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Research Advanced Nuclear Research Centre

We work with academic and industrial partners from the UK and international nuclear community to enable them to improve operations and extend the life of existing nuclear installations.

We apply research and expertise to address life cycle costs and support nuclear power as a key element of net-zero.

Within highly regulated environments, our work focuses on:

  • system design and build
  • data collection, collation and verification
  • analytic solutions and decision support
  • remediation and operation sustainability
  • expert advice / industry and regulatory acceptance

Our expertise

Research Excellence Framework - Impact Case Study

REF is the uk government’s system for assessing the quality of research in uk higher education institutions. Strathclyde’s 2021 performance improves on the 2014 results and demonstrates that the university has continued to build strength and quality in its research profile.

Improving operational availability and revenue through enhanced management and life extension of nuclear power stations

Analytic software applications developed at the University of Strathclyde for the nuclear industry provide robust data interpretation and decision support regarding the health, condition and remaining lifetime of nuclear reactor cores, related plant and equipment. These support systems have been implemented and used by EDF (UK) and Bruce Power (Canada), and are critical tools in securing the supply of low carbon energy for the UK and Canadian economy and consumers. As a result of these advances, the nuclear industry has benefited from:

  • Enhanced safety cases for the Office for Nuclear Regulation in the UK, leading to the extension to planned operational lifetime of nuclear power stations
  • Accelerated plant availability and return to service following planned outages at nuclear power stations, providing significant time and cost savings
  • Improved management of nuclear facilities through the application of AI and data science
  • New revenue streams for the nuclear supply chain.

Full case study: Improving operational availability and revenue through enhanced management and life extension of nuclear power stations

What is REF?

Strathclyde REF 2021 web pages

Strathclyde REF press release


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