Milestone reached for innovative steel bricks system
A major milestone for the Steel Bricks modular system, fabricated by Caunton Engineering, has been reached as a number of prototype components are now ready for shipment to the USA.
GE Hitachi nuclear power plant experts have visited the Caunton factory to inspect the modules prior to them being sent to Purdue University in Illinois, where they will be tested for their suitability in the construction of nuclear facilities.
Steel Bricks is a modular steel construction system developed by Modular Walling Systems (MWS), and with involvement by Caunton Engineering. The system has been included in a multi-million-dollar programme to be delivered within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Construction Technology (ACT) initiative, aimed at making advanced nuclear construction faster and more affordable.
The Steel Bricks modular system is a ground-breaking product developed in 2014 and backed by the UK Government with nearly £1.2M in funding from Innovate UK.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, the world-leading provider of nuclear power plant technology, is leading a team to explore promising technologies from other industries that have not been tested within the context of nuclear energy.
GE Hitachi Vice President Brian Johnston said: “The steel composite prototypes, which have no rebar, could dramatically reduce the amount of labour in the field of nuclear plant construction.”
The Steel Brick prototype modules were also viewed by engineers from Aecon Group, Black and Veatch, MWS as well as members of the Caunton Engineering project team in Nottingham.