University Nuclear Research

University Research Groups   Research Consortia    
Aberdeen Central Lancashire Open University DIAMOND BANDD  UK Nuclear Physics
Bath Imperial College London
Oxford Fission DTC
PROMINENT  
Birmingham Kingston University Sheffield KNOO BIGRAD  
Bristol Lancaster   Nuclear Eng Doc MBASE  
Cambridge Loughborough   SPRing JOINT  
Cardiff Manchester
  UK Spent Fuel    

University of Aberdeen

Construction and Remediation Research Group, Chemistry, School of Natural and Physical Sciences

Aberdeen has a long history of research excellence in cement science. Current activities include fundamental studies of cement hydration and durability, and applications to waste management, including nuclear decommissioning. Work in this theme also exploits our wide range of materials characterisation facilities.

Further details can be found at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~wpe018/research/construction/


University of Bath

Nuclear Energy Group

The Nuclear Materials Group at the University of Bath core competencies are in nuclear materials, especially graphite. To provide a wider range of services the Group has been expanded to include expertise in decommissioning, mechanical design and energy systems analysis. We are now able to offer a more comprehensive service under a new banner.

Further details can be found at http://www.bneg.bath.ac.uk/


University of Birmingham

The Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research

The Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research was launched in 2010 and provides the investment and infrastructure to grow the nuclear expertise and capacity that has existed at Birmingham for over 50 years.

The University of Birmingham is making a significant new investment in the area of Nuclear Engineering, Waste Management and Decommissioning. This is timed to support the UK’s investment in new construction in the Nuclear Power sector, the need to manage the legacy waste, the decommissioning of the current generation power stations and the tremendous challenges in developing the next generation nuclear facilities.

Further details can be found at their website http://www.nuclear.bham.ac.uk/index.shtml


University of Bristol

Systems Performance Centre

The Systems Performance Centre (SPC) is a Research Alliance between the University of Bristol and British Energy. The purpose of the SPC is to foster and deliver strategic research and training, serving British Energy, the nuclear community and beyond. The SPC provides underpinning skills and expertise to deliver systems-based solutions:

  • to help maintain safety
  • to optimise operational performance of nuclear power plant and
  • to support any future nuclear generation initiatives.

The Systems Performance Centre is a strategic research alliance between British Energy (BE) and the University of Bristol (UoB). It was formally launched in May 2007. The foundations to the Alliance are long-standing and successful collaborations between British Energy and the Solids Mechanics Group and Safety Systems Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol. The overriding purpose of the Centre is to deliver strategic research, ranging from monitoring and understanding the behaviour of nuclear plant, to high-integrity engineering of safety-critical systems, and studies improving operational management and performance. Additional objectives include the development/maintenance of specialist teams in key skill areas related to the nuclear sector and provision of training and recruitment opportunities.

Further details are available from the website http://www.bris.ac.uk/spc/

Safety Systems Research Centre

The Safety Systems Research Centre is a research centre established in 1995. It conducts research into the challenges of safe and reliable design, operation and maintenance of computer-based systems. The SSRC has a broad appreciation of safety issues across various industry sectors such as nuclear, naval and aviation industries. These safety issues are tackled with novel holistic methods for satisfying real industry dependability requirements. 

Further details are available from the website http://www.bris.ac.uk/civilengineering/research/systems/ssrc/

The Universities of Bristol and Oxford have a joint nuclear research centre. It has been established to to provide leading edge and innovative research to support the safe operation of current and future generation nuclear systems. The centre builds on the advantages of their existing strategic alliances with EDF-Energy, Rolls-Royce and AWE; the firm plans for new nuclear build in the South of England; their geographical focus on nuclear research and the co-location of key nuclear stakeholders in the region.

Further details are available by downloading this flyer


University of Central Lancashire

UCLan is committed to maintaining and growing a productive, well-resourced and internationally competitive research community. In late 2007 the John Tyndall Institute for Nuclear Research was launched with an investment of £0.75M, bringing together researchers in nuclear science/engineering from across the university with diverse specialisms. 

