Project Status Updates

The BWR Hub is currently funding a range of small scale research projects, the details of which can be found below.


Project Title – Modelling of film dryout critical heat flux (CHF) for BWR Applications 

Brief Outline – The objective is to build a tool to replace the one-dimensional treatments that currently exist for film dryout, and investigate two issues relating to spacer grids that require particular attention. 

Principal InvestigatorDr Simon Walker – Imperial College London.


Project Title – Integrated compound semi-conductor for gamma-ray spectrometry.

Brief Outline – The objective is to create a compact, low-power consumption, gamma-ray radiation detector system that offers high energy resolution at near room temperature for a range of energies of interest for civil security, radiation surveillance and radiological imaging applications.

Principal Investigator Professor Diana Huffaker -University of Cardiff.


Project Title – Virtual Reality Demonstrator of an Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (VRABWR)

Brief Outline – The objective is to use Virtual Reality (VR) to help people understand Boiling Water Reactors. Through the use of VR, users will be able to walk around, see how a BWR works, interact with it, learn about it and become excited about its function and technology, through the excitement of the VR.

Principal InvestigatorDr Panagiotis D. Ritsos & Prof Jonathan C. Roberts – Bangor University


Project Title – Possibility of using mixed peridynamics and finite element methods to model accident tolerant fuel performance

Brief Outline – The objective is to look at the combined approach of finite element with peridynamics and initial models of contact/interfaces to investigate it’s suitability for fuel performance modelling.

Principal Investigator Dr Mark Wenman, Imperial College London


Project Title – Laser coating of ordered Y2O3 layer on Zircaloy surface for enhanced accident tolerance

Brief Outline – Resistance to corrosion and high-temperature oxidation of Zircaloy can be increased by a laser-generated oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) layer consisting of Y2O3 particles. Previous researches on this rely on the application of randomly distributed Y2O3 particles. In this project, we will use a unique laser-based microsphere ordering technique recently developed in Bangor to generate an ordered layer of Y2O3 particles in a desired manner (i.e. particles arranged in ordered lines, circle etc.) before transferring it to a Zircaloy sample. The ordering of Y2O3 particles may lead to improved mechanical strength of the Zircaloy over randomly distributed Y2O3 particles, and consequently increase the resistance to ballooning and rupture under accident conditions.

 Principal InvestigatorDr Zengbo Wang, Bangor University