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Safety and Security

The long term goal is to establish a Research Reference Facility for Critical Infrastructure Protection (RRFCIP), in order to provide a unique in the country test-bed facility in the field of Critical Infrastructure Protection. It will setup an environment where industrial (and SME) partners will interact with both R&D entities and emergency responders / operators to catalyze the transformation of CIP related research into highly innovative products and services. It is of note that INRASTES is one of the main members of the National Emergency Response Plan’s Nuclear Technology Team, in charge of producing prognoses of radionuclides atmospheric dispersion in cases of nuclear or radiological emergencies.
The relevant R&D priorities include:
  • Safety of industrial installations with advanced modeling tools; Study of the interaction of human factors in safety and security operations; Enhancing safety in the process industry through virtual reality tools.
  • Consequence assessment of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell applications, using the CFD methodology. Releases from both compressed (CGH2) or liquified (LH2) hydrogen storage in unconfined, semi-confined or confined environments. Support of Regulation, Codes and Standards. Consequence assessment using the CFD methodology in other application areas, e.g. CO2 transport, natural gas, LNG, LPG, ammonia, chlorine, Argon installations, etc.
  • Decision Support in Nuclear Emergencies: development and maintenance of state-of-the-art software (meteorological and dispersion models) that is included in the European Decision Support System for nuclear emergencies RODOS.
  • Risk assessment of interconnected and interdependent heterogeneous critical infrastructures from multiple threats including malevolent acts, technological accidents and natural hazards.
  • Nuclear Security which is related to the protection of nuclear / radiological installations providing a holistic concept of operations from prevention (risk assessment) to site physical protection and response to potential incidents. This area will be linked to issues for border protection and illicit transportation of dangerous materials.
  • Studies for preparedness and resilience against CBRN terrorism. Radiological dispersion (“dirty bombs”) in urban and indoor environments.
  • Development and application of unmanned platforms easily deployable both to GRR-1 and off-site applications, using advanced sensor systems and radiation monitoring equipment inherently linked to dispersion and dose assessment models.
  • Training (theoretical and hands-on) to interested organizations in the field of protecting critical infrastructures and nuclear / radiological installations.