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From Core Critical to Core Gone


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Hammersmith Evening Lecture: This talk will cover the defuelling of the Imperial College Nuclear reactor and will also include a discussion of the experimental research.

Date and Time

17 October 2017 - 19:15-21:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - London local network.

About this event

The last civil research reactor in the UK, shutdown for the final time in December 2012. The
reactor, owned and operated by Imperial College London, had for nearly fifty years been used for teaching and research in many fields of nuclear science and technology such as reactor physics, reactor engineering, neutron physics, solid state physics, radiochemistry and activation analysis. But now the neutrons have ceased their toil, so what’s happened to the reactor ?

This talk will discuss progress to date with decommissioning of the reactor. It will cover the defueling of the reactor, removal of control rods and disassembly of the core structure. The talk will also include discussion of the experimental research carried out as part of the decommissioning process, to assess the potential for the use of Virtual Reality in nuclear decommissioning.

About the speaker

Trevor Chambers, from Imperial College, has spent the majority of his working life employed by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at Harwell. His early nuclear experience was in the design of radioactive facilities, later becoming responsible for the High Active shielded facilities at the Harwell site. During this period he was engaged with the Post Irradiation Examination of a variety of reactor fuels and cladding materials. Later as a Senior Project Manager on the Harwell site, he undertook the full decommissioning of a major shielded facility, at the time, the first facility of its type to be decommissioned in the UK.

For the past nine years Trevor has been the Head of the Reactor Centre at Imperial College London. In this role he has managed the re-commencement of reactor critical operations and more recently the final shutdown and defuelling of the reactor. He has also assisted with the introduction of the Imperial College MSc in Advanced Nuclear Engineering and he lectures to and supervises MSc and PhD students.


Evening Lecture: 19:15 for 19:30 start

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