Nuclear Leeds

Collaborations and partnerships


Nuclear Leeds has a number of visiting staff members that are involved in research and teaching:

  • University of Queensland
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB) 
  • National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)
  • Next Generation Nuclear EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (NGN CDT)

Our close working relationship with industry provides a firm basis for the relevance of our research.

Sellafield Ltd

Sludge Centre of Expertise (CoE)
In 2011, the University of Leeds was awarded the Sludge Centre of Expertise by Sellafield Ltd. The Centre plays a key role in describing the behaviour of the sludge wastes that have arisen after years of operation at Sellafield and other nuclear sites across the UK. This information assists engineers to define the most appropriate route for the safe and efficient disposal of sludges. For more information, please contact Dr Jim Young


Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories (DISTINCTIVE)
The University of Leeds is leading a multidisciplinary collaboration of 10 universities and 3 key industry partners from across the UK’s civil nuclear sector. This 4-year (starting Feb 2014), £8.3m programme, focuses on the area of nuclear decommissioning and waste management, with a special focus on the UK’s needs.

Providing a Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the UK for Implementing Carbon Reduction (PACIFIC)
The University of Leeds is co-leading a 12 university consortium that aims to provide a world-class programme of relevant research into the manufacture, performance, and recycle of current and advanced nuclear fuels. Leeds is heading the ‘Separations’ work package of this project. This £3.8m programme started in 2014.

Computational Modelling for Advanced Nuclear Power Plants
As part of this £1.6m project, the University of Leeds is applying its expertise in computation fluid dynamics to consider how deposition and build-up of corrosion and wear products, or “crud”, on boiler tubes or fuel cladding impacts on thermal transfer efficiency and fuel performance. For more information, please contact Professor Michael Fairweather

Thermal Hydraulics for Boiling and Passive Systems
This is a UK-India Civil Nuclear Collaboration between Imperial College London, Sheffield and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India. The University of Leeds is working with BARC to accurately predict the behaviour of water as a coolant in a nuclear reactor, by developing computational fluid dynamics validation models for heat transfer in boiling water reactors. For more information, please contact Professor Michael Fairweather

Innovative Separation of Cs and Sr using Flotation and Magnetic Particles, to Convert Large Waste Volumes into Small Waste Packages
As part of this major international project, the University of Leeds in partnership with KAIST (Republic of Korea) will develop a revolutionary technology for the clean-up of environmentally contaminated effluent and soils resulting from the unwanted release of radioactive material (Cs and Sr). The new concept, based on dual-bubble flotation and magnetic separation, will transform large waste volumes into small waste packages suitable for interim storage, and is pertinent to large-scale national decommissioning programmes in the UK and the ROK. For more information, please contact Dr David Harbottle

European Commission

Safety of Actinide Separation Processes (SACSESS)
As part of the €3.3m SACSESS project, Leeds is heading the training and education domain which aims to ensure an excellent academic background is coupled with first-hand knowledge from industry, to increase the likelihood of the nuclear industry being a student’s preferred long term career choice. The project consists of 26 partners from across the EU. 

Advanced Fuels for Generation IV Reactors - Reprocessing and Dissolution (ASGARD)
The ASGARD project focuses on the behaviour of novel fuels ranging from production, irradiation, dissolution, conversion and re-fabrication. The University of Leeds is developing models for the evaluation of reprocessing options for carbide fuels. 

Cooperation in Education and Training in Nuclear Chemistry 2 (CINCH-2)
As a member of this programme, the University of Leeds is responsible for determining industry and national requirements for vocational education and training (VET) in nuclear chemistry, which will feed into the development of courses. It is also developing a strategic approach to raising awareness of options in nuclear chemistry education, with an aim to create a flow of students into academic, and then into industry.


Measurement and Modelling of Sludge Transport and Separation Processes - Project 101433
Led by Sellafield Ltd, the University of Leeds provides the majority of research in this project, with expertise from the schools of Chemical Engineering and Electronic & Electrical Engineering, that seeks to solve operational problems associated with removal (retrieval, separation and treatment) of particulate-in-liquid ‘sludge’ from legacy nuclear sites. 

The University of Leeds is developing a novel predictive modelling framework, and an innovative and flexible in situ measurement technology based on acoustic backscatter. Collectively, these outcomes will deliver both a truly predictive modelling tool, with the ability to capture sludge settling profiles in a number of separation systems, in addition to an acoustic characterisation tool with the ability to both verify modelling performance and continually monitor separation efficiency. For more information, please contact Dr Timothy Hunter.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB)

Effect of Solids on Extraction Stage Efficiencies in Centrifugal Contactors (Contract number: PO1017418/RG.CAPE.111212)
Led by University of Leeds, experimental study on the use of centrifugal contactors in an advanced recycling facility. The aim of this is to conduct initial trials on the effects of solids on extraction, using pilot scale centrifugal contactors in the nuclear laboratories at the University of Leeds and underpin the preferred use of centrifugal contactors in an advanced PUREX flowsheet.