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Containers in contaminated power plant zones

Swing and rolling bridges are used to manoeuvre nuclear fuel in contaminated areas of nuclear power plants. Using a compressed spring system providing controlled elasticity, they maintain a degree of movement while exerting a constraint force of 30 tonnes.

In this case, the R&D department at Socitec studied the metal parts in place in the system, and made finite element calculations to verify the different constraints resulting from the environment.

High-risk transportation of nuclear fuel

Socitec was involved in calculating and placing isolators for transporting fuel rods, which are narrow tubes used to transport pellets (nuclear fuel). It was indispensable not to generate excessively high constraints in order to ensure secure transportation.

Cable isolators specially developed by Socitec were subject to a series of tests in our R&D department to guarantee the logistics of the nuclear fuel.