Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
Print version ISSN 0038-223X
STUMPF, W.E.. Where should the national R&D in materials science fit into South Africa's future nuclear power programme?. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2015, vol.115, n.10, pp.893-902. ISSN 2411-9717. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2411-9717/2015/v115n10a1.
South Africa recently announced a resurgence in its commercial nuclear power programme. The implications for the development of the necessary high-level manpower within South Africa's tertiary educational system and its national research and development (R&D) capacity in materials science and engineering, as well as in other engineering disciplines, are placed into perspective. An organized national process of developing this manpower by moving away from the previously high-risk and costly 'large programmes' to rather a selection of 'small and better' research projects and a redefinition of what constitutes 'nuclear materials' are proposed as parts of this strategy.
Keywords : materials science; pressurised water reactor; zirconium based cladding materials; uranium enrichment; steam generator.