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The Structural Integrity Course 2020

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.

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

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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

  • Super early bird fee (before April 1, 2020): £ 1200
  • Discounted fee (before June 1, 2020): £ 1500
  • Regular fee (after August 1, 2020): £ 1800
  • Full time students: £ 850

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).

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

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

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series: Micropower from Gamma Fields

This presentation will focus on recent results in the development of a diamond gamma-voltaic: a device that generates power from ambient gamma fields. Gammavoltaics is a nascent field and this work represents the first steps towards the concept becoming a reality.


Robbie Mackenzie is a PhD student at University of Bristol. He completed his MSci in Physics  in 2016, spending some time as an engineer in the semiconductor industry before returning to start his PhD under Professor Tom Scott in late 2017.


Please register for this talk via the Institute of Physics website.

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Institute of Physics Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series

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Game Changers Lunchtime Technology webinar

On the 2nd June from 12 - 1pm, Game Changers are starting Lunchtime Technology talks on Zoom. Each session they will feature 2 innovative projects that have been funded through the Game Changers programme.

The opening session will feature:

Detecting hydrogen at range – Dr David Stothard, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics

The generation of hydrogen through corrosion or radiolysis is a common phenomenon encountered across Sellafield and can be thought of as a concern or a useful mechanism to monitor the condition of an asset.  In either case, it is highly advantageous to detect over extended ranges, without needing to directly deploy instruments in difficult to reach areas.

In this talk, David will present a standalone remote hydrogen detection system which is capable of measuring hydrogen down to a concentration of 0.05%, over distances between 0.1 to 100m.  Recently tested in a successful active deployment, Fraunhofer’s system uses only light to make measurements meaning that hydrogen can be detected without placing operators or instruments in sensitive or hazardous areas.

Extending the life of battery powered sensors – Professor Bernard Stark, Sensor Driven

Traditional sensors constantly use battery power, regularly sleeping, waking and measuring when often there is nothing of interest to measure. This typically limits battery lifetime to a few years.

Sensor Driven have developed unique microchips that can extend battery lifetime to decades using minuscule amounts of energy directly from transducer signals, or from leakage currents, to wake up the measuring electronics and take a reading.

In this talk, Bernard will show how this new technology can be used to monitor important information relating to movement, moisture, temperature, noise and more, and present results from recent radiation testing.  Considerably extended battery life may have significant potential for Sellafield where sensors need to be used in difficult to reach areas and challenging environments.

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The webinar will be via Zoom - Meeting ID: 835 5574 7161. Password: 374672

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group webinar: Diamond Batteries

This Presentation will focus on the most recent developments in Bristol University’s effort in developing diamond beta-voltaic devices for a variety of applications.


Tom Wallace-Smith is currently a PhD student at Bristol in the Interface Analysis Centre. He completed an MPhys in Physics at Bath University in 2018 including one year at Rolls-Royce submarines as a reactor Physicist. He now works under Professor Tom Scott in developing diamond beta-voltaic batteries from repurposed materials.


Please register for this talk via the Institute of Physics website.

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Further talks in this series will be held on:

  • Tuesday 2nd June, 13:00 – Robbie Mackenzie, University of Bristol (Gamma Voltaics)
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New corrosion research from the University of Bristol and Sellafield

A new paper has been released examining uranium corrosion and nuclear waste storage between the University of Bristol and Sellafield Ltd. These two institutions are long-standing collaborators on nuclear materials research to support the safe handling, treatment, storage and permanent disposal of radioactive waste in the UK. The paper is entitled Corrosion of uranium in […]

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Hub network support fight against Coronavirus

Several members and collaborators in the South West Nuclear Hub network have been contributing to the fight against coronavirus. Supplies of PPE and other equipment have been donated in local areas, whilst the nuclear industry continues to generate energy and maintain critical infrastructure. PPE and supplies production The University of Plymouth is part of a […]

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Latest nuclear cohort graduates from Bristol

The 2018/19 cohort of students on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering programme graduated from the University of Bristol this week The ceremony for the Faculty of Science took place in the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building. This included the MSc students on the Nuclear Science and Engineering programme, which saw its largest cohort to […]

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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.


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.


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.


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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National Nuclear User Facility – Hot Robotics Town Hall Meeting

We would like to warmly invite you to our Town Hall Meeting to share with you an opportunity to become a participating user of a National Nuclear User Facility for ‘Hot Robotics’ (NNUF-HR). Funded by UKRI, this £7M facility will provide a significant opportunity for researchers to gain access to cutting-edge robotics equipment to support their research and development.

By coming to a meeting you will….

  • - Be first in the queue
  • - Help make sure we have the right facilities for you
  • - Learn how to access the equipment quickly, easily and at low cost

The day’s itinerary includes an introduction to the NNUF-HR by Professor Tom Scott from the University of Bristol and the lead on the Bristol NNUF-HR Project. The day will also include presentations from each of the NNUF regional nodes and will provide an opportunity for you to input your ideas and recommendations for equipment and capabilities that the facility will offer.


10.30: Arrival, registration, coffee

Introductory session

11.00: Welcome and opening remarks

11.15: Overview of the NNUF-HR – Professor Tom Scott

11:45: Overview of provisional equipment for the respective facilities

  1. RACE in Oxfordshire
  2. DCF/Workington in Cumbria
  3. Fenswood/BRL in Bristol

12.30: Discussion session 1 – Equipment and Capability

13.15: Lunch

14.00: Discussion session 2 – User access; coming in and loaning out

14:45:Feedback from the discussion groups

15:15: Close / networking


Please register for this event via the Eventbrite page:

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Bristol spin-out to develop longlife sensors for Sellafield

Electronics experts Sensor Driven, a University of Bristol spin-out company has received Game Changers funding to demonstrate how the technology could be useful in nuclear waste stores at Sellafield. Traditional sensors constantly use battery power, regularly sleeping, waking and measuring when often there is nothing of interest to measure. This typically limits battery lifetime to […]

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