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MCL, Micro-Characterisation Laboratory (EMMA)

The Micro-Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is dedicated to the experimental investigation of materials performance in terms of microstructure and micromechanics. The lab provides insight into the complex coupling between microstructure, its defects...

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Status
Closed
Reference
2019-1-RD-MCL
Publication date
02 February 2022 in Petten, The Netherlands
Opening date
Deadline model
Single-stage
Deadline date

Description

The Micro-Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is part of the EMMA laboratories.

The EMMA laboratories provides the infrastructure for mechanical tests in ambient and corrosive environments from cryogenic to high temperatures at the macro and micro scales.

The MCL is dedicated to the experimental investigation of materials performance in terms of microstructure and micromechanics. The lab provides insight into the complex coupling between microstructure, its defects and the mechanical behaviour of small volumes of metals, ceramic materials, polymers and composites of interest to the safe operation of nuclear installations and non-power nuclear applications.

MCL offers open access to the following facilities:

  • High temperature nanoindentation testing system including nanoindentation head, atomic force microscope and optical microscope with synchronized positioning:
    • Load range: 100 mN
    • Indentation range: 100 µm
    • Temperature range: 600 °C
    • Tip and sample infrared heating
    • High vacuum
    • Indenter tips: Berkovich, spherical, flat punch
    • Static and dynamic operation modes
  • In-situ micromechanical testing system able to operate in-vacuum (inside SEM) and in-air:
    • Load range: 1.5 N
    • Indentation range: 35 µm
    • Indenter tips: Berkovich, spherical
    • Static and dynamic modes
  • Sample preparation equipment:
    • High precision cut-off machine with grinding function and variable speed (300 – 5000 rpm).
    • Automatic polishing machine with sample holders for accurate plan-parallel removal of material.
    • Automatic electrolytic polishing and etching apparatus.
    • Electroject machine for automatic electrolytic thinning of specimens

Access to support microstructural characterization (TEM, SEM, XRD) is available.

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Priority topics of MCL

  1. Micro-characterization of materials of nuclear interest.
  2. High temperature nanoindentation of metals, alloys and composites.
  3. Development of new micro-mechanical testing methodologies
  4. Support to the development of predictive mechanism-based multiscale models of material behaviour.
  5. Effects of material degradation sources in nuclear environments (irradiation, high temperature, corrosion)
  6. Understanding of small scale plasticity

Definition and conditions of access

High temperature nanoindenter and in-situ micromechanical testing system: Typical projects will last one or two weeks. For high temperature nanoindentation, one temperature in one sample can be tested per day. It is recommended to have a back-up of 1 – 2 days per sample to account for unexpected issues with temperature stabilization. Operation of the equipment will be done by JRC staff during normal working hours. Sample preparation equipment and support microstructural characterization: users may prepare and/or observe their own specimens assisted by JRC staff. The length of such preparations and/or observations depends on each request. JRC staff can provide support to estimate the duration of proposals.

  • Estimated total number of Access Unit allocated to the call:
    • High temperature nanoindenter and in-situ micromechanical testing system: 20 AU in total (AU = days)
    • Sample preparation equipment and support microstructural characterization: 80 AU in total (AU = hours)
  • Average number of Access Unit per Project:
    • High temperature nanoindenter and in-situ micromechanical testing system: 5 AU (AU = days)
    • Sample preparation equipment and support microstructural characterization: 20 AU (AU = hours)

Options for the allocation of intellectual property rights:

  • The JRC and the entitled party (person or organisation that has been granted access) become co-owners in equal shares of all raw data, treated data and documentation data developed with respect to the access.

Eligibility criteria

Selection criteria

Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with weighted selection criteria such as:

  • Scientific implementation
  • Collaboration and access to new Users
  • Strategic relevance to the JRC
  • Strategic importance for Europe

How to apply

The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.

During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:

The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.

Additional instructions: contact JRC-OPEN-MCL@ec.europa.eu before or during the preparation of proposal on:

  • Material,
  • Test parameters,
  • Specimen geometry.

Specimens can be prepared by the user on site.

Also specify the level of experience of the user(s) to perform related tests.

Communication of the assessment of proposals:2020-04-01 00:00:00

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