Dr Jon Billowes Deputy Director

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Dr Jon Billowes

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1. Background to the Dalton Nuclear Institute

2. Dalton’s research strategy

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The University of Manchester

(Established 1

st

October 2004)

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• Established on 1

st

October 2004

• Royal Charter granted on 22

nd

October 2004

• 34 000 students from over 150 countries (1/3

postgraduate)

• 2000 academic staff & 1200 research staff

• £504M turnover (2004-5)

• £300M capital investment programme

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• International

research

leadership in

five or six

significant

research areas.

• Contributing to

cutting edge

research in

15-20 further

areas.

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The Dalton Nuclear Institute is the new focus for

nuclear research and education at the

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RADIOCHEMISTRY RADI ATION SCIENCES NUCLEAR PHYSI C S MATERI ALS ENVI RONMENTAL ENGINEERING PROJ ECT PLANNING NUCLEAR MEDICINE HUMANITIES Fuel Cycles Decommissioning Disposal Fusion Naval Propulsion INTEGRATION

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University of Manchester

President and VC: Professor Alan Gilbert

Faculty Faculty Faculty Faculty

EPS Humanities Life Sciences Medical School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School School

Dalton Nuclear Institute

(research staff all belong to a School)

Photon Science Institute

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Dalton Nuclear Institute

Professor Richard Clegg – Director

Amanda Veitch – Secretary

Dr Jon Billowes – Deputy Director Warren Richards – Business Manager

Management Board

(Vice Presidents, Deans)

Executive Committee

Heads of relevant Schools Heads of research groups

NTEC Coordinating Centre

Alastair Walsh Atkins – Manager Mel Young - Administrator

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1. Background to the Dalton Nuclear Institute

2. Dalton’s research strategy

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Dalton Nuclear Institute

Radiochemistry Materials Performance Fusion (Plasmas)

Key

Existing

Dalton will Integrate and Expand

Nuclear Research at Manchester

Nuclear Physics

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Dalton Nuclear Institute

Radiochemistry Materials Performance Nuclear Medicine Fusion (Plasmas)

Key

Existing

Potential

Dalton will Integrate and Expand

Nuclear Research at Manchester

Nuclear Physics Environmental Project Management Policy and Socioeconomics

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Dalton Nuclear Institute

Radiochemistry Materials Performance Reactor Technology Nuclear Medicine Fusion (Plasmas)

Key

Radiation Sciences

Existing

Potential

NEW

Dalton will Integrate and Expand

Nuclear Research at Manchester

Decommissioning Engineering Nuclear Physics Environmental Project Management Policy and Socioeconomics

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RR and MoD NNPP EPSRC Fusion Energy Unit and DTI Gen IV EPSRC KNOO NDA and Tier 1, 2, Nexia Clean-up NIREX Disposal

Customer Base

URENCO NDA Euratom Fuel Cycles USA, China, France, South Africa

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Core Research

Groups

Radiochemistry

(BNFL University Research Alliance)

Materials Performance

(BNFL University Research Alliance)

Nuclear Physics

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Radiochemistry

• Centre for Radiochemistry Research undertakes research in all aspects

of the nuclear fuel cycle, including fundamental research relevant to process chemistry, waste management and reducing environmental impact

• Current research themes include:

– Radioelement coordination chemistry – Environmental radioelement chemistry – Spectroscopy of radioelements

• Involves over 30 people including 4 full time academic staff.

• Newly refurbished radiochemistry labs were opened in 2001 and

include specialist hot labs with spectroscopic and analytical equipment for radioactive samples

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Materials Performance

• Materials Performance Centre is an interdisciplinary centre for

training and research in nuclear materials science and engineering

• Current research themes include:

– Corrosion & environmentally assisted cracking – Structural integrity

– Graphite behaviour

– Cladding materials (Zirconium) – Modelling

• Core team of 5 academic staff supported by 19 research students

• Extensive facilities and world-class materials characterisation facilities

including X-ray diffraction and an extensive suite of scanning and transmission electron microscopes

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• Nuclear Physics Group research is focused on aspects of nuclear structure

found in short-lived nuclei. A major part of the research programme involves techniques of gamma-ray spectroscopy and laser spectroscopy

• Current research themes include:

– Nuclear spectroscopy of nuclei with low production rates – Laser spectroscopy of radioactive isotopes

– Fission-fragment spectroscopy – Properties of isomers

• 7 academics, 6 technical support staff and RAs, and 13 students work full

time on the programmes.

