Reference number: LJ2019#2
Start Date: 01 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 2 December 2019
Primary supervisor: Dr Lewis Jones
Secondary supervisor: Dr Ed Long, Professor John Tyrer
This PhD programme offers the candidate the 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 also 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.
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Full Project Detail
There is a considerable challenge in the development of new technologies for the safe decommissioning of contaminated radioactive infrastructure. Laser cutting has been selected as one of the suitable methods due to the fine detail of cutting and process control that can be achieved with remotely controllable process. However, these processes generate large amounts of highly energised nano-particulate and unknown potentially radioactive hazards.
The aim of this PhD research project is to characterise, analyse and experimentally validate the fluid and particulate emissions generated during laser cutting for the purpose of understanding the hazard potential during radioactive facility decommissioning. It is expected that work will involve significant experimental studies to combine laser processing equipment with the state-of-the-art optical diagnostic labs at Loughborough University to generate models of the process and conduct analysis on the chemo-toxic impact potential. This work is critical to the safety of nuclear decommissioning and will have significant national and international impact to all laser processing industries.
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry 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. Applications for this position will be processed as soon as they are received.
Name: Dr Lewis Jones
Email address: [email protected]
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: LJ2019#2