Fusion research partnership agreed between UKAEA and University of Manchester

first_imgFusion research partnership agreed between UKAEA and University of Manchester UKAEA is expanding its research links with The University of Manchester with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations.UKAEA CEO Professor Ian Chapman took part in an online ceremony today with officials from Manchester, including Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the university’s President & Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Francis Livens, Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute.The partnership will see new research groups established by Manchester in the key areas of tritium and digital engineering. Tritium – one of the two fuels commercial fusion devices will use – is a growing area of study, boosted by UKAEA’s new H3AT tritium research facility at Culham. Digital engineering is a highly promising computer-based approach that allows engineers to arrive at final versions of systems quicker and cheaper than traditional methods.UKAEA works with more than 25 universities around the country on physics, materials science and engineering areas. The research generated by these collaborations is playing an important role in accelerating progress towards commercial fusion.Manchester has a long history of excellence in nuclear research, and its Dalton Nuclear Institute is one of the largest and most advanced of its type in the UK.Professor Francis Livens, Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester, said: “This agreement in fusion complements and builds on our long-term strength in nuclear research. It will allow us to undertake important new research and training activities in Tritium Science & Technology and Digitalisation, and extend our exciting collaboration with UKAEA.”Martin O’Brien, Head of University Liaison at UKAEA, said: “Many universities already work with us on a wide range of research topics. We are excited that The University of Manchester will now expand greatly its work with us in two key areas where progress is needed to deliver a fusion power station.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Dalton, digital, director, Engineering, Government, nuclear, power station, President, Professor, research, science, technology, UK, UK Government, university, University of Manchesterlast_img read more

Van Zyl leads strong home contingent at S. Africa Open

first_imgGAUTENG, South Africa – Jaco van Zyl shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to top a South African-dominated leaderboard in the first round of the South African Open, the European Tour’s first event of 2016. Van Zyl maintained the form that put him in ties for eighth and 13th at the season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship and Nedbank Golf Challenge before Christmas, making six birdies and an eagle. Shaun Norris was alone in second place after a 66, and Jbe Kruger and Keith Horne were tied for third at 5 under at Glendower Golf Club as South Africans filled the top four places. Two more were in a six-way tie at 4 under – Justin Walters and 2006 winner Retief Goosen. Defending champion Andy Sullivan of England shot 3 over and was 10 strokes off the pace. Play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning, with 33 players still to finish their rounds. Nicolas Colsaerts (shoulder) and Richard Finch (Achilles) retired in the first round. Van Zyl has 13 victories on South Africa’s Sunshine Tour but is yet to win on the European Tour, with the most recent of his four runner-up finishes coming at the Turkish Airlines Open in November. ”I’ve had a couple of weeks off, spending time with the family,” Van Zyl said. ”I’ve had my fair share of whisky and Christmas pudding so it was really nice to get off to a good start.” Starting at No. 10, Van Zyl picked up four shots on his front nine, and moved to 7 under after an eagle 3 at the par-5 second hole. He made up for his only bogey of the round, on No. 7, by making a birdie from three feet on the next hole.last_img read more