Sheffield Forgemasters to lead ‘landmark project’ to slash nuclear manufacturing time. A consortium of partners are embarking on a project to refine the basic science of electron-beam welding over traditional welding techniques, something that could drive down production times in civil nuclear assemblies by as much as 85%. The Innovate UK-backed scheme has been awarded a £8m by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) – the biggest single grant under its £20m Nuclear Innovation Programme. It is hoped that the result will showcase how electron-beam welding (EBW) can surpass traditional welding methods and potentially integrate welding into the nuclear manufacturing process, in theory saving the sector time and money.
The Manufacturer 4th Dec 2019 read more »
Sheffield Forgemasters in biggest ever research project – a £10.5m nuclear research drive. The Brightside steelmaker will explore industrialisation of ‘electron beam welding’ in making small, modular nuclear reactors. Boss David Bond believes SMRs could hit a ‘sweet-spot’ at the firm which already has expertise in casting reactor vessels for nuclear subs. The company will install an electron beam welder which offers “vast” reductions in manufacturing time and cost. It will then make a full-size small modular reactor pressure vessel, standing 14ft and measuring 10ft across.
Sheffield Star 4th Dec 2019 read more »