Research Reactor Application for Materials

under High Neutron Fluence

Proceedings of a Technical Meeting
Vienna, 17-21 November 2008
TM-34779

Foreward

The overall objective of this Technical Meeting is to provide a forum to exchange ideas and information through scientific presentations and brainstorming discussions, it is anticipated that this meeting will achieve the following overall objectives:

  • To enhance research reactor utilization in Member States for practical applications, such as isotope production, neutron radiography, neutron beam research and material characterization and testing consistent with research reactor features,
  • To develop the regional cooperation, networks, and coalition between RRs,
  • To strengthen the expertise, best practice and knowledge based in the area of RRs.

The meeting will also focus on the specific applications of research reactors in irradiation of materials at high neutron fluence, as well as integration issues.

  • Available irradiation facilities and recent development of irradiation devices,
  • New material irradiation programs and their implementation,
  • Contribution to the better understanding of radiation damage at high doses,
  • Effective and optimal operation procedures of research reactors for irradiation purpose,
  • Fostering the advanced or innovative technologies by promotion of information exchange, collaboration and networking,
  • Sharing of information and know-how which will contribute to the international consensus.

Research reactors, an important element in research matrix, are facing problems due to the lack of financial support and/or the absence of long-term programs which could eventually cause difficulties in their effective operation and utilization. The problems being faced are caused due to higher investments for modernization, as well as migration from HEU to LEU fuel with respect to higher safety standards. It is very important for operators to bridge such a critical period and in this context, the IAEA has launched several initiatives for networking in various areas of research reactors applications. Such assistance can improve competitiveness, end-users orientation and focus on industrial applications of research reactors centers.