Materials testing for active materials

A suite of equipment dedicated to the characterisation of and investigated the physical properties of active materials

  • Partner:The University of Manchester
  • Availability:Available
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Detailed Description

This suite includes a range of techniques to characterise the chemical, thermophysical and physical properties of active materials.


It is necessary to understand the impact of prolonged radiation on the mechanical performance of a range of materials such as graphite and Zircaloy used in fission and fusion facilities. Understanding the corrosion impact on radionuclide behaviour in encapsulated or enclosed form is vital in understanding the state of our current waste stockpile and making the most economical choices in its handling and disposal. Understanding the future behaviour of the UK’s proposed geological disposal facility requires intimate knowledge of the interaction of radionuclides with the materials used in the construction of the facility.

Chemical characterisation: PANalytical Empyrean XRD, Nikon XTH225 X-Ray Computer Tomography, FEI Nova NanoSEM 450 optical and Olympus LEXT OLS4100y confocal microscope, Horiba XploRA Plus Raman spectroscope, UV to nIR spectrometry. Thermophysical characterisation: STA, LFA, dilatometry. Physical characterisation: pyncnometer, BET, micro abrasion, dynamic modulus, porosity.

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