UK Research Centre to Study Manufacturing of Westinghouse SMR Parts

 UK Research Centre to Study Manufacturing of Westinghouse SMR Parts

Westinghouse Electric Co. is working with the U.K.’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) to explore the most effective way to manufacture Westinghouse’s small modular reactor (SMR) reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) in the U.K.
 
The study will focus on RPVs, one of the largest and most demanding parts of any reactor. The Nuclear AMRC will provide an independent assessment of the current Westinghouse SMR RPV design and identify efficiencies within the advanced manufacturing process to reduce capital costs, drive project savings and identify potential suppliers for when the SMR begins production. Nuclear AMRC has experience in design for the manufacture of large complex parts for safety-critical applications.
 
In 2015, Westinghouse bid to partner with the U.K. government to deploy Westinghouse’s SMR technology. Westinghouse’s Springfields facility achieved requirements necessary to manufacture SMR fuel in the U.K.
 
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