Current and future nuclear technologies such as fission and fusion reactor systems depend on well characterized structural materials, underpinned by reliable material models. ANSTO is pursuing research into the nuclear power cycle on many fronts, including: modelling and measurement of weld residual stresses; simulation of radiation damage by molecular dynamics modelling; assessment of radiation, cycling and aging effects in power plant structural materials; and characterization of materials for the next generation of nuclear power plants. Several examples of past and current research activities are used to highlight the potential of ANSTO facilities, techniques and capabilities available for collaborative research in the nuclear space.

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