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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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Sensor Driven sensor

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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UK VPF station article

Fatal flaws in UK Government’s price of a life

The measurement by which the UK Government attaches a monetary value to saving a human life is invalid and should be overhauled, according to Professor of Risk Management at the University of Bristol, Philip Thomas. In a new paper, published in the journal Measurement, Professor Thomas argues the UK Value of a Prevented Fatality or VPF is […]

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National Nuclear Laboratory strengthen relationship with South West Nuclear Hub research network

The South West Nuclear Hub, based at the University of Bristol, is has strengthened its research network by welcoming the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) as its latest member. This is the latest step in a long relationship between the NNL and the University of Bristol that began with the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and continued […]

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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2019

With more than 22 exhibits exploring the very latest advances in science, and access to hundreds of scientists, the Summer Science Exhibition offers a unique opportunity to explore the science shaping our future with the people making it happen.

The exhibition will take place from Monday 1 July - Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London.

The Great Bristol Shake Off - making our world earthquake safe

The Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering group from the University of Bristol will be bringing "The Great British Shake Off" to the exhibition.

What else can I find out?

BE AN EARTHQUAKE:  Come and feel the force of an earthquake

BE AN EARTHQUAKE ENGINEER: Have a go at making a building safe from an earthquake

BE A NUCLEAR ENGINEER: Find out how we are helping make nuclear power stations safe from earthquakes

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New research identifies Fukushima reactor unit 1 material in environment

Through the analysis of sub-mm particulate sourced from the environment, new research published today in Nature Communications by scientists from the University of Bristol, Diamond Light Source and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has identified specific fallout particles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the environment that give insights into the events that […]

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Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Users Group meeting

The 15th Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Users Group (SIMSUG) meeting will be hosted by the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU) at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol.

SIMSUG brings together scientific users, engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers of mass spectrometry equipment to discuss exciting new applications and developments in stable isotope research and analytical instrumentation.

Abstract Submission and Registration

Registration for SIMSUG 2019 is now open and the deadline for registration is Friday 31st May 2019.

You will be able to submit abstracts as part of the registration process. Please submit abstracts as plain text, do not include any figures. Abstracts should be between 250-300 words and include a title, authors and their respective affiliations.

After selecting the appropriate registration option you will be presented with an option to 'Proceed to Checkout', you will then need to create an account with the University of Bristol online shop. Following this you will have the option to submit an abstract (if you are just attending then please write 'Just attending' into the box). Critically, please indicate at the top of your abstract whether you wish to be considered for an ORAL or a POSTER presentation.

Registration and abstract submission

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Full information is available on the conference website here

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