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Moscow scientists offer new flaw detection system for nuclear reactors
19 May '15
Scientists at the Moscow Lomonosov State University (MSU) have made a new electron accelerator to check the quality of welded joints in nuclear reactors. The radiation flaw detection system will be used at Atommash, a large nuclear energy company in Volgodonsk, in South Russia, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.
The new accelerator, which has already been fully tested, is a joint product of MSU’s Skobeltsyn Research Institute of Nuclear Physics and NPP Toriy, a sizable asset of Russia’s Ruselectronics, the largest umbrella company for domestic government-owned electronic makers.
Welded joints are critical in checking the strength of a nuclear reactor’s casing. When exposed to intensive neutron radiation the joints are typically the first to lose strength, the source emphasized.
Some characteristics of the new system are “superior to Russian and international analogs,” RIA reported.