Decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s public sector nuclear facilities is a multi-billion pound programme with significant technical and engineering challenges and a major global market.
Nuclear engineering decommissioning is an enormous field covering a broad range of research from radiation science to intelligent robotics. Current expertise spans nuclear robotics, sensing and control, effluent and decontamination, waste management, graphite, radiation science and social anthropology.
Since 2012, our nuclear robotics expertise has expanded considerably and the University has established itself as one of the leading robotics groups in the UK that focuses on harsh environments. Our particular strengths lie in mobile robots - submersible, aerial and ground based - and their use for characterisation of nuclear environments with the use of advanced sensing systems, such as photonics.
Our work also focuses on collaborative and swarm robotics, legged robots, radiation tolerance, vision analysis and scene understanding.
We work closely with the National Nuclear Laboratory, Sellafield Ltd and international organisations such as the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, creating potential for global impact.
The following research groups, centres and institutes work within the decommissioning field: