Developing a
digital nuclear
framework
for the future

Introduction

The Digital Reactor Design Programme is a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded as part of a UK government research programme with the aim of developing the first stages towards an Integrated Nuclear Digital Environment (INDE) which will:

  • Develop a digital integrated framework to support future nuclear reactor build – design through to decommissioning
  • Provide a safe environment for scenario planning
  • Allow access for the non-nuclear community

Introduction

The Digital Reactor Design Programme is a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) funded as part of a UK government research programme with the aim of developing the first stages towards an Integrated Nuclear Digital Environment (INDE) which will:

  • Develop a digital integrated framework to support future nuclear reactor build – design through to decommissioning
  • Provide a safe environment for scenario planning
  • Allow access for the non-nuclear community

Exploring the UK government’s investment in High Performance Computing at sites such as Sci-Tech Daresbury

Exploring the UK government’s investment in High Performance
Computing at sites such as Sci-Tech Daresbury

Aims

To demonstrate that the concept of an Integrated Nuclear Digital Environment (INDE) is:

  • Feasible
  • Acceptable to the nuclear community
  • Sufficiently credible to develop and support a Community of Practice for the future
  • Able to position the UK as leading in digital reactor design

Aims

To demonstrate that the concept of an Integrated Nuclear Digital Environment (INDE) is:

  • Feasible
  • Acceptable to the nuclear community
  • Sufficiently credible to develop and support a Community of Practice for the future
  • Able to position the UK as leading in digital reactor design

Enabling the delivery of
low cost reliable energy
with reduced risk

Enabling the delivery of low cost reliable energy with reduced risk

Concept (INDE)

Project based on INDE concept developed by:

Eann Patterson – University of Liverpool
Richard Taylor – University of Manchester
Mark Bankhead – National Nuclear Laboratory

Concept (INDE)

Project based on INDE concept developed by:

Eann Patterson – University of Liverpool
Richard Taylor – University of Manchester
Mark Bankhead – National Nuclear Laboratory

Programme and outputs

1 Project management
Diagram showing the Digital Reactor Design – Project Structure

Digital Reactor Design – Project Structure

2 Requirements capture and management

Report defining requirements for Integrated Nuclear Digital Environment (INDE) – to be published.

3 Capability mapping

Report defining current UK and international nuclear and virtual engineering (VE) capabilities – to be published.

4 Defining pilot projects / use cases

Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Use Case – Probabilistic Graphite Cracking Scenario
Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) Use Case – Control Rod Ejection Scenario

5 Architecture design

Specifys a digital framework which demonstrates a Virtual Engineering (VE) capability incorporating computational codes with the potential for ‘plug and play’ of different software applications

6 Integration of VE capabilities

Integration of tools for performing Virtual Engineering on use cases.

7 Integration / access to HPC

Develop and demonstrate the capability of using High Performance Computing within the digital framework.

8 Development of radiation simulation models

The integration of radiation and transport models and demonstration in Virtual Engineering.

9 Security and safety roadmap

Strategy for security and safety within an Integrated Nuclear Digital Environment (INDE).

10 Multi-physics, multi-scale use cases

Proof of concept using multi-scale, multi-physics simulation of through-life performance of reactor components.

11 Dissemination and supply chain / user engagement

Providing a wide range of engagement opportunities including the development of a stakeholder network.

Partners

Working together to make the UK a world-leader in nuclear science and technology.

Partners

Working together to make the UK a world-leader in nuclear science and technology.

Partners

Working together to make the UK a world-leader in nuclear science and technology.

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