• Involves the use of overseas facilities including large gamma-ray detector

arrays such as EUROBALL and EXOGAM (Europe), and

GAMMASPHERE (USA). The group also has strong connections with the cyclotron laboratory in Jyväskylä in Finland, and ISOLDE at CERN.

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Fusion

• Research into magnetically confined plasmas for controlled nuclear

fusion, particularly the issue of particle and power handling at the edge of such plasmas.

• Research particularly focused on understanding the physics of

"detached" plasma operation.

• Experiments are carried out both in Manchester and on the MAST

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Dalton Nuclear Institute: Current plans

New Professorial appointment underway in

Decommissioning Engineering

New Professorial appointment underway in Radiation

Science. New electron LINAC for radiation research.

Planning for a new

research group and a

Reactor Technology

Centre

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Dalton’s proposed Reactor Technology Centre

(Assumes access to overseas research reactors)

UK strategic skills for KNOO plus Gen IV:

9Thermal Hydraulics

9 Radiation science & materials performance

9 Water Chemistry

9 Waste management & decommissioning

9 Safety Assessment

9Radiometrics

9Criticality / shielding

9Core design, physics and fuel performance

9 Fuel cycle research

Dalton has visited the key US universities at

MIT, PSU and Michigan to benchmark against their reactor expertise.

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NEW FACILITIES

Collaboration with the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) & Nexia Solutions on a £20m Dalton investment in a major new teaching and research base close to Sellafield .

The aim is to utilise the

Sellafield Technology Centre opposite akin to a “teaching hospital model”

An MoU between the NDA and the Univ. of Manchester is being prepared.

the-art nuclear laboratory containing research cells; plutonium labs and other radioactive and non-radioactive labs; remote-handling equipment.

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Development of International Research Links

The Dalton team is visiting to the following to

establish research and training linkages:

• Idaho National Laboratory. Host for Centre of Advanced Energy Studies. INL will become the premier facility for nuclear energy research and the next generation of reactors.

• South Africa. UK joined the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project (via BNFL) in 2000 with £50m investment.

Demonstration plant by 2010 with handover to Eskom in 2011. Student exchanges for training and research agreed with North-West University (Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Engineering). • Tsinghua University, China. Visit planned in 2006 with Dean of Faculty of Eng. & Physical Sciences

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1. Background to the Dalton Nuclear Institute

2. Dalton’s research strategy

3. Dalton’s education & training strategy:

NTEC: A major new UK initiative in postgraduate level education and training for the nuclear sector co-ordinated by the Dalton Nuclear Institute

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Nuclear Technology

Education Consortium

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NTE

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aun

ch

Oct

200

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£1M CTA award from EPSRC:

Provides fees and stipends for 40 FT MSc students over 4 years Provides funds to convert material into distance learning format

(Maths Review already on WebCT to help rusty students)

Provides funds to convert material into “short course” format

Pathways in:

Decommissioning

Environment & Safety

Nuclear Technology

M.Sc. in

Nuclear

Science and

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Key Features

Covers a broader range of nuclear subjects than can be

offered by any partner individually.

Students register with one university but access entire

range of course modules offered by consortium.

“Short fat” modular approach. Full time or Part time

Course modules may be taken as part of a degree

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From 2007:

Nuclear Fusion electives Nuclear Medicine electives

Radiochemistry & Radiation Chemistry Collaborations with overseas universities

New modules from 2006

Chemical Engineering (IC)

Geotechnical Aspects of Radioactive Waste Disposal (UHI) Particle & Colloid Engineering (Leeds BNFL URA) Public & Political Aspects of Nuclear Decommissioning (UHI) Practical Reactor Training (IC)

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MSc Projects

See me if your group or company would like to

offer a project placement for an MSc student

next year (June – Sept 2006).

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