'Sharing Knowledge and Insights' - ESR’s Summer of Presentations

ESR Technology has been very active this summer, presenting a wide variety of subjects at a number of important and prestigious conferences and symposia.

Our summer of presentations kicked off in May when ESR Technology attended the IChemE Hazards 28 Conference in Edinburgh. ESR’s Andy Rushton presented a paper on Experiences in ALARP Demonstration that led to a lively debate and discussion, and Steve Forster’s poster paper on Toxic Gas Detector Array Evaluation had many visitors too.


Then Simon Lewis and Mike Buttery from ESR’s Space tribology group ESTL each presented a paper at the bi-annual Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium (AMS) in the USA. Simon presented a paper on the Accelerated Testing of Tribological Components - Uncertainties and Solutions and Mike on Hybrid Lubrication of PFPE Fluids and Sputtered MoS2. Both papers were very well received and were voted the best European papers presented at the conference. 


This was followed by Hugues Renondeau from ESR Technology’s National Centre of Tribology (NCT) presenting at the 2nd International Conference on Nuclear Power Plants; Structures, Risk and Decommissioning in London. The presentation on the effect of the gas environment used in Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) on the wear of fuel element tie-bars and guide tube components was based on the results of representative testing undertaken at ESR. Our NCT Team designed, commissioned and operated a bespoke test facility and provided consultancy and advice on the tribological performance of the safety critical components, having reproduced the wear characteristics exhibited in operation.


In the first half of June, Steve Burch gave two presentations on recent HOIS project developments at Scandinavian venues in successive weeks. The first was titled HOIS Guidance for UAV based external remote visual inspection and was given at a conference near Oslo on Drones and Robots in Inspection and Maintenance, organised by the Norwegian TFS. This guidance has now been published and can be downloaded from www.hoispublications.com. The second paper described progress on the major HOIS project on Inspection of CUI and external corrosion scabs and was given at the prestigious18th European Conference on NDT (ECNDT) which was held in Gothenburg and attracted over 1,500 delegates from Europe and further afield.



Also in June, ESR Technology’s Anthony Kent presented at the European Space Agency’s Space Engineering and Technology Final Presentation Days. The presentation summarised the outcome of two years’ work on the use of Citric Acid as a Green Replacement for Steel Passivation. The purpose of this work was to demonstrate that citric acid could be used to achieve the same corrosion resistance for space components as the more commonly used nitric acid process, but with significantly lower environmental impacts.


More recently, ESR Technology’s Dave Mansfield and Steve Forster presented a paper on Perspectives in Addressing Cumulative Risk at the Oil & Gas Safety 30 Conference in Aberdeen. The presentation built on our experiences in developing the CORAM cumulative risk tool, deploying it in the North Sea with a major operator and our ongoing development of the tool into a web-based application.


These presentations demonstrate the depth of the expertise that ESR technology has in its specialist areas. Even though its been a busy summer for us, you can expect many more high-quality presentations to be made by us in the future!

For more information on any of the above, please contact Simon Griffin on 01925 843499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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