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New research investigates simulant nuclear fuel to support decommissioning of Chernobyl

A new paper, released online this week and to be published in Materials and Design, discusses an investigation of the microstructure and mechanical behaviour of simulant “lava-like” fuel that contained materials from Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor unit 4.  It aimed to gain a better understanding of the mechanical, physical and chemical behaviour to inform […]

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University of Bristol and Chernobyl Institute sign MoU

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the University of Bristol and the Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants National Academy of Science of Ukraine (ISP NPP NASU) to establish a long-term cooperative relationship. This Memorandum of Understanding will allow for knowledge exchange through visits between the two organisations and cooperation on […]

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The Curious Incident of the (Robot) Dog in the Nuclear Environment

Institute of Physics Materials and Characterisation Group Christmas Lecture

It is a generally well accepted argument that when it comes to surveying high activity nuclear facilities, robots offer a potentially safer and preferable solution to using human beings. In this IOP seminar we will tell the tale of why walking robots offer an eye catching but also technically sensible approach for surveying certain legacy nuclear facilities, culminating with ground-breaking deployments inside the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) building.

Speaker - Professor Tom Scott

Professor Tom Scott is Director of the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) at the University of Bristol, and lead for the newly established National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics.

He is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Professorial Research Fellow co-funded by the AWE, Director of the South West Nuclear Hub and lectures in both the School of Physics and the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol.

His research expertise is around the detection and characterisation of nuclear materials, to aid prediction of their behaviour in engineered and environmental scenarios. This includes a specific strand of activity relating to nuclear robotics and sensors. He works closely with the nuclear industry in the UK and overseas to deliver characterisation and decontamination solutions for nuclear decommissioning.


The event is open to all and free to attend, but pre-registration is required via the Institute of Physics website.

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Innovation funding for ‘Re-evaluating Chernobyl’ researchers

An international group of researchers led by the University of Bristol have won support from the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund to improve our knowledge and understanding of the global radiological hazard associated with the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Scientists and Engineers from Bristol have developed and deployed a range of […]

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