The Douneray Establishment centres around the experimental fast fission reactor enclosed in its massive 135 ft retaining sphere.
The Douneray Establishment centres around the experimental fast fission reactor enclosed in its massive 135 ft retaining sphere. From this reactor will come the necessary operating experience in commissioning an advanced machine, and experimental data on the behaviour of fuel elements, cooling systems and control. To commission and maintain the reactor in operation a Fuel Element plant is required, together with Chemical Processing facilities, to refrabricate the fuel into new elements.
Our film sequence shows fuel elements being made in the Fuel Element plant and also the Fuel Element Processing Plant where these elements are treated after having being used in a reactor.
Also at Douneray is the first materials-testing reactor of the Industrial Group and similar types of reactor are at HARWELL where they have two known as "DIDO" and "PLUTO", in AUSTRALIA where in SYDNEY is the "HIFAR" or High Flux Australian Reactor - and in DENMARK, where the "DR3" is installed at RISO.
Fuel elements for all four of these reactors are produced at DOUNERAY and these elements are also returned to Douneray for processing after use and the fuel refabricated into new elements.