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Advanced Laser Processing Control Strategies for Radioactive Decommissioning


Project Description

Application details

Reference number: JT2019#2
Start Date: 01 Oct 2020
Closing date of advert: 2 December 2019


Supervisors:
Primary supervisor: Professor John Tyrer
Secondary supervisor: Dr Ed Long, Dr Lewis Jones

Introduction

This is an opportunity to take part in critical research related to the safe and effective use of lasers in Nuclear Decommissioning. The work will utilise world-leading laser and optical diagnostic testing equipment at Loughborough University and will work in partnership with National Nuclear Laboratory to access testing facilities on non-active materials, and for the first-time novel processing of radioactive materials. The project will provide opportunities to attend academic conferences, industrial visits and other training courses to develop a wide variety of technical and transferrable skills throughout the project.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Full Project Detail

Although laser cutting has been used in manufacturing for many years it effects on contaminated radioactive materials is relatively unknown. There are significant process control challenges that need to be overcome to make this technology effective and most importantly safe for use in this large industry. This environment has significantly different process requirements compared to conventional manufacturing environments and requires a novel research-led approach to the problem.

The aim of this project is to develop a laser cutting process that minimises the hazardous nano-particulate emissions that are produced during ‘standard’ laser cutting mechanisms. This will include identification of Key Process Variables, emission mechanisms and hazards in order to develop a strategy for process control. It is expected that this work will involve significant experimental investigation into optical beam shaping using holographic methods, gas delivery and fume emission collection techniques to develop a new process of low emission cutting. This work is critical to the safety of nuclear decommissioning and will have significant national and international impact to all laser processing industries.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Laser processing, optical diagnostics, nuclear engineering. In your application please provide a personal statement of how your skills are suited to this project.

Contact details

Name: Dr Lewis Jones
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227594

How to apply

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: JTWS2019

Funding Notes

Funded in partnership by the Wolfson School and Nuclear Decommission Authority this UK/EU studentship provides a 3-year tax-free stipend of £18,009 per annum plus UK/EU tuition fees. This is 1 of 2 fully funded studentships in collaboration with National Nuclear Laboratory for which applicants will be considered. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the International rate and no stipend will be available.

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