Our SMR Capabilities

Making the vision of small modular reactor (SMR) deployment a reality

CNL provides a full spectrum of technical expertise and R&D facilities at our secure and licensed site, where we have designed, licensed, and constructed prototype reactors for over 50 years. We offer on-site capabilities in all areas of reactor design, from fuels and reactor internals through thermodynamics and materials science. Our team will steadily remove technical, regulatory, and economic barriers, allowing you to progress your SMR from concept to prototype—and beyond.

Solutions for SMR developers

Test site for SMR prototypes

Providing a licensed nuclear site on which several nuclear reactors have been built and operated.

Regulatory, safety, security, utility service and scientific infrastructure already in place to enable the timely licensing, construction and testing of advanced nuclear reactor prototypes.

Reactor physics modeling and testing

Modeling the behaviour of reactor cores and validating the models in a low-power reactor.

The ZED-2 core can be arranged into a wide range of configurations to validate reactor core models with empirical data.

Thermalhydraulic modeling and testing

Modeling and testing the thermalhydraulic behaviour of nuclear fuel and nuclear power plants. This includes the primary and secondary coolant systems.

Fuel fabrication, testing and analysis

Designing, fabricating and assembling a wide range of uranium, plutonium and thorium-bearing fuels, including oxides, carbides, nitrides, and metallic/metal matrix.

Investigating and validating fuel performance and degradation using post-irradiation examination.

CNL is currently developing the capability to measure thermophysical and thermodynamic properties of molten and liquid fuels.

Reactor component degradation testing, modeling and analysis

Modelling and testing a wide range of component degradation phenomena including corrosion, erosion, fouling, fretting, vibrations, and hydride formation.

Safety & Licensing

License planning and test program development.

Modeling and simulation of accident scenarios.

Irradiation program preparation and execution

Planning irradiation programs, preparing samples to be irradiated, and executing irradiation on-and off-site.

Post-irradiation examination (PIE)

Fuel and material sample preparation and handling in our dedicated hot cell facilities.

Providing a full suite of measurements, mechanical tests, surface analyses and other examinations on highly irradiated materials. Our analytical services identify where materials are likely to fail and what measures can be taken to predict and prevent such failures.

Past projects & current work

Our research and development capabilities have contributed to two of the most successful reactor technologies in the world: the versatile CANDU® power reactors and the ultra-safe SLOWPOKE research reactors.

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Our reactor research and development experience includes open-pool, boiling, pressurized, supercritical water-cooled, and organically-cooled reactor designs. We have manufactured and tested advanced fuels including fast-flux, oxides, carbides, nitrides, and metallic/metal matrix fuels, as well as innovative claddings and geometries to support advanced reactors and improve the performance of conventional designs.