Branches and Expedition
INP’s Astana branch
The Institute of Nuclear Physics’ Astana branch of the Republic of Kazakhstan was founded with the purpose of forming, in partnership with L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, an interdisciplinary scientific and research complex as a regional center of natural sciences and scientific and technical accompaniment for specialists training for Kazakhstan’s nuclear industry.
Analysis of international experience shows that the most significant results in addressing problems of education and science integration, promotion of advanced technologies in the real economy, is realized by creating a major training and scientific-research facilities on the bases of large installations, capable of playing a role of a unifying foundation between education, science and business.
Complex is based on heavy-ion accelerator DC-60, put into effect in 2006. Please follow here for the accelerator room’s virtual tour.
Virtual tour of the central hall of the accelerator complex DC – 60
DC-60 accelerator’s central room
Established complex became the first post-Soviet new major nuclear-physical installation in Kazakhstan for conducting fundamental and applied physics research, as well as technological activities, in the field of nuclear science and technology, which meet the world-class requirements. Selection of technical parameteres and accelerator DC-60’s placement is justified by the relevance and prospects of scientific and practical applications and the need to ensure comfortable conditions for the educational process organization, which is inextricably linked to carrying out scientific, technological and engineering works. Accelerator DC-60 – modern environmentally friendly installation with a low level of radiation risk.
Nobel Prize laureate in Physics Zh. Alferov’s visit to INP’s branch
Cooperation of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University and INP’s Astana branch – a remarkable example of a cooperation in which teaching and scientific experience, technical base of educational university and scientific-research institute, are combined together to achieve a common goal. Students, graduates, doctoral students and teachers of <abbr=”L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University”>ENU are involved in scientific research, works of various scientific and technical seminars and conferences held by the Institute. By working together it became possible to bring up a change of young nuclear scientists and prepare scientific-pedagogical personnel of high qualification. In order to ensure a high quality of the personnel training on accelerator’s complex base, in July of 2008 the International Department “Nuclear physics, new materials and technologies” was created, with the participation of <abbr=”L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University”>ENU, INP and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna).
Opening of International Department “Nuclear physics, new materials and technologies”
Personnel training in that department is carried out by direct participation of undergraduate and graduate students, PhD students of <abbr=”L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University”>ENU in scientific-technological research, that are being conducted on accelerator DC-60, starting from planning and experiment preparation to the release of finished scientific and technological products. Training of students, bachelors and graduates, as well as the training of PhD students is carried out with the participation of INP and JINR leading specialists in a coordinated and approved training program, in close connection with the themes and directions of scientific organizations.
INP activities at the Karachaganak oil gas condensate field are primarily associated with the presence of six underground nuclear cavities, which were created in 1983-1984 and were supposed to be used as underground storages of gas condensate (LIRA facility).
INP’s Aksai branch was established in 1998, which is a production base for carrying out works in project “Complex research and LIRA facilities monitoring”.
During 6 years developed and implemented a complex monitoring system, including monitoring of the radionuclide, macro- and microelement soil composition, surface and subsurface water. As a result of radioecological research of human settlements, adjacent to KOGCF, it was confirmed that the radiation exposure on the population from LIRA facilities was absent. In 2004 a new direction was indicated that has no analogues in the world – the transition to liquidation technologies of underground nuclear cavities.
Having a special status, INP’s Aksai branch cooperates with many organizations on the import of radioactive sources, as well as provides them with a base storage and dosimetric inspection on the sites of radioisotope equipment installation.
Scientific-technical potential and the international experience from cooperation allows Aksai branch to qualitatively execute radioecological and ecological projects. It is confirmed by the Quality System Certificate № 00059 of the State Certification System of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Aksai branch conducts:
- Measuring the radiation characteristics of the objects of environment, construction, metal waste, industrial facilities, other hydrocarbon products e.t.c.
- Chemical analysis of water (drinking, subsurface, surface), soil and priming, industrial waste with the hazard class definition, hydrocarbon production
Azgir nuclear test site is located in Western Kazakhstan’s Atyrau region, 360 km north-west from Atyrau city. On its territory during the 1966-1979 period there were 17 underground nuclear explosions conducted in order to develop a technology of creating underground cavities of greater capacity for various purposes in salt domes.
Azgir scientific-production radioecological expedition was established in 1996.
- Expedition’s main goals:
- ensuring conservation of AZGIR landfill sites
- implementation of regular monitoring of landfill’s radiation status, adjacent territories and settlements