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UDLAP Faculty Member Takes Her Knowledge to Russia

  • She participated in the Ninth Fire and Explosions Seminar.

Dr. Adriana Palacios Rosas, a research faculty member of the Department of Chemical, Food, and Environmental Engineering at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, was invited to participate in the Ninth Fire and Explosions Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

“The meeting I attended was the Ninth Fire and Explosions Seminar in St. Petersburg, Russia. I gave a lecture, which they deemed relevant, entitled Industrial Fires and Nuclear Reactors in which I explained how those two topics are related,” the UDLAP faculty member commented during an interview.

 

Delving into this topic, Dr. Palacios Rosas explained that this is a preventive measure to avoid accidents at nuclear plants. “What happens in reactors is that when they begin to have problems, they generate large quantities of hydrogen within the reactor, causing the tanks that contain it to be unable to hold it and exploding, thus producing accidents as fires or dispersion of radioactive materials into the atmosphere. Taking this into account, this project suggests ventilating the hydrogen tanks in a controlled manner using torches and thus keeping the tanks from becoming saturated with gas and exploding.”

 

She stressed that this prevention measure has not been used.  “It is still being studied. We joined what we know about fires with what we know about nuclear reactors. We took advantage of this seminar to present the project; there were different comments, especially that this course of action would be very costly because before ventilating the tanks, the hydrogen would have to go through membranes to remove radioactive products, which is expensive,” she stated.

 

Finally, Dr. Palacios Rosas said that this seminar is held every three years.  “I received the invitation because I belong to the Combustion Institute, which is an international organization. To attend this meeting, I had to send my proposed topic a year ago. They accepted the project and I had to send a detailed article, which was reviewed and finally selected.”