THOR Opening Event in M-SParc

On May 10th - 11th, 2022, Bangor University's Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI) was proud to host the first THOR Open Collaboration Meeting at the Menai Science Park (M-SParc), located in Gaerwen, Isle of Anglesey. Aside from representatives from the University, delegates in attendance were - IDOM Rolls Royce United Kingdon Atomic Energy Authority National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)-Daresbury Jacobs Engineering Group Welsh Government Westinghouse Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Vessco Engineering. M-SParc Dr Michael Rushton opened the meeting by introducing the NFI and its experimental facilities. After this, Dr Marcus Dahlfors delivered a presentation detailing the THOR facility's history, prospects, and future ambitions before providing a tour of the THOR experimental hall and offices – during which many valuable discussions occurred. The second part of the day was dedicated to technical presentations from the THOR commissioning team. These began with a presentation on the loop system design calculations by Dr Jivan Khatry, followed by talks regarding instrumentation design by Dr Jinfeng Li, process control and instrumentation by Dr Abiodun Ayodeji and special sensing techniques such as wire mesh and optical sensing by Mr Harvey Plows. While the primary focus of the collaboration meeting was on the THOR facility, the other planned experimental facilities to be constructed by the NFI at M-SParc were also discussed. This began with a presentation by Dr Alberto Fraile detailing the Bangor University Lead Loop for Erosion Testing (BULLET) facility. After this, and in a similar theme, Dr Robert Annewandter discussed multiscale modelling of lead corrosion. The first collaboration meeting ended with a fruitful open floor meeting. Bangor University, the NFI, and the Reactor Design and Thermal Hydraulics (RDTH) group would like to thank all delegates who attended this first collaboration meeting.


Prof. Bill Lee elected to the Learned Society of Wales

The NFI Director, Professor Bill Lee, among six other Bangor academics have been elected to the Learned Society of Wales. The Learned Society of Wales is a learned society and charity that exists to "celebrate, recognise, preserve, protect and encourage excellence in all of the scholarly disciplines", and to serve the Welsh nation.


NFI Academics and Students Present at TMS 2022

Five Nuclear Futures academics and students presented their research at TMS 2022. TMS aims to bring a multi-disciplinary mix of engineers, scientists, business leaders, and other professionals in the minerals, metals, and materials fields. This year, the conference was held in person in Anaheim, California.


New particle sizer is ready for use at the NFI Labs

A new particle sizer is ready to use at the Nuclear Futures Institute of Bangor University! The Horiba LA-960V2 is a laser scattering particle size distribution analyser. Our acquisition of the particle sizer was made possible because of an EPSRC grant Simon Middleburgh received to build the new Bangor University Fuel Fabrication Facility (BUFFF) - a new NNUF User Facility.

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The decomposition temperature range of the high entropy hydride and the effect on dissolution temperatures for interstitials "trapped" by adjacent vacancies

PhD Student Chris Moore Publishes New HEA Paper

Christopher Moore, a 2nd year PhD student with the Nuclear Futures Institute has published a paper titled “Hydrogen accommodation in the TiZrNbHfTa high entropy alloy”. High entropy alloys and their hydrides are a new type of material and this paper works to provide a better understanding of how these systems behave at the atomic level. Read more at


Simon Middleburgh talks Nuclear Fusion breakthrough on BBC Radio Wales

Ser Cymru Reader, Dr Simon Middleburgh was invited to share his opinions and insights on this news on the BBC Radio Wales Drivetime Show - Radio Wales Drive. Simon discussed how this breakthrough would be a "major springboard" to future experiments and a confirmation that all of the science and engineering work that has gone into making fusion a possiblity over the past few decades is indeed viable and that exciting times are ahead of us in the world of nuclear science.


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