The New Nuclear Manufacturing (NNUMAN) programme, led by The University of Manchester and supported by the University of Sheffield, focuses on engagement with stakeholders across different interest groups:
NNUMAN liaises with bodies such as the Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering and professional institutes including the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
A wide variety of experts from The University of Manchester (including those working in the Materials Performance Centre, EDF Modelling & Simulation Centre, BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM), Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training, Materials for Demanding Environments Centre for Doctoral Training and the Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training) contribute to NNUMAN. Their research knowledge and networks of external collaborators provide NNUMAN with an extensive pool of academic participation, specialist research experience and industrial involvement and interest. NNUMAN has also built international collaborations through links with organisations in the United States, France, Australia and the Far East.
These valuable interdisciplinary interactions are fostered within the NNUMAN Technical Advisory Board and its successor, the NNUMAN Community, made up of representatives from universities, industry and research organisations across the UK and further afield. The board provides detailed independent advice on potential research opportunities, their relevance to industry and their potential impact.
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) are the pipelines for transferring the outcome of the NNUMAN research to the nuclear vendors and the manufacturing supply chain, as shown in the diagram below. This ensures that high efficiency manufacturing technologies, that give a step change in cost and performance, will be utilised by UK manufacturing companies, raising their profile and competitiveness across the world wide nuclear industry.
NNUMAN participates in The University of Manchester’s widespread outreach activities as it helps to raise awareness and understanding of the nuclear energy and nuclear manufacturing more broadly among the public.
At a more fundamental level, NNUMAN is also contributing to the development of a low-carbon economy through the expansion of nuclear power within the country and the introduction of energy-efficient, rapid and high quality manufacturing processes for new nuclear power stations.
As the nuclear manufacturing sector expands, new jobs will be created. NNUMAN is helping to train a new workforce in the skills needed by this growing industry. Creating such employment opportunities and ‘up-skilling’ of the workforce will both have positive effects on the UK economy.