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EUFRAT – European facility for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements

Transnational Access of external users to JRC nuclear facilities (2014 - 2017)

The unit Standards for Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards (SN3S unit) of the Directorate for Nuclear Safety and Security of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium, operates a unique nuclear research infrastructure dedicated to the measurement of accurate nuclear reaction and decay data. These measurements serve the needs of safe operation of nuclear reactors, safe handling of nuclear waste and the radiological protection of the safety of the citizen and the environment.

Via the transnational access programme EUFRAT, JRC offered external researchers from the EU Member States and 3rd countries experimental possibilities at its nuclear facilities from 2014 - 2017 and continues to do so under a new scheme. There was a permanent call for proposals for experiments. Selection of experiments was based on peer review by international experts representing the stakeholder community.

The eufrat-facilities of JRC Geel encompass:

  • a 150 MeV linear electron accelerator (GELINA) with a high-resolution neutron time-of-flight (TOF) facility;
  • a MONNET facility for the production of continuous and pulsed proton-, deuteron- and helium ion beams which is serving as a source of well characterised quasi-monoenergetic neutrons;
  • a broad set of experimental set-ups used for nuclear decay measurements, the Radionuclide metrology laboratories;
  • a low-level radioactivity laboratory in the deep-underground facility HADES;
  • a unit for the preparation and characterisation of actinide and stable targets needed for nuclear data measurements. 

Accepted proposals of the 2014 - 2017 EUFRAT project executed in this period are given here. The project was concluded with the EUFRAT User Meeting , 4 - 7 December 2017, Geel. A booklet of extended abstracts is available.