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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.