New project opens access to JRC particle accelerators
The JRC is providing researchers with access to its particle accelerator facilities at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) as part of a newly launched European research project.
EUFRAT, or European facility for innovative reactor and transmutation data, is a Support Action funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community. As part of a wider initiative to enable trans-national access to large scientific infrastructures, the 4-year project allows external researchers to perform experiments at the two accelerator facilities at IRMM in Geel, Belgium. The EUFRAT website describes the specialised accelerator facilities at IRMM in more detail.
Accurate neutron data is required for the assessment of safety aspects of nuclear power installations or for the study of innovative concepts such as nuclear waste transmutation or accelerator-driven systems. In a recent review of the JRC - chaired by Sir David King - the GELINA accelerator of IRMM was cited as one of the "efficient facilities absolutely necessary for the European nuclear research programme".
Through the EUFRAT project, researchers can apply for a total of 4500 hours experimental time, of which 3600 hours at the GELINA facility and 900 hours at the Van de Graaff accelerator. The first of a series of calls for proposals is now open (deadline 15 December 2008), and the application procedure is described on the EUFRAT website .