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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The LIquid Lead LAboratory (LILLA) is part of the EMMA laboratories.
The EMMA laboratories provides the infrastructure for mechanical tests in ambient and corrosive environments from cryogenic to high temperatures at the macro and micro scales.
LILLA is situated at the Joint Research Centre in Petten (the Netherlands), allows performing mechanical tests of materials in liquid lead with controlled dissolved oxygen concentrations for temperatures up to 650°C.
It gives the possibility to study liquid metal embrittlement phenomena / environmentally assisted cracking, and the effect of stress, temperature and oxygen content in lead on corrosion mechanisms, as well as to test the lead chemistry instrumentation.
Within the frame of this open call, the following facilities may be accessed:
Supporting 3D profilometry, microstructural analysis (light optical microscope /LOM/, scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry /SEM–EDX/), and Vickers micro hardness (0.1 kg – 20 kg) can also be offered.
The LILLA facility can be continuously operated with duration depending on the test programme. The typical duration is 4–12 AUs. The latter is representative for performing a tensile test in high-temperature liquid lead with controlled oxygen content. Two tensile tests can be performed simultaneously. At the same time, two corrosion tests (without load) can be conducted as well.
Access Unit (AU) = 20 hours
or, when the users run the Research Infrastructure
Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with weighted selection criteria such as:
The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.
During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:
The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.
Additional instructions: contact JRC-OPEN-LILLA@ec.europa.eu before or during the preparation of proposal on:
Also specify the level of experience of the user(s) to perform related tests.