The Nuclear AMRC works with companies through targeted R&D projects to overcome their manufacturing problems, and develop new technical capabilities to compete on cost, quality and delivery.
Our resources and capabilities have been determined by our industry partners, with the aim of helping suppliers reduce cost, improve quality, reduce lead time and cycle time, and reduce risk in manufacturing. You can access our capabilities through company-led commercial R&D projects to meet your specific business needs. Or you can work with other companies and organisations to tackle common challenges through collaborative R&D programmes supported by third-party funding, or company-funded joint industry projects.
The Nuclear AMRC has five core R&D groups offering a host of capabilities in:
- Machining technologies
- Welding & materials
- Simulation & verification
- Manufacturing engineering
- Controls & instrumentation
Our large-scale R&D capabilities are based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Yorkshire. Our research factory is based around a 5,000 sq m open-plan workshop, designed for working on production-scale technology demonstrators with over £35 million worth of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. Many of our machining centres and welding cells feature unique capabilities, or are the largest or most powerful of their kind available for independent industrial research anywhere in the world.
We are developing our capabilities in new technology areas including control & instrumentation and digital engineering at Nuclear AMRC Midlands on Infinity Park Derby, and operate a dedicated modularisation R&D facility at Birchwood Park, Warrington. See our facilities page for full details.
The capabilities of our workshops are matched by the expertise of our team. Our engineers have proven experience of working with companies in long-term collaborations to significantly reduce costs and lead times. We have also completed hundreds of shorter projects with a host of companies to investigate new processes, resolve current process problems, and tackle large-scale manufacturing challenges in a variety of sectors.
We play a key role in the continuing development of the UK nuclear sector. Developing advanced manufacturing processes for nuclear applications and embedding them in the supply chain is vital to increasing UK manufacturing productivity and reducing risk in nuclear programmes. Our research aims to help UK manufacturers compete globally, increasing high-value jobs, export orders and GDP for the benefit of all.
We are at the forefront of new technology areas such as advanced modular reactors (AMRs) and small modular reactors (SMRs), and are working with all the major reactor vendors targeting UK development.
We also work closely with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its site licence companies to improve manufacturing and reduce costs for the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy sites.
For full technical details of our equipment and R&D capabilities, download the Nuclear AMRC capability directory (12 MB pdf).