Projects in the ENSI Research Programme seek to clarify outstanding issues, establish fundamentals and develop the tools that ENSI requires to discharge its responsibilities. The projects also foster the skills needed for regulatory activities and encourage the development of independent expertise. Finally, international projects deliver results that Switzerland could not achieve on its own and at the same time encourage international networking. These are the main objectives of ENSI’s research strategy.

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Last saturday, the 5000th visitor of 2014 has been welcomed at the Visitor Center of the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory. ENSI participates in the Rock Laboratory with its own research projects. As a project partner, ENSI offers guided tours of the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory to interested groups.

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A good safety culture is necessary in order to ensure that technical installations are safe. There is widespread agreement on this point across all specialist disciplines and sectors. ENSI, the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate, also gives consideration to safety culture in its supervisory work. In a new report on supervisory practice covering various issues, […]

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Research work helps in taking decisions and developing the instruments that ENSI needs in order to perform its functions. The insights gained help develop the competence needed for supervisory activities and creates independent expertise. Internationally networked projects deliver results that could not be achieved in Switzerland alone.

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The objective of the international Mont Terri Rock Laboratory Research Project is to study the geological, hydrogeological, geochemical and geomechanical properties of Opalinus clay. These properties are critically important for the assessment of the safety and technical feasibility of a deep geological repository for radioactive waste in this type of rock. In 2009, ENSI’s research […]

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OECD MCCI, Melt Coolability and Concrete Interaction: the OECD MCCI (Melt Coolability and Concrete Interaction) project concerns severe accidents in which the reactor core melts due to the absence of cooling, after which the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) also fails. In the reactor building, the corium reaches the concrete foundation, which should be prevented from […]

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