Amec Foster Wheeler has won a £2.9M government contract to set up and run a programme using virtual engineering and high performance computing to digitise and optimise the design of nuclear reactors.
Under the contract from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the team will run a UK digital design partnership aimed at putting the UK industry at the “forefront” of developing Generation IV and small modular reactors.
The company said it was hoped these reactors could play a key role in the country’s future energy needs.
The work is being supported by a number of other organisations including the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, the Hartree Centre (a big data and high performance computing centre near Liverpool), National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.
Amec Foster Wheeler clean energy president Clive White said: “We are delighted to be working with BEIS and our partners to establish a virtual network that will enhance the techniques used in reactor design, in assessing how reactors will perform during their operating life and how this can be optimised.
“We will be bringing together expertise from industry and academia combining the latest digital techniques, such as virtual engineering, with advanced multi-physics modelling and simulation expertise. The objective is to enhance reactor design capability and assist UK industry to play a crucial role in our future energy security”