Their research objectives are to establish a world-leading research capability to support Government and Industry in relation to:

• Nuclear Regulation (including integration and Generic Design Assessment) 
• Nuclear Safety (including Regulation, risk, safety case and substantiation) 
• Nuclear Security and Safeguards (including Regulation, threat assessment and mitigation) 
• Nuclear Materials (including separation science, decontamination and engineering materials) 
• Internal and external hazards (including studies in fire, seismic, impact, etc.) 
• National and international nuclear energy strategy 
• The effective management of nuclear safety, nuclear security and safeguards at nuclear sites

Further details can be found at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/environment/groups/uclan_nuclear.php


University of Cambridge

Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre

The centre is a major initiative across the University of Cambridge to unite a wide range of specialist disciplines in nuclear energy research and technology

Further details can be found at http://www.cnec.group.cam.ac.uk

An area of active current interest is the design of thorium-fueled accelerator-driven subcritical reactors (ADSRs) for power generation. This work is currently part funded by a grant from EPSRC through which a variety of possible thorium ADSR configurations are being evaluated both from a traditional engineering design perspective and from a technology assessment perspective, with the latter work being led by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Judge Business School. This work contributes to a new semi-formal network of activity known as the ThorEA Association (www.thorea.org).


Cardiff University

Geoenvironmental Research Centre, School of Engineering

The group undertakes fundamental and applied research in the area of deep geological disposal of nuclear waste and is a designated Centre of Excellence by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Further details are available at the website http://grc.engineering.cf.ac.uk/


Imperial College London

Centre for Nuclear Engineering

The Centre brings together a number of disciplines including mechanical, chemical and materials engineering, modelling and radio ecology to create one of the most comprehensive research and teaching groups dedicated to nuclear engineering and science.

Further Details can be found at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/nuclearengineering or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Kingston University, London

Complex Flow Systems Research Group, Faculty of Engineering

The group conducts multi-disciplinary researches on a wide range of topic including aerodynamics, thermo-fluids, energy systems and granular flow. Its work is characterised by the diversity in methodology and approach: theoretical, simulation and modelling and analysis/experiment.

One active research area is the applciation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for a Gen-IV thermodynamics study in collaboration with researchers from China. Two projects have been completed on numerical simulation of supercritical pressurised water flow inside a single horizontal tube and flow over a 3x3 bundle.

Fuirther details can be found at http://engineering.kingston.ac.uk/research/CFSRG/index.php?GroupID=42 or by emailing Dr Yufeng Yao  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Lancaster University

Control and Instrumentation Research Group, Department of Engineering

The Control and Instrumentation Research Group at Lancaster in the UK is a multidisciplinary team of engineering researchers working on the combination of instrumentation and generic control in the context of a broad spectrum of autonomous platforms. Our research is almost entirely collaborative with the engineering sector and other leading academic institutions around the world. Recently, we have delivered solutions to nuclear, medical, aerospace, construction and public sector organisations. We are always interested in bright people and organisations who want to complement our research activities and there are often opportunities in the C&I team.

Further information about the Control and Instrumentation Research Group at Lancaster University can be found at their website http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fas/engineering/ci/ or by emailing Professor Malcolm Joyce This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Loughborough University

Environmental Radiochemistry Research Group, Department of Chemistry


Loughborough University Chemistry Department has a fully-licensed laboratory for conducting experiments with open sources of radioactivity. The laboratory can handle activity up to the GBq level.

Much of the research is concerned with environmental chemodynamics and concentrates on groundwater and surface water chemistry, particularly on pollutant speciation and mobility through the terrestrial environment. The research work is largely, but not exclusively, centred on the Geochemistry of nuclear waste disposal which, by necessity, requires an interdisciplinary approach to solve this world-wide problem. Much of this research concentrates on:

Water chemistry (speciation, stability constants, kinetics, modelling)
Surface interactions (metal and metal-complex interactions with mineral and clay surfaces in the presence and absence of humic materials)
Mobility of aqueous species
Predictive computer modelling
Land remediation.

Much of this research work is carried out in collaboration with UK and European scientists through EC sponsorship. The Group has an International research reputation and collaborates with scientists in many EC and non EC countries.

