Tuesday, September 28, 2021Newsletter
By Paul Menser for INL Communications and Outreach A study that began in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has finished its third and final phase. The study provides important insight that will not only extend the life of the United States’ fleet of nuclear power plants but also provides an example of a joint government-industry testing program. Before the study, there was limited data on how materials behave in the tough reactor environment – specifically the cracking behavior and fracture-toughness in two materials that are commonly used reactors – alloy X-750 and XM-19.
Monday, August 2, 2021Newsletter
The Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, also known as (MC)2, has been approved to become a University of Michigan Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) partner facility.The Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, also known as (MC)2, has been approved to become a University of Michigan Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) partner facility. The (MC)2 joins two other University of Michigan laboratories that are already part of the NSUF, the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory (MIBL) and the Irradiated Materials Testing Laboratory (IMTL), directed by Professor Gary Was. (MC)2 is directed by Professor Alan Taub. NSUF provides researchers access to neutron, ion, and gamma irradiations, post-irradiation examination, and beamline capabilities from 50 partner facilities. Most of the research looks at either understanding the mechanisms of radiation on materials and fuels to address the challenges of