UoS Nuclear Showcase, Shaping the through-life vision for ANRC 2.0

Showcase Highlights Video

Highlights of the ANRC Showcase, held at the University of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre 21-22 February 2023. Guests came together to forge new partnerships, generate new ideas and share visions for how we can work together to create the next generation of technologies to support through-life management of nuclear plant through design, manufacture, construction, operation, decommissioning and site end states.


Our February showcase event was aimed at key stakeholders from the civil and defence nuclear industry along with leading academics, policy makers and funding bodies. The programme had a technical bias and focus on through-life issues in the nuclear sector. We explored how the ANRC can contribute to this challenge, working together with other research centres, industry and academia.

There were two key areas of focus:

  • Exploring the research and innovation needed across all lifecycle phases from concept development to decommissioning
  • Identifying priorities for research and innovation which supports reduced total through-life cost while minimising environmental impact

The programme focused on current and future issues in the nuclear sector and how the ANRC can contribute to this challenge, working together with other research centres, industry and academia. The agenda contained a variety of networking and social opportunities, including a dinner on the 21st February. Structured agenda items included exploration of current and projected research and technologies, keynote speakers and demonstrations. 

  • Dates: 21st & 22nd February 2023
  • Venue: Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow, G1 1RD (In-person only, no online access)


Agenda Included:

Hosted by

  • Steve Young, Executive Director, ANRC,
  • Michael Ward, Chief Technology Officer, ANRC
  • Paul Appelquist, Partnership Director, ANRC

External Presentations

Strathclyde Presentations




  • Drinks reception and informal buffet dinner at Citation, 40 Wilson St, Glasgow 


University of Strathclyde Strathclyde Researchers and Projects 1 minute Presentations and Exhibition Posters:


  • Aoife Keane – Optical Imaging and Analysis Techniques for the Early Detection and Quantification of Corrosion on Special Nuclear Materials Packages
  • Ewan Nicolson- Dual-Tandem Phased Array Method for Imaging of Near-Vertical Defects in Narrow-Gap Welds
  • Matthew Riding- Laser-induced ultrasonic phased array imaging for non-contact, non-destructive evaluation of tokamak power plant components


Runner Ups 

  • Aasim Mohamed - Dual-Tandem Sensor-Enabled Robotize plasma cutting system
  • Nicholas Mutahi - Meeting future net-zero carbon energy needs: Improved borehole sealing using Silica grout and Compacted Bentonite
  • Taiyi Zhao - Automated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Deployed Pulsed Eddy Current for Non-Destructive Testing


Other University of Strathclyde posters presented:

  • Adam Gilmour - Mobile Robotic Inspection of Marine Assets During Manufacture
  • Alexandru Golgojan -Reducing Concrete Waste Through Novel Hydroxyapatite-based Decontamination Method
  • Andrea Kozlowski - Leaching Behaviour of Cement with Substitute Clinker Materials  in Deionised Water 
  • Andrew Campbell -Classification of Special Nuclear Materials using a Hybrid, Multiscale Model
  • Andrew Fagan - Human-centric AI for engineering design changes in the nuclear industry
  • Andrew Young - Effective Transfer of Models and Analytic Techniques to Wider Applications
  • Arianna Pagano - Combining electro-kinetic remediation with colloidal silica grouting in radioactively contaminated soils
  • Athanasios Karampourniotis -Assessing the Strength of Biomineral Strategies for Concrete Repairs
  • Blair Brown -Improved Feed Pump Performance through Predictive Analytics
  • Brian Stewart -  Advanced Transformer Health Monitoring (ATHM)
  • David Morrison -Modifying Colloidal Silica Grout for Nuclear Decommissioning Applications
  • Edoardo Patelli  - Probabilistic AI for Prediction of Material Properties (PROMAP)
  • Nuclear decommissioning resilience - A robust and accessible computational framework"
  • Gloria Castro Quintero  -Biomineral Sealing of Cracks in Degraded Concrete Nuclear Structures
  • Jack Marston  - Development of Fiber Bragg Grating Strain Amplification Sensor For Use In Nuclear Power Plants
  • Jaime Zabalza  - Hyperspectral Imaging for Nuclear Applications
  • Jaime Zabalza  -Super Resolution Hyperspectral Imaging based Automated Inspection of Nuclear Fuel Pellets
  • Jason Eriksen  - Fungal Induced Biomineralisation For Concrete Repair
  • Jennifer Blair  -  Supporting Analytics for Nuclear Asset Data Lifecycle
  • Joanna Renshaw - Biotechnology for Design of Decommissionable Concrete
  • Konstantinos Tzaferis -  Dual Mode Inspection Using Guided Waves and Phased Array Ultrasonics from a Single Transducer
  • Koushiki Mukhopadhyay -Decision Support Modelling in Nuclear Power Plants
  • Mark Higgins -   Microwave based heating and current drive strategies for magnetic confinement fusion experiments.
  • Mark Stillings -  Determining the surface infiltration environments of meteoric groundwaters by fingerprinting dissolved organic compounds
  • Matthew Riding -Efficient Automated Inspection of Calandria Tube Sheet Bores (CTSB) "
  • Morteza Tabatabaeipour - Utilising Guided Waves for Applications in Automated Mapping Mobile Robotic Crawlers
  • Omnia Amin -Applying Explainable AI (XAI) to Deliver Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management
  • Rebecca Lindsey-Halls- Assessing Effect of High Temperatures and Varying the C:S Ratio on NRVB Cement Mineral
  • Stuart Bennet - Developing a 360°-view camera for inspecting reactor cores (EDF)
  • Stuart Bennet -  Enhancing CCTV footage for visual inspection of nuclear-waste packages (Sellafield)
  • William Jackson  -Magnetic Inspection Platform for Teleoperated Remote Inspections of Complex Geometry
  • Willow Pring -Experimental Investigation of Laser-plasma Interactions Using a Double Laser Pulse
  • Zamirao Ho -Microseismic monitoring as a site investigation tool for imaging shear fractures around a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for nuclear waste
  • Zhouxiang Fei - Improved detection of stress corrosion cracking in superheater tube plate upper radius inspections
University of Strathclyde - Advanced Nuclear Research Centre.

Really great to re-ignite the face-to-face interactions with our partners through the ANRC showcase.  A particular highlight for me was the researcher lightning talks which demonstrated a huge and diverse range of talent across many different application areas.  With upcoming talent like this, the nuclear sector has a really bright future. (Dr Graeme West, Strathclyde)

The Poster Session was excellent, great to interact with the students and listen to them talking passionately about their research work.  Great insights to technology available in a few years time and allows industrial partners to start to look at how that could be deployed for customers. (Bert Holt, Altrad Babcock)

A well focused event bringing industry and academy together in a cohesive event. (Cailean Forrester, Inspectahire.com)