Nuclear Simulator Laboratory

The VCU Nuclear Reactor Simulator, Richmond Pile 3, is a classroom education/research tool that emulates the operation, control and behavior of a large commercial pressurized water reactor (PWR). Richmond Pile 3 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 representation of the response of a commercial power reactor. Hands-on access to the simulator is available to all MNE students either as part of a nuclear engineering course or for individual study.

Key Equipment

The simulator's calculation engine is the professional RETRAN-3D thermal hydraulics system program

The simulator's calculation engine is the professional RETRAN-3D thermal hydraulics system program

The VCU developed graphical user interface, InuRTIA

The VCU developed graphical
user interface, InuRTIA

Strip charts of key reactor parameters provide users with real-time visual feedback of reactor behavior

Strip charts of key reactor parameters provide users with real-time visual feedback of reactor behavior

Multiple monitors provide operators with easy access to all pertinent data

Multiple monitors provide operators with easy access to all pertinent data

Key Capabilities

Courses

EGMN 455: Nuclear Power Plants

EGMN 655: Nuclear Power Plants

Contact

James Miller
jgmiller@vcu.edu