IAEA Collection of Basic Principle Simulators for Education


WWERThe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has established a programme in nuclear reactor simulation computer programs to assist Member States in educating their nuclear professionals. The objective of the programme is to provide insight and understanding in the operational characteristics, reactivity control systems, safety systems, and response to transients and accident situations for a variety of common nuclear power plants. To achieve this, the IAEA arranges for the development and distribution of simulation software, and corresponding training materials, sponsors training courses and workshops, and distributes computer programs and documentation.


Currently the IAEA has Nuclear Power Plant simulation software available for distribution that simulate the behaviour of the following reactor types:

  • 4 Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) Plant Simulators
    • Conventional two-loop PWR
    • Korean-type PWR
    • Russian-type PWR
    • Advanced Passive PWR
  • 2 Boiling Water Reactor (BWRs) Plant Simulators
    • Advanced BWR
    • Advanced Passive BWR
  • 2 Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) Plant Simulators
    • Conventional PHWR
    • Advanced PHWR
  • Part-Task Simulator
    • Micro-Physics Simulator (Lite Edition)

BWRThese desktop simulator codes provide insight and understanding of the designs as well as a clear understanding of the operational characteristics of the various reactor types. The simulators operate on personal computers and are provided for a broad audience of technical and non-technical personnel as an introductory educational tool. The preferred audience, however, are faculty members interested in developing nuclear engineering courses with the support of these very effective hands-on educational tools. The application of the simulator programs is limited to providing general response characteristics of selected types of power reactor systems and they are not intended to be used for plant-specific purposes such as design, safety evaluation, licensing or operator training.

How to Obtain These Simulators

These simulators, including the associated documentation, are distributed at no cost to interested parties in IAEA Member States. Furthermore, the IAEA sponsors training courses and workshops on a regular basis, and would also be willing to support additional training events on this topic at the request of Member States.

Kindly follow these simple steps in order to obtain the complete suite of IAEA PC-Based Simulators:

PWRStep 1: Create a Nucleus login id by registering on the IAEA’s Nucleus website. This is necessary in order to obtain access to our SharePoint website, where all the simulators are hosted.

Step 2: Download and fill out this simulator request form.

Step 3:Scan and send the completed form to the competent official authority* (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority, or to the applicant's Member State Permanent Mission to the IAEA in Vienna, Austria) for their approval.

After this the Permanent Mission will then forward the approved request to Ms Paula Houser, the International Atomic Energy Agency, P.O. Box 100, Vienna International Centre, A-1400 Vienna, Austria. You will then receive an email from the IAEA with instructions on how to download all the simulators from our SharePoint Website.

Feedback on the use of these simulators would be appreciated and should be sent to Mr. Chirayu Batra


Workshops on Basic Principle Simulator for Education

Since 1997, twenty (20) workshops have been held, in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Chile, Jordan, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Spain, the USA and in Vienna.

List of recent Workshops:

2015

Date Meeting Location
16-28 February Physics and Technology of Water-Cooled Reactors through the use of PC-based Simulators Trieste, Italy
4-8 May Understanding the Physics and Technology of Advanced Passively Safe Water-Cooled Nuclear Reactors using Basic Principles Simulators Santiago, CHILE
1-5 June Course on Fundamentals of Pressurized Water Reactors with PC-based Simulators Daejeon, Korea
22-27 November Course on Fundamentals of Pressurized Water Reactors with PC-based Simulators Amman, Jordan
7-18 December Physics and Technology of Water-Cooled Reactors through the use of PC-based Simulators TAMU, Texas

The IAEA sponsors training courses and workshops on a regular basis, and would also be willing to support additional training events on this topic at the request of Member States. If you/your organization are interested in hosting a Workshop in your country kindly contact Mr. Chirayu Batra to further discuss the proposition.

In 2014, a Technical Meeting on Effective Utilization of Nuclear Power Plant Simulators as Introductory Educational Tools was held in Vienna on May 19-22, 2014

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