhere. ANSTO’s environmental researchers use a wide variety of isotopes, including some that are radioactive, to understand how environmental systems - water, earth, air, plants and animals - function and interact, and the impact that humans are having on the environment. Our research enables industry and policy makers to make informed decisions about this important resource and ultimately improve our world.