British engineering, research and construction consultancy Amec Foster Wheeler said Friday it had been awarded a $3.8 million contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to run a UK Digital Reactor Design partnership.
The project entails using virtual engineering and high-performance computing to enhance the techniques used to design reactors and optimize their performance, the company said.
The project 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. The aim is to achieve a step change in the way that nuclear design, development and construction programs are delivered.
University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, the Hartree Centre, National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London are involved as partners or sub-contractors in the project.
Amec Foster Wheeler’s is expanding its research work portfolio. The project is seen as a continuation of a recent contract award by Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, to carry out research into manufacturing and materials technologies for the civil nuclear sector. The company will be working closely with the University of Manchester and Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on themes relating to nuclear structural materials and design codes and standards.
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