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The Irradiated Fuels Examination (IFEL) Laboratory

Nonreactor Nuclear Faciities (NNFD) Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Rodger C. Martin
IFEL Research Coordinator
Tel: 865.576.2280
Fax: 865.576.7862

Built in 1963 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), approximately 8 miles southwest of the city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Irradiated Fuels Examination Laboratory (IFEL) is a hot cell facility built primarily for the disassembly and examination of highly radioactive material. A high-level alpha facility, the IFEL's main emphasis has been on irradiated fuels and fuel materials. Over a period of three decades this facility has handled a wide variety of fuels including aluminum clad research reactor fuel, both stainless and zircaloy clad light water reactor fuel, coated-particle gas-cooled reactor fuel, and numerous one of a kind fuel test experiments. In recent years, the facility has also handled iridium isotope processing, mox fuel post-irradiation examination, and spent nuclear fuel repackaging.


Equipment in Cell:
  1. Laser profilometer
  2. Precision densitometer
  3. Video equipment
  4. Instron tensile machine with vacuum chamber
  5. Automated ball-indention test system
  6. Instrumented Charpy impact machine
  7. Computer-controlled servo hydraulic machines
  8. Annealing furnace
  9. MTS fatigue testing machine
  10. Scanning electron microscope
  11. Computer-numerically controlled milling machine
Required Training or Comparable Qualification for User: