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​​​​​​​​POST-IRRADIATION EXAMINATION


IMCL.pngThe Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL) is a Hazard Category 2 nuclear facility that focuses on microstructural, thermal, and mechanical characterization of irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. IMCL's unique design incorporates advanced characterization instruments that are sensitive to vibration, temperature, and electromagnetic interference into modular radiological shielding and confinement systems. The shielded instruments allow characterization of highly radioactive fuels and materials at the micro, nano, and atomic levels, the scale at which irradiation damage processes occur. Enabled by its modular design, IMCL will continue to evolve and improve capability throughout its 40-year design life to meet the national and international user demand for high-end characterization instruments.

 

Basic Capabilities:

  • Preparation of high-activity samples

  • Optical microscopy

  • Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA)

  • Dual-beam focused ion beam (FIB)

  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)​

  • Thermal property characterization

 

Instruments: 

  
  
  
  
  
  
MXRDIrradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Analytical%20Laboratory/Micro%20X-Ray%20Diffractometer.aspx
  
XRDIrradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Analytical%20Laboratory/X-Ray%20Diffraction.aspx
  
SSPA hot cellIrradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Irradiated%20Materials%20Characterization%20Laboratory/Shielded%20Sample%20Preparation%20Area.aspx
  
Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Cameca-SX100R-EPMA.aspx
  
Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/FEI-Quanta-3D-FEG.aspx
  
Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Titan-TEM.aspx
  
Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Irradiated%20Materials%20Characterization%20Laboratory/Shielded%20FEI%20Helios%20dual%20beam%20SEM-plasma%20FIB.aspx
  
Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratoryhttps://mfctemp.inl.gov/SitePages/Irradiated%20Materials%20Characterization%20Laboratory/Shielded%20Optical%20Microscopy.aspx


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