Facilities

The Nuclear AMRC operates research, production and business support facilities in South Yorkshire and other key regions.

South Yorkshire
Our core facility is an 8,000 sq m research factory on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), on the boundary of Sheffield and Rotherham, where we sit alongside other University of Sheffield centres including the AMRC, Castings Technology International, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre and nearby AMRC Training Centre. See our contact page for full address and directions.

The Nuclear AMRC is based around an open-plan 5,000 sq m workshop, containing over £35 million worth of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment tailored for nuclear industry applications. The building acts as a research factory for innovative and optimised processes in machining, welding, inspection and other key areas of large-scale manufacturing technology. For detailed information about our workshop resources, download the Nuclear AMRC equipment & capability directory (5MB pdf).

The building also features accommodation over three stories, including laboratory and technical support space, virtual reality facilities, open-plan offices and secure meeting rooms.

The building was designed by Bond Bryan Architects to BREEAM Excellent environmental standards.

Work at the Nuclear AMRC focuses on metals engineering and does not involve nuclear critical aspects such as fuels or other radioactive materials. We are committed to environmental sustainability, certified to ISO 14001 for environmental management, and follow the AMRC environmental policy (pdf). We are also certified to ISO 9001 for quality management.

 

 

 

 

AMP Nuclear AMRC

Birkenhead
Our Birkenhead facility focuses on research into modular manufacturing processes for nuclear, and acts as a regional hub for the nuclear supply chain in North West England and North Wales.

Modular manufacturing involves the off-site assembly of large-scale complex systems, which are then transported to site for final installation. These techniques are already widely used in shipbuilding, aerospace and other safety-critical industries – in the nuclear sector, they can significantly reduce construction risk and help deliver new power stations to schedule and cost.

Offering over 1,000 sq m of workshop space, the Nuclear AMRC Birkenhead facility opened in July 2017 and is now home to a growing selection of specialised machining, joining and assembly equipment to develop and prove modular manufacturing techniques for nuclear applications. Work is addressing modular manufacturing for new reactors of all sizes, as well as the challenges of decommissioning and waste management.

The facility is hosted by Cammell Laird, a tier one member of the Nuclear AMRC.

Derby
We are now developing Nuclear AMRC Midlands, a new industrial R&D centre at Infinity Park, Derby.

We have taken space in Infinity Park’s iHub facility, to develop technology demonstrators and test ideas before committing to a proposed full-scale facility. We are currently kitting out two workshops, plus office space, ahead of an official launch in February 2019.

The larger workshop will be a flexible incubator for new manufacturing technologies, operating at an earlier level of manufacturing readiness than our other facilities. It will host a series of reconfigurable manufacturing bays where advanced physical and digital equipment can be configured to meet the needs of industry customers who want to explore and develop new technologies and processes.

The second workshop will develop our capabilities in new technical areas including controls and instrumentation (C&I) and equipment qualification. We are working closely with member company Ultra Electronics to bring the same innovative collaborative approach to the UK’s C&I requirements as its main facility brings to the challenges of large-scale mechanical engineering.

Nuclear AMRC Midlands will also act as a regional base for our supply chain development programme, allowing us to work more closely with companies across the UK’s manufacturing heartlands.

We are working with partners to develop proposals for a bespoke research facility of around 5,000 square metres on Infinity Park. The proposed centre will focus on later-stage development in technology areas which will deliver the maximum impact for the UK’s nuclear supply chain.

Manchester
The Nuclear AMRC has dedicated laboratory facilities within the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester, plus access to the Institute’s extensive manufacturing, testing and analytical resources.

The Manufacturing Technology Research Laboratory is based in the former Royce Laboratory within the University’s Sackville Street building. The facility includes a range of state-of-the-art equipment including machining, cutting and welding centres; tensile testing machines and autoclaves; and electron and x-ray analytical facilities.

The laboratory focuses on three key areas: new materials and processing, including cutting; welding and joining; and surface technology.

Research in each area is underpinned by detailed analytical characterisation, thermo-mechanical testing in nuclear environments, and modelling and simulation, to make sure that all technologies are optimised and appropriate for manufacturing nuclear components.