New project on 3D Imaging Techniques for the Nuclear Sector

The University of Bristol has been chosen to carry out a review of 3D imaging techniques for applications in the nuclear industry. This work will be carried out for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), as part of their Direct Research Portfolio. UoB will perform this work as a partner of Wood Group.

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3D imaging techniques, such as X-ray tomography, have grown in use in academic and industrial research in recent years. These techniques enable powerful non-destructive characterisation of samples to be carried out; different techniques allow different material length scales to be measured, from nano-scale to macro-scale.

3D Imaging research at the University of Bristol

UoB has substantial expertise in various forms of 3D imaging, including operating X-ray tomography of irradiated samples. Other ongoing UoB projects on 3D imaging techniques include muon tomography for characterising packages containing radioactive waste; and the use of atom probe tomography for nuclear forensics.

Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi, academic lead for the work said:

“This project is an excellent opportunity to review different complementary 3D imaging techniques and to consider their application for the NDA estate. 3D imaging offers the possibility of delivering truly game-changing approaches to characterisation of materials non-destructively. We look forward to working with Wood Group to delivering a successful project for NDA and to make recommendations for future development in this area.”

Solid Mechanics Research Group

The Solid Mechanics Research Group is part of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol. You can read more about its work here:

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