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The high flux reactor (HFR) in Petten is one the few large materials test reactors still in operation in Western Europe. It is embedded into the infrastructure of a large nuclear research centre. It has an availability of more than 270 days of operation per year, with a large number of irradiation positions with neutron fluence rates of up to 7E18 m{-2}s{-1}. A variety of dedicated irradiation devices has been developed based on long-standing experience for in-situ tritium release experiments, also in support of the liquid eutectic Pb-17Li as breeder material. The HFR Petten is particularly suited for the required large variety of in-pile tests necessary for the qualification of the materials and subassemblies of the water-cooled lithium lead (WCLL) blankets for international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) and DEMO. Post-irradiation examinations are being performed on-site at the Netherlands energy research foundation's hot cell laboratories.

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Authors: CONRAD R, JRC Petten (NL);VAN DER LAAN J G, Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: IEA Workshop on Liquid Breeder Blankets, Paris (FR), 16-18 September 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40868 ORA
Record Number: 199810195 / Last updated on: 1998-02-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en