MATHEMATICALL MODELING OF NUCLEAR PLANTS
Graduate students will develop the graphics/simulation framework and the underlying mathematical models for simulating nuclear power plants in ME/ENGR 2120 mathematical modeling of nuclear plants. Models will be developed in Matlab/Simulink(tm) and configured to run on a PC so that students can both examine the mathematical models on which the simulation is based and use the simulation program in laboratory-like sessions to study the effect of design changes on plant behavior. The simulation model fidelity developed is suitable for educational purposes and provides students with a desktop tool to realistically model and better understand reactor performance under various conditions. While it would not be intended to replace or duplicate the high-fidelity dynamic simulation used in major accident analysis codes such as Relap, Trac, and Trace, the course will provide the student with an introduction and a working knowledge what is embodied in these industry standard codes.