ONR published a new research strategy in August 2015 which states it will use research to support its independent regulatory decision making. The main objective of the strategy is to ensure that ONR's inspectors will form their regulatory judgements confidently and effectively using sound, up to date scientific and technical information.
The Professional Leads for each of our specialisms have reviewed their specialist areas and developed a range of research proposals. These are listed in the Regulatory Research Register.
Regulatory Research Annual Report 2017/18
Previous annual reports
Beyond Design Life Regulatory Expectations For The Substantiation Of Structures, Systems And Components Important To Safety And Security – Phase 1
- ONR-RRR-077 (Contract ONR-352)
The effect of temperature on the criticality safety of fissile systems
Review of ONR internal report 'Assessment of Radioactively Contaminated Land Remediation Techniques’
Review of the iron-based materials applicable for the fuel and core of future Sodium Fast Reactors (SFR)
Use of Burn-Up Credit in the Assessment of Criticality Risk
Investigation into the application of Storm Hazard Curve.
Review of developments in graphene and its potential safety benefits and issues within the nuclear industry.
- ONR-RRR-013 (Contract ONR-303)
Study of the local heat transfer coefficient on peripheral PWR assembly fuel in the event of Touching Spacer Grids.
- ONR-RRR-014 (Contract ONR-304)
Review of the established good practices in development of Clad Ballooning & Embrittlement models for higher burnup PWR fuel.