For further details contact Dr Nick Evans, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cm/staff/evans.html


University of Manchester

Dalton Nuclear Institute

Research at the Dalton Nuclear Institute addresses the full breadth of nuclear research in an interdisciplinary manner.
 Areas of research include:


• Reactor technology - current reactors, new nuclear build and reactors for the future
• Nuclear fuel technology – fuel for existing and future reactors and the handling, processing and storage of spent nuclear fuel
• Decommissioning - modelling, experimentation and technical development of decommissioning technologies and innovative approaches
• Environment and waste management - researching the behaviour of radionuclides and wasteforms in the environment and developing predictive modelling approaches for site management and disposal


The nuclear capability to undertake research across these areas is organised into a series of interdisciplinary research centres that draw together the right skills and leading facilities needed to undertake the highest quality research. Further details are available from http://www.dalton.manchester.ac.uk/research/


The Open University

Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering at The Open University undertakes nuclear-related research in several areas, including the determination of residual stresses in power plant welds, evaluation of creep properties and performance of high-temperature materials for nuclear plant, the micromechanics of deformation of zirconium alloys, and studies of the formation of zirconium oxide during corrosion in light water reactors. We are partners in the KNOO an MUZIC consortia for research in nuclear materials. More information can be found at http://materials.open.ac.uk


University of Oxford

Materials for Fusion & Fission Power

A collaborative programme aiming to gain a thorough understanding, at the microstructural level, of key structural integrity issues which underpin development and application of alloys for high-flux, high-temperature neutron environments. Further information can be found at http://mffp.materials.ox.ac.uk/

The Universities of Bristol and Oxford have a joint nuclear research centre. It has been established to to provide leading edge and innovative research to support the safe operation of current and future generation nuclear systems. The centre builds on the advantages of their existing strategic alliances with EDF-Energy, Rolls-Royce and AWE; the firm plans for new nuclear build in the South of England; their geographical focus on nuclear research and the co-location of key nuclear stakeholders in the region.

Further details are available by downloading this flyer


University of Sheffield

Immobilisation Science Laboratory

The Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL) was established in 2001 as a partnership between the Department of Engineering Materials at The University of Sheffield and BNFL's Research and Technology Division. They work closely with the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency and have established contacts throughout Europe.

The ISL has laboratories dedicated to the study of glass, ceramic and cement wasteforms for the immobilisation of both radioactive and toxic wastes. Only simulant wasteforms are studied at Sheffield. However, a small laboratory is equipped to deal with natural uranium isotopes. A range of furnaces is available for fabrication of simulant glass and ceramic wasteforms. A variety of mixing equipment in the Composite Cements Laboratory, together with three humidity and temperature controlled cabinets provides a range of options for preparing and curing samples of different types of cement to be studied.

Once the simulant wasteforms have been manufactured their properties can be evaluated using a wide variety of techniques available within the Department. These include scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and isothermal calorimetry. Chemical analysis is also possible to determine the exact composition of the wasteform. ISL research personnel are also experienced in the application of standard testing protocols (e.g. ASTM, MCC1 and PCT tests) for wasteform durability.

Further details about the ISL can be found at their website http://isl.group.sheffield.ac.uk/ 


DIAMOND

The DIAMOND (Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Management of Nuclear waste for Disposal) University research consortium was formed in response to a call for proposals issued in August 2007 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on the topic of Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning. Led by the University of Leeds, the consortium members include Imperial College London, Loughborough University, University of Manchester, University of Sheffield and University College London.Further details can be found at http://www.diamondconsortium.org or by emailing the consortium Manager Dr Jim Young This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Doctoral Training Centre for Nuclear Fission Research, Science and Technology (Nuclear FiRST)

Nuclear FiRST aims to underpin UK Energy and Defence strategy by addressing a growing doctoral skills gap in nuclear fission science and engineering. We offer an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining a Masters level foundation year with a three year Doctoral level thesis project. This is supplemented by training in professional skills and project placements in industry or research institutes in the UK and overseas. Further details can be found at http://www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/nuclearfirst/


