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The Advanced Nuclear Research Centre Welcomes Three New Members

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Nuclear Research Centre (ANRC) has welcomed three new Tier 2 members, Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, BAM Nuttall and Ionix Advanced Technologies.

The University of Strathclyde has a track record of supporting the UK and International nuclear industry for more than 60 years. Through the ANRC it supports the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through process, risk and technical innovations. It also supports the design, safe and efficient operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities through process, risk and technical innovations.

Formed in 2015, the ANRC has grown into a vibrant research centre with strong industry support and collaboration with many academics from both Strathclyde and the wider academic community. The research portfolio of the Centre is continually developing and includes expertise in plant lifetime extension, asset management, decommissioning, waste disposal, data analytics, non-destructive testing, material sciences and structural integrity. 

Nick King, ANRC Technical Project Director said: “We are delighted to welcome our three new Tier 2 members to the growing ANRC membership, who bring relevant, complementary capabilities and technical expertise to the research centre and we look forward to working closely with them on a number of exciting projects for our members.”


Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd

Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd is part of the Calder Group, the £178, pan-European engineering group. The Aquila team has been involved in the nuclear industry for the past 40 years with experience from every licenced nuclear site in the UK. Aquila Nuclear Engineering heads up the Calder Nuclear Division with offices and workshops in Winchester UK and is commercially active in the following five nuclear sectors, in the Domestic, European and International markets: Decommissioning; Plant Life Extension (PLEX) and Fleet Critical; Research & Development; Defence; New Nuclear Build.

Dave Barker, CEO, Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd said: “Myself and the whole team at Aquila are looking forward to working with The Advanced Nuclear Research Centre and supporting its focus on solving the complex challenges around the operation of nuclear systems. Our knowledge and experience in containment, shielded facilities, remote handling and transport and packaging for the nuclear industry is going to be of significant value to the ANRC’s research and innovation, and we look forward to partnering with them.”

For more information about Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd, please visit https://www.aquilaeurope.eu/


BAM Nuttall

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Nuclear Research Centre (ANRC) has welcomed a new Tier 2 member, BAM Nuttall. BAM Nuttall is one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, with a reputation for combining innovative technology and skilled people to deliver sustainable infrastructure that benefits society. As strong advocates of collaborative working BAM Nuttall have engaged with the ANRC in the joint industry/EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership and enjoy a close working relationship with the University of Strathclyde and other Tier 1 and Tier members of the ANRC.

Alasdair Henderson of BAM Nuttall said “The work of the ANRC directly impacts some of the major issues facing society today – low carbon energy security, ageing asset integrity, and safe, secure disposal of legacy wastes. The collaboration between industry and academia is a proven one at Strathclyde and aligns perfectly with BAM Nuttall’s approach to research-driven innovation that benefit society. We are very pleased to be bringing our operational knowledge and capability to ANRC and to be working closely with such distinguished partners.

For more information about BAM Nuttall, please visit https://www.bamnuttall.co.uk/


Ionix Advanced Technologies

Ionix offers cost-effective continuous monitoring systems and non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions for in-service applications. Based on our award-winning piezoceramic technology, we have developed a range of high-temperature capable, radiation resilient ultrasonic sensors under our HotSense™ brand for applications in extreme environments across a range of industries including Nuclear, Energy and Oil and Gas.

Dr Tim Stevenson, Development Director at Ionix Advanced Technologies said: “We’re looking forward to building on our relationship with the University of Strathclyde to develop innovative solutions for ultrasonics in extreme environments. Joining the ANRC further establishes our presence in the Nuclear sector, and will help us to deliver our sensor technology directly in to our customers development projects to deliver increased safety and productivity through data driven intelligence”

For more information about Ionix Advanced Technologies, please visit https://ionixadvancedtechnologies.co.uk/


For more information about the Advanced Nuclear Research Centre, please visit https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/advancednuclearresearchcentre/