Versatile Test ReactorDesigning the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) has led to new digital engineering approaches, enhanced modeling, and measurement techniques.
WHAT IS THE VERSATILE TEST REACTOR?
It is a one-of-a-kind scientific user facility capable of performing large-scale tests and experiments simply not possible today. The Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) will support research and development of innovative nuclear energy technologies that can supply the world with abundant carbon-free energy. With the addition of VTR, the U.S. will again lead the world in nuclear energy research, safety, and security while also supporting industry partners as they commercialize new technologies.
WHAT IS A TEST REACTOR?
Test reactors are scientific research tools. They provide valuable information on how fuels, materials, components, and instrumentation withstand the extreme conditions inside nuclear power reactors or other environments such as space. This enables scientists and engineers to design safer, longer lasting and more efficient fuels, materials, and components for nuclear energy and other technologies.
WHAT MAKES IT VERSATILE?
Because it generates neutrons at higher speeds than current testing facilities, VTR can perform tests for a broader range of nuclear energy technologies. VTR will conduct multiple experiments and tests simultaneously for multiple users and different technologies. This research will support development of advanced nuclear technologies, as well as the continued operation of the current fleet of nuclear reactors. VTR also could be used to conduct experiments supporting the production of medical isotopes used to treat cancer and other diseases.