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New research: Modelling AGR core behaviour in seismic conditions

A new research paper presents a unique, highly innovative and technically challenging earthquake engineering project that has provided vital evidence to underpin the seismic safety assessments of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors. This is an output based on the long-standing collaborative research project between the University of Bristol, EDF and Atkins on plant-life extension of AGR […]

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Bristol Professor gives evidence to covid-19 national recovery committee

Professor Philip Thomas of the University of Bristol has provided written evidence to the UK Treasury Committee that is assessing the economic impact of coronavirus. Professor Thomas, Professor of Risk Management, has evaluated options available to national governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic using the J value method, previously applied to mass evacuation scenarios. The […]

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Nuclear consortium wins Royal Society of Chemistry award

The DISTINCTIVE consortium, focused on nuclear decommissioning and waste management, has won a Royal Society for Chemistry award for industry-academia collaboration. This EPSRC-funded consortium, led by the University of Leeds, was set up to deliver research that addressed challenges associated with the continuing safe storage and disposal of radioactive legacy nuclear waste. The University of […]

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Development of embedded radiation detection capability for security applications

A collaborative project has developed radiation detection systems that can be built into industry standard entrance control systems, supporting the prevention of illegal radioactive material transportation. Project Gatekeeper, a collaborative research project between the University of Bristol, AWE, Royal Mail and Gunnebo aimed to be able to detect radioactive materials potentially carried by individuals as […]

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IDOM contracted for STEP fusion programme

IDOM were recently announced as one of nine companies who will work on the UKAEA’s Engineering Design Services Framework for the STEP programme. Hub members IDOM will be part of a four-year-long Engineering Design Services Framework along with eight other companies. Other companies in the Framework are Assystem, DBD, Rolls-Royce, Jacobs, Frazer Nash, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, and […]

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University of Bristol and NNL renew strategic partnership

University of Bristol and the National Nuclear Laboratory have renewed their long-standing strategic partnership. The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), an associate member of the South West Nuclear Hub,  is a significant research partner for the University who collaborate on nationally important projects for the nuclear industry. This is the latest step in a long relationship […]

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Bristol Engineer supports collaborative European ventilator production project

A researcher from the University of Bristol contributed to a Belgian-led effort to develop open-source Covid-19 ventilators made from automotive components, to support hospitals during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Yannick Verbelen, a Research Associate in the Interface Analysis Centre and the South West Nuclear Hub, worked with Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)’s FabLab […]

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New corrosion research from the University of Bristol and Sellafield

A new paper has been released examining uranium corrosion and nuclear waste storage between the University of Bristol and Sellafield Ltd. These two institutions are long-standing collaborators on nuclear materials research to support the safe handling, treatment, storage and permanent disposal of radioactive waste in the UK. The paper is entitled Corrosion of uranium in […]

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Nuclear safety analysis tool applied to Covid-19 lockdown scenarios

New analysis from the University of Bristol has evaluated options available to national governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic using the J Value method, previously applied to mass evacuation scenarios. The method empirically assesses expenditure of a safety scheme against the value of life and potential gains in life expectancy. The research paper, published in […]

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Hub network support fight against Coronavirus

Several members and collaborators in the South West Nuclear Hub network have been contributing to the fight against coronavirus. Supplies of PPE and other equipment have been donated in local areas, whilst the nuclear industry continues to generate energy and maintain critical infrastructure. PPE and supplies production The University of Plymouth is part of a […]

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