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The task for which materials testing reactors (MTRs) were originally conceived, the establishment of a database of materials for nuclear technology, has been largely completed. Although MTRs still play a part in the continuing gradual evolution of the well-established types of power reactors, a large number have been decommissioned or put to other uses. After a brief survey of the situation world-wide, attention is focused on western Europe's five remaining MTRs. Conventional nuclear technology alone does not use their present capacity to the full and they are all now put to diverse uses, chief of which is the production of radioisotopes for medicine. Other uses include irradiation of fusion technology materials, silicon doping, neutron activation analysis and other irradiation services. Availability of MTR capacity in the home country or, as in Germany's case, under contract abroad is vital for continued active participation in the advancement of nuclear technology.

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Authors: AHLF J, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology, Stuttgart (DE), May 17-19, 1994
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper DE 38348 ORA
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