Workshop Chair: Jon Blackburn (TWI)

Over the past two decades, AILU has supported the adoption of industrial laser technology by a wide range of industry sectors. Laser cutting, welding, and surfacing systems are now common proven systems in industry; with organisations adopting laser technology because of its ability to perform automated, high quality and high throughput processes often in remote difficult to access high hazard locations.

Industrial lasers are not the first technology that come to mind when you think of the nuclear sector. However, there are selected examples of industrial laser applications in the nuclear sector for several decades – principally, for the fabrication and sealing of containers. With the developments in laser technologies over the past decade, and the significant challenges faced by nuclear decommissioning, there are a number of emerging opportunities for the nuclear sector to leverage the benefits of this technology.

This Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshop will give an overview of laser technology in the nuclear sector, with a focus on a range of emerging applications; including, size reduction, decontamination and fabrication applicable to manufacturing, maintenance and decommissioning processes.


This will be the first event of its kind in Cumbria with an international line up of academics and practitioners showcasing the latest learning in laser use directly applicable to the nuclear sector. The University of Cumbria (UoC) is proud to sponsor and host this event as part of their mission to develop the next generation of adaptable, industry-ready engineers by provision of local CPD events, and facilitation of Research, Development & Innovation with Cumbrian Partners.

Both AILU and UoC hope this event will provide insight into the latest developments in laser use which could offer a real step change in processes such as decommissioning, and inspire new networks and collaborations between business and academia to enable progress towards safer, faster and cheaper processes for the nuclear industry.

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