IAEA Provides PC-Based Simulators for Nuclear Education

Course participants working with simulation computer programmes (Photo: Tecnatom)

2013-12-05│The IAEA has established nuclear reactor simulation computer programmes to assist Member States in educating their nuclear professionals. A recent workshop offered an overview of the design and operation associated with five types of water cooled reactors through the use of the various simulators for educational purposes. Nuclear researchers, engineers, university professors, and nuclear regulators from eight Member States participated.

The Workshop on Physics and Technology of Water Cooled Reactors through the Use of PC-Based Simulators was organized by Spain’s major simulator vendor, Tecnatom, in cooperation with the IAEA, and held at the company’s facilities in San Sebastian de los Reyes from 4−15 November 2013. The simulation software programmes were provided by the IAEA. Course modules were delivered by several instructors from Tecnatom, the Russian Federation and the USA.

The IAEA PC-based nuclear power plant simulators have been developed, and are distributed to Member States by the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section (NPTDS) for educational purposes. These simulators have been revealed as a powerful and very effective hands-on educational tool, providing an understanding of complex nuclear power plant system responses to normal and accident scenarios, reactivity control methods, and important plant safety features.

The workshops allow the IAEA to assist Member States in developing their human resources in the area of nuclear reactor technology. So far, 18 workshops were held in Egypt, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the USA and at the IAEA.

“The participants were very knowledgeable and highly motivated” said Katsumi Yamada from NPTDS and IAEA Scientific Secretary of the Workshop. “They successfully learned how to use the simulators, and their feedback was positive”.

More information about the simulators and workshops is available at here.