Universities and Digital Processes in Reactor Maintenance

Posted: 2nd April 2021


The University of Bristol will join forces with EDF, The University of
Manchester, Imperial College London and the Science and Technology
Facilities Council to develop new ways to assess the condition of nuclear
power stations. Announced today (Friday 2 April 2021) by Business Secretary
Kwasi Kwarteng, the £7.6m collaboration will harness world-leading
expertise to develop key components for digital twins – virtual models of
physical entities – that can be used to assess the condition of
components of energy generators such as nuclear power plants, and their
need for maintenance or remedial work. “This research is central to the
enhancement of our understanding of material behaviour which will help us
attain the Government’s target of reducing the cost of new nuclear by 30%
by 2030, ensuring the delivery of reliable, low-carbon energy.”

University of Bristol 2nd April 2021


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