GRS carries out research and development in the three fields of work of reactor safety, waste management and radiation and environmental protection. Research at GRS rests on four pillars:
1. Meshing of research and assessment
The methods, models and simulation programs developed as part of the research activities of GRS form the basis of its assessments performed in its function as technical safety organisation. The application of the results in turn yield clues as to where further research is needed. GRS is thus in a position to assess the current state of the art in science and technology and at the same time to contribute to its further development.
2. Interdisciplinary approach
Quite often, knowledge in one individual discipline is not enough to deal with the research topics of GRS. This is why GRS employs scientists from various disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, earth science and engineering sciences. These work closely together, combining their knowledge as required by the respective problems.
3. Combination of theoretical and empirical methods
At GRS, processes and phenomena are studied theoretically and empirically in the laboratory in the form of applied basic research. These studies are supplemented by the results of experimental research performed by other German research institutes and international partners.
4. International co-operation
In research and development, GRS collaborates with other German and international research institutions. This involves regular exchanges of information as part of joint research projects and co-operation agreements as well as the regular participation on national and international committees.
More information on selected research projects of GRS can be found under Research and Development.