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Partnership with Idaho National Laboratory

The NRL is in a partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL’s) Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility (ATR NSUF) that involves performing advanced nuclear fuel, materials, and instrumentation irradiation experiments crucial to future-generation reactors. High-temperature and radiation-resistant materials are needed for advanced high temperature reactor designs that would exhibit high thermal efficiency as well as for hydrogen-production reactors. A related and equally important goal is to identify advanced fuels and materials that will enable both life extension and improved economic performance of the existing light water reactor (LWR) fleet.

This collaboration is designed to increase user access to national reactor irradiations and testing capabilities. NSUF test space at both reactors is made available at no cost to external users, whose projects are selected via a peer review process. For additional information, see ATR NSUF process for submitting proposals.