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A Nuclear Tour de France, September 10, 2012

VujicNormanJasmina Vujic, Professor  & Eric Norman, Professor

Every few years, the French section of the American Nuclear Society hosts a group of American nuclear engineering faculty members on a whirlwind tour of French nuclear facilities.

This July, 12 US faculty members, including two current and one former member of the UCB Nuclear Engineering Dept., were invited to participate. During a six-day period we travelled over 2400 km throughout France. Technical visits were made to the Saclay Laboratory, Melox fuel fabrication plant, Chalon large LWR components fabrication plant, Bure underground waste repository, La Hague reprocessing plant, and an EPR construction site.  In addition, a number of presentations were given describing the French nuclear engineering educational system. 


In this talk we shared our impressions of this tour and pointed out differences and similarities bewteen the French and US approaches to the nuclear fuel cycle.

Suited up for tour of Melox fuel fabrication plant  AREVA Chalon/St-Marcel, July 11, 2012

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