1 November 2022

Nuclear materials centre extended

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has completed a £10mln extension of its Materials Research Facility.

inside of a nuclear fusion prototype plant
Inside of the JET tokamak also at the Culham Science Centre, designed to study the deuterium-tritium fuel mix that will be used for commercial fusion power. © EUROfusion

The facility at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire helps develop specialist materials for the extreme conditions required by fusion energy.

The facility is also key for the development of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production, the UK's prototype fusion powerplant aimed to be operating by 2040.

UKAEA staff support users with sample preparation and anlysis, as well as logistics advice for transporting active materials. They also focus on developing new analytical techniques for fusion materials, as well as engineering-relevant data for powerplant design engineers and regulators.

The MRF is a part of the Henery Royce Institute for Advanced Materials and bridges the gap between university and nuclear licenced site laboratories.