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X-ray method offers comprehensive picture

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Scientists at UKAEA’s Materials Research Facility have performed X-ray characterisation on the first ‘active’ sample in one of the facility’s Research Rooms. The method – called X-ray Diffraction (XRD) – is a technique used by…

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Fusion Materials Roadmap Launched

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New UK Fusion Materials Roadmap aims to accelerate progress in commercialising the ultimate energy source. The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials (Royce) have today published a roadmap…

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MRF facility receives green light to operate at full capacity

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A critical safety case report – allowing UKAEA’s Materials Research Facility (MRF) to operate at full capacity – has been successfully completed. The Pre-Operation Safety Report (or POSR 2.0) means MRF can now receive and…

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Using Atom Probe to Understand the Makeup of Materials

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APT is an analytical microscopic technique, which can recognise the position and chemical identity of the atoms making up a material, with nanometer precision. Finding out what happens to materials on an atomic scale, in…

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UK Fusion Materials Roadmap Launched

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UKAEA and The Henry Royce Institute are working with The Institute for Manufacturing (Cambridge) to define a UK Fusion Materials Roadmap. It is part of Henry Royce’s second major roadmapping exercise, designed to stimulate and…

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Understanding how superconducting materials are affected by fusion conditions

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An innovative new piece of equipment – designed to enhance research into fusion relevant ‘superconducting’ materials – has been installed at UKAEA’s Materials Research Facility (MRF). The PPMS (or Physical Properties Measurement System) will examine…

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Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing

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The Ultrasonic Fatigue Rig (UFR) measures the high-cycle-fatigue lifetime of irradiated materials, using small mm-scale specimens. A material which undergoes cyclic loading (due to mechanical or thermal stresses) will have a finite lifetime. It is important…

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Using atom probe to understand the makeup of materials

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Research by UKAEA using Atom Probe Tomography (APT) is helping scientists to understand more about the atomic structure of key fusion-related materials. APT is an analytical microscopic technique, which can recognise the position and chemical…

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Meet Amanda Quadling – UKAEA’s new Director of Materials

Meet Amanda Quadling – UKAEA’s new Director of Materials 1024 334 MRF

Having originally graduated as a geochemist in South Africa, Amanda led the Mineralogy Division at the South African Science Council (Minket). She moved with her family to the UK ten years ago, has an MSc…

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Nanoindentation experiments on Eurofer-97

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UKAEA’s Materials Research Facility (MRF) prepares and examines samples of materials to assess their suitability for use in nuclear reactors. In addition to the work carried out by UKAEA, the facility can also be used…

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