Support Officer
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Experimental Support Officer in Process Modelling of Nuclear Fuel Recycle Processes

Are you an ambitious Graduate looking to tackle one of the UK’s biggest challenges? Do you have an interest in nuclear fuel and waste management? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will work at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE) on the work that is related to two major research programmes; the UK Government’s Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme (AFCP), funded by BEIS and the EU H2020 PATRICIA (Partitioning And Transmuter Research Initiative in a Collaborative Innovation Action) programme.

In both programmes there is a need to identify critical points in the reprocessing flowsheets to help target future development. More specifically, for AFCP the subject of study will be molten salts reprocessing. The boundary limits for the study will be spent fuel feed into the plant, through to products for finishing and wastes or effluents to final treatment. The study will have the following stages: 

  1. Develop a block flow diagram of a reference flowsheet to confirm process operations: 
  2. Convert the BFD into initial Process Flow Diagrams: 
  3. Develop a reference flowsheet based on the PFDs, with mass and energy balance data. Input is required from other partners on process factors and will be collected through a basis and assumptions document.  

The reference flowsheet will provide data for input to the Simplant model being developed by National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and also the strategic model being developed in this proposal. 

For PATRICIA, the aim of the work will be to identify critical points in the proposed AMSEL flowsheet to help target future development. The boundary limits for the study will be feed from the Head End through to products to finishing and wastes to HALES or effluent treatment.The study will have the following stages:

  1. Develop a block flow diagram of the AMSEL flowsheet to confirm process operations;
  2. Convert the BFD into initial Process Flow Diagrams, based on use of centrifugal contactors;
  3. Develop a reference flowsheet based on the PFDs, with mass and energy balance data. Input is required from other partners on separation factors and will be collected through a basis and assumptions document; 
  4. Define deviation cases for high-low separations, flows and breakthroughs, with input through a further B&A document;
  5. Re-run the reference flowsheet with deviations and report on key points in the flowsheet that identify the need to know information to reduce technical and safety risks.

In both cases the modelling with done using gProms Process Builder.

The role also includes technical reporting to UK NNL and the EU; this includes technical presentations at agreed points in the programme and written technical reports. Attendance at progress meetings between UK NNL and the School, as well as meetings of the PATRICIA consortium will also be required. 

You will have a 1st or 2:1 MEng / Merit or Distinction MSc degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, and the ability to demonstrate a good knowledge of chemical modelling, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Bruce Hanson, Professor of Nuclear Process Engineering 

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 0475 or email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Chemical & Process Engineering
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months (grant funding))
Release Date: Thursday 24 September 2020
Closing Date: Friday 23 October 2020
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: EPSPE1020

 


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