Transuranic thermophysics suite

A suite dedicated to the thermophysical analysis of transuranic material

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

Users will be able to manipulate and prepare small quantities of transuranic samples. With a fully contained workflow including pellet pressing, a high temperature furnace capable of vacuum and reducing atmosphere, Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (Netzsch STA 449 F3), Laser Flash Analysis (Netzsch LFA 427) and Dilatometer (Netzsch DIL 402 HT).


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.

Equipment in use:

Mbraun Bespoke Gloveboxes for Transuranic Samples
Netzsch STA 449 F3 Jupiter Glovebox Version
Netzsch DIL 402 Expedis Supreme Glovebox Version
Netzsch LFA 427 Laserflash Glovebox Edition
TEM Talos F200i
FIB/SEM Helios 5 CX with Glovebox Autoloader
MBraun Bespoke Glovebox for FIB