CNL’s Tritium Facility is located at its Chalk River Laboratories. The Tritium Facility was originally built to support the tritium technology needs for CANDU® reactors and to support the Canadian fusion program.
Since its inception it has been involved in several tritium research and development activities, including:
The Tritium Facility is capable of handling significant amounts of tritium, up to 37 PBq (1 MCi), in research and development activities. The facility supports the tritium technology needs for current and future CANDU reactors and utilities.
Some of the capabilities of the Tritium Facility include:
Current research work carried out in the Tritium Facility involves:
The lab contains inert-atmosphere glove boxes for handling high-specific activity tritium, liquid scintillation counters for tritium analysis in liquids, and gas chromatographs for the analysis of elemental tritium in gases. The staff in the Tritium Facility are specialized in safe handling of high-specific activity tritium, tritium analysis and measurement methods, as well as tritium handling systems design and operation.
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