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TREAT is an air-cooled, thermal-spectrum test facility specifically designed to evaluate the response of reactor fuels and structural materials to accident conditions. The reactor was originally constructed to test fast-reactor fuels, but its flexible design has also enabled its use for testing of light-water-reactor fuels as well as other exotic special-purpose fuels, such as space reactors. TREAT has an open-core design that allows for ease of experiment instrumentation and real-time imaging of fuel motion during irradiation, which also makes TREAT an ideal platform for understanding the irradiation response of materials and fuels on a fundamental level.
TREAT was placed on standby in 1994. Operations were resumed in 2018. TREAT will provides a valuable capability to support efforts to develop accident-tolerant fuels for light-water reactors as well as the advanced reactor fuels, both of which will allow nuclear power to remain the primary source of emission-free baseload energy in the future.
The facility also has necessary ancillary equipment for specimen preparation, such as for final steps of macromolecule purification, tissue culture lab, grid preparation and vitrification robots. We offer these facilities to the scientific community for end-stage specimen preparation, high-throughput data collection, and real-time data evaluation, either in-person or on-line via remote submission of vitrified grids. It allows researchers to prepare samples, collect data at high speed and assess the quality of that data on the fly so they can make the best use of their experimental time. They can carry out experiments in person or remotely.