Sellafield Ltd aims to reduce the lifetime cost of higher activity waste containers by 50 per cent, while introducing an improved range of containers for transport and long-term storage.
Tens of thousands of such containers will be needed for decades to come, so cutting costs will save billions of pounds while providing long-term opportunities for innovative companies.
Eadon Consulting is an engineering business with expertise in design and analysis of mechanical, structural, electrical and hydraulic systems.
Working across multiple sectors, Eadon Consulting have a depth and breadth of knowledge enabling innovation and complex problem solving.
Current projects include moving bridges, access gantries, water control structures, analysis of high integrity nuclear cranes as well as design of bespoke machinery and lifting equipment.
Arc Energy Resources specialises in the supply of corrosion resistant cladding and the manufacture of specialist fabrications for the nuclear, oil & gas, renewable energy, petrochemical, defence, agritech, rail, and water industries.
Waste containers need to be handled and transported in different ways throughout their life, with different requirements at each stage.
The existing solution uses twistlock features to attach and lift containers.
These features introduce complicated features into the design and manufacture. There are technologies used in other sectors that could provide the same functionality whilst reducing complexity and cost.
These are concepts like vacuum lifting, palletised storage systems or even excavator bucket attachment mechanisms.
We believe these technologies could be transferred to the nuclear sector.