Materials and process performance
Research undertaken under the theme of materials and process performance is broad and covers a range from integrated management systems to fracture mechanics and fundamental structure-property relationships of porous engineering materials, particularly carbon materials and the generation of heavily oxidised graphites in-service.
At present the main thrust of work remains the effectiveness of UK gas-cooled nuclear reactor core designs, particularly materials performance and the functionality of core components to support life extension using various modelling and analytical techniques. Recent research has centred on the ab initio modelling of carbon microstructures of policy formulation using systems approach for materials treatment, waste minimisation and societal decision-making.
This activity has led to new research in the relationship between the design of products and the ultimate environmental impact. More recent work in materials and process performance has focused on the sustainability in the design process as the functional requirement and how this impacts upon waste materials flow at the end of the product lifecycle. Notable work includes examining ‘hazardous materials’ in the context of the application of Game Theory to supply chain networks to minimise risk and carbon footprints.
Research interests include:
- Pyrolysis of organic materials to generate novel materials
- Design and analysis of wire/rod netwoks
- Graphite technology
- Post irridation evaludation of nuclear materials (including fuels)
- Redundancy in product design
- Best Practice Environmental Option and Hazard and Operability analysis studies
- Consultancy to the nuclear and manufacturing industry