85 Material Irradiation Facilities
 
This database contains 85 Research Reactors performing Material Irradiation distributed over 30 Member States.
Note that this view includes Reactors of the following status:
OPERATIONAL, TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN, UNDER CONSTRUCTION, PLANNED

As high flux research reactors are able to reproduce mechanical strains undergone by materials in power reactors, they provide an essential support to study the ageing of generation II power plants, to optimise the generation III plants and to test fuels and breeder capacities for generation IV (planned by 2050). Research concerning nuclear fusion is also important, since dedicated research and development is needed to find materials meeting needs for fusion: resistance against temperature of several million degrees and high-energy neutron irradiation.


Dedicated irradiation loop/channel for HTR material investigations (NRI, Rez, Czech Republic)
 

 IAEA TECDOC Series No. 1773, "Use of Neutron Beams for Materials Research Relevant to the Nuclear Energy Sector", Vienna (2015).

IAEA TECDOC Series No. 1724, "Applications of Research Reactors towards Research on Materials for Nuclear Fusion Technology", Vienna (2013).

IAEA TECDOC Series No. 1659, "Research Reactor Application for Materials under High Neutron Fluence", Vienna (2011).

IAEA TECDOC Series No. 1545, "Characterization and Testing of Materials for Nuclear Reactors Proceedings of a Technical Meeting held in Vienna, 29 May-2 June 2006", Vienna (2007).