John Stairmand paves way to net-zero carbon economy

Jacobs scientist Professor John Stairmand is to lead UK research into materials for new nuclear reactors capable of powering a carbon net-zero economy.

Prof Stairmand, who is based in Warrington as Technical Director, Technology & Cyber Solutions, will co-chair the Technical Advisory Board of SINDRI – Synergistic utilization of INformatics and Data centRic Integrity engineering.

SINDRI’s task is to develop digital technology for the design, fabrication, and in-service assessment of nuclear power plant components.

SINDRI had been awarded £ 2.4M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, matched by £ 3.4M from EDF as the lead industrial partner.

The partnership aims to support a transformation in the nuclear sector by developing an overarching digital framework, encompassing a suite of models that simulate the behavior of materials from their entry into service through to their end of life. The research will find ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs by moving from manual to digital processes of design, build and operation.