About Us

The McClellan Nuclear Research Center (MNRC) is owned and operated by the University of California, Davis (UCDavis); which is located only 40 km (25 miles) from the UC Davis campus providing easy access to the facility. MNRC's mission is to provide educational and research opportunities for the advancement of the nuclear sciences in a safe and pro-active environment. The facility was originally built for the primary purpose of detecting low-level corrosion and hidden defects in aircraft structures using non-destructive testing techniques such as neutron radiography and tomography. Today, MNRC is one of the leading reactors performing neutron radiography applications for the aircraft industry while simultaneously evaluating new research areas using state-of-the-art neutron imaging facilities for research applications, neutron activation analysis, radiation hardness testing, and radioisotope applications.

If you are interested in conducting research at MNRC please complete the Inquiry form and a member of our research team will contact you shortly.


MNRC Reactor in operation.