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Nuclear Forensics: Determining the origin of uranium ores from geochemical signatures

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks Researcher: David Reading, University of Southampton Partners: AWE Funders: AWE Outreach award   The Challenge Nuclear forensics is dedicated to the characterisation of radiological and nuclear materials out of regulatory control. Its purpose is to determine the history of such nuclear material, for example its provenance and geolocation which […]

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Assessment of Sorbent Materials for the Remediation of Radionuclide Contaminated Groundwater

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks Researcher: GAU-Radioanalytical, University of Southampton Partners: National Nuclear Laboratory Funders: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Bursary   The Challenge Decades of leaks have contaminated parts of the Separation Area at Sellafield with a mixture of anthropogenic radionuclides. The more mobile of these radionuclides (HTO, Sr and Tc) have polluted the groundwater […]

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Project FORCE: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Research Area: Structural Integrity PI: Solid Mechanics Research Group, University of Bristol Partners: Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Nuclear AMRC, Veqter, Cammell Laird Funders: BEIS Nuclear Innovation Programme Project FORCE involves three work packages focussed on developing structural integrity assessment methods with an aim to reduce the blockers for the wide-scale use of power beam welding techniques in […]

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A Collaborative Database to Support the Ongoing Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks Researchers: Dr Peter Martin, Dr David Richards, Professor Tom Scott – University of Bristol Partners: Diamond Light Source, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Sellafield Ltd. Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Contact:   The Challenge The accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) in March 2011 represents […]

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Analysing and imaging of fuel debris fallout particles from Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant accident

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks PI: Dr Peter Martin Partners: Diamond Light Source, Japan Atomic Energy Agency Contact: The Challenge Although the three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) were not damaged by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in 2011, the entire site was inundated by the ensuing 15m high […]

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Radiation mapping surveys using UAVs in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks PI: Prof. Tom Scott Partners: National Centre for Nuclear Robotics, EPSRC Contact details: The Challenge The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant occurred during the early hours of Friday 26th April 1986 during a test on the Chernobyl 4 reactor prior to a routine shutdown. The resultant […]

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Insights into Digital Twins

The Design and Manufacturing Futures laboratory, based at the University of Bristol, is researching and creating the tools and technologies of tomorrow, providing game-changing capability for the design, manufacture, operation and disposal of next generation products and machines. While very often based on a virtual prototype (inc. multi-physics) a digital twin has: a role beyond […]

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INTEGRAL – Remote-Operated Nuclear Waste Characterisation and Decontamination Management

Research Area: Waste and Fuel Management PI: Prof. Tom Scott Partners: TWI, ImiTec Ltd., National Centre for Nuclear Robotics Contact details: The Challenge The 2013 UK Radioactive Waste Management reports highlighted that the total volume of UK radioactive waste across NDA sites was ~165,000m3. The volume of future waste was forecast to be 4,330,000m3. […]

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Figure 1 - Conditions near volcanoes to take measurements can be extremely dangerous.

Advanced Self-Powered ‘Dragon egg’ Sensor Units

Research Area: Monitoring PI: Prof. Tom Scott, Prof Bernard Stark, University of Bristol Partners: Sensor Driven Ltd, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, National Centre for Nuclear Robotics Contact details:, The Challenge Volcanoes are inherently unpredictable, therefore it is notoriously difficult to record their behaviour into reliable analytical models – instead, real-time data of […]

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Physical model of an AGR nuclear reactor graphite core for shaking table explorations of seismic behaviour

Research Area: Structural Engineering PI: Professor Colin Taylor, Dr Adam Crewe Partners: EDF Energy, Atkins Contact details: The Challenge Sponsored by EDF-Energy Ltd, the ongoing PLEX (Plant Life Extension) project was initiated in 2008. To date EDF have invested around £6.5M in the project and work is expected to continue over the next few […]

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