The key goal of the European FP6 project MTR+I3 is to build durable cooperation between Material Testing Reactor (MTR) operators and relevant laboratories that can maintain European leadership with up-dated capabilities and competences regarding reactor performances and irradiation technology.
The MTR+I3 consortium is composed of 18 partners with a high level of expertise in irradiation-related services for all types of nuclear plants.
This project covers activities that foster integration of the MTR community involved in designing, fabricating and operating irradiation devices through information exchange, know-how cross-fertilization, exchanges of interdisciplinary personnel, structuring of key-technology suppliers and professional training. The network produces best practice guidelines for selected irradiation activities.
This project allowed to launch or to improve technical studies in various domains dealing with irradiation test device technology, experimental loop designs, and instrumentation. Major results are illustrated in this web site. These concern in particular: on-line fuel power determination, neutron screen optimisation, simulation of transmutation process, power transient systems, water chemistry and stress corrosion cracking, fission gas measurement, irradiation behaviour of electronic modules, mechanical loading under irradiation, high temperature gas loop technology, heavy liquid metal loop development, safety test instrumentation.
One of the promising benefits of this project is that it will most certainly lead to further collaboration within the involved partners regarding the development and utilisation of irradiation devices. In addition, most courses developed in the different institutes within the framework of professional training will probably continue beyond the end of the project.