£2m research at Forgemasters

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Work has started on a £2m civil nuclear technology research programme at Sheffield Forgemasters.

The company, with partners from industry and academia, aims to develop new forging techniques, advanced casting processes and material refinements for the next generation of nuclear power components.

Prof Jesus Talamantes-Silva, director of Sheffield Forgemasters RD26 Ltd, said: “The outcomes of these research projects will influence design and manufacturing processes for the civil nuclear power sector, enabling a greater development of a UK supply chain and positioning manufacture in the UK at the forefront of civil nuclear developments.

“The development of forging and casting technologies for civil nuclear power generation will play a crucial part in the world’s need to solve a building power generation crisis.”

The project is part funded by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.