Materials Design selected as software supplier and partner for advanced reactor project

January 25, 2010

Materials Design has been selected as a scientific software supplier and partner to Pebble Bed Modular Reactor ( (Pty) Limited (PBMR) which is headquartered in Centurion, South Africa.

"South Africa suffers from a shortage of electrical energy impeding economic growth. Nuclear power is seen as a critical part of the solution," said Erich Wimmer, CEO of Materials Design. "Our technology will help increase the efficiency and safety of the engineering work. We welcome PBMR as a member of Materials Design's growing software user group and development forum. We look forward to a long-term relationship that will grow into an advanced nuclear materials development program involving academics from South Africa and students across a wide discipline of science and engineering."

PBMR has been using the Materials Design software platform MedeA for over a year. "Atomistic computer simulations contribute significantly to the development and testing of nuclear materials, both structural and on the fuel side," said Dr. Johan Slabber, CTO of PBMR. "Our relationship with Materials Design is an important part of our ongoing research and desire to develop solutions for energy sustainability."
About Materials Design

Founded in 1998 by a team of renowned scientists, Materials Design is a global leader in computational materials science and engineering software and services. From Energy to Automotive, Materials Design works across industries and in academia helping scientific research and engineering teams meet today's challenges. Materials Design is a company designed for today's world with employees and partners working on three continents and in six time zones. Visit us online at

About PBMR

Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Limited (PBMR) was established in 1999 with the intention to develop and market small-scale, high-temperature reactors both locally and internationally.

The PBMR is a helium-cooled, High Temperature Reactor (HTR) capable of generating electricity, process heat or a combination of both.

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