Concrete experts from the University of Dundee have cemented their status among the world’s best engineers by working on one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects. A team from the University’s School of Science and Engineering has been utilising its extensive knowledge to test construction materials for the Hinkley Point C project, the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations for the UK capable of delivering 7% of the country’s low-carbon electricity. Members of the School’s elite Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) were asked by EDF Energy and main civil-engineering contractor Bylor to perform ‘creep testing’ on samples earmarked for use at the Somerset site, including those of the concrete that will be used to house the all-important reactor.
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Amid cost hikes and potential delays, Construction News pays an exclusive visit to the enormous Hinkley Point C construction site, where EDF is two years into an eight-year schedule. It’s worth emphasising the overwhelming scale of Hinkley Point C. The nuclear power station that EDF is constructing on the Somerset coast forms the largest building site in Europe – a vast landscape of deep man-made galleries, steel bars and enormous concrete slabs that stretch as far as the eye can see. Since Construction News last visited the project almost two years ago, Costain has built a 500 m-long jetty in the Bristol Channel. Here, ships will dock and deposit the equivalent of 100,000 lorry loads of aggregates to the site over the course of construction, currently forecast to end in 2025.
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