Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR)

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: IR-0005
Location: Isfahan Nuclear Technology Center
Subordinate To: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)
Size: 30KW
Facility Status: Operational

The 30KW Miniature Neutron Sources Reactor (MNSR) is a light water cooled and moderated research reactor that runs on 900 grams of 90% highly enriched uranium (HEU). [1] China supplied the reactor to Iran in 1991, and it first reached criticality in 1994. [2] The China National Nuclear Corporation supplied the reactor's fuel. Iran uses the reactor for neutron activation analysis. [3]

Sources:
[1] "Iran: Map and Chart," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, www.carnegieendowment.org.
[2] "Iran: Nuclear Research Reactors of the World," International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org.
[3] "Nuclear Research Reactors in the World, Research Reactor Details - ENTC MNSR," International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org.

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