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Babcock International Group plc is a multinational corporation headquartered in the United Kingdom, which specialises in support services managing complex assets and infrastructure in safety- and mission-critical environments. Although the company has civil contracts, its main business is with public bodies, particularly the UK Ministry of Defence and Network Rail. The company has four operating divisions with overseas operations based in Africa, North America & Australia. It is the world's 41st-largest defence contractor measured by 2010 defence revenues, and the third-largest based in the UK .Babcock is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Wikipedia.

Melintescu A.,Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering | Galeriu D.,Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering | Tucker S.,Babcock International | Kennedy P.,Food Standards Agency FSA | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

To improve the understanding of the environmental 14C behaviour, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) coordinated a Tritium and C-14 Working Group (T&C WG) in its EMRAS (Environmental Modelling for Radiation Safety) programme. One of the scenarios developed in the frame of T&C WG involved the prediction of time dependent 14C concentrations in potato plants. The experimental data used in the scenario were obtained from a study in which potatoes (Solanum tuberosum cv. Romano) were exposed to atmospheric 14CO2 in a wind tunnel. The observations were used to test models that predict temporal changes in 14C concentrations in leaves at each sampling time for each experiment and 14C concentrations in tubers at the final harvest of each experiment. The experimental data on 14C dynamics in leaves are poorly reproduced by most of the models, but the predicted concentrations in tubers are in good agreement with the observations. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Rogers W.,Babcock International | Hoppins C.,Ambassador Jersey Registered Sunseeker Yacht | Gombos Z.,University of Plymouth | Summerscales J.,University of Plymouth
Journal of Cleaner Production

Fibre-reinforced polymer matrix composites find use in most transport applications, chemical plant, renewable energy systems, pipelines and a variety of other industries. These applications often require a surface finish for cosmetic and/or durability reasons. The coating is usually polyester or vinyl-ester gel-coat painted or sprayed onto the mould tool before the structural composite is laminated. Alternatively a (typically polyurea) coating may be sprayed onto the surface of the cured composite part. The process may emit vapours (normally volatile organic compounds, VOC) into the workplace and the environment. This review paper will consider the potential for in-mould gel-coating as a route to improved workplace conditions and reduced environmental impact. It will also address measurement of quality by adhesion, surface characterisation, and long-term durability. Customer satisfaction is the key driver for gel-coated products. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Ford G.,University of Bristol | McMahon C.,University of Bristol | Rowley C.,Babcock International
Procedia CIRP

This paper summarises qualitative research undertaken within the "In-Service" stage of the lifecycle of Royal Navy surface ships and submarines. Whilst In-Service, Royal Navy vessels will typically cycle through three phases, i.e. Tasking, Upkeep and Regeneration. A series of semi-structured recorded interviews conducted with key stakeholders in each phase identifies and highlights common issues encountered whilst In-Service. Having identified common issues, e.g. risk, obsolescence, manpower availability, etc. additional interviews were undertaken to triangulate the results with other safety critical companies operating and maintaining complex systems, i.e. a power company operating an advanced gas-cooled nuclear reactor, rail infrastructure and Europe's largest regional airline. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. Source

Smith S.,Babcock International
RINA, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - Warship 2011: Naval Submarines and UUVS, Papers

The UK's programme to design a successor to the Vanguard class of SSBN deterrent submarines is well underway, with approval to proceed with the Design Phase achieved. This high-profile programme contains some novel changes to the UK's traditional approach to submarine procurement, essential if our submarine enterprise is to respond to the financial and performance challenges that it faces. A collaborative approach has been adopted which combines the complementary capabilities and capacities of the UK Ministry of Defence as Intelligent Customer, BAE SYSTEMS as the submarine designer and manufacturer, Rolls-Royce as the designer and manufacturer of the nuclear propulsion plant, and Babcock as the through-life support partner. The Main Gate decision on whether to move from Design to Production will take place in 2016. Babcock's role, before the design even leaves the drawing board, is to support the design teams in ensuring that a balanced approach to design decisions is taken where there is potential conflict between, for example, ease of production versus ease of maintenance, or production cost versus through-life costs. In parallel, a robust, low-risk support solution for the class is being developed, that minimises through life costs and assures a smooth transition into service. This early engagement of the through-life support provider is an essential component in ensuring the success of the any submarine procurement programme, with the benefits to be proven on the Successor programme. © 2011: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Source

Ford G.,University of Bristol | McMahon C.,University of Bristol | Rowley C.,Babcock International
Procedia CIRP

Naval vessels are complex artefacts, containing in excess of 100 integrated hard systems which are linked structurally, mechanically, electrically, hydraulically, pneumatically and electronically. The systems may be configured to provide a variety of prescribed capabilities and associated command objective. However, the hard systems will not fully integrate or function in a cohesive manner without the interaction of operators or maintainers, i.e. soft systems. The complexity of a naval system is not just the assimilation of hard and soft systems but also the consequence of numerous internal and external influences, e.g. system capability/constraints, maritime doctrine. Within the In-Service lifecycle stage, a naval vessel will cycle through 3 discrete phases, i.e. Upkeep, Regeneration and Tasking. Each cyclical phase will generate volumes of structured, unstructured, objective, subjective data. The assessment of the material state of a system invariably requires multiple data sources assimilated to provide a perspective, i.e. Weltanschauung. Furthermore, within each cyclical phase the influence, responsibility, requirements and individual perspective of stakeholders will vary, e.g. Customer ∼ Ministry of Defence, Operated by ∼ the Royal Navy, Maintained by ∼ Babcock/BAE Systems. Furthermore, data may be seen to permeate and be utilised across each cyclical phase. The information sources identified during the research are analysed to assess the potential value of the information contained within which includes a consideration of the levels of abstraction and utilisation. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source

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