Oxford Sigma has developed a strong reputation offering specialist fusion services to the public and private sectors, assisting in materials and manufacturing, engineering design, and advisory services.
The fusion process creates incredibly harsh environments for reactor materials, where they can experience extreme temperatures, high radiation fields (neutrons and gamma rays), and highly corrosive environments (depending on design).
Oxford Sigma partners with both the public and private fusion sector on materials for fusion, enabling fusion reactors to be built in a timely and economically feasible manner whilst minimising technological risks.
A major challenge associated with scaling fusion energy up from a scientific experiment to a commercial fusion plant is the manufacturing of large and often complex components.
Oxford Sigma has expertise in tungsten, steel, exotic alloys, and refractory alloys manufacturing and joining for fusion devices. This covers covers first-wall tiles, divertor tiles, and breeder blanket components.
As fusion specialists, Oxford Sigma advises a large range of organisations on the potential opportunities and risks within the fusion energy industry, communicating complex topics to a wide variety of audiences.
Oxford Sigma has capabilities in the following design areas:
- Neutron and photon transport and transmutation modelling
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Electromagnetic forces
- Structural Mechanics
- High-temperature materials
- Liquid metal systems
- Novel alloy development
- Materials Qualification
- Codes and Standards
- Radiation damage to materials
- Development of novel radiation shielding materials