Nuclear Energy Capabilities of Idaho National Laboratory
Advanced Test Reactor (ATR)
The Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) is the world’s premier nuclear test reactor, and it provides unmatched, national priority nuclear fuel and materials testing capabilities for military, federal, university, and industry partners and customers.
Materials & Fuels Complex (MFC)
MFC is a prime testing center for advanced technologies associated with nuclear energy power systems. This complex is the nexus of research on new reactor fuels and related materials. MFC contributes significantly to the development of increasingly efficient reactor fuels and the important work of nonproliferation.
- Analytical Laboratory
- Fuels and Applied Science Building
- Irradiated Materials Characterization Lab
- Space & Security Power Systems Facility
- Hot Fuel Examination Facility
- Fuel Conditioning Facility
- Experimental Fuels Facility
Transient Testing Program
The Transient Reactor Test Facility was built to conduct transient reactor tests where the test material is subjected to neutron pulses that can simulate conditions ranging from mild upsets to severe reactor accidents.
Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS)
MaCS is a state-of-the-art materials characterization laboratory that provides cross-cutting capabilities that support the Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ mission in multiple initiative areas.
MOOSE Simulation Environment
INL’s Multi-physics Object Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) has gained broad recognition and a large user base, revolutionizing predictive modeling work in an array of scientific fields. Its simulations can help inform real-world experiments, and researchers no longer have to be computer science experts to tackle state-of-the-art simulation.
Matched Index of Refraction Facility
The Matched Index of Refraction (MIR) facility at INL is the largest such set-up in the world. It lets scientists test and validate computational flow dynamics (CFD) models, which helps engineers maximize the safety and efficiency of designs for everything from office buildings to nuclear reactors.
High Temperature Test Laboratory
The High Temperature Test Laboratory creates specialized sensors that can fit inside a test reactor and monitor various properties within the core during irradiation experiments.
Human System Simulation Laboratory
The Human System Simulation Laboratory is a complete virtual nuclear control room created to safely test new technologies before they are implemented in real commercial reactor control rooms.