$3M upgrade complete at leading lab for emulating radiation damage

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Author: 
Katherine McAlpine

ANN ARBOR—With new equipment that makes it the best in the world for quickly recreating the radiation damage sustained by materials inside nuclear reactors, the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory marked its grand re-opening this week. The $3 million laboratory expansion added a third accelerator, which is crucial to accurately mimicking reactor damage.

"The new triple-beam capabilities of the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory make this a world-class facility for studying radiation damage in materials. The experiments carried out at MIBL are critical for life extension of existing nuclear reactors and designing new generations of reactors," said Ronald Gilgenbach, the Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor and chair of the department of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder dropped in at the open house. "It's great to be back on the U-M campus and see again leading research under way here," he said. "Already, this lab is being visited by people from around the world."

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