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Dave Chambers, Director Science, Engineering & Technology

Dave joined the Design Physics Department at AWE in September 1982 after graduating from Nottingham University with a first class honours degree in mathematics. His role was to design and analyse integrated physics experiments in order to investigate the hydrodynamic behaviour of nuclear warheads and simulant materials.

He became a primary physicist during the period of underground testing and was responsible for the design, preshot predictions and postshot analysis for a number of warheads, two of which were tested. Latterly, with the cessation of testing, Dave ran a small team to maintain design capability and develop enhanced experimental techniques. He also led the first Primary Product Realisation Team to support life extension and the Stockpile Certification Statement in 2000.

As Primary Physics Group Leader Dave was responsible for ensuring the primary performance and nuclear safety of the current UK stockpile nuclear deterrent and for the physics design of a new primary warhead, should it be required. Dave became Head of the Design Physics Department in April 2003. This included primary and secondary physics, material modelling and code development and high performance computing. The focus of his work in Design Physics was to improve the physics understanding of nuclear weapon safety and performance in an era when underground testing is no longer permitted.

In January 2012 Dave became the Hydrodynamics Division Asset Manager. This role involved the development and continued assurance of AWE’s capability to design, conduct and analyse hydrodynamic experiments to support AWE’s programme.

From January 2016 Dave stepped into the role of Director Science, Engineering & Technology where he currently resides.

Dave is married and has two grown-up daughters.

 

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