UK appoints Wood to lead the nuclear research programme

05 June 2019

Wood has been appointed by the UK government to lead the second phase of a ground-breaking nuclear research programme.

Under a USD4.6 M contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), experts from industry and academia will use collaborative virtual engineering and high-performance computing to demonstrate significant cost savings in the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power reactors.

The focus of Phase 2 will be to implement digital tools in a software framework, utilizing real project applications to demonstrate improved efficiency, enable supply chain collaboration and ultimately deliver a cultural change across the industry.

Wood leads the Digital Reactor Design Partnership, supported by partners and sub-contractors from industry, academia, and science, including EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce, National Nuclear Laboratory, the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, and the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The Digital Reactor Design programme is part of a broader effort to put UK industry at the forefront of developing Generation IV and small modular reactors, which could play a key role in meeting the UK’s future energy needs.

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