4th EDF Nuclear Graphite Conference - call for papers

4 Feb 2014

The 4th EDF Energy Generation Ltd Nuclear Graphite Conference will take place in Nottingham from 6 - 9 May 2014. The venue is a fully residential conference centre, The National College for Teaching and Leadership, which enjoys a lakeside setting at the southern end of the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham.

The focus of this fourth conference is on larger structures (eg reactor cores or large experimental graphite rigs), and abstracts are now invited under the following general topic areas:

  • Inspection and monitoring
  • Assessment
  • Engineering models

Abstracts (max 200 words) may now be submitted, in Word format, to Prof A J Wickham, E: confer@globalnet.co.uk. The initial deadline for submissions is 21 February 2014.

Approximately 25 oral presentations (20 mins + 10 mins discussion) will be accepted, for which a full paper will be required by the date of the conference for subsequent publication in the proceedings volume which all delegates will receive. A template for the full paper will be provided upon acceptance of the abstract.

A new feature of this fourth conference will be four parallel discussion sessions on the following topic areas:

  • Aligning the Modelling and Statistics with the Science (led by Dr Philip Maul, Quintessa)
  • Microstructural Modelling and Examination (led by Prof Peter Flewitt, Bristol)
  • Relating Experiments to Core Modelling (led by Prof Colin Taylor, Bristol)
  • The Best Use of Reactor Sampling and Inspection (led by Dr James Reed, EDF)

These sessions will debate the topics thoroughly and produce a report which will be presented on the final day of the conference and will subsequently be written up as part of the published proceedings.

During registration, delegates will be invited to select their preferred topic area: however, to ensure that each topic is evenly supported, a final allocation will be made at the start of the conference.

Delegates will enjoy excellent food and accommodation, and also an optional tour of the unusual sights of the centre of Nottingham including the industrial caves and the 'Trip to Jerusalem' Inn.

The meeting is supported financially by EDF Energy, Amec, NRG Petten, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, and Atkins, and will be administered through The British Carbon Group.

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