Virtual research reactor with interactive control room for reactor operator training

Yoshinori Satoh, Xuefeng Zhu, Ye Li, Christopher A. Kuprianczyk, Rizwan Uddin

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Abstract

Efficient and effective education and training of nuclear engineering students and nuclear reactor operators are critical for the safe operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants. With an eye toward this need, we have focused on the development of 3D virtual laboratories for nuclear engineering education and training as well as to conduct virtual experiments. Recent increase in the student population in nuclear engineering programs has put strains on laboratory resources. These virtual laboratories are expected to supplement currently available resources and education and training experience. Recent focus is on the development of a 3D, interactive virtual model of the University of Illinois TRIGA reactor. This model is being developed as a tool for students and reactor operators to learn reactor operations. Current efforts are on adding interactivity in the control room model and a reactor physics model to allow users to effectively conduct virtual reactor experiments. This paper reports some recent extensions to this virtual reactor laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC and HMIT 2015
PublisherAmerican Nuclear Society
Pages1589-1596
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510808096
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC and HMIT 2015 - Charlotte, United States
Duration: Feb 22 2015Feb 26 2015

Publication series

Name9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC and HMIT 2015
Volume2

Other

Other9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC and HMIT 2015
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period2/22/152/26/15

Keywords

  • 3D virtual reality
  • Nuclear education
  • Reactor laboratories
  • Virtual laboratory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Satoh, Y., Zhu, X., Li, Y., Kuprianczyk, C. A., & Uddin, R. (2015). Virtual research reactor with interactive control room for reactor operator training. In 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC and HMIT 2015 (pp. 1589-1596). (9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC and HMIT 2015; Vol. 2). American Nuclear Society.