Laboratories & facilities

  1. The JRC's AMALIA laboratory carries out research on different materials in various aqueous environments under varying conditions, testing for general corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC).

    Acronym: AMALIA
  2. The IRMM analytical laboratories are well equipped for carrying out demanding analytical tasks whether to solve a food related or an isotope measurement problem.

  3. The European Nuclear Security Training Centre (EUSECTRA) instructs front-line officers, trainers and experts on how to detect and respond to illicit trafficking of nuclear or other radioactive materials. EUSECTRA offers hands-on training using a wide variety of radioactive and nuclear materials and a broad selection of equipment and measurement instruments. Indoors, one of the training areas simulates airport conditions, equipped with a pedestrian portal monitor and an x-ray conveyor.

    Acronym: EUSECTRA
  4. The underground laboratory HADES carries out research on small amounts of radioactive substances.

    Acronym: HADES
  5. The JRC's High Flux Reactor carries out research in the area of nuclear and reactor safety.

    Acronym: HFR
  6. The hot cell laboratory has 24 shielded hot cells where up to 1 million curies can be handled including 2 decontamination cells.  Most of the cells are equipped with an alpha tight stainless steel containment, a so-called caisson, and each also has a replacement caisson for each cell. The advantage of this concept is to allow a cell renovation with a minimum downtime, with the replacement caisson able to be re-equipped and tested, while the "old" caisson is still self-contained and in operation.


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    Acronym: HCL
  7. The JRC's linear electron accelerator facility (GELINA) is one of the best pulsed white spectrum neutron sources available in the world.

    Acronym: GELINA
  8. The JRC's radionuclide metrology laboratories carry out research on measurements of neutron-induced reactions and cross-section standards, and absolute measurements of radiation.

  9. The JRC produces and characterises a variety of targets for high-precision measurements of neutron-reaction data at the GELINA and Van de Graaff accelerators.

  10. The Minor Actinide Laboratory (MA-lab) of ITU is a unique facility for the fabrication of fuels and targets containing minor actinides such as americium and curium. It is of key importance for research on Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) in Europe, as it is one of the only dedicated facilities for the fabrication of MA containing materials, either for property measurements or for the production of test pins for irradiation experiments.

    Acronym: MA