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Jules Horowitz Reactor Coordination Action (JHR-CA)

Project ID: 508853


Materials Testing Reactors (MTRs) are key infrastructures in Europe to sustain the nuclear industry and to prepare future reactor systems. Europe has a worldwide leadership in this field owing to several large power MTRs that were developed on a national basis. However, this situation is not sustainable because European MTRs will be more than 50 years old in the next decade and will face increasing probability of shut-down due to their obsolescence. This analysis was shared by experts and industry representatives in order to answer the European Commission question on the need for a new Materials Testing Reactor (MTR) in Europe (Future European Union Needs in Material Research Reactors - FEUNMARR Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) Thematic Network). Conclusions clearly pointed out that at least one new MTR should be implemented in Europe to guarantee long-term experimental irradiation capability.
To meet needs assessed within the FEUNMARR network, it is also necessary to renew irradiation capabilities by designing a new generation of irradiation devices, since most of used irradiation devices have been developed several decades ago. Devices integrating new technological possibilities (e.g. materials operating at high temperature, miniaturized components, online instrumentation under high neutron flux, sample evolution) are now required to meet updated industrial needs and new scientific modelling capabilities.

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