Nu­clear sci­en­tists to meet at Skukuza

Cape Times - - NEWS - Lindi Masinga African News Agency

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.

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