Technical Conference 2014
The inaugural NNL Technical Conference took place at the University of Manchester on Thursday 1st May. The event was the first in a series of annual conferences organised as part of the strategy to raise NNL’s scientific and technical profile and showcase capability to both an external and internal audience.
The conference featured an introduction from managing Director Paul Howarth and was hosted by Chief Science and Technology Officer Graham Fairhall. An extensive programme of presentations featured from each of the NNL Businesses and Corporate R&D. The keynote address was given by John Perkins, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Another guest external presentation came from Neil Smart, R&D Alliance Manager at Sellafield Ltd. Neil’s presentation examined ‘Future Opportunities for Nuclear Research Supporting Sellafield’.
The NNL BEST Award announcement and presentation also took pride of place at the event. The award celebrates the Best External Scientific or Technical (BEST) paper published externally. Howard Sims won for his paper ‘Hydrogen Yields from the Surface of Plutonium Oxide’. He presented his paper to conference and received The Lawrence Medal. The medal is named in honour of former Managing Director Mike Lawrence.
Networking opportunities were included in the programme and delegates were given three votes each to nominate a winner in the NNL competition to find the best poster from over 20 entries. The winner was judged to be ‘Spacecraft Power and Propulsion Systems’ presented by Zara Hodgson and Dave Ross.
Here are a list of PDF's from the conference:
- Moose Crud Chemistry Model
- Enabling Technology Commercialisation in the Business Community
- Surface Characterisation Techniques
- Statistical Analyses for SPRS Support
- Impermeable Graphite Matrix (IGM)
- Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Assessment of Advanced Nuclear Fuel and Cladding Material
- Differential Scanning Calorimetry
- INL-NNL collaboration on fuel performance modelling
- Risk Reduction Radar, R Cubed, (R3)
- HALES Slurry Transport Rig
- Melter Power Supplies Project
- MSSS BGWP Project
- Remote Blockage Clearance Project
- Interactive Remote Operations Simulator
- Durability of Vitrified Wasteforms
- Uranium corrosion in grout: Lateral expansion trials
- Uranium Hydride: Formation, properties and reaction with water
- Nano-scale Characterisation of Nuclear Materials Using Atom Probe Tomography
- Validation of a Freeze Sampler
- ORION - 'The tip of the fuel cycle modelling iceberg'
- Using Chemical and Process Modelling to Design, Improve and Understand Effluent Treatment Plant
- A Sensor for Measuring Species Concentration in Molten Salts Reprocessing
- Spacecraft Power and Propulsion Systems
- Full sized model of a 10W electric americium-241 powered "e;space battery"e;
- Actinide Abatement in SIXEP
- Development of Crud Chemistry Model using MOOSE by Amit Agarwal, Jim Henshaw & John McGurk
- Thermal Treatment of Wastes by Charlie Scales
- Remote Deployment of Laser Techniques in Decommissioning Environments by Divyesh Trivedi and Nick T Smith
- From Teleoperation to Autonomy by Jim Harken, Bob Bowen & Remote Engineering Team
- NNL Contribution to UK R&D Skills Strategy by Dr Katie Bell
- ORION and its application to fuel cycle assessment in the UK by Robert Gregg & Kevin Hesketh
- Development of New Techniques for AGR Graphite by Nassia Tzelepi
- Actinide Abatement in SIXEP by Dr Zoë Maher