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Funding Opportunity with Sellafield - R&D and Technology Challenges to Decommission Nuclear Waste

Sellafield Ltd are holding an event on 14 May 2013 at the North Lakes Hotel, Ullswater Road, Penrith CA11 8QT. At this event, you will be learn more about Sellafield's strategic plan for decommissioning nuclear waste, participate in workshops sessions to explore the challenges in more detail and to enable you to better understand the technology challenges. There will also an opportunity to meet with staff members of Sellafield's technical directorate and to discuss your proposition or solutions in one-2-one sessions.

Sellafield Ltd currently invest over £69m per annum into R&D to deploy new technologies that reduce the risks and costs associated with nuclear waste, an investment likely to increase year on year as the decommissioning objective becomes an imperative.

Four workshops have been organised however one that might be of particular interest to this community covers:

  • Autonomous systems, novel sensors and systems for process control (Workshop 4)

The other workshop themes are as follows:

  • Remote detection, characterisation and management of waste for pipework and vessels
  • Best Practise in safety management including knowledge capture systems
  • Management and Modelling of cement based wasteforms and ground contamination

Sellafield have identified 9 specific challenge areas (see below) where they would like to meet with UK technology providers to discuss collaborative opportunities. The first nine challenge areas are:

  • Prediction of cracking and crack propagation in cement based wasteforms
  • Characterisation of contaminated internal pipe surfaces
  • Detection of Chloride Induced Pitting
  • Remote Control to Access and Seal pipes and vessels
  • Internal Pipe Corrosion Detection
  • Management of Ground Contamination
  • Process for Selective Control of Decontamination Systems
  • Best Practice Process Management for Safety
  • Knowledge Capture Systems during test facility decommissioning

Further details on the event can be found here.

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