Interface Analysis Centre picks up awards at nuclear technology event

Liam Payne and Peter Martin collect their nuclear innovation awards.
Liam Payne and Peter Martin collect their nuclear innovation awards.

Researchers from the University of Bristol's Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) attended the recent “Technology Supply Chain in Action” event in Cumbria, co-hosted by the Nuclear Institute, Sellafield and the National Nuclear Laboratory, to demonstrate ongoing research in support of the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

Projects exhibited included:

  • gamma flash scanning,
  • radiation mapping of legacy facilities using both land based surveys and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV),
  • testing radiation using frozen flow loaded energy sensors (TRUFFLES) and diamond radiation detectors.

The IAC walked away with two of the three academic awards on offer, picked up by Liam Payne for his work on Diamond Radiation Detectors and Peter Martin for work on Ground-based Radiation Mapping. Both projects stem from research performed with support from industry, leading to advanced prototypes that have been tested at real sites, civil nuclear facilities in the case of diamond detectors and naturally radioactive sites for radiation mapping.

Supply Chain in Action is a technical event designed to highlight the innovation provided by the supply chain to support end users in the Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Markets, which took place on 11th February 2016 at Energus and NNL Workington, Cumbria. The event was open to technology companies of any size, universities undertaking research in collaboration with a nuclear end-user, nuclear site licence companies and their owners.

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