The Bangor University Lead Loop for Erosion/corrosion Testing (BULLET) has been delivered to Bangor University, M-SParc, by SRS in Italy this week. BULLET will test materials in flowing, high temperature lead (Pb).
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.