Manchester's structural integrity expertise enhances AMEC's nuclear industry assessment procedures.

Within the statutory framework that regulates the nuclear industry, there is an overriding requirement to demonstrate that all associated hazards are understood, effectively managed and controlled. Structural integrity assessments are conducted in accordance with the R6 document that outlines internationally recognised and validated procedures. R6 is owned by EDF and developed by a consortium of organisations, including AMEC.

To maintain its leading structural integrity capability, AMEC must have exposure to, and produce, state-of-the-art methodology for nuclear operating companies.

Building on previous joint collaborative projects, technical specialists from AMEC and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute identified that a Knowledge Exchange 'Exploitation Secondment' undertaken by Dr Robert Hurlston would be an efficient route to meet this challenge.