International Conference on Research Reactors:
Safe Management and Effective Utilization

14-18 November 2011, Rabat, Morocco

Utilisation and Upgrading of the Neutron Beam Lines Facilities at the SAFARI-1 Nuclear Research Reactor in South Africa

F.C. De Beer, C.B. Franklyn, A.M. Venter, G. Nothnagel
South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), Pretoria, South Africa


The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) owns and operates the SAFARI-1 20 MW Research Reactor located near Pretoria. In the last two decades the SAFARI-1 research reactor has been successfully utilized for the production of radio-isotopes and the neutron transmutation doping of silicon. At the same time, various developments have been undertaken at the horizontal thermal neutron beam line ports. In fulfilling its statuary mandate to apply radiation technology for scientific purposes, Necsa is constantly exploring opportunities to employ the neutrons from its beam line facilities to benefit both academia and industry in research and technological development. This paper outlines the facilities available at SAFARI-1, the current initiatives to establish state-of-theľart user facilities and their application to various fields of material research.

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