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ICO Nuclear CDT Annual Student Conference 2018

Open to members of the public, students, academics and members of industry alike!

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The conference will be held on Tuesday the 17th of July 2018, starting at 10:00 am. See the agenda below for details.



The conference will be held in the Sir Alexander Fleming Building (room G34) at Imperial's South Kensington campus.



Time Item
09.30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
10:10 - 10:30 Student Presentations 1-4
10:30 - 11.15 Production of Radionuclides for Medical Imaging – Professor Antony Gee, Medical Imaging CDT, King’s College London.
11:15 - 12.00 Space Nuclear Systems – Professor Zara Hodgson, National Nuclear Laboratory
12:00 - 12:20 Student Presentations 5-8
12:20 - 13:25 Lunch break
13:25 - 14:10 Precious Fluids: Cold War Molten Fluoride Atomic Power Systems - Gareth Morgan, Rolls Royce University Technology Centre, Imperial College London
14:10 – 14:55 Communicating science: are we doing it right? – Richard Pearson, ICO CDT in Nuclear Energy, Open University
14:55 - 15:25 Refreshments
15:25 - 15:45 Student Presentations 9-12
15:45- 16:30 Advancements in Tokamak Energy (Small Scale Fusion) – Dr David Kingham, Tokamak Energy
16:30 - 17:00 Closing Remarks
17:00 - 17:30 Departure

Speakers and Presentation Overviews

Production of Radionuclides for Medical Imaging

Advancements in Tokamak Energy (Small Scale Fusion)

Precious Fluids: Cold War Molten Fluoride Atomic Power Systems

At the beginning of the Cold War, the United States military aggressively pursued any technology that could be used to counter the growing power of the Soviet Union. This resulted in one of the most extreme engineering efforts seen to date – the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion program. A bomber powered by a high temperature molten salt reactor (MSR) would possess unrivalled range, payload and loiter time – a fearsome statement of technological prowess.

Submarine-launched ballistic missiles ultimately proved to a be a more practical solution to nuclear deterrence, however the potential of MSRs for terrestrial applications did not go unnoticed. The Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE), a prototype for a larger breeding design, successfully ran at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for more than 13,000 full-power equivalent hours between 1965 and 1969, on 235U and 233U fuels.

I present a tongue-in-cheek look at the history of MSRE and its continuing relevance as a test-bed in reactor physics and inspiration for modern MSR designs. Methods of calculating frequency response and stability in circulating fuel systems are discussed with examples from recent PhD work.

Communicating science: are we doing it right?

In the digital age of misinformation, fake news, and alternate facts, it is more important than ever to be able to communicate science to the public. In this talk, I will principally focus on communication strategies, and present my ideas for how best to disseminate new information, and to frame ideas in context to change people's minds. I provide these ideas from my own experience of communication, and from social science research (and a number of fantastic TED talks!)"


Student Presentations

1.    Stuart Aberdeen- Mechanistic Study of Uranium Sorption on Magnetic NPs
2.    Ajit Bastola-  Tribological Response of Bearings for NPPs
3.    Mustafa Iqbal- Measurements of boiling heat transfer in nanofluids
4.    Emma Stewart- The Reactivity of a Nuclear Rocket in Space

5.    Jack Lyons- Advanced MAX phase materials and their corrosion mechanisms for accident tolerant fuels
6.    Chris Bilsland- Microstructurally Informed Structural Integrity of Austenitic Alloys for Nuclear Power Applications
7.    Suzie Cheney- Comparison of the deformation process in selectively laser sintered nicker superalloy CM247 using different deposition strategies
8.    Ben Currie- Next generation composite materials for extreme environments in nuclear fusion power reactors

9.    Matt Lukacs- Safety Analysis for a Fusion Power Station
10.    Ashley Marsh- The regulation of a radioactive waste geological disposal facility in England and Wales
11.    Chris Spedding- Modernising the regulatory environment for space fission systems
12.    David Webbe-Wood- Net Present Value Calculation for a small modular fusion reactor