Several members of the South West Nuclear Hub have been awarded significant funding for four National Nuclear User Facility bids covering robotics, microscopy, radiochemistry and materials research. The National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) was launched when HM Government’s announced its Nuclear Industrial Strategy in 2013. The aim of the NNUF is to provide the UK […]
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The UK Government has committed £220m funding for the design of a fusion power station, putting the UK at the forefront of developing nuclear fusion as a viable energy source.
Potentially a clean and abundant source of low carbon energy, fusion presents some unique challenges.
This event will explore some of these challenges and the technologies that are being developed to support the coming nuclear fusion industry.
Technologies for Fusion Energy
Introduction: The Global Fusion Challenge – Alexandra Davies, UKAEA
Gain an understanding of the UK fusion programme in the context of the global push for fusion energy.
Talk 1: Designing Materials that Withstand Fusion – Jason Hess, UKAEA
The materials that a fusion power plant will be composed of have very interesting requirements. For example, the components that face the 150 million degree plasma must endure its heat and hitherto unknown radiation loads. Jason will explore why designing these ‘plasma facing components’ is so challenging.
Talk 2: Maintaining the Reactor: Robotics and Remote Handling – Iain Farquhar, UKAEA
After an operational history of over twenty years carrying out remote maintenance of JET, the UKAEA is facing a series of challenges to maintain its current capabilities, as well as multiple opportunities to share its unrivalled expertise with both domestic and international partners. Iain will describe some of these challenges and how they are informing upcoming upgrade and maintenance campaigns, and the development of new remote handling technologies.
Talk 3: Technologies for Tritium – Zoltán Köllő, UKAEA
Tritium handling in a fusion power plant poses significant challenges. Large amounts of tritium and tritiated materials have to be transferred and processed continuously and efficiently. Technologies from breeding tritium, through separating tritiated gases, to gaining back tritium from tritiated water have to be advanced. These involve significant amount of research on properties of materials in contact with tritium, changing known processes and developing new ones. The interaction of tritium with components will influence the design of most reactor elements.
Event key details
Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queen’s Building, University of Bristol
- 18:00 – coffee and refreshments
- 18:30 – Talks start
- 20:00 – close
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Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi of the University of Bristol has been awarded a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellowship. He will investigate High Temperature Fusion Engineering in this five-year position co-sponsored by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Dr Mostafavi is one of six academics to win this funding which aims to strengthen […]
The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is hosting an Open Day where you can:
- Take a tour behind the scenes of the fusion facilities at CCFE
- Network with academics and current students from a range of universities and the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training
- Find out more about postgraduate opportunities in fusion and related research
- Attend talks to learn about the different areas of fusion research
Full programme: Programme 2018 PhD Open Day
Culham Science Centre
Culham Science Centre combines world-class publicly funded research into fusion power; commercial technology organisations and Culham Innovation Centre, to create a powerhouse of high technology innovation and enterprise in South Oxfordshire.
Culham Science Centre, owned and managed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, is sited in one of the most successful science locations in the country and is a partner in Science Vale UK, along with other public and private sector organisations in the area, to promote southern Oxfordshire as a global hot spot for enterprise and innovation in science, high technology and the application of knowledge.
Culham Science Centre has an exciting future, browse through our pages and see what you could be part of.
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 […]
The new Fusion Technology Facilities have found many friends and collaborators supportive of the aim to develop the technologies required for fusion. One particularly strong collaboration can be found between the Materials Technology Laboratory of UKAEA’s Fusion Technology Facilities and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. Substantial Investment in Equipment and […]