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SMRs and AMRs - Manufacturing the Nuclear Future

Conferences 05 December 2023

Welding and Joining Processes Technical Group:
SMR/AMRs - Manufacturing the Nuclear Future

During this in-person meeting we will be covering the future opportunities for SMR/AMR manufacture, the design, materials and manufacturing challenges of advanced modular reactors and some of the advances in welding, NDE and cladding of vessels, ending with a presentation on the standards that are most likely to be implemented in SMR/AMR manufacture.

Experts from industry and TWI Ltd will be presenting on a range of topics:

  • Tristram Denton, Moltex Energy on AMRs – Design and Manufacture
  • Dr Michael Blackmore, Sheffield Forgemasters on Manufacture of Nuclear Grade Forgings
  • Dr Chris Punshon CEng FWeldI, Head of New Energy Applications, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering on Electron Beam Welding of Vessel Seams for Nuclear Applications
  • TBC - William Kyffin, Nuclear AMRC on Slope Out Welding Development for Thick Section Electron Beam Welding for Pressure Vessel Applications 
  • TBC, Lincoln Electric UK Ltd 
  • Marcello Consonni, Consultant, TWI Ltd on Overview of Welding Standards for Nuclear Vessel Manufacture - ASME III and IX


  • Professional Members of The Welding Institute: £95 + VAT (£114)
  • Industrial Members of TWI: £95 + VAT (£114)
  • Non-members: £165 + VAT (£198)
  • Retired Members: £95 + VAT (£114)
  • Students: £95 + VAT (£114)
  • TWI Training School Customers with professional membership: Please contact us with your Training Customer ID Number

TWI Staff - please contact Nadine Earp if you wish to register.


If you can't join us on the day, you can still access the recording of the webinar and the presentations by registering ahead of the event.*

*presentation dissemination is dependent on presenter consent.


Registering on this Technical Group webinar as a non-member or a TWI Training Customer without Professional Membership gives you full Associate Membership (AWeldI) for one year. To activate your membership, just complete the highlighted fields on the event registration form.
You will also benefit from:

  • Discounted registration fees for Technical Group webinars (£25 + VAT)
  • Free attendance at Branch events
  • Access to our knowledge database including our library and information services


  • Information transfer from experts
  • Discussion, questions and answers on the specific topics
  • A broader understanding of the extent of standards in the industry
  • Attendance of this event qualifies for CPD


The Welding Institute awards points towards CPD for delegates attending this webinar. Every hour attendance of an event will earn 2 points towards your continuing professional development.

Please contact if you require a certificate of attendance towards your continuing professional development.


Tristam Denton - Director of Commercial Development

Tristam Denton

Director of Commercial Development

Tris has some 15 years’ experience in the energy sector – first in Government Relations, then in programme delivery and commercial structuring. After spells at the London Chamber of Commerce, NIA, Horizon Nuclear Power,and Edelman; Tris joined Hitachi to support development of the programme team for Wylfa Newydd, GDA of the ABWR reactor, and ultimately the exit of Hitachi from UK nuclear. In 2019, Tris joined UKAEA to establish the STEP programme, accountable for Commercial and Programme Development, including selection and acquisition of the West Burton site, design the Target Operating Model, and the Industrial Delviery model for STEP. In 2023 Tris joined MoltexFLEX to establish the commercial route to market for the FLEX reactor, and lead work on the ‘GridReserve Energy storage product. Tris is committed to modernising the workplace - ensuring parent-friendly working and inclusivity.

Chris Punshon - Head of New Energy Applications

Chris Punshon

Head of New Energy Applications
Cambridge Vacuum Engineering

Chris’ career in engineering began in 1983, after graduating from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in Metallurgy B.Met (hons). He then joined TWI Ltd, one of the foremost independent research and technology organisations where he worked for 38 years, starting as a Project Leader and leaving as Industry Group Manager Power and New Energy to join Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (CVE) as Head of New Energy applications.

During his career, he has directed many ground-breaking research and development projects relating to welding and joining, material properties, and other advanced technologies; in collaboration with a wide range of clients and partners throughout key industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine and offshore construction, oil and gas, renewable energy and power generation including nuclear fission and fusion. Chris is also a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), as well as a Fellow of The Welding Institute (FWeldI).

Marcello Consonni - Consultant - Arc Welding

Marcello Consonni

Consultant - Arc Welding

Marcello is a welding engineer at TWI in the UK. Marcello joined TWI's structural integrity department in 2006, then transferred to the welding engineering section in 2009.

Prior to TWI, Marcello worked as a metallurgist and welding engineer for an Italian pressure vessel manufacturer, now owned by the Westinghouse Electric Company.

Marcello is a member of various standardisation committees, including ASME BPV section IX, ASME BPV III UK International Working Group, ISO committees for welding qualifications and was a member of welding quality and the French Afcen committee ‘RCC MRx’ for high temperature and fusion reactors.

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