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Forging the way for nuclear materials research

The Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) is a state-of-the-art, one-story facility that was officially opened in 2015. The facility includes a proton and helium accelerator to introduce radiation damage and transmutation products into materials, mimicking the changes to materials occurring in a nuclear reactor.

The Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) is an exciting endeavour for Queen's Nuclear Materials researchers, led by Professor Mark Daymond. The RMTL uses a proton accelerator to introduce damage into materials at a microscopic scale. By studying the effects of this damage on the way that materials behave we can gain insight into, and draw parallels with, the way that materials are damaged within a nuclear reactor.

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In addition to Queen’s and Smith Engineering, the RMTL is made possible with the generous support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and equipment manufacturers. The RMTL supports the development of safe and economical nuclear power for Canada.