Professor David Smith, Professor of Engineering Materials, Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Nuclear Research Workshops are an opportunity to bring together all the current Nuclear activities in the University. We have the potential to be recognised as a leading nuclear Institute in the UK, and against the backdrop of the "nuclear renaissance", this is the right time to hold workshops, define our core activities and seek to identity research grand challenges.
This "Nuclear Renaissance" reflects two major factors:
On top of these factors there is the growing demand for a resilient and secure energy supply. Although the term is widely used by the Industrial sector, there is an increasing requirement for University underpinning research particularly from main government and industrial stakeholders, e.g. Research councils, Technology Strategy Board, British Energy/EDF, Rolls Royce (military and civil), RWE, EON, MOD and AWE.
More immediately the Government Office of Nuclear Development (embedded in the Department of Environment and Climate Change – DECC) has launched a new Nuclear Centre of Excellence (NCE) with a £20M budget that is currently seeking close interaction with academia and industry. The purpose of the NCE is to provide a focus for international engagement in nuclear research.
The University has niche nuclear-related research activities in the following areas.
The purposes of the workshops are to:
A general plan for the workshops is: