Triga Mark II Nuclear Reactor Facility

Select National Research Reactors


The TRIGA Mark II research reactor is commissioned to supports education, research, training, and regional industries. This is a unique resource for KSU because there are less than 20 active research reactors in the United States. This reactor operates under the Nuclear Regulatory Commission license R88 and the regulations of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The licensed maximum power limit is 250 kW for pulsing capabilities, which achieves higher power levels for short periods of time.

This license is being renewed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow operations up to 1,250 kW. The reactor supports KSU and other institutions research in radiation detector development, detector applications, neutron activation analysis, and neutron radiography in research efforts. The reactor also supports various other departments at KSU including Geology, Archeology, Chemical Engineering, Entomology, and others.