Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 706.71K | Year: 2015
The proposed work aims to improve the understanding of graphite fracture and irradiation creep behaviour by studying large specimens extracted from a reactor at end-of-service. This uniquely will enable valid fracture and creep data to be determined on material that had seen reactor conditions to high dose and weight loss conditions. Current data are determined on small specimens that are either unirradiated or irradiated in materials test reactors. In particular, the likely life-limiting failure mode is through a process known as keyway root cracking. Here a crack initiates at a sharp re-entrant corner; to study this failure mode in particular requires specimens of sufficient size to give a valid range of notch geometries. In addition, the relaxation of stress by irradiation creep is a key process to mitigate processes at sharp corners. No work on irradiation creep has been performed on corner geometries or at high tensile strain; both of these will be addressed in the current proposal. The results will allow the continued safe operation of reactors, enabling low carbon energy to be produced in the UK.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: COMPET-09-2014 | Award Amount: 1.01M | Year: 2015
The objective of this proposal is to investigate the necessary demonstration activities in order to mature technologies for nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) systems that is considered one of the key enabler to allow deep exploration and science missions both manned and unmanned. The DEMOCRITOS projects aims to define three Demonstrator Concepts in regards to NEP technologies: 1. Detailed preliminary designs of ground experiments that will allow maturing the necessary technologies in the field of MW level nuclear electric propulsion. The project will investigate the interaction of the major subsystems (thermal, power management, propulsion, structures and conversion) with each other and a (simulated) nuclear core providing high power, in the order of several hundred kilowatts. 2. Nuclear reactor cost studies and simulations to provide feedback to the simulated nuclear core of DEMOCRITOS ground experiments as well as conceptualize the concept of nuclear space reactor and outline the specifications for a Core Demonstrator, including an analysis of the regulatory and safety framework that will be necessary for such a demonstration to take place on the ground. 3. System architecture and robotic studies that will investigate in detail the overall design of a high power nuclear spacecraft, together with a pragmatic strategy for assembly in orbit of such a large structure coupled with a nuclear reactor. Additionally, the project partners will define a programmatic plan, insuring that the demonstrators can be built, tested, and reach the established ambitious objectives, this with a clear organization between international partners and with costs shared in a sustainable way. DEMOCRITOS aims to form a cluster around NEP related technologies by organizing an international workshop and invite external stakeholders to propose ideas for the ground and flight demonstrators or possibly join in the effort to realize the ground demonstrator experiments.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 98.02K | Year: 2014
MicroLab Devices is a micro SME based in Leeds and is working with the UKs National Nuclear Laboratory to develop intelligent instrumentation and special plastic cartridges to help the analysis of nuclear materials in a more cost and time efficient manner which represents an important function to enable the operation of nuclear facilities such as reactors as well as waste processing and storage sites through the UK, Europe and beyond. The system termed “RadSep” not only aids workers in the lab, but it is believed that it can be taken to the sample, to avoid highly active samples from being transported for analysis. This project looks to expand and develop further some of the technology to allow a greater impact to on radiochemical sample analysis, helping to impact positively on the environment, reduce operator exposure in line with the ALARP principle, driving down the repeat rate foe sample analysis therefore saving cost which public safety and future nuclear regulation.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 67.90K | Year: 2013
MicroLab Devices is a micro SME based in Leeds and is working with the UKs National Nuclear Laboratory to assess the feasibility of developing a new instrument capable of taking the lab to the sample to help test radioactive material without transporting it to a lab. The portable instrument may be used for in-line analysis of radioactive material to assess its full radioactive content by analysing alpha, beta and gamma components. This technology offers a significant advantage over the current approach as it does not require potentionally dangerous nuclear material to be transported to different labs arounf the country, resulting in faster and cheaper testing helping to impact positively on the environment, public safety and future nuclear regulation.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: Fission-2013-5.1.1 | Award Amount: 2.15M | Year: 2013
The skills in nuclear chemistry are of strategic, as well as immediate, importance for the maintenance of European nuclear operations. The demand for these skills would not decrease even if Europe decides to phase out its nuclear energy because they are even more indispensable for decommissioning the nuclear installations than for their operation, and a substantial demand for these skills exists in non-energy sectors. The CINCH-II project will be a direct continuation of the CINCH-I project; its main objectives, expected to have the broadest impact to the target groups, are further development and implementation of the EuroMaster in Nuclear Chemistry, completion of a pan-European offer of modular training courses for the customers from the end users, development of a Training Passport in Nuclear Chemistry and preparing the grounds for the ECVET application in nuclear chemistry, implementation of modern e-learning tools developed in CINCH-I and further development of new tools for the distance learning, laying the foundations of a Nuclear Chemistry Education and Training Platform as a future sustainable Euratom Fission Training Scheme (EFTS) in Nuclear Chemistry, or development of methods of raising awareness of the possible options for nuclear chemistry in potential students, academia and industry. The CINCH-II project will mobilise the identified existing fragmented capabilities to form the critical mass required to implement the courses and meet the nuclear chemistry postgraduate education and training needs, including the high-level training of research workers, of the European Union. The CINCH-II consortium includes partners from all key European nuclear countries; both academia and national nuclear laboratories are represented, supported by an outer shell of Associated Partners. Networking on the national level and with existing platforms in Europe, such as the ENEN, as well as in the non-European countries will be an important feature of the project.