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The High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, The Netherlands, is one of the few high power multi-purpose research reactors still in operation in Europe. It is a 45 MW water-cooled tank reactor of the Oak Ridge research reactor design. The reactor is the property of the European Communities (EC), and belongs to the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) of the JRC. Programme management and user support is the task of the HFR Division of IAM, while reactor operation is contracted to the Dutch national ECN. The HFR programme is predominantly funded directly by the governments of The Netherlands and Germany, with a small funding contribution from JRC's fusion programme. An increasing part of the expenses, however, has to be covered by income from contract work for third parties. The exploitation programme of the HFR is highly diversified. It encompasses not only materials and fuel research for fission reactors and fusion, but also fundamental research with neutrons, large scale radioisotope production, boron neutron capture therapy, neutron radiography, activation analysis and processing with neutrons. This paper presents an overview of the facility and programme, covering issues such as programme management and organisation.

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Authors: AHLF J, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Conference on Irradiation Technology, Saclay (FR), May 20-22, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36921 ORA
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