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Robotics for Nuclear Environments Programme

Research Area: Robotics PI: Prof. Tony Pipe Partners: EDF Energy, KUKA Robotics, NNL, NDA, Network Rail, Schlumberger Contact details: Tony.Pipe@brl.ac.uk The Challenge Led by the University of Manchester, the programme of work will develop robotics technologies capable of operating autonomously and effectively within hazardous environments such as nuclear facilities. The vision for this Programme is […]

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Characterising Nuclear Plants with Multiple Robots with Interchangeable Sensors

Research Area: Robotics PI: Prof. Tony Pipe and Prof. Alan Winfield Partners: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, UWE, Bristol Robotics Laboratory Contact details: Tony.Pipe@brl.ac.uk Alan.Winfield@uwe.ac.uk The Challenge The project is focused on providing a reliable and low cost means of remotely characterising the NDA estate using rapidly deployed, reliable, low cost heterogeneous robot teams that work autonomously […]

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Inductively-Coupled Ultrasonic Sensors for Monitoring ILW Drum Integrity

Research Area: Monitoring PI: Prof. Paul Wilcox Partners: Inductosense Contact details: P.Wilcox@bristol.ac.uk The Challenge In the UK alone, over 20,000 Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) drums are currently stored in above ground facilities. Confirming the integrity of the drums while in storage over extended time periods is challenging due to the restricted access, and the desire […]

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Exploring Radioactive Environments with Pipeline Devices

Research Area: Monitoring PI: Prof. Tom Scott Partners: Magnox Funders: Wood Plc (formerly AMEC Foster Wheeler) Contact details: Freddie.Russell-Pavier@bristol.ac.uk The Challenge Nuclear waste materials are transported, stored and processed in facilities that can are physically shielded from the outside environment. In these environments it is important to understand the distribution of radionuclides and how this […]

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Long-term Bentonite Behaviour in Geological Disposal Facilities

Research Area: Waste and Fuel Management PI: Miss Macarena Leal Olloqui Contact details: Macarena.Lealolloqui@bristol.ac.uk The Challenge Despite producing considerable power density from a small volume of nuclear material, the main perceived drawback of nuclear-fission power generation are the long-term environmental impacts. A key environmental theme addressed by work at the University of Bristol includes long-term […]

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Establishing the Source of Radionuclides in the Severn Estruary

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks PI: Dr David Richards Partners: UWE, Cardiff University Funders: NERC Contact details: David.Richards@bristol.ac.uk Project website: https://southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk/2017/12/06/university-of-bristol-academic-speaks-to-bbc/ The Challenge As part of the Hinkley Point C new build construction project, EDF Energy obtained a licence from the Welsh Government to dredge 300,000 tonnes of sediment from the Somerset coastline and […]

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J-Value Rating Service For Assessing Nuclear Safety Systems

Research Area: Nuclear Hazards and Risks PI: Prof. Philip Thomas Partners: Analytic Eye Ltd., Michaelmas Consulting Ltd. Funders: EPSRC Contact details: Philip.Thomas@bristol.ac.uk Project website: www.nrefs.org/ The Challenge After both major world nuclear accidents, at Chernobyl in 1986 and at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, mass relocation of people was the primary policy response by governments. 116,000 […]

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The Effect of Creep Strain Rate on Damage Accumulation in Type 316H Austenitic Stainless Steel

Research Area: Nuclear Materials and Modelling PI: Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi Funders: EDF Energy Contact details: M.Mostafavi@bristol.ac.uk The Challenge High temperature assessment codes such as R5 are mainly based on standard forward creep tests. Therefore the complex geometry and load multi-axiality of service components are often ignored when assessing their integrities via the standard codes. For […]

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