6 June 2019

Laser Applications in the Nuclear Industry

  • Sector: Nuclear Industry
  • Location: Workington, Cumbria
  • Attendees: All welcome

Presentations, Networking, Exhibition

 In association with the University of Cumbria




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.


09:00 - 09:10 Welcome from Workshop Chair, Jon Blackburn, TWI

09:15 - 10:50 Session 1

The big picture - digital transformation and technology transfer
Andy Gale (University of Cumbria)

Application of lasers to solve decommissioning challenges at Sellafield
Chris Hope (Sellafield)

Potential laser applications in the nuclear industry
Lin Li (University of Manchester)

Laser based methods for dismantling and decontamination of nuclear power plants
Oliver Meier (Laser on Demand, Germany)

10:50 - 11:15  Refreshments & Exhibition

11:15 - 12:55  Session 2

Laser welding in a low pressure environment
Keith Lorenz (MTC)

Laser Size Reduction of Pressure Vessels
Ali Khan (TWI)

Laser scabbling of concrete surfaces
Mihail Petkovski (University of Sheffield)

Laser safety around nuclear decommissioning – a simple approach
David Lawton (Lasermet)

Remote handling and laser processing in fusion relevant applications
Keelan Keogh (UKAEA)

12:55 - 13:50  Lunch & Exhibition

13:50 - 15:20  Session 3

Successful development of lasers for size reducing Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) metallic items
Ian Pullin (Atkins)

The challenges of laser process automation in a nuclear environment
Tony Jones (Cyan Tec)

Why measure? - Benefits of laser beam diagnostics
Bjoern Kraemer (PRIMES, Germany)

Discussion Forum

15:20 - 15:45  Refreshments & Exhibition

15:25 -16:30  Tour of the National College for Nuclear Virtual Reality Suite (optional)



Prices below exclude VAT @ 20%

  AILU Members Non-Members Full-time students
Delegate only £150 £185** £45
Exhibitor only £145 £185 NA
Delegate & Exhibitor £245* £320* NA

*includes £50 discount from combined delegate & exhibitor cost

**There is a special rate available for non-member, end users in the nuclear industry or in the postcode areas beginning 'CA' or 'LA'. Please contact the AILU office (+44 (0) 1235 539595) for a voucher code to obtain a significant discount.


Blackwood Road
CA14 4JW


Set-up: from 08:00
Break-down: 15:45 after last refreshment break

Access via main entrance.



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