Framatome has been awarded a multimillion-euro contract to modernise the crane instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), which is operated by the Technical University of Munich.
The crane systems support various activities, such as neutron experiments, maintenance, waste treatment and fuel handling.
Frédéric Lelièvre, senior executive vice president in charge of sales, regional platforms and the I&C Business Unit at Framatome said: “This contract builds on our expertise beyond nuclear power generation as we expand our support for research reactors, sterilisation and medical facility automation.”
The project involves dismantling existing components, commissioning four new cranes and implementing an automated control system. These improvements comply with the safety standards of the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (KTA) and enhance reactor safety, reduce maintenance costs, sustain long-term operation and safeguard investments in the facility, Framatome noted.
“By modernising the crane systems, we ensure the future availability of neutrons for scientific research and medical and industrial applications,” said Daniel Schneider, FRM II project manager. According to Framatome, the upgraded I&C system provides fail-safe, redundant components and advanced cybersecurity functionality. As a safety-related system, it requires an independent review by the TÜV Technical Inspection Association before installation. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
FRM II was built by Framatome and its predecessor companies and started operations in 2004. It is the world’s most powerful and modern neutron source and ensures the security of supply for all its applications. About 1000 international guest researchers come to FRM II each year.
Photo: Framatome is to modernise the crane instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the research neutron source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (Photo Credit: Technical University of Munich).