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Argonne’s expertise in ceramic NDE is well established in the engineering community. The laboratory’s capabilities include phased array ultrasonics, X-ray computed tomography, thermal imaging, optical coherence tomography, confocal microscopy, microwave/millimeter-wave (MW/ MMW) sensing, eddy current testing, and optical laser backscatter.
A Radioanaltyical Counting Laboratory is connected via an adjoining door to the Radioactive Material Handling Laboratory. This convenience is vital for working with radioactive materials as all the steps during a given process can be immediately characterized by alpha and gamma-ray assay. The laboratory is equipped with numerous detectors.
The Test Chamber is designed to maintain a single point operating condition and is able to maintain dry bulb temperatures in the range of 40°F to 120°F and humidity conditions in the range of 30% to 95%. It has the capability of testing four refrigeration units simultaneously at a single operating condition.
As a result of this mission, AL receives a wide variety of samples from across INL, as well as from other outside entities. Sample types include liquids, solids, and irradiated/unirradiated fuel related to activities such as research and development, material accountability, radiation monitoring, process monitoring, and environmental monitoring. Engineering development activities, such as the preparation of samples for irradiation testing, are also supported by the AL.
EDL occupies most of Building 772 at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC). Two rooms within the building are used by the MFC Quality Assurance organization for nondestructive examinations, e.g., radiography and film processing. Two mezzanines, which constitute the second floor, can be moved to accommodate tall equipment (30-foot floor-to-crane hook). The facility includes equipment and gloveboxes for welding, including an electron-beam welder; furnaces for bake-out of graphite components; forming equipment for heat source hardware; and various machine tools.