Completed Projects

Facility for Carbothermal Synthesis of Mixed Nitride Uranium-Plutonium Fuel for New-Generation Fast Reactors
Facility for Carbothermal Synthesis of Mixed Nitride Uranium-Plutonium Fuel for New-Generation Fast Reactors

The facility for carbothermal synthesis (CTSF) of mixed nitride uranium-plutonium fuel is part of the fuel fabrication/re-fabrication plant of the pilot demonstration energy complex (PDEC) being established at Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC). The development was done under the PRORYV project led by Rosatom State Corporation. The CTSF components were fabricated at...

Fuel Rod Assembly Line for BREST-OD-300 Reactor
Fuel Rod Assembly Line for BREST-OD-300 Reactor

The procedure for fabrication of BREST-OD-300 fuel assemblies with mixed uranium-plutonium nitride (MUPN) fuel at fabrication/re-fabrication module (FRM) of the pilot demonstration energy complex (PDEC) requires a fuel rod assembly line. Part of the equipment for the fuel rod assembly line was developed and fabricated by the Sosny R&D Company...

Shielded inert atmosphere gloveboxes for nitride fuel fabrication
Shielded inert atmosphere gloveboxes for nitride fuel fabrication

Shielded inert atmosphere gloveboxes were developed for process chains intended to test the equipment and to try out the processes of fabrication/re-fabrication module (FRM) of mixed uranium-plutonium nitride (MUPN) fuel as a part of the pilot demonstration energy complex (PDEC) being created at the Siberian Group of Chemical Enterprises (SGChE). In...

Creation of SFA cutting hot cell at the Mining and Chemical Combine
Creation of SFA cutting hot cell at the Mining and Chemical Combine

Experimental Demonstration Center is being created at the Mining and Chemical Combine to adjust advanced and ecologically safe technologies for VVER-1000 SNF reprocessing.  The first start-up facility was built in December 2015. The technology of the first start-up facility of the Experimental Demonstration Center includes dismantling of fuel rods one by...

Pre-commissioning of Automated Radiation Monitoring System of Units 1 and 2 of Beloyarsk NPP
Pre-commissioning of Automated Radiation Monitoring System of Units 1 and 2 of Beloyarsk NPP

In 2015-2016 Sosny R&D Company performed pre-commissioning of modified radiation monitoring system for Units 1 and 2 of Beloyarsk NPP in order to ensure radiation safety in decommissioning of Stage 1. Work was preformed after assembling the automated radiation monitoring system of Units 1 and 2 of Beloyarsk NPP in...

Development, fabrication and delivery of equipment and systems for neutron source nuclear subcritical facility at KIPT, Ukraine
Development, fabrication and delivery of equipment and systems for neutron source nuclear subcritical facility at KIPT, Ukraine

For many years, Sosny R&D Company has been cooperating with the Russian-design research centers abroad on different topics including supplying equipment. One of the large projects is the construction of a nuclear source facility driven by a linear electron accelerator at Kharkiv Institute of Physics & Technology (KIPT) of Ukraine....

Development of the Procedure for Liquid Spent Fuel Transport and Reprocessing
Development of the Procedure for Liquid Spent Fuel Transport and Reprocessing

The work was performed under the Russian Research Reactor Fuel Return program (RRRFR) and in connection with the preparation of Foton JSC radiation and technological complex (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), which comprised an IIN-3M research reactor (RR), for decommissioning. After the reactor shutdown in 2013, its liquid spent nuclear fuel (LSNF) in the...

Automated profilometry and eddy current facility for a hot cell at the SSC RIAR material testing facility
Automated profilometry and eddy current facility for a hot cell at the SSC RIAR material testing facility

In 2014-2015, creation of a precision facility for profilometry and eddy-current testing of irradiated fuel rods to be used in a hot cell of RIAR State Scientific Center (SSC RIAR) was successfully completed. The scope of work included: preparation of the Terms of Reference, preliminary design and final design documents,...

Upgrading of radiation monitoring system at the Beloyarsk NPP
Upgrading of radiation monitoring system at the Beloyarsk NPP

In 2009-2013, Sosny R&D Company upgraded the radiation monitoring systems for Units 1 and 2 of the Beloyarsk NPP in order to ensure radiation safety in preparation for decommissioning of the Stage 1. The following scope of work was carried out: close investigation of the automation object, optimization and justification of...

Development of research equipment for the hot cell of BN-800 reactor
Development of research equipment for the hot cell of BN-800 reactor

In 2012-2013 two precise automated systems for the hot cell were developed. This work was performed under the contract with Afrikantov OKBM as a part of development of equipment for the hot cell of the BN-800 reactor at Beloyarsk NPP. As a result, the item prototypes were developed and a...

System for Automated Processing of Task Related Monitoring Data
System for Automated Processing of Task Related Monitoring Data

In 2011-2012, Sosny R&D Company developed, fabricated and commissioned a subsystem for automated processing of task related monitoring data (SAP TRMD) for the phase 1 premises at the Beloyarsk NPP as part of activities for preparation and decommissioning of power units of the Beloyarsk NPP. The work included: analysis of radiation monitoring...

SFA inspection and repair stands for power-grade reactors
SFA inspection and repair stands for power-grade reactors

Together with Gidropress EDB, OKBM and SSC RIAR, R&D Company "Sosny" is involved in development of stands for inspection and repair of irradiated fuel assemblies of power reactors. Sosny specialists carried out a feasibility study and gave justification to a concept of VVER-1000 SFA inspection and repair for Ukranian and...

