Fuels & Materials Research at the Advanced Test Reactor

Dr. Todd Allen
Scientific Director, ATR NSUF

The Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) was created in April 2007 to provide a mechanism for research teams outside of the Idaho National Laboratory to conduct nuclear technology research and development using a singular national asset.  Since the creation of the User Facility, five universities have initiated experiments through the NSUF.  This presentation will cover three topics.  First, the ATR NSUF capability will be explained and methods to interact with the User Facility described.  Second, the basic mechanisms of radiation damage in materials will be explained to provide insight into why reactor testing is required.  Finally, some examples of research in the ATR will be highlighted.