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TWI and Bangor University Align for the Future of Nuclear

Tue, 21 July, 2020

TWI and Bangor University held an online knowledge exchange meeting to identify areas for potential collaboration, particularly within the field of nuclear power.

Bangor University has been developing world-leading capabilities in nuclear science and engineering to establish North Wales as a global centre under the umbrella of the Nuclear Futures Institute.

The aim is to deliver international partnerships and opportunities in support of the local and regional economy. Bangor is well-placed to act upon these opportunities given the number of decommissioning and new build projects on the doorstep.

With a focus on new nuclear power generation technologies, such as (Advanced) Boiling Water Reactors, Pressurised Water Reactors, and Small and Advanced Modular Reactors, this work, which is funded by the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme and the European Regional Development Fund, has clear parallels with TWI’s expertise in materials joining, coatings, and engineering applications.

Bangor University’s research is also investigating projects in the wider energy sector with a particular interest in sustainable and secure energy supplies, which is another area where an opportunity exists for a genuinely positive exchange of knowledge and ideas with TWI.

The meeting saw Bangor University and TWI discuss current areas of interest, including within the use of high entropy alloys (HEAs). Five PhD students from Bangor University also shared their research during the productive and informative meeting, with plans under way for further potential collaboration in the future.

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