Keywords: PC-based simulators, nuclear education, Generation 3, pressurised water reactors, PWR, boiling water reactors, advanced BWR, economical and simplified BWR, ESBWR, ABWR, AP1000, EPR, dose dispersion, simulation, nuclear power plants, NPP construction, nuclear energy, nuclear power
PC-based simulator for education in advanced nuclear power plant construction
The PC-based reactor simulation software PCTRAN was recently expanded to cover light water advanced reactors. The plant models includes Generation III+ advanced Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). The evolutionary designs are Areva European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) and GE Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR), which includes cooling path redundancy and devices for severe accident mitigation. One step further are the passive-cooled Westinghouse AP1000 and GE Economical and Simplified BWR (ESBWR). Combined with PCTRAN's models of an experimental pool reactor and conventional PWR and BWR with server accident and dose dispersion capability, they form a complete series for education in nuclear technology. The PC-based simulation system helps to train the first generation of technical staff for countries entering the nuclear era.