Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL)

Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho



Institution
Idaho National Laboratory
Name
Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL)
Building
MFC-1729
Post Irradiation Examination
Secondary Type
Hot Cells
Tertiary Type
Mechanical Testing
Core Functions
The Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL) is a Hazard Category 2 nuclear facility that focuses on microstructural, thermal, and mechanical characterization of irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. IMCL's unique design incorporates advanced characterization instruments that are sensitive to vibration, temperature, and electromagnetic interference into modular radiological shielding and confinement systems. The shielded instruments allow characterization of highly radioactive fuels and materials at the micro, nano, and atomic levels, the scale at which irradiation damage processes occur. Enabled by its modular design, IMCL will continue to evolve and improve capability throughout its 40-year design life to meet the national and international user demand for high-end characterization instruments.
Unique Functions
Fuels and materials characterization, prototype facility that will help inform needs for future PIE needs. Also support the development of modern computer codes.
Hotwork Facilities
hot cells and shielded gloveboxes in development.
Support Equipment
PTS in development to Met Box 123 in HFEF.
Radiological Limit
<1R/hr @ 30cm
Materials Allowed
alpha/beta/gamma
Sample Encapsulation
n/a
Atmosphere
Air and Argon
Commissioning Date
2015
Recent Upgrade
No Recent Upgrade Defined
RAM License
Department of Energy
License End Date
2099
Docket Number
0
User Facility
Yes
GAIN Partner
No
NSUF Partner
Yes
NE Use Percentage
100
Utilization Hours
4200 hr/year
Number Of Users
No Number Of Users Defined
Number Of Staff
No Number Of Staff Defined
Point Of Contact
Collin Knight
Website URL
https://mfc.inl.gov/SitePages/Irradiated%20Materials%20Characterization%20Laboratory.aspx
Proposal URL
http://nsuf.inl.gov/
Date Of Data
October 15, 2015