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Abstract

The High Flux Reactor (HFR) at the Petten Establishment of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) was originally built for the Netherlands Research Centre (RCN), but was taken over by the Commission of the European Communities in 1962 and is since that time operated as part of the JRC's multi-annual programme. Within this programme the HFR provides services to the participating member states, the JRC and third parties in a number of important research areas, such as item - nuclear fission energy (LWR, FBR, HTR, material properties, fuel performance limits) item - nuclear fusion energy (NET, materials properties) item - solid state and nuclear physics (neutron beams).par The services involve also neutron activation analyses, non-destructive testing by neutron radiography and generation of radioisotopes. In the past the reactor and its equipment have continuously been modernized and upgraded to fulfil the requirements of the users. As a result, both plant and equipment have demonstrated a consistent availability near to 100% of scheduled operating time. The occupation of the reactor amounts to more than 70% (practical limit is about 85%) and for the future a long term usefulness of the installation can be expected.

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Authors: ROETTGER H JRC-PETTEN, JRC-PETTEN
Bibliographic Reference: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE UTILISATION OF MULTIPURPOSE RESEARCH REACTORS AND RELATED INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, GRENOBLE/F, OCT. 19-23, 1987, AVAILABILITY: CEC-LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, BP 1907, MENTIONING PAPER ORA 33594 E
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