Implementing digital twins for power stations


In earlier work, the technology gaps for the implementation of an integrated nuclear digital environment were identified and included vertical integration and connectivity between levels of multi-scale models [1]. In this project, this gap will be defined and strategies developed for integrating between levels in multiscale models of complex systems and for connecting multiscale models that represent various stages of the life cycle of an engineering system. The trustworthiness and credibility of models in the perception of stakeholders will be a key performance factor in assessing viable strategies [2]. It is anticipated that meta-modelling be used to explore the issues including acceptance by non-experts of predictions based on simulations. 

The project will be co-supervised by Eann A. Patterson at University of Liverpool, and Richard J Taylor at Manchester who was until recently Chief Engineer at National Nuclear Laboratory with input from Damian O’Doherty of the Alliance Manchester Business School. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have a Masters level degree in engineering or a related discipline and, following initial training in the NGN CDT, will join a large research group at the University of Liverpool working in the broad field of applied mechanics with applications in aerospace, biomedical and nuclear engineering. 

For further details and to apply contact Eann Patterson (). Also see 


Open to EU/UK applicants

Funding information

Funded studentship

The studentship includes tuition fees and stipend at standard EPSRC rates and is available to EU citizens. The studentship is funded through Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training and will involve an initial year of training in nuclear science and engineering and in specialist skills to support the research, followed by a three-year period of research.



1] Patterson, E.A., Taylor, R.J. & Bankhead, M., A framework for an integrated nuclear digital environment, Progress in Nuclear Energy, 87:97-103, 2016. 
[2] Patterson, E.A., On the credibility of engineering models and meta-models, J. Strain Analysis, 50(4):218-220, 2015. 


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