IGCAR work may allow doctors to ‘see’ a fever

Visual, non-invasive monitoring of body temperature of patients in hospitals without using a thermometer may become a reality thanks to the work carried out by a team of scientists led by Dr. John Philip, Head of the SMART section at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam near Chennai. The concept is based... Continue Reading →

IGCAR: Hydrogen sensor for greater safety

The use of liquid sodium as a coolant in fast breeder reactors has been made safer, thanks to a sensor — electrochemical hydrogen meter — developed by scientists at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, off Chennai. The sensor has been thoroughly tested at IGCAR; it was also tested at the Phenix... Continue Reading →

Hybrid desalination plant at Kalpakkam

Published in The Hindu on December 6, 2012 “The Nuclear Desalination Demonstration Plant (NDDP) located at Kalpakkam [off Chennai], Tamil Nadu, is the world’s largest hybrid seawater desalination plant coupled to an existing nuclear power plant,” says Dr. P.K Tewari, Head, Desalination Division, BARC, Mumbai. Coupled to MAPS This desalination facility is coupled to the... Continue Reading →

‘Our policy is to reprocess all the fuel put into a nuclear reactor’

Published in The Hindu on October 28, 2012 ‘India is one of the countries doing a lot of work on a scientific solution to waste management,’ says Dr. Sekhar Basu, Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. = Photo: R. Prasad Post the Fukushima disaster, one of the key issues protesters raise is nuclear waste... Continue Reading →

IGCAR develops sensors to inspect defects in materials

Detecting and imaging structural defects like cracks, holes etc, present in components made of ferromagnetic materials like pipelines, railway tracks and tubes has now become easy with optical sensors. These sensors were developed by Dr. John Philip and his team at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam near Chennai. The results of... Continue Reading →

Detecting breast cancer using thermal imaging

Published in The Hindu on July 9, 2009 Screening to detect breast cancer early may become a reality if thermography (thermal imaging) that is in the early stages of testing is perfected. The trial is jointly done by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam and the Chennai based Sri Ramachandra Medical College... Continue Reading →

PFBR: novel steel reduces power generation cost

Published in The Hindu on March 12, 2009 The Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) at Kalpakkam has achieved a major breakthrough that would allow it to generate power at 30 paisa per unit less 4-5 years after the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), which is under construction, is commissioned. The PFBR is expected... Continue Reading →

PFBR: main vessel to be installed soon

Published in The Hindu on July 24, 2008 The main vessel of the 500 MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor that is being constructed at Kalpakkam will be installed anytime during the second half of September, according to Dr. Baldev Raj, Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR). The main vessel will house... Continue Reading →

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