UKAEA- Drum filling cubicle

Project details

Category: Containment

Status: Complete


United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

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Aims and Objectives

Aquila was awarded the contract to design, manufacture and test a Mobile Drum Filling Station Enclosure to facilitate the removal of potentially highly contaminated effluent for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

About the client

The UKAEA researches fusion energy and related technologies, with the aim of positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future, UKAEA manages the UK fusion programme at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) which is one of the world’s leading fusion research laboratories.

UKAEA- Drum filling cubicle

UKAEA- Drum filling cubicle

Project Overview

A major Deuterium/Tritium (DT) campaign known as DTE2 was planned for 2019. The UKAEA required a suitable Drum Filling Station Enclosure for the collection of potentially highly tritiated water and other solutions in order to support this campaign. Aquila designed a mobile stainless-steel enclosure mounted on castors. 

The Drum Filling Station Enclosure is required to accept the loading and unloading of one, part-filled, closed top 200l Briggs drum via a Powell Drum Lift. 

The Drum Filling Station Enclosure includes a leak proof bund capable of retaining 110% of the Briggs drum, within this bund there is a pumping arrangement to transfer water from the bund to a Briggs drum inside the enclosure, without breaking containment. Operation of the quick release coupling is completed using glove ports, therefore preventing any risk of contamination. The design also includes an automatic shut off valve that is triggered by activation of the Drum Overfill Limit Switch, which is fastened to the Drum Support Frame. This will prevent any spillage into the bund through overfilling. 


An excellent example of working in collaboration with our Client UKAEA converting the design produced during the tender stage into a pragmatic, cost effective solution.