Nuclear operators are looking for innovative ways for nuclear energy to support a range of decarbonization pathways to achieve Net Zero emissions targets by 2050, outlined by the UK government. PSE is the world’s leading supplier of Advanced Process Modelling technology, where we use high-fidelity predictive models coupled with experimental or plant data that has become standard practice for optimizing process design and operation. Advanced Process Modelling has been adopted in the chemicals and petrochemicals industries, and accelerating innovation in pharmaceuticals.

In these sectors, digitalization initiatives across the R&D – Engineering Design – Operations spectrum are continually pushing the boundaries in terms on what can be achieved via model-based analytical techniques combined with the ever-increasing amount of data available. Nuclear decommissioning, with its unique challenges, can benefit significantly from such practices.

This seminar explores how the nuclear sector and the industry in general can benefit not only from shared, standardised modelling techniques and approaches, but also the introduction of best practices from other industry sectors. This can help to accelerate innovation while ensuring a consistent and co-ordinated approach between R&D, operators, consultancies and engineering companies. The theory is illustrated with current process modelling applications from organisations such as Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, DBD, EDF-Cyclife and WRPS. The International Atomic Energy Agency will give an overview of their strategies, direction of industry trends and provide their take on the necessity for adopting advanced process modelling.

It will be free to personnel from operating companies and engineering procurement companies. For more information and to register, please visit.


Agenda

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

TimingsDescription
13:00 - 13:10 Opening remarks
13:10 – 13:40 IAEA Considerations on Decommissioning: 3D modelling and simulations (2020 update)
Vladimir Michael, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The presentation will provide an overview of the IAEA activities on decommissioning and considerations on 3D modelling and simulations to support D&D planning and implementation. Examples will be given regarding collaborating organizations with the IAEA on different decommissioning topics while using 3D modelling and simulations.
13:40 – 14:10 Using a digital twin approach for Sellafield’s Site Ion Exchange Plant (SIXEP)
Alexander Lowe-Bird, Sellafield

Using gPROMS, Sellafield has created a digital twin of the Site Ion Exchange Plant (SIXEP) which removes active caesium and strontium from effluent feeds. This dynamic model has been used to underpin the optimisation of the facility by reducing unwanted flow fluctuations, thereby increasing abatement efficiency as well as prolonging the physical life of the plant.
14:10 – 14:40 An Integrated Digital Future for Nuclear
Mark Bankhead/Jonathan Austin, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

The nuclear industry has recognised the benefits for increased digitalisation, reducing costs, reducing risk and increasing collaboration across the supply chain. In this presentation we will discuss technology development of Digital Twins for nuclear plants highlighting the challenges and opportunities of new ways of working with modelling and simulation.
14:40 – 15:10 Scott Williamson-Owens, Different By Design (DBD)
15:10 – 15:20 Break
15:20 – 15:50 DEMplus : A 3D simulation tool for decision support in the nuclear decommissioning industry, a global approach : optimization on dosimetry, costs, waste and planning
Jean-Luc Flouttard, Electricite de France Cyclife (EDF-Cyclife)

Cyclife Digital Solutions, an EDF subsidiary, launched in 2010 the first software able to provide 3D simulation operations with simultaneous optimization in cost, dose, waste management and planning. The presentation will give examples on real cases in the decommissioning industry.
15:50 – 16:20 Mayank Patel, Process Systems Enterprise
16:20 – 16:50 gPROMS Modeling to Aid in Process Flowsheet Development and Maturation at Hanford
Laura Cree, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS)

This presentation will give an overview of how and why gPROMS is used to progress the nuclear cleanup mission at Hanford. Topics will include a brief background of radiochemical processing at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the need for chemical process flowsheets, why gPROMS was chosen as the preferred modeling platform, and a discussion of the various models that have been developed and how they are used to advance nuclear cleanup.
16:50 – 17:00 Closing remarks

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Agenda

Wednesday, 5 November 2020

TimingsDescription
16:00 - 16:10 Opening remarks
16:10 – 16:40 IAEA Considerations on Decommissioning: 3D modelling and simulations (2020 update)
Vladimir Michael, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

The presentation will provide an overview of the IAEA activities on decommissioning and considerations on 3D modelling and simulations to support D&D planning and implementation. Examples will be given regarding collaborating organizations with the IAEA on different decommissioning topics while using 3D modelling and simulations.
16:40 – 17:10 Using a digital twin approach for Sellafield’s Site Ion Exchange Plant (SIXEP)
Alexander Lowe-Bird, Sellafield

Using gPROMS, Sellafield has created a digital twin of the Site Ion Exchange Plant (SIXEP) which removes active caesium and strontium from effluent feeds. This dynamic model has been used to underpin the optimisation of the facility by reducing unwanted flow fluctuations, thereby increasing abatement efficiency as well as prolonging the physical life of the plant.
17:10 – 17:40 An Integrated Digital Future for Nuclear
Mark Bankhead/Jonathan Austin, National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

The nuclear industry has recognised the benefits for increased digitalisation, reducing costs, reducing risk and increasing collaboration across the supply chain. In this presentation we will discuss technology development of Digital Twins for nuclear plants highlighting the challenges and opportunities of new ways of working with modelling and simulation.
17:40 – 18:10 Scott Williamson-Owens, Different By Design (DBD)
18:10 – 18:20 Break
18:20 – 18:50 DEMplus : A 3D simulation tool for decision support in the nuclear decommissioning industry, a global approach : optimization on dosimetry, costs, waste and planning
Jean-Luc Flouttard, Electricite de France Cyclife (EDF-Cyclife)

Cyclife Digital Solutions, an EDF subsidiary, launched in 2010 the first software able to provide 3D simulation operations with simultaneous optimization in cost, dose, waste management and planning. The presentation will give examples on real cases in the decommissioning industry.
18:50 – 19:20 Mayank Patel, Process Systems Enterprise
19:20 – 19:50 gPROMS Modeling to Aid in Process Flowsheet Development and Maturation at Hanford
Laura Cree, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS)

This presentation will give an overview of how and why gPROMS is used to progress the nuclear cleanup mission at Hanford. Topics will include a brief background of radiochemical processing at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the need for chemical process flowsheets, why gPROMS was chosen as the preferred modeling platform, and a discussion of the various models that have been developed and how they are used to advance nuclear cleanup.
19:50 – 20:00 Closing remarks

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More Information

When

4 November 2020, 13:00 – 17:00 GMT
5 November 2020, 16:00 – 20:00 GMT

Duration

Each presentation 30 minutes (20 mins + 10 mins Q&A)
Total duration of event is 4 hours

Who should attend?

The seminar is aimed for senior nuclear technologist and operation managers with an interest in the application of modelling to address complex and challenging nuclear systems.

It will provide a platform to learn from the industries top modelling and simulations experts. A recording will be made available to all the registered attendees after the broadcast.