Apsara-U reactor becomes operational at Trombay
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Apsara-U reactor becomes operational at Trombay

New Delhi, Sept 11: An upgraded version of India’s first nuclear reactor, ‘Apasara Upgraded’ of higher capacity was born at Trombay of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai on September 10.

According to the Department of Atomic Energy, a swimming pool type research reactor ‘Apsara-U’ is made indigenously, uses plate type dispersion fuel elements made of Low Enriched Uranium (LEU), an official statement said here on Tuesday. “By virtue of higher neutron flux, this reactor will increase indigenous production or radio-isotopes for medical application by about fifty percent and would also be extensively used for research in nuclear physics, material science and radiation shielding”, the Department of Atomic Energy said.

“Apsara”, the first research reactor in Asia became operational in Trombay campus of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in August 1956. After providing more than five decades of dedicated service to the researchers, the reactor was shut down in 2009. (UNI)