Community: About OPAL FAQ's
In this section you will find a list of frequently asked questions about ANSTO’s OPAL research reactor that may be of interest to you as part of the community.
|What is the OPAL research reactor?||OPAL stands for Open Pool Australian Light-water reactor and is a research reactor that is designed to produce neutrons used in research and to produce radioisotopes. |
|What powers OPAL?|| |
OPAL is fuelled by low-enriched uranium and capable of generating 20 MW (megawatts) of thermal power.
|How safe is OPAL?||OPAL is very safe. Its design guarantees the protection of staff, the public and the environment from radiation hazards. |
|What would happen if a plane flew into OPAL?||If a plane flew into OPAL there would be no damage to the reactor itself as it is protected against severe impacts by its design. OPAL is protected by a strong containment building that has thick concrete walls and a cesna shredder. |
|If there was an earthquake how would this affect OPAL?||OPAL is able to withstand an extreme earthquake and in this situation, OPAL would be safely shut down as a safety measure. |
|Where can i learn more information about OPAL?||You can learn more information about OPAL by visiting this webpage. |