Experiment Design Tips
Below are some miscellaneous tips that should be useful for experimenters.
Materials for reactor-based experiments:
- Materials made from C, O, N, H have minimal activation.
- Use aluminum when possible due to its low cross section, short half-life, strength, and light weight. Alloy 6061 is the best widely-available alloy of aluminum to use for reactor experiments.
- If a high-temperature material is needed, titanium is a better choice than other metals. It will activate significantly more than aluminum, but less than metals such as iron, nickel and chrome.
- Use insulators made from alumina and silica.
- If tape is needed for an experiment, we have found Kapton (polyimide) tape to be the best choice.
- Avoid Fe, Ni, Cr, steel.