RTE Research Areas

Rapid Turnaround Experiment (RTE) Research Capabilities and Areas of Interest

Rapid Turnaround Experiments (RTEs) offer experimenters the opportunity to perform quick analysis of a small number of irradiated samples (neutron, charged particle, nuclear fuel). Capabilities offered for rapid turnaround experiments are listed at the bottom of this page. Samples for Rapid Turnaround Experiments may be supplied by the experimenter or may be available from the NSUF sample library. Please view the sample library page for information on sample availability.

Proposals submitted should directly support Department of Energy Nuclear Energy research and development programs. Information on these programs, including the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program, Fuel Cycle Research & Development, Advanced Modeling and Simulation, Next Generation Nuclear Program (NGNP [refer to Gen IV on the DOE web page]), and the Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative can be found on the Office of Nuclear Energy website. Proposals for Rapid Turnaround Experiments must be for irradiated materials (neutron, charged particle, nuclear fuel). Analysis of unirradiated materials is not relevant to the the RTE call.  

While priority will be given to proposals that further the direction of DOE's nuclear energy research programs, the NSUF will consider all technically feasible proposals for scientific merit and selection.

Capabilities available for Rapid Turnaround Experiments are briefly described below. To see a detailed description of the capabilities, please refer to the appropriate user guide.

Capabilities available for Rapid Turnaround Experiments:

INL Capabilities

Post-irradiation examination capabilities are included in three primary facilities:

  • Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF), a large hot cell facility.
  • Analytical Laboratory (AL), which is focused on analysis of irradiated and radioactive materials.
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory (EML), a radiological facility containing optical, scanning, and analytical microscopes.
  • Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL), a laboratory housing equipment to examine highly radioactive materials at the nanometer and atomic scale.

Center for Advanced Energy Studies Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS)

  • Focused Ion Beam with EDS/EBSD/Omniprobe
  • Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP)
  • Nanoindenter and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Transmission Electron Microscope

Argonne National Laboratory

Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscopy - Tandem Facility

Brookhaven National Laboratory

NSLS II X-ray Powder Diffraction Beamline

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

FN Tandem Accelerator Facility

Los Alamos National Laboratory

CMR Wing 9 Hot Cell, Fuels Research Laboratory, Plutonium Surface Science Laboratory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

The Ohio State University

Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

Radiochemical Processing Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratory

I3TEM and Technical Area V

Texas A&M

Ion Beam Laboratory

University of Florida

Materials Characterization Facility