Argonne National Laboratory
Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors
Nuclear Science and Engineering Division at Argonne
U.S. Department of Energy

2007 International RERTR Meeting

Abstracts and Available Papers Presented at the Meeting

Progress Report on the Conversion of the Purdue University Reactor,
PUR-1, from HEU to LEU

Ole Reistad and Styrkaar Hustveit
Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA)
1332 Østerås, Norway


The effort for the conversion of the Purdue University Research Reactor, PUR-1, began in August, 2005, and will be completed in late 2007. Initial low-enriched uranium (LEU) assemblies will be inserted into the core in September, and the final core load is expected to be completed by October 2007. This paper summarizes the work performed to date, and the expectations for the work remaining to complete the project. The PUR-1 conversion has been a collaborative effort with Purdue, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory participating under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy-Global Threat Reduction.

Construction of PUR-1 began in 1961, and it was initially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in August of 1962 for operation at 1kW. The primary missions of the reactor are training, education and research. Each graduate of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University will have operated the reactor in two or more separate experiments as part of their curriculum. Students were used extensively throughout all phases of this conversion project, providing additional learning opportunities to complete their education experience.

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2016 RERTR Meeting

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2015 RERTR Meeting

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