Istanbul Technical University Turkish Research Reactor (ITU-TRR)

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Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Subordinate To: Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK)
Size: 250KWt
Facility Status: Operational

The ITU-TRR is a small research reactor located on the Ayazaga campus of Istanbul Technical University, north of Istanbul. It is a 250KWt TRIGA Mark-II, built by General Dynamics. The reactor went critical in 1979 and uses fuel enriched to 20% U-235. According to the IAEA, the reactor operates only two days per week for twelve weeks per year. [1] The primary functions of the ITU-TRR are neutron radiography experiments and neutron-activation analysis. [2]

[1] "Research Reactors: ITU-TRR, TECH UNIV," International Atomic Energy Agency,
[2] "Turkey: Power-Balance Concerns," in Nuclear Programmes in the Middle East: In the Shadow of Iran, ed. Mark Fitzpatrick (London: The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2008), p. 64.

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