The Nuclear Materials group at Queen's is carrying out world leading research in the area of structural materials for nuclear power applications. The purpose of the research program is to further the fundamental understanding of nuclear materials and to develop applied technology required by the industry in this area. This includes radiation-induced deformation of nuclear materials, the fracture properties of such materials and the relationship of properties to manufacturing variables, crystallographic texture and microstructure. The group has domestic collaborations with McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and McMaster University, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Kinectrics Inc., Nu-Tech Precision Metals Inc. Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation Inc. and international collaborations in the USA, the UK, France, Argentina, Hong Kong and Australia.
The Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) is an exciting research endeavor for the Queen's Nuclear Materials Group. The RMTL uses a proton accelerator to introduce damage into materials at a microscopic scale. By studying the effects of this damage on the way that materials behave we can gain insight into, and draw parallels with, the way that materials are damaged within a nuclear reactor. Made possible with the generous support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, equipment manufacturers, Queen’s and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the RMTL was commissioned in 2015 and supports the development of safe and economical nuclear power for Canada.