Critical Structural Integrity Challenges for Nuclear Energy

Exploring the materials and structural integrity challenges facing nuclear power generation in the UK

The next course will take place date to be announced.

Nuclear power generation is seen as vital to the future of UK energy supply.  The last commercial nuclear reactor to be built in the UK was the Sizewell B Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) that has operated since the mid-1990s.  There are currently several high temperature Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGRs) in operation but they will soon be coming to the end of their life.  Two new PWR reactors are being built at Hinkley Point C and there are plans for further reactors at Sizewell C.  Furthermore, there are likely to be several Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) built in the not too distant future and looking further ahead, studies are planned in preparation for future Advanced Modular Reactors (AMRs) that are likely to operate at temperatures even higher than those of AGRs, of which the hottest components (outside the core) are of the order of 650OC.

This new one-day course, run in collaboration with FESI, explores the key structural integrity challenges associated with the continuing operation of existing nuclear power plants and the design and plant life management of new systems.

Who should attend the course?

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the structural integrity  challenges facing the UK nuclear industry.

What will the course cover?

This course course will cover the following aspects:

  • Structural integrity principles and regulatory requirements
  • Design assessments
  • Structural integrity at the start of life
  • In-service considerations
  • PWRs including designs and operating conditions, degradation mechanisms, and specific structural integrity challenges
  • AGR/high temperature reactors including designs, and degradation mechanisms
  • Future challenges for structural integrity and current research activities

How much does the course cost?

The fee for this one day course is £595+VAT at 20% where applicable.  IOM3 members and subscribers to our Business Partner Programme, and FESI members are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee. 

Student and early career members of IOM3 can book at a special early career rate of £75 (excluding VAT).


Register to attend the next course

IOM3, The Boilerhouse, Grantham
9:15pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 18 June


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John Wintle

John Wintle

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