• Question: What was the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year?

    Asked by Coal to Ryan, Priyanka, Sarah on 18 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by DragonBoy.
    • Photo: Sarah Hargreaves

      Sarah Hargreaves answered on 18 Mar 2016:


      The most challenging project I have been involved with in the past year is the design of the next class of submarine called Successor, which will eventually replace the Vanguard Class submarines in 2028. You can read about the project here: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/successor-class-submarine-guide/

      My role is specifically looking at the new design of nuclear reactor that will go into the submarine, to ensure that it will be safe to operate and not harm any of the submariners. This involves checking a lot of other people’s work to make sure all the calculations are right and understanding what could go wrong with the design so we can stop it happening in the first place.

      It has been very challenging as we have had a lot of deadlines to meet and as this is the first time we are designing a new reactor in 30 years there have been lots of modifications to look at to upgrade the technology.