10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

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10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is India‘s premier nuclear research facility headquartered in TrombayMumbaiMaharashtra.

1. Earlier Known as Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), it was created in 1954

Bhabha was the founding director of the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) which is now named the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in his honor.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

2. BARC handles all facets of nuclear power generation

Nuclear power is the fifth-largest source of electricity in India after coal, gas, hydroelectricity and wind power.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

From Designing of reactors, modeling, risk analysis and simulation, it all happens here. Just another day at work!

3. Bhabha died in a mysterious air crash, supposedly brought down by CIA

Homi Bhabha was flying to Vienna to attend a meeting when the plane crashed into Mont Blanc in the Swiss Alps on January 24, 1966.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

4. BARC has till date successfully established multiple 5 Power Reactors

Apsara in 1956 was the first reactor. The picture below shows Apsara, CIRUS (another reactor provided by Canada), and a plutonium processing facility.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

India used the spent fuel (Converted into Plutonium) from CIRUS for 1st nuclear test in 1974. You can thank Canada for the CIRUS and USA for heavy water. Though they pretty much hated what India did back then.

5. BARC developed an indigenous, easy to use tool for detection of Fluoride levels in groundwater.

Despite the tight budgets, babudom, not-so-serious successive governments and lack of support from foreign countries, BARC did actually manage to put atoms in the service of the nationMore than a 1,000 companies all over India have already adopted this new technology, and more are ready to make a go for it. This tool enables companies to detect fluoride levels in water, in order to protect people from related diseases.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

6. Civilian Research: they successfully developed 15 new varieties of groundnut

The recently released large seed mutant varieties benefited many farmers, traders and exporters by virtue of their earliness, moderate seed dormancy and superior productivity. 3 varieties of mustard, 2 of soybean, 8 of greengram, 5 of blackgram and so on.

new varieties of groundnut

7. BARC has decided to establish 3 multi-products plants in Punjab

They will be fully equipped to handle the crop diversification needs of the state. High yielding varieties of potatoes, sugarcane and maize will be processed here.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

8. The organization played a significant role in making India the 6th country in the world to have a nuclear submarine

The submarine can go untraced from one end of Indian Ocean to the other without being traced and it increases India’s second strike capability. Needless to mention, India has the no-first policy for nuclear warfare.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

9. BARC designed India’s first pressurized water reactor of 80mw capacity at Kalpakkam

BARC has a functioning PWR with a capacity of 20 MW at Kalpakkam at its PRP Centre. PRP originally stood for Plutonium Reprocessing Project. Prior to his current position, Basu headed the PRP. The reactor for INS Arihant was designed and built based on the reactor at Kalpakkam, around 70 km from here.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

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10. BARC employees cannot even carry a silly SIM card inside the premises

The employees of BARC are under strict supervision including the senior scientists. They are alloted a particular identity card, one can access the gates of BARC after producing this identity card.

10 Unknown facts about Bhabha Atomic Research Centre(BARC)

 

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