Shielded Glove Boxes for Fabrication of MOX Fuel and Rods for Research and Power-Grade Fast Neutron Reactors
Shielded Glove Boxes for Fabrication of MOX Fuel and Rods for Research and Power-Grade Fast Neutron Reactors

Shielded air atmosphere glove boxes for fabrication of oxide fuel have been widely used in nuclear industry featuring the equipment with quite clear technical requirements. So, the glove boxes for fabrication of oxide uranium fuel must ensure, as a minimum, a leak-proof shielding containment to provide a separate atmosphere, deployment...

Development of a Type C package for the transport of radioactive material with no restrictions on activity by different transport modes including aircrafts
Development of a Type C package for the transport of radioactive material with no restrictions on activity by different transport modes including aircrafts

"Vesti news", 16 July 2011, Development of Type C Package The Type C package shall maintain its containment upon impact onto a target at a velocity of 90 m/s (this is similar to a fall from a height of 450 m). The overpack for this packaging based on the Czech-made SKODA VPVR/M...

Air shipment of the spent fuel from Romania
Air shipment of the spent fuel from Romania

On June 29, 2009 transportation of SFA of Romania research reactor VVR-S of National Institute of Research and Development in Physics and Nuclear Engineering "Horia Hulubei" (IFIN-HH) was successfully completed. This operation became unique, on the one hand, due to innovations in technical decisions, and on the other hand, due...

Participation on the RRRFR Program. History of transport operations
Participation on the RRRFR Program. History of transport operations

The primary goal of Russian Research Reactor Return Program (RRRFR) performed within the frame of Global Initiative of Nuclear Thread Reduction is non-proliferation of nuclear materials by means of elimination of accumulated stockpiles of highly enriched uranium (HEU) and conversion of research reactors from operation of HEU fuel to operation...

Certification of foreign packages in the Russian Federation
Certification of foreign packages in the Russian Federation

A peculiarity of the certification process was that the Russian Federation had to justify the package design safety in compliance with Russian regulatory requirements to accommodate Russian procedures to handling foreign casks at Russian facilities. In 2005, the Russian Federation endorsed Czech Certificate CZ/048/B(U)F-96 (Rev.1) for Design of TUK SKODA VPVR/M...

Removal of the spent fuel from SSC IPPE
Removal of the spent fuel from SSC IPPE

An SNF batch was removed from SSC IPPE in August, 2011 under the Federal Targeted Program "Ensuring Nuclear and Radiological Safety in 2008 and in the Period until 2015. Since the fuel dimensions prevented loading the SFA into a TUK-19 cask as a whole, the fuel part was separated and put...

Development of a transfer cask for loading SNF into transport casks
Development of a transfer cask for loading SNF into transport casks

For the project purposes, it often needs to develop sophisticated and unique equipment to prepare the SNF for transportation and loading into casks. To remove the VVR-S research reactor SNF from IFIN-HH Institute, Magurele, Romania, the Romanian regulatory authority set stringent safety requirements; this required development of a procedure and equipment...

Development of an overpack for transportation of Russian TUK-19 cask nu different conveyances, including aircraft
Development of an overpack for transportation of Russian TUK-19 cask nu different conveyances, including aircraft

As the TUK-19 casks can be transported in a multimodal manner, a transport overpack was designed for the purposes of unification of handling operations. A special freight large-capacity 20-foot container (a specialized ISO-container) that satisfies ISO standards, international conventions and industry standards for shipments of dangerous cargoes by various conveyances...

Modernization of a vessel for SNF transportation
Modernization of a vessel for SNF transportation

In some projects, a sea shipment is the only possible way due to transit-associated complications. The first use of the Danish INF-2 class vessel LYNX equipped in compliance with the International INF Code was for the RRRFR shipment from Hungary. The Russian vessel MCL-Trader owned by ASPOL Baltic Corporation was...

Preparation of the AMB-100 and AMB-200 reactor SNF for transportation and reprocessing at Mayak PA
Preparation of the AMB-100 and AMB-200 reactor SNF for transportation and reprocessing at Mayak PA

The AMB-100 and AMB-200 reactors at the Beloyarsk NPP were shut down in the 1980s. The fuel of about 40 types with a different burn-up has been stored in the NPP storage pools and at Mayak PA since then. About 40% of the SFAs at the Beloyarsk NPP is stored...

Improving safety of storage conditions for the spent fuel from the EGP-6 reactors at the Bilibino NPP
Improving safety of storage conditions for the spent fuel from the EGP-6 reactors at the Bilibino NPP

The Bilibino NPP has accumulated a large stock of SFAs stored in abundance in drained cooling pools. The planned shutdown of the plant raises an acute problem of further management of the spent fuel. The size of the spent fuel assemblies limits the choice of transport equipment and casks. The...

Assessment of a feasibility and practicality of reprocessing non-conforming RBMK SNF at Mayak PA
Assessment of a feasibility and practicality of reprocessing non-conforming RBMK SNF at Mayak PA

In early 2010, the absence of a technology for dry storage of non-conforming SNF of the RBMK-1000 reactor made Rosatom State Corporation initiate efforts to analyze safety of its reprocessing at Mayak PA. Under the Mayak/Sosny contract, our experts collected and analyzed data on the quantity and characteristics of non-conforming...

Preparation and removal of the RA reactor SNF from Vinca Institute, Serbia
Preparation and removal of the RA reactor SNF from Vinca Institute, Serbia

The RA heavy-water reactor at the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science, Serbia, was commissioned in the middle of the last century and shutdown more than 20 years ago. As there has been no standard technology for SNF transportation, the fuel has never been removed from the reactor being left for...

Elimination of consequences of the fuel destruction at the Paks NPP
Elimination of consequences of the fuel destruction at the Paks NPP

The Paks NPP is located in the heart of Hungary on the Danube River. Over the years of operation of Russian VVER-440 units, the Paks NPP has demonstrated the best performance and efficiency. However, the NPP personnel have been concerned by the problem of magnetite deposits on the fuel rod...

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