Case studies

Use of an Ice Pig to reduce and remove active contamination in nuclear decommissioning

A technique developed at the University of Bristol to clean pipes more thoroughly and produce less waste by pumping a thick ice slurry into contaminated piplines.
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Exploring Radioactive Environments with Pipeline Devices

A number of miniaturised tools and techniques that allow the remote characterisation, mapping and exploration of pipe networks in radioactive environments have been developed at the University of Bristol.
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Diamond Battery

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery.
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Coping with a big nuclear accident

How best should we respond after a big nuclear accident has occurred?
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Cracking graphite extends nuclear power station life

Using advanced materials analysis to help extend the lifespan of nuclear power reactors
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Public Engagement: "Is Nuclear Green?" at the Bristol Harbour Festival

The aim of this project was to present the facts about nuclear power in the UK and start a debate
around the question “Is Nuclear Green?”.
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AARM system in flight

Use of Mobile Aerial Platforms for Radiation Detection and Building Inspections

The advanced airborne radiation monitoring (AARM) system is the world’s first autonomous low altitude aerial radiation detection device.
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High-resolution radiation mapping to characterise contamination

UAV-carried radiation detectors have been developed and deployed on the Sellafield site and the contaminated Fukushima Prefecture.
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Nuclear Forensics in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident

The University of Bristol collaborated with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science to analyse material from the fallout of the Fukushima accident.
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High resolution resistive plate chambers (HRRPC)

Cosmic Ray Tomography to Monitor the Fukushima Reactor Cores

University of Bristol has been developing large scale high resolution resistive plate chambers (HRPCs) for cosmic ray tomography aimed at Homeland Security and Volcano monitoring.
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Characterising nuclear plants with multiple robots with interchangeable sensors

Bristol Robotics Laboratory have focused on providing a reliable and low cost means of remotely characterising the NDA estate using rapidly deployed, reliable, low cost heterogeneous robot teams.
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Decontamination of Liquids using Novel Adsortbents

Auxetics describes a class of materials and structures that expand in all directions when pulled along one (negative Poisson’s ratio - NPR), with a counterintuitive behaviour compared to the one of “classic” materials.
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Reactive Nanomaterial Injections

Nanoparticle clogging could be used to provide a low-cost alternative to the proposed ice wall that will be used to hydro-geologically isolate the leaking reactor units at the Fukushima Daiichi site, thus preventing contaminated cooling waters from dispersing into the regional groundwater flow system.
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Environmental radioactivity and external hazards to nuclear infrastructure

Bristol has world-renowned expertise in a range of activities associated with environmental hazards that impact the nuclear industry (e.g. seismic, flooding and volcanic) and also the downstream consequences of accidental and licensed release.
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