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Dame Sue Ion

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How Sue earned her title of “Dame” 

  • Sue’s background in material science and personal evolution in the nuclear industry 

  • A deep dive into the UK’s Magnox fuel elements 

  • The history of nuclear in the UK including its advanced gas cooled reactors and its high temperature reactor “Dragon” 

  • The defamation characteristics and manufacturing routes of reactor clads and challenges Sue worked to resolve 

  • Dry processes versus wet chemical processes 

  • The economics and life cycles of waste and decommissioning in nuclear versus other industries 

  • Modularity and its construction costs --- Sue’s current work at BNFL engaging vendors with constructors

Former Technical Director, British Nuclear Fuels