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Reactor technology, laboratories, R&D


Our reactor technology, laboratory and R&D business has an impressive track record in providing a vast range of engineering solutions, analytical services as well as materials testing for clients in both the nuclear and conventional power industries. The services we offer range from on-site assistance through to specialist consultancy advice, and our unique test facilities are supported by highly skilled, experienced staff.  We have strong links into the international technical community and work in close collaboration with universities.

  • Supporting Reactor technology and reactor designs, from Gen III existing technologies through to Gen IV advanced reactor technologies
  • Participating in research and development projects worldwide, to progress the efficiency and safety of Gen III and Gen IV technologies
  • Leading and participating in Small Modular Reactor (SMR) programmes. This includes design implementation, technology development and demonstration.

<div><ul><li>Plant chemistry support<ul><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Boiler feedwater chemistry</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Ion exchange resin testing</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Aqueous filtration</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Active oil and diesel analysis</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Flow assisted corrosion (FAC) modelling assessments and software reviews using BRT Cicero</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Chemical Analysis and Materials Compatibility testing</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Wet layup for boilers</li></ul></li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>GDA support for nuclear new build operators</li><li>Support to regulators for nuclear new build and life extension studies</li><li><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"></span>Coating specifications&nbsp;<br /><br style="" /></li></ul></div>

<div><ul><li>High temperature, high pressure oxidation</li><li>Aqueous corrosion</li><li>Materials specification</li><li>Materials characterisation</li><li>Metallurgy and metallographic expertise</li><li>Historical materials support to life extension studies</li><li>Failure investigations</li><li>Tribology</li><li>Polymer performance</li><li>Polymer and seal testing for equipment qualification</li><li>Remote leak sealing<br />&nbsp;<br style="" /></li></ul></div>

<div><ul><li>Alkali metals technology including water vapour nitrogen (WVN) removal techniques</li><li>Waste encapsulation strategies</li><li>Development of inactive simulants for radioactive wastes</li><li>New encapsulant development including geopolymers (SIAL®)</li><li>Letters of Compliance (LoC)</li><li>Support to decommissioning strategies for customers including; Magnox, Sellafield and LLWR sites<br /><br /></li></ul></div><p style=""> </p>

<p /><div></div><p /><div><ul><li>Radiochemical analysis to UKAS standards (ISO 17025)</li><li>DQO assessments for optimising sampling strategies</li><li>On site sampling and characterisation</li><li>Waste characterisation of decommissioning wastes</li><li>Radiochemical analysis of environmental samples including drinking water, foodstuffs and ground water</li><li>Soil and ground water characterisation for new nuclear build sites<br /><br /></li></ul></div><p> </p>

<div><ul><li>Design code assessment for pressure vessels and piping</li><li>Fitness for service assessments (including significance of cracks, high temperature operation in the creep regime and corrosion wall thinning)</li><li>Finite element modelling and analysis (including fracture mechanics, weld residual stresses, dynamic loading and impact and high temperature creep)</li><li>Computational fluid dynamics analysis</li><li>Materials degradation advice (including thermal ageing and irradiation embrittlement)&nbsp;</li><li>Mechanical testing including fracture, creep and fatigue testing</li><li>Component testing</li><li>Root cause analysis / provision and protection of evidence</li><li>Assessments and modelling (including testing)</li><li>Failure mode analysis / damage mitigation</li><li>On site plant data acquisition and analysis</li><li>Noise, vibration and related assessment and modelling services<br /><br /></li></ul></div><p style=""> </p>

<div>We undertake research internationally for advanced reactor technologies and have access to bespoke facilities to undertake research into high temperature operational conditions and corrosive environments. Our research covers the following:&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><ul><li>Primary water stress corrosion cracking</li><li>Primary water environmentally assisted fatigue</li><li>Environmental corrosion</li><li>Alternative chemistries (including secondary)</li><li>AGR environments</li><li>Reprocessing environments</li><li>High temperature air and gaseous environments</li><li>Component fatigue endurance testing</li><li>Metallurgical examination and characterisation</li><li>Advances in fracture mechanics understanding and methodologies</li><li>Advances in weld residual stress modelling</li><li>Advances in creep and creep-fatigue understanding and methodologies</li><li>High temperature, high pressure oxidation<br /><br /></li></ul></div><p style=""> </p>

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Analytical Services

Analytical Services is one of the UK's largest commercial radiochemical analysis laboratories, providing independent testing facilities for all aspects of radioactivity analysis

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