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Reference Number EP/L504701/1
Title Advancement of Castings in the Nuclear Supply Chain
Status Completed
Energy Categories Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Other nuclear fission) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr E Palmiere
No email address given
Engineering Materials
University of Sheffield
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2013
End Date 30 June 2015
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £179,963
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr E Palmiere , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr BP Wynne , Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
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Abstract Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) is a World leader in the production of cast recirculation pump casings(RPC) for nuclear power stations, and this application is closely aligned with the 'Materials and Modelling' and 'AdvancedManufacturing & Construction' technical themes. SFIL wants to enter the Eastern European market for civil nuclear powerstation components by offering a cast solution for the RPC to replace the current forged design. Successful qualification ofa cast design could result in orders of up to 12 castings per year and would establish a presence in the Eastern Europeansupply chain. The steel grades specified are new to the company, and a cast design for the RPC in these reactors is amajor technical challenge due to the large section sizes and current unknowns regarding the physical metallurgy of thecandidate alloys specified. There are questions concerning the castability of the candidate alloys, the optimum castingmethods that should be employed, the mechanical properties that can be achieved, welding procedures and the limits ondetectability of the non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques. A collaborative R&D project with The Welding Institute (TWI)and The University of Sheffield is proposed that will address these issues and deliver a proven cast RPC solution for this new market
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