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The High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, which is owned by the European Communities and operated by the Dutch ECN, can still be regarded as an up-to-date research tool even after 30 years of operation. This is due to the consistent preventive maintenance and refurbishment which began with the vessel replacement in 1984. The HFR is highly utilised by a diversified experimental programme. Fuel and structural materials investigations for different fission reactor lines (LWR, HTR, LMFBR), and an important fusion materials irradiation programme, account for more than 50% of reactor utilisation. In addition, there is extensive use of the beam tubes for neutron scattering, neutron radiography, and BNCT. Radioisotope production for both the medical and industrial sectors, as well as activation analysis, is performed at large scale. The diversified exploitation programme and peculiar organisational structure of the HFR mean that significant effort is required in the areas of programme management and user support.

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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 36832 ORA
Record Number: 199210957 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en