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Project FORCE: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Research Area: Structural Integrity PI: Solid Mechanics Research Group, University of Bristol Partners: Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Nuclear AMRC, Veqter, Cammell Laird Funders: BEIS Nuclear Innovation Programme Project FORCE involves three work packages focussed on developing structural integrity assessment methods with an aim to reduce the blockers for the wide-scale use of power beam welding techniques in […]

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Novel Materials and Engineering Solutions for High Temperature Power Generation Plant

FESI is pleased to announce that a workshop designed to review and explore options to meet the future operational challenges for high temperature plant is to be held on January 23, 2020 in Room 1.15 in Queen’s Building, University of Bristol.

THEME

Future designs for nuclear, solar, and fossil-fuel power generation plant propose the use of supercritical steam cycles with temperatures and pressures as high as 750°C and 350 bar. These high temperature and pressures will demand the development of novel materials and engineering designs to achieve a long operating life of the order of 60 years. It is not clear that current developments will provide solutions in the near-term.

This workshop will explore the current state of materials and engineering research to assess the likelihood of successful design and construction of high temperature plant and the remaining research and development. The workshop will address the two linked approaches of improvements to properties of materials and new engineering design techniques.

Current thinking is that high operating temperatures will require the use of nickel-based alloys for components in superheaters, reheaters and steam transfer pipes, due to their better resistance to creep damage and steam oxidation. However, Nickel alloys are more costly than steels and could be in relatively scarce supply, considering the quantity required for new power plants worldwide. Alternative materials including new steel alloys may need to be developed to reduce the dependency on nickel-based alloys.

Although it is perhaps inevitable that materials able to operate at high temperatures will be required for some components of the plant, new engineering design approaches may allow the use of less exotic material elsewhere. A novel approach being explored in the UK is that steam transfer pipes could be manufactured with internal ceramic insulation and external cooling to reduce the temperature the pipes are exposed to and alleviate the requirement for more expensive high temperature materials. Recent Japanese proposals for nuclear reactors include a counter-cooled pipe exchanging high temperature helium coolant between the nuclear reactor and steam generator.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop will be of interest to engineers, scientists, supply chain, and plant designers who wish to learn about the future developments in high temperature power plant.

FEES and REGISTRATION

Non-Member Fee: £250 + VAT
FESI Member Fee: £210 + VAT
Student/Retired Member Fee: £140 + VAT

To register, please refer to the event flyer by following this link.

Please note that delegates should register by 7 January 2020 and that Registration Fees must be paid prior to the event.

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The Structural Integrity Course 2019

Four Day Course at the University of Bristol

 

The Structural Integrity Course offers a comprehensive programme to cover the main aspects of the assessment of engineering structures and components under the effect of mechanical loading, high temperature and harsh environments containing cracks.

The course provides delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in structural integrity assessment cases involving failure mechanisms as fatigue, fracture, corrosion, creep and their interaction. The course will first review key theoretical aspects for the delegates to understand or refresh key concepts, and will then make focus on practical issues of structural integrity assessment.

To find out more about the course, including speakers and content, please visit The Structural Integrity Course website.

More Information

Programme

Download PDF: SIC Bristol programme 2019

Course tutors:

 

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, researchers, technical managers involved in the development and application of damage tolerance concepts and fitness-for-service assessment methods in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, electrical, oil and gas or the nuclear industry.

We would be delighted to have more PhD students at the course so we have reduced the PhD student rate – there is a discounted rate of £800 for the week.

Fees and Registration

  • Super early bird fee (before June 1, 2019): £ 1200
  • Discounted fee (before July 1, 2019): £ 1500
  • Regular fee (after July 1, 2019): £ 1800
  • Full time students: £ 800

Students should send the corresponding documentation before registration. Groups of 3 or more delegates get a 20% discount from the corresponding fee (Not applicable to students). 

We are also now offering day rates.

Fees include Coffee Breaks, Lunch for the lecture days, Dinner (Thursday only), Study material (pendrive with slides) and Certificate of attendance. 

For Registration, please contact us at info@sicourse.com

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Bristol University Engineer Awarded Two EPSRC Grants

Dr Nico Larrosa of the University of Bristol has been awarded a prestigious RCUK Catapult Researcher in Residence fellowship, as well as a significant research grant to research structural behaviour in collaboration with industry and academic partners. This work will have applications to life extension programmes for in-service nuclear power plants, as well as for other […]

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The Structural Integrity Course

Four Day Course at the University of Bristol

 

The Structural Integrity Course offers a comprehensive programme to cover the main aspects of the assessment of engineering structures and components under the effect of mechanical loading, high temperature and harsh environments containing cracks.

The course provides delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in structural integrity assessment cases involving failure mechanisms as fatigue, fracture, corrosion, creep and their interaction. The course will first review key theoretical aspects for the delegates to understand or refresh key concepts, and will then make focus on practical issues of structural integrity assessment.

To find out more about the course, including speakers and content, please visit The Structural Integrity Course website.

More Information

Programme

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, researchers, technical managers involved in the development and application of damage tolerance concepts and fitness-for-service assessment methods in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, electrical, oil and gas or the nuclear industry.

Fees and Registration

Early bird fee (before July 20, 2018) - £1500

Standard fee - £1800

Student Fee - £900

Students should send the corresponding documentation before registration. Groups of 3 or more delegates get a 20% discount from the corresponding fee (Not applicable to students). Spaces are limited so book as soon as possible. 

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Probabilistic Treatment of Stresses For Use in Creep-Fatigue Crack Initiation Assessments

Research Area: Structural Integrity PI: Mr Nader Zentuti Funders: EDF Energy Contact details: nader.zentuti@bristol.ac.uk The Challenge For assessing a component operating at high temperatures for creep-fatigue damage which can lead to crack initiation, the stress state during nominal operating conditions is required. These stresses are usually obtained from complex thermal and mechanical FE. However, using […]

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Major New Project on Nuclear Structural Integrity Kicks Off at the University of Bristol

The South West Nuclear Hub recently hosted the kick-off meeting for a major new project on structural integrity of nuclear materials. Project MAINTAiN, “Multi-scAle INTegrity assessment for Advanced high-temperature Nuclear systems”, is a three year project, funded by EPSRC. The University of Bristol’s Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi (Lecturer in Nuclear Structural Integrity) is leading this project, […]

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Successful European Nuclear Research Project Meeting – ATLAS+

The South West Nuclear Hub recently hosted a successful meeting of a major European nuclear research project, ATLAS+ (Advanced Structural Integrity Assessment Tools for Safe Long Term Operations). The University of Bristol academic lead on this project is Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi, working with Dr Chris Simpson (Research Associate) and Ryan Coulthard (PhD student). The ATLAS+ […]

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