Dr. Appalbhatla Ravisankar

Director, Reprocessing Group & Project Director, Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility (FRFCF)

Areas of Interest:

Fast reactor fuel reprocessing technology. Special purpose machines and equipments, Robotics& Remote handling systems, Automization of plants.


Design of Hot cells & associated equipments, Special purpose Machines for Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility, Design & development of remotising the operation & maintenance of plant, Operation & maintenance of fuel reprocessing facilities such as COmpact facility for Reprocessing Advanced fuel in Lead cells (CORAL), Design, construction & commissioning of Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility (FRFCF), the mega project consisting of 5 major nuclear plants, being built to cater the fuel cycle requirements of Fast reactors.

Consultancy Areas:


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies)

Major Professional Contributions:

Development of Fast Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Technology (FRFR). Leading expert in India with original contributions in development of hot cell equipments, remote handling technology, design of radioactive hot cells for reprocessing of Plutonium rich fuels. Besides, made outstanding contributions to design and development of various special purpose machines required for radioactive facilities. Successfully designed, constructed and commissioned pilot plant called CORAL (Compact facility for advanced fuels in Lead shielded cell) for fast reactor fuel reprocessing, which processed several campaigns of high Pu rich mixed carbide fuel of high burn up 155 GWd/t & short cooled fuel (18 days) without any radiological event for first time in the world. Presently responsible for design, construction and commissioning of the Demonstration Fast Reactor Fuel Reprocessing unit (DFRP) for regular reprocessing of Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) fuel & demonstration of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) fuel reprocessing. Design & construction of commercial Fuel Cycle Facility for reprocessing of Fast Breeder Reactor Fuels. He has over 150 classified reports and 60 technical presentations and publications to his credit.

Professional Experience:

  • Head, Hot cells and Remote Systems Section.
  • Head, Reprocessing Plant Design Division.
  • Associate Director, Reprocessing Projects & Operation Group
  • Director, Reprocessing Group & Project Director, Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility
  • Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam,


Fast reactor fuel, Reprocessing, Remote handling & Robotics, Special Purpose Machines & equipments

Contact Information


Director, Reprocessing Group & Project Director, Fast Reactor Fuel Cycle Facility
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research
Tamil Nadu-603102

Phone: 044-27480061, 27480216, 27480293
Mobile: 9445110087

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  • PhD for doctoral work "Study on the influence of weld parameters on performance of centrifugal extractor used in fast reactor fuel reprocessing, 2015, HBNI, Mumbai
  • BTech, Mechanical, 1980, Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering

Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Homi Bhabha Science and Technology award for outstanding contributions in remote handling technology, special purpose machines for radioactive hot cells and fast reactor fuel reprocessing technology
  • Indian Nuclear Society's INS Gold Medal & INS outstanding service award
  • Institution of Chemical Engineer's NOCIL Award for Excellence in Design and Development of Process Plant and equipment
  • DAE group Achievement awards in the year 2006, 2011, 2012 & 2015
  • Member of Indian Institute of Welding, Indian Institute of Engineers and Indian Society for Non Destructive Testing & Life member of Indian Nuclear Society

Link to Website

  • Homepage

INAE Section Affiliated III: Mechanical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2014

Year of Birth: 1959