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Reference Number EP/L015390/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Nuclear Fission- Next Generation Nuclear
Status Started
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission) 50%;
NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Other nuclear fission) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 20%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor F Livens
No email address given
Chemistry
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration 108 months
Total Grant Value £5,221,463
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor F Livens , Chemistry, University of Manchester (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor C Boxall , Engineering, Lancaster University (0.001%)
Dr SL Heath , Chemistry, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr NC Hyatt , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor BC Hanson , Inst of Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor EA Patterson , Engineering, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Framatome, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Nuclear Laboratory (0.000%)
Project Contact , Foster Wheeler (0.000%)
Project Contact , AWE Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sellafield Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract In UK Energy strategy, nuclear fission is growing rapidly in significance. Government's recent Nuclear Industrial Strategy states clearly that the UK should retain the option to deploy a range of nuclear fission technologies in the decades ahead, and that it should underpin the skill base to do so. The primary aim of Next Generation Nuclear is to provide high quality research training in the science and engineering underpinning nuclear fission technology, focused particularly on developing a multi-scale (from molecular to macroscopic), multi-disciplined understanding of key processes and systems. Nuclear fission research underpins strategic UK priorities, including the safe management of the historic nuclear legacy, securing future low carbon energy resources, and supporting UK defence and security policies. It has become clear that skills are very likely to limit the UK's nuclear capacity, with over half of the civil nuclear workforce and 70% of Subject Matter Experts due to retire by 2025. High level R&D skills are therefore on the critical path for all the UK's nuclear ambitions and, because of the 10-15 year lead time needed to address this shortage, urgent action is needed now. Next Generation Nuclear is a collaborative CDT involving the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which aims to develop the next generation of nuclear research leaders and deliver underpinning (Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-3), long term science and engineering to meet the national priorities identified in Government's Nuclear Industrial Vision. Its scope complements the Nuclear IDC (TRL 4-6), with both Centres aiming to work together and exploit potential synergies. In collaboration with key nuclear industry partners, Next Generation Nuclear will build on the very successful Nuclear First programme to deliver a high quality training programme tailored to student needs; high profile, high impact outreach; and adventurous doctoral research which underpins real industry challenges
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