HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
High Flux Isotope Reactor marks 400th cycle

OAK RIDGE, May 13, 2004 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), one of the world's most powerful research reactors, is marking a milestone this month -- its 400th fuel cycle since it began operation in 1966.

A fuel cycle represents the time -- about 25 days -- it takes for the reactor's uranium fuel to become depleted. During operation, HFIR uses the nuclear fission process to produce the world's most intense neutron beams for materials research and isotope production.

"HFIR's unique characteristics are of immense value to both the scientific community, which uses its neutron beams for a wide range of studies on materials, and to industry, which relies on the neutrons for isotope production and advanced materials analysis and development," said ORNL Director Jeff Wadsworth.

HFIR's research community has recently benefited from a series of upgrades supported by DOE's Office of Science. New beam lines, which channel neutrons to experimental instruments, have been installed. A new experiment hall has been constructed, and a "cold source" is in preparation that literally chills the energetic neutrons, slowing them and making them more useful for studying polymers and biological materials.

The reactor also has a new cooling tower and beryllium reflector as part of an ongoing program to upgrade components and infrastructure for another three decades of operation.

Researchers from all over the world come to Oak Ridge to perform experiments at the HFIR. In 2006, the reactor will be joined by the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) to make ORNL the world's leading center for neutron research.

"SNS and HFIR are complementary. The combination of a world class research reactor with SNS, the world's most powerful pulsed neutron source, is unbeatable," said Jim Roberto, Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences.

While the HFIR produces steady-state beams of neutrons, the SNS will produce
'"/>

Contact: Bill Cabage
cabagewh@ornl.gov
865-574-4399
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
13-May-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Isotopes from feathers reveal bird migration
2. Atmospheric Chemistry -- A Mysterious Isotope Effect In A Well-Known AtmosphericPollutant Discovered
3. Reactor reveals hidden life of rocks
4. From Corn Rootworms To Art, Cornells Reactor Is At The Core
5. Rensselaer marks the opening of the center for biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies
6. X marks the spot: Vector insertion is viral specific
7. Despite darkness, nocturnal bees learn visual landmarks while foraging at night
8. Study marks increased trends in infectious disease occurrences in our oceans
9. Making of mouse marks move toward mitochondrial medicine
10. Over land, sea and air, users give MERIS high marks
11. An eye for scent marks

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/6/2017)... 5, 2017 RAM Group , ... new breakthrough in biometric authentication based on a ... properties to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are ... created by Ram Group and its partners. This sensor ... supply chains and security. Ram Group is a ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... April 13, 2017 UBM,s Advanced Design and ... will feature emerging and evolving technology through its 3D ... will run alongside the expo portion of the event ... and demonstrations focused on trending topics within 3D printing ... and manufacturing event will take place June 13-15, 2017 at ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... 11, 2017 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   ... announces the appointment of independent Directors Mr. Robin D. ... Board of Directors, furthering the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , ... forward to their guidance and benefiting from their considerable expertise ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/14/2017)... , ... September 14, 2017 , ... One of the ... Saturday, Sept. 16. , For six hours that day, the GenCure Marrow Donor Program ... more than 30 H-E-B grocery stores in San Antonio. , The registration tables will ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... ... September 13, 2017 , ... PRC Clinical and ... September 21st from 6 to 8:30pm EDT at Catalyst in Cambridge, MA. ... Clinical Operations Professionals.” From tracking enrollment progress to communicating with underperforming sites to ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... ... September 12, 2017 , ... It wasn’t just the San ... been hot, hot, hot, as Lajollacooks4u has had a record-breaking number of guests for ... from far and wide to celebrate company outings, family get-togethers, anniversaries and milestone birthdays. ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... ... ... Facet Life Sciences, a leading provider of development solutions (software and services) ... joined the company’s Board of Directors. , Dr. Massa brings 38 years of ... he served as VP and Head of Global Regulatory Operations at Sanofi. During his ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: