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ISED Irradiated Material Examination and Testing Facility

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Irradiated Material Examination and Testing Facility


The Irradiated Material Examination and Testing (IMET) Facility, Building 3025E, was designed and built in 1950 as a hot cell facility. It is a block-and-brick structure with a two-story high bay and houses six heavily shielded cells and 60 shielded storage wells. It includes the Specimen Prep Lab (SPL) with its associated laboratory hood and glove boxes; an operating area, where control and monitoring instruments supporting the in-cell test equipment are staged; a utility corridor; a hot equipment storage area; a tank vault room; office space; a trucking area with access to the high bay; and an outside steel building for storage. Tests and examinations are conducted in six dedicated hot cells and in a laboratory hood or modified glove boxes in the SPL.


Irradiated Materials Examination and Testing Facility

What We Do

• Physical and mechanical properties testing

• Examination of irradiated materials

• Irradiated specimen storage

• Sample preparation






In-Cell Capabilities

• Sample sorting and identification

• Sample machining using a CNC milling machine               

  and diamond saws

• Furnace annealing

• Automated welding

• Ultrasonic cleaning

• High-temperature, high-vacuum testing

• Tensile testing with high-vacuum chamber option

• Impact testing, fatigue and fracture toughness testing of   

  standard and subsize impact specimens

• Automated micro-hardness testing

• Profilometry

• Scanning Electron Microscopy (PhilipsXL30)

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interconnected dedicated hot cells
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square feet of test equipment workspace
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ton capacity of overhead crane


Take a closer look at the Irradiated Material Examination and Testing Facility (IMET) Sheet