AMEC FOSTER WHEELER NUCLEAR UK LIMITED

AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services to its customers in the world's oil and gas, mining, clean energy, environment and infrastructure markets. With annual revenues of some £4 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets and employs around 27,000 people in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Corrosion and Materials Science and Structural Performance are two operating units sitting within AMEC’s Europe division. 
The corrosion expertise sits within Corrosion and Materials Science and in the context of the SOTERIA proposal contains the expertise in IASCC.  These staff participated in the predecessor projects PERFORM 60 (FP7) and PERFECT (FP6).  For PERFORM 60 the contribution was to lead the IASCC work package and deliver the statistical IASCC model INITEAC.
Fracture toughness expertise sits within the Structural Performance operation.  Staff in this operation also participated in PERFORM 60 and PERFECT, as well as LONGLIFE.  For PERFORM 60 the contribution included leading of the RPV sub project and modelling of fracture toughness.

Role in the project

AMEC participates as follows to the NIPSE project:

  • WP4: Environmental effects on IASCC susceptibility and internals failure
    • Testing of proton-irradiated material for SCC susceptibility
    • >30 years SCC testing experience assures the required level of expertise.
    • Involvement in PERFORM 60 and PERFECT provides experience for the design of successful experiments able to deliver value to the goals of WP4.
  • WP5: Development and validation of models, integration into a platform
    • Cleavage fracture model
    • IASCC model (INITEAC)
    • Both contributions build on contributions to predecessor projects PERFORM 60 and LONGLIFE.

Personnel involved

Thomas Hill: Corrosion Scientist, WP leader and corrosion support
Tom joined AMEC in 2013 having completed his PhD research.  His project work at AMEC includes development of IASCC test programmes.  He has already developed useful project management experience in this capacity.
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Kevin Mottershead, Corrosion Science Business Manager, project management and corrosion support
Kevin has been active in the EAC research area for 8 years.  He participated in PERFORM 60 during which he assisted in Work Package leading.  Kevin has more than 30 year experience of managing projects in both the nuclear and oil and gas sectors, in a number of geographic regions. Kevin is an active participant in NUGENIA Technical Area 4.
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Peter James:  Dr, Senior Consultant, fracture toughness modelling
Peter has worked as part of the structural integrity assessment department for 10 years and is currently leading the Procedures Development Team primarily focused on assessment and research and development tasks.  Peter was involved in PERFORM 60 as part of AMEC’s contribution to the cleavage toughness fracture modelling.
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David Tice:  Professor, male, Chief Corrosion Scientist, EAC and IASCC expert
David has worked in the field of environmentally assisted cracking (including IASCC) for approximately 35 years and is currently working on a number of other projects concerning environmentally-assisted initiation and crack growth in high temperature light water reactor environments.  Related previous and continuing projects are investigating the initiation of stress corrosion cracking in austenitic stainless steels exposed to high temperature PWR environments. Studies specific to understanding IASCC have included the use of  thermomechanical treatments and model alloys to simulate the effects of irradiation hardening, grain boundary segregation and deformation-induced channelling. David was involved in PERFORM 60 as the IASCC Work Package leader.  David is a visiting professor at the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester.
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