With the renaissance of nuclear energy worldwide and the increasing demand in higher operation temperature, longer service life, and stricter safety requirements in advanced fission reactor systems, there is a pressing need to generate an up-to-date understanding of the mechanical behaviour of advanced and novel nuclear materials. Mechanical behaviours, such as stress-strain response, fracture toughness, creep, fatigue are all key elements for the design and life-time assessments of structural nuclear fission components for both in-core and out-of-core applications under both service and off-normal conditions.
For conventional materials, their behaviours must be studied under higher temperatures, severer irradiation conditions and even more corrosive environments; in terms of novel materials produced by different processing and manufacturing processes, the lack of in-service data affects their application to this safety-critical industry. As such, this symposium aims to bring together engineers and scientists from across the world to share their work on nuclear materials and contribute to a safer and cleaner energy generation internationally.
The symposium welcome abstracts in the following topics, but not limited to:
- Structural materials, metals, ceramics, composites
- Fuels (metallic, ceramic and composites) and core components
- Degradation in microstructure and properties due to irradiation, thermal and environmental effects in various reactor systems
- Novel characterisation techniques including synchrotron radiation, micromechanical testing and lab-based customised designs
- Mechanistic modelling
Dong Liu (University of Bristol, UK)
Filippo Berto (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Robert O. Ritchie (University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
Dong Liu (email: Dong.Liu@bristol.ac.uk)