CRA Consultants Viktorija and Lavinia attended the BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) Hub Conference in the Prifysgol Bangor University on 12-14 February 2018. The event aimed to increase awareness of the hub’s activities, enhance an understanding of BWR technology, and promote research and development of BWRs in the UK.
Viktorija was invited to the event to make a presentation about internships and share her own experience from working at Hitachi-GE in Japan last summer. In her talk she highlighted how the work she supported on the Basic Safety Case for the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) project, proved to be key in securing a job at CRA.
At the conference there was a mixture of academics, reporting on their BWR related research, and industry figures from Hitachi and Hitachi-GE highlighting the importance of the development of UK based expertise and facilities for the support of the ABWR.
Additionally at the conference an update on the progress of the Feasibility Study for the UK Thermal Hydraulics Rig was given. The feasibility study is lead by Frazer-Nash in collaboration with Imperial College London thermal hydraulics section. Note: the planned thermal hydraulics experimental facility would support the UK nuclear industry and research activities.
Other highlights of the conference were: updates on the Bangor University research on the educational potential of a virtual reality ABWR demonstrator, the updates on the history research of the impact of nuclear industry in Wales and the updates on the development of a BWR focused research hub to be based in Bangor and supported by universities through out the UK.
The conference was a great opportunity to network with academics and professionals supporting the development of UK BWR expertise. As the ABWR project progresses, CRA will be looking forward to attending future events and activities organised by BWR hub.