KNOO

KNOO (Keeping the Nuclear Option Open) is a four-year initiative set-up to address the challenges related to increasing the safety, reliability and sustainability of nuclear power. Through collaboration between the key industrial and governmental stakeholders and international partners, KNOO has been established to maintain and develop skills relevant to nuclear power generation. Funded through the “Towards a Sustainable Energy Economy Programme” of Research Councils UK, it represents the single largest commitment to fission reactor research in the United Kingdom for more than thirty years. Further details can be found at http://www.knoo.org 


Nuclear Engineering Doctorate Programme

The primary objective of the Nuclear EngD is to provide outstanding young nuclear Research Engineers with intensive, broadly based training in collaboration with industrial companies so that they are equipped to take up senior roles within the nuclear industry. In addition to obtaining a high quality qualification the Research Engineers will gain experience of working in an industrial research and development environment. This four year programme involves the Research Engineer being based within an industrial company in the UK.

Further details for prospective students and prospective companies are available at http://www.dalton.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduateanddoctoralstudy/nuclearengd/
or email the Eng Doc Programme Manager Dr David Stanley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SPRing

Sustainability Assessment of Nuclear Power: An Integrated Approach (SPRIng) is a consortium project funded by EPSRC and ESRC.

The overall aim of the project is to develop an integrated decision-support framework for assessing the sustainability of nuclear power relative to other energy options (fossil fuels and renewables), considering both energy supply and demand.

The main deliverables of the project are:

  • A multi-criteria decision-support framework for sustainability assessment of energy options;
  • Sustainability assessments of the nuclear option within an integrated energy system; and
  • Engagement with and communication of the results of research to relevant stakeholders.

For further information visit the website at http://www.springsustainability.org/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


UK Spent Fuel Research Group

The aim of the research group is to bring together researchers from the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to build research capacity to investigate the effect of different fuel characteristics on fuel behaviour and compare it with that found internationally. The aim is to use the international research underpinned by UK specific research to understand the long term behaviour of spent AGR fuel in repository so contributing to the safety assessment for its disposal.

For further information visit the website http://snf.esc.cam.ac.uk/ or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BANDD

The Biogeochemical Application in Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Disposal aimed at exploring the use of microbial technologies to reduce risk of contamination from decommissioning of nuclear sites and construction of repositories for nuclear waste.

Brief details are available at http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/G063699/1


PROMINENT

The Performance and Reliability Of Metallic Materials for Nuclear Fission Power Generation project addresses fundamental research challenges for the long-term performance and stability of materials for nuclear fission power plant.

Brief details are available at http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/I003282/1


BIGRAD

BIogeochemical Gradients and Radionuclide transport

The UK Government will now dispose of higher activity radioactive wastes in a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) (DEFRA, 2008). A GDF will be a deep subsurface engineered facility in rock that will receive radioactive wastes that have been conditioned for disposal. Intermediate level waste (ILW) is the largest volume of radioactive waste that will be disposed in the subsurface and the current generic concept for ILW involves conditioning by grouting in stainless steel drums, storage and ultimately emplacement into the GDF during its operational period. After the GDF has been operational for several decades and has received the radioactive wastes destined for disposal, it is anticipated that the facility will be backfilled with cement, thereby sealing the subsurface and allowing resaturation. The presence of iron metal from waste-forms and from engineering iron will produce reducing conditions in the subsurface. In addition, during resaturation the cement backfill will react to generate hyperalkaline groundwaters. The reducing and alkaline conditions are intended to reduce radionuclide solubility. However, the steep biogeochemical gradients that will undoubtedly develop across the interface between the GDF and the surrounding host geology are poorly understood and are likely to be critical controls on radionuclide solubility and transport from the GDF. It is this Chemically Disturbed Zone (CDZ) that is the focus of the BIGRAD Consortium.

For further information visit the website at http://www.bigradnerc.com/


MBASE

Molecular Basis of Advanced Nuclear Fuel Separations

Brief details are available at http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/I002855/1


JOINT

An Indo-UK collaboration in joining technologies

Brief details are available at http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/I01215X/1


 DISTINCTIVE

Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories

Brief details are available at http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/L014041/1