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Welding method drastically cuts time to make mini nuclear reactors

Emma Powell of The Times reports on a new welding method for small modular reactors.

The C3 Take
  • Sheffield Forgemasters, one of the oldest steelmakers in the U.K., has unlocked a new welding method called electron beam welding to create pressure vessels for SMRs.
  • Electron beam welding works by firing two electrons at an extremely high speed to join two pieces of metal together.
  • This method can take the time to complete the welding of pressure vessels from 150 days to two hours.
  • This breakthrough could drastically reduce the cost and time to complete SMR projects.

“The technique is already being used in the automotive and aerospace industries to produce smaller, relatively low-value components. Forgemasters is the first to use the welding technology to build a full-scale SMR pressure vessel, which weighs about 57 tonnes, has a diameter of three metres and walls with a thickness of 200 millimetres.”

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