SCK•CEN offers a wide range of mechanical and corrosion testing services for nuclear materials in irradiated and not irradiated condition.
Typical services provided are destructive Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) such as: tensile, Charpy impact, hardness, fracture toughness, fatigue, Pellini, crack growth, swelling, creep, burst or slow strain rate testing.
Nuclear environments such as liquid lead bismuth or PWR/BWR water chemistry can be replicated and their effect on mechanical behaviour studied.
Testing can be performed under a strict Quality Assurance programme enforced through a Belac accreditation.
In addition to tailored Mechanical or Corrosion testing programmes, SCK•CEN also provides specific services for:
- Surveillance programmes: Monitoring of reactor pressure vessel embrittlement according to the prevailing regulation.
- Master curve: On-line master curve analysis of homogeneous and heterogeneous data set.
- Precracking service: Fatigue cracking of small to large batch of most commonly used fracture toughness specimens.
- Research and development of nuclear materials
- Nuclear materials monitoring, qualification or licensing
- Nuclear materials Quality Assurance
- Support to structural safety analysis
- Laboratory for High and Medium Activity
- Various universal testing machines with a capacity of 1 kN to 3 MN
- Several Charpy impact machines with a capacity from 30 J to 300 J
- Drop weight tower with a capacity of 1700 J
- Environmental chambers for cryogenic (-196 °C) to ultrahigh temperature (2000 °C)
- Vickers and Rockwell testors
- Autoclaves for PWR/BWR and Lead bismuth (PbBi) conditions
- Potentiodynamic techniques and impedance measurements
Contact: Konstantinovic Milan