Materials Research Facility

NNUF logoA new UK facility for micro-characterisation of materials now open to university and industry users.

The Materials Research Facility (MRF) at Culham has been established to analyse material properties in support of both fission and fusion research.

It is part of the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) initiative, launched by the Government and funded by EPSRC, to set up a multi-site facility giving academia and industry access to internationally-leading experimental equipment; other equipment is available at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

The MRF is also part of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, which is investing in the facility in the years 2016-2019. The MRF is an important component of its nuclear materials research area.

MRLThe MRF will soon be able to offer hot cells for processing and analysis of neutron-irradiated material. Meanwhile, the following are available for use on non-active samples:

Brochure on the new Culham Materials Research Facility (PDF – 0.5MB)

Slides from MRF workshop at Culham, July 2015 (PDF files)

1. Introduction and overview

2. UK materials archive

3. MRF nuclear aspects

4. Hot cells and sample preparation

5. Tritium capability

6. Scientific equipment

For more information and to apply to use the facilities, contact: