Derby’s bid to establish a world-class advanced manufacturing research centre at Infinity Park Derby has taken a step closer, with the submission of a full planning application by Infinity Park Derby. The new research facility will be operated by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), if approved. The Nuclear AMRC helps companies develop new techniques to win work in the nuclear sector, and tackle manufacturing challenges in automotive, rail, aerospace, renewable energy and other high-value sectors. It is part of the national High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The new manufacturing research centre is expected to initially create up to 70 high-value jobs, rising to 120 and will be capable of large-scale, high-precision machining, fabrication and assembly. The new facility, with around 4,400 sq m of floorspace, will further extend the Nuclear AMRC’s ability to help manufacturers develop and adopt innovative technologies which will deliver the maximum impact for the UK’s nuclear supply chain.
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JACOBS is going to provide “cutting-edge” technical support to two companies as they continue to develop nuclear power reactors backed by the UK Government. In July 2020, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced Phase 2 funding for three advanced modular reactor projects, including U-Battery and a lead-cooled fast reactor being developed by nuclear company Westinghouse Electric Company. Each project was awarded £10m (US$13.9m). Jacobs’ nuclear laboratories in Warrington, UK will carry out research and development into the new technologies for advanced manufacturing qualification. This will be under contracts that Jacobs has with U-Battery Developments, a subsidiary established to advance U-Battery technology in the UK, and Westinghouse Electric Company. U-Battery is a modular reactor being developed by nuclear services technology company Urenco. For the technology, Jacobs will deploy its expertise in high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor technology to lead concept design work on the reactor and primary systems, as well as control, instrumentation, and autonomous operation. Jacobs will also provide safety, environmental, and human factors analysis and support. For Westinghouse’s reactor technology, Jacobs will carry out structural materials, corrosion, and mechanical testing, which are key technical issues for reactors that operate at temperatures above 500°C. To understand the impact on mechanical performance and identify suitable structural materials, Jacobs will create new experimental facilities to test static corrosion, creep, and fatigue with exposure to liquid lead at temperatures up to 800°C. Westinghouse will then conduct further studies.
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