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The Big Bang North West 2015: Sellafield Confirmed!
We are overjoyed to announce that Sellafield Ltd will be returning to The Big Bang North West and they have some STEM-sational exhibits for you!
The Sellafield Ltd stand is aimed at promoting STEM to the next generation of engineers, mathematicians and scientists, using Sellafield Ltd’s position within the global nuclear industry as a platform to inspire and enthuse.
Their exhibits included a variety of activities that demonstrate how the challenges faced on site are being solved with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Glove Box Challenge Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a Homer Simpson? – It’s not as easy as it looks! Glove boxes are used extensively across the Sellafield site and other nuclear facilities to allow for the safe handling of hazardous material. This activity gives users the opportunity to experience the difficulties involved with undertaking even the simplest of tasks within a glove box.
Pond Crane Activity When spent fuel is removed from a nuclear reactor core it is extremely hot and so it is cooled in huge storage ponds for a number of years before it is removed for reprocessing. This activity simulates the removal of the spent fuel from the storage ponds at the Sellafield site, using what is known as a pond crane.
Remote Handler When fuel is removed from a nuclear reactor it contains highly active fission products which emit high levels of radiation, this makes handling such material challenging. In such cases remote manipulators are often used to handle the radioactive material. This activity simulates the use of such manipulators, highlighting some of the difficulties encountered when working with spent nuclear fuel when in arrives at Sellafield site.
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