Decommissioning & Dismantling ∎ Waste Management ∎ Radiation Protection
∎ Dose rate calculations for photons, neutrons, and further particles
∎ Nuclear facilities
∎ Waste container planning
∎ D&D, waste management, and radiation protection
Together with my Dutch partner Nuclear Shields B.V., I have developed transport and storage containers for nuclear waste. These include a heavily shielded container for high-level CSD-V canisters with vitrified reprocessing waste and a versatile container for low- and intermediate-level waste in 200 l drums or as loose waste.
For the dismantling of a nuclear power plant, I conducted numerous detailed simulations. These include a determination of the activity inventory in the reactor building, generation of collective dose estimates for the approval procedure, dose rate calculations for planning of shielding measures during dismantling, and simulations for loading planning of nuclear disposal containers.
These projects cover extensive dose rate calculations for several interim storage facilities, waste treatment buildings, and an accelerator facility. The aim was to plan shielding measures and to prove compliance with the existing dose rate limits. The simulation models cover a very large area, so that sophisticated variance reduction techniques are used.
In addition to simulations primarily aiming to serve the approval process of Your undertakings, additional advantages can be achieved for projects, in which shielding, burnup, and activation calculations are used in a supportive manner.
For specific dismantling projects, these advantages include:
In this way, the project management can be optimally adapted to the radiological conditions, resulting in significant cost savings, waste minimization, and improved radiation protection for the operating and dismantling staff.
completed projects and partners
After graduating in the Ruhr area in Germany, I decided to study physics at TU Dortmund University, which I completed with a very good diploma in theoretical elementary particle physics.
My diploma thesis deals with the theory of asymptotically safe quantum gravity, whose theoretical predictions I have implemented into a Monte Carlo generator in order to be able to confront them with the measurements of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva.
Due to my great interest in nuclear technology and the urge to turn to the free economy, I decided to do my doctorate at the Institute for Nuclear Engineering and Technology Transfer at RWTH Aachen University. The institute is very application-oriented and characterized by a high academic level.
This is also reflected by the projects I worked on during my PhD studies:
The project HBS is finally the main topic of my PhD thesis (ISBN 978-3-030-05638-4), which was honored with summa cum laude. My results led to a European patent (Pat.-Nr. EP3091540B1) in cooperation with JCNS-2.
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