Nuclear Reactor Simulator Laboratory
The Nuclear Reactor Simulator Laboratory is home to the GSE Solutions GPWR (Generic Pressurized Water Reactor) nuclear reactor simulator. This is a state-of-the-art, full-scope reactor simulator designed to accurately mimic the behavior, operation, and control of a large, commercial, three-loop pressurized water reactor (PWR) such as those found at the Dominion Energy North Anna and Surry Nuclear Power Stations in Virginia. The simulator not only enables student understanding of the fundamentals of nuclear power plant operation, but permits students to simulate unanticipated events and nuclear accidents, confident that the behavior they observe is an accurate, real-time representation of the response of a commercial power reactor. Access to the simulator is available to MNE students either as part of a nuclear engineering course or for individual study.
The simulator features a programmable interface allowing it to be used not only for education but for research in such diverse fields at human factors engineering, reactor control room digitalization and design, and cyber security.
Nuclear engineering students at work on the GPWR simulator
Interactive schematic of the plant auxiliary feedwater system
Digital emulation of an instrument panel of the Sharron Harris nuclear control room
Future control room digitalized design panel