Wood appointed to lead virtual research into better nuclear design
16 May, 2019
Scottish energy infrastructure firm Wood has been appointed by the UK government to lead the second phase of research into nuclear power reactors.
The focus of phase two will be to implement digital tools in a software framework, utilising real project applications to demonstrate improved efficiency and enable supply chain collaboration.
Operating under a US$4.6m contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the programme will use collaborative virtual engineering and high-performance computing to demonstrate cost savings in the design, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power reactors.
Phase one of the digital reactor design programme worked on a proof of concept by developing a computer-simulated design and management platform covering the whole nuclear life cycle.
Wood leads the Digital Reactor Design Partnership, supported by partners and sub-contractors from industry, academia and science, including EDF Energy, the National Nuclear Laboratory, and University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre.