MNR AND THE NEUTRON GAP IN CANADA - HOW CAN WE HELP?
4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors - 2016 Nov. 02-04


Presented at:
4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors
2016 Nov. 02-04
Location:
Ottawa, ON Canada
Session Title:
Session: Plenary 2

Authors:
C. Heysel (McMaster University)
  

Abstract

The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) was established in 1959 as the first university-based nuclear research reactor in Canada, and is owned and operated by McMaster University. The reactor is a multipurpose, 5 MW open pool MTR with its current ten year operating licence running to 2024. In addition to the Research Reactor, we operate an internationally unique suite of nuclear facilities to support innovation and research in various STEM fields including:

  • A 24,000 square foot High Level Laboratory Facility licenced and dedicated to projects using radioactive material
  • A Commercial and Research Cyclotron and radiopharmaceutical hotcell Facility (MUCF)
  • An Accelerator Laboratory with operating accelerators
  • A PIE shielded facility (Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems) currently being commissioned
  • We have also recently broken ground on a new guide hall at the reactor to house Canada’s only Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) facility. This facility i will support material science research in a number STEM fields.
  • McMaster Intense Positron Beam Facility (MIPBF). The MIPBF, led by Dr. Peter Mascher is funded jointly by the Canada Foundation of Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) and supports the engineering of new materials with properties and capabilities not found in nature. When complete it will be one of only four such facilities worldwide.  

With the Federal Government’s decision to permanently shut down the NRU facility at the Chalk River Laboratory, a neutron “gap” will faced by the hundreds of Researchers and Users who currently use NRU to support their research and commercial endeavours.

This talk will review the unique suite of nuclear facilities and infrastructure located ay McMaster University and the work being undertaken at McMaster to support national and international Users during the gap. McMaster University is also reviewing the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary required to sustain a long term national commitment to nuclear based science in Canada and the role McMaster can play in maintaining Canada’s cutting edge position in many area of nuclear science, research and medical isotope development and commercialization.

 

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