ACU NEXT Lab
The NEXT Lab mission is to provide global solutions to the world's need for
- Energy that is less expensive and safer
- Water that is pure and abundant
- Medical isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer
by advancing the technology of molten salt reactors while educating the next generation of leaders in nuclear science and engineering.
A Molten Salt Research & Test Reactor (MSR&TRx) is critical to the research, design, and development of this technology. To support the design of a MSR&TRx, a non-nuclear molten salt test system is needed. The system would allow for testing advanced instrumentation, evaluating different salt properties, making fundamental data measurements, and testing hardware that can be used with molten salts. A flexible molten salt loop test lab in Bennett Labs on the ACU campus would advance the technical readiness level of all of these critical design considerations for a MSR&TRx.