Romans

Site Framatome de Romans-sur-Isère

Site Framatome de Romans-sur-Isère

Site Framatome de Romans-sur-Isère

Fuel assemblies manufacturing and irradiation targets production

Romans-sur-Isère site is Framatome’s fuel manufacturing facility for nuclear power plants and research reactors. It’s also the Framatome’s development center for fuel research and medical-use products. It is home to leading innovations in fuel design and fabrication, with expertise in uranium metal-based alloys as part of its CERCA brand, and uranium-based medical irradiation targets as part of its Framatome Healthcare brand.

The diverse team of experts at Romans benefit from 60 years of experience and know-how. With a multitude of specific skills required in the nuclear industry, employees are proficient in chemistry, powder metallurgy, assembly fabrication technologies with sophisticated welding methods, mechanics and machining applications.

Thanks to cutting-edge equipment and highly qualified competences, the teams serve and contribute to the supply of ever safer, enhanced, low-carbon and performant nuclear fuels for today’s global nuclear operations, while pioneering the next-generation of nuclear fuels for tomorrow’s advanced reactors.

 

Site Facts

  • 70 fuel element designs
  • About 200 fuel elements per year are delivered to research centers and universities
  • Of the 45 million nuclear medical examinations carried out worldwide, around 30 million use medical targets produced by Framatome Romans

More than:

  • 60 years of experience
  • 50 000 assemblies for nuclear power plants.
  • 7oo tons of uranium transformed into assemblies each year

Did you know?

Once in the reactor, the fuel assemblies produce the energy through the nuclear fission process. The assemblies will remain for about four years in the reactor. An assembly is around four meters long. Each assembly of 264 inspected fuel rods forms the nuclear fuel.

Assemblies skeleton visual control in the assemblies workshop

Assemblies skeleton visual control in the assemblies workshop © Framatome, Cyrille Dupont (The Pulses)

Cibles d'irradiation à usage médical

Cibles d’irradiation à usage médical