Vis­it­ing nu­clear sci­en­tists off to KNP

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ABOUT 100 sci­en­tists from around the world will be gath­er­ing at the Skukuza rest camp in the Kruger Na­tional Park next week for a spe­cial­ist nu­clear con­fer­ence aimed at dis­cov­er­ing how to look in­side met­als to de­ter­mine their struc­ture, us­ing nu­clear par­ti­cle beams.

The South African Nu­clear En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion (Necsa) said yes­ter­day that the dis­cus­sion was im­por­tant be­cause it would al­low them to be able to de­sign and con­struct high pre­ci­sion and high in­tegrity nu­clear re­ac­tor com­po­nents.

The con­fer­ence, called Me­chan­i­cal Stress Eval­u­a­tion by Neu­tron and Syn­chrotron Ra­di­a­tion (Meca-SENS) 2017, will be hosted by Dr An­drew Ven­ter of Necsa, who is a spe­cial­ist in this field.

No­table for­eign speak­ers who will be at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence in­clude Pro­fes­sor Philip Withers, Fel­low of the Royal Academy of En­gi­neer­ing and Regius pro­fes­sor, School of Ma­te­ri­als Univer­sity of Manch­ester, from the UK, and Pro­fes­sor An­drzej Baczma ski, Fac­ulty of Physics and Ap­plied Com­puter Science, AGH Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, from Krakow in Poland.

When asked whether the con­fer­ence would cause any dis­tur­bance to the an­i­mals that re­side around the Skukuza rest camp, spokesper­son Ike Phaahla said, “The num­bers of del­e­gates are tightly con­trolled so there won’t be any dis­tur­bance.

“We have con­fer­ence cen­tres in var­i­ous camps away from the ac­tual habi­tat of an­i­mals but next to where vis­i­tors stay overnight.”

Necsa said that the spe­cial­ists would spend a week in South Africa, which in­cluded a tour to the SA­FARI-1 nu­clear re­ac­tor at the Pelind­aba site of Necsa, west of Pre­to­ria.

“The con­fer­ence will be of­fi­cially opened by Dr Kelvin Kemm, the chair­per­son of Necsa. The for­eign guests will have the unique ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing treated to a game drive, which is cer­tainly not the norm for nu­clear physics con­fer­ences in­ter­na­tion­ally. An­other unique ex­pe­ri­ence will be a braai.” – ANA

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