Nuclear scientists to meet at Skukuza
ABOUT 100 nuclear scientists from around the world will be gathering at the Skukuza rest camp in the Kruger National Park next week for a specialist conference on how to look inside metals to determine their structure, using nuclear particle beams
The ninth International Conference on Mechanical Stress Evaluation by Neutron and Synchrotron Radiation, MECA SENS 2017, will be hosted by Dr Andrew Venter of the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), a specialist in this field.
Necsa said yesterday that the conference would allow them to be able to design and construct high-precision and high-integrity nuclear reactor components.
Notable foreign speakers include Professor Philip Withers, Regius Professor of Materials in the Materials Science Centre at Manchester University, UK and Professor Andrzej Baczmanski, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland.
Asked whether the conference would disturb the animals that live around Skukuza, 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 the specialists would spend a week in South Africa and would tour the SAFARI-1 nuclear reactor at Necsa’s Pelindaba site.
The conference will be officially opened by Dr Kelvin Kemm, chairman of Necsa.
Guests would be treated to a game drive and an outdoor braai, certainly not the norm for nuclear physics conferences internationally, Necsa said.