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Nuclear scientists attend specialist conference

In South Africa, 100 nuclear scientists from 18 countries gathered this week in the Kruger National Park to unpack high precision analysis techniques, which can be used in the fabrication of components for nuclear reactors.

The Conference was officially opened by Dr Kelvin Kemm the Chairman of Necsa, who was quoted saying that delegates were “bricklaying with atoms.”

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He said that for South Africa to be able to design, fabricate and export nuclear reactor components, it is necessary to be in control of the entire technology value chain from the fundamental mathematics to the factory fabrication, Necsa said in a statement.

“It is gratifying to see so many recognised world experts gathered together here in South Africa to examine, on an atomic level, such important technology as how minuet cracks move through metallic structures,” Kemm said.

[quote]Notable foreign speakers included:

  • Professor Philip Withers, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Regius professor, School of Materials University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Professor Andrzej Baczmański, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH ‒ University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland
  • Professor Ismael Cevdet Noyan, Fellow of the American Physical Society, APAM Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Earth and Environmental, Columbia University, New York, USA.

Kemm added:  “It is not only the technology discussions which are important, but also the personal links between international experts which evolve into productive output to the benefit of South Africa.” Read more…

The delegates will spend a week in South Africa, which includes a tour to the SAFARI-1 nuclear reactor at the Pelindaba site of Necsa.


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.