Nuclear Plant Safety
Date: June 13-17, 2016 | Tuition: $3,600 | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2.8
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The reactor safety course (one of MIT Professional Education’s longest running summer programs) addresses from a practical point of view the safety and regulatory issues of operating and planned reactors in the U.S. and other countries. Emphasis will be on new developments such as:
- New reactor safety and licensing
- International perspectives on safety
- Risk-informed operations
- High performance fuel
- Spent fuel storage management
- Lessons learned from the Fukushima experience
A review of recent developments focusing on safety issues in the near-term deployment of new plants and the advanced fuel cycle initiative will be among the topics of discussion. At the end of each day, there will be a panel discussion comprised of that day’s lecturers to answer questions.
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (50%)
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (50%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (80%)
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (20%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (40%)
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (40%)
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (20%)
- Describe the safety and regulatory issues of operating nuclear reactors in the U.S. and other countries.
- Assess new developments in nuclear plant safety, such as power uprates, risk-informed operations, and high performance fuel.
- Examine advanced reactors, and their safety characteristics.
- Describe the issues of fuel storage and licensing of spent fuel repository.
Who Should Attend
The Nuclear Plant Safety course is intended for degree-holding engineers and scientists who have some knowledge of nuclear facility technology and who are or will be participating directly in the design, construction, operation, or regulatory safety review of large nuclear installations such as power reactors. It will be of particular interest to technically trained representatives of the electrical power utility industry, Nuclear Regulatory commissions, Department of Energy facilities, reactor or reactor component fabricators, safety evaluators, and other technically trained personnel interested in obtaining an overall view of reactor safety.
Course schedule, registration times, special events
Class runs 8:30 am - 4:15 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Friday.
Note: Laptops (or tablets) with the ability to display PDF files are required for this course.
Special events include a reception on Monday, guided tours of the MIT Reactor and other MIT experimental facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday, and dinner on Thursday. Please note that participants must have their passport or other government-issued ID with them for the MIT Reactor tour. All evening activities are included in tuition.
Senior Reactor Operations Engineer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
"My experience at the MIT Nuclear Safety Systems course was great. The topics were very interesting and taught by leaders in their respective fields. The most beneficial aspect of the course was the expert panels that stimulated open and frank discussions on the daily topics."
Deputy Manager Office of Nuclear Safety, Forsmarks Kraftgrupp AB
"It was a great experience to participate in the program. The experience was enhanced by the fact that the speakers were prominent people with real insight in the ongoing activities in the business."
human factors specialist, swedish radiation safety authority
"The course was excellent because of a very good curricula where interesting and current topics were very professional, and knowledge speakers/lecturers made the course an inspirational week."
probabilistic risk assessment engineer, emirates nuclear energy corporation
"It had many topics related to my job, various speakers with different experiences in many fields, variety of participants from different countries and experiences."
process engineer, forsmarks kraftgrupp ab
"The topics were very interesting, although not every part was in my specialty area. Also the speakers were very good at holding presentations and had a lot of knowledge."
shift technical advisor, dominion-millstone power station
"I will use this knowledge in my daily tasks (emergent risk reviews, plant operations, ensuring procedures comply with the plant's technical specifications and design basis), and during outages, when I typically lead the shutdown risk team in assessing the predicted and emergent shutdown safety profiles."
About the Instructors
This program is under the directorship of:
Neil Todreas is the Korea Electric Power Corp Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Emeritus) at MIT. His research and teaching focuses on thermal and hydraulic aspects of nuclear reactor engineering and safety analysis. From 1981 to 1989, he headed the MIT Nuclear Engineering Department. He has an extensive record of service for government, utility, and industry review committees as well as international scientific review groups. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from MIT, and is the author of three books and over 250 papers on nuclear reactor energy extraction and safety features. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear and the American Mechanical Engineering Societies as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Benoit Forget is an Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering, and from École Polytechnique de Montréal with undergraduate and master's degrees in Chemical Engineering and Energy Engineering. His research and teaching focuses mainly on transport theory, computational reactor physics and the nuclear fuel cycle. His group, the Computational Reactor Physics Group (CRPG), has developed the open source reactor simulation software OpenMC (Monte Carlo) and OpenMOC (Method of Characteristic) which serve as modern algorithm development platforms for high performance computing. Prior to joining MIT, he worked at the Idaho National Laboratory as a Nuclear/Reactor engineer. Prof. Forget has recently served as chair of the Reactor Physics division of the American Nuclear Society.
The instructors are among the most knowledgeable experts in nuclear technology and are closely associated with current reactor and/or fuel facility safety issues. They are prominent authorities from industry, government, and universities, and can provide authoritative answers in their technical fields. Lecturers will provide their own viewpoints and will not necessarily present the official views of any group with which they may be associated.
The course is held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT is a leader in education