Hillsboro, Ore.-based FEI Co., a scientific
instruments company, has announced the completion of a multiple systems installation
at the Materials Ageing Institute (MAI) in France, a utility-oriented research center
financed by Electricité de France, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Kansai
Electric Power Co. and the US Electric Power Research Institute. The MAI microscopy
laboratory has commissioned FEI’s Titan scanning transmission electronic microscope
to study the aging of materials. The goal is to improve the reliability and safety
of nuclear and non-nuclear power plants and to extend their lifetimes.