Welcome to the homepage of the The Ohio State University Nuclear Reactor Lab (OSU-NRL).
The OSU-NRL is used for a wide range of nuclear-related research endeavors, including evaluation of material elemental constituents using neutron activation analysis (NAA) and neutron depth profiling (NDP); evaluation of radiation damage to electronic components and other materials, such as optical fibers and optical fiber-based sensors; evaluation of neutron and gamma-ray radiation sensitive detector performance; isotope production; and biomedical experiments. The OSU-NRL staff provides a variety of instructional services ranging from general tours to group laboratory sessions, and facilitates research projects structured to student and faculty interests.
The OSURR is not constrained by a fixed duty-cycle, allowing great flexibility in scheduling research and education. The reactor has multiple dry-tube irradiation locations that allow instrumented experiments, enabling in-situ experiment measurements and real-time monitoring during irradiations. The non-fixed duty cycle enables researchers to perform experiments utilizing varying reactor power levels and even power transients. Many laboratory classes include reactor start-ups and shut-downs, allowing students to observe the associated reactor dynamics. The facility is made available by appointment on a first-come, first-served basis during regular business hours.
The OSU-NRL is centrally located within Ohio, making it very accessible to all institutions in the state. In addition, Columbus is home to an international airport, making the OSU-NRL very accessible to out-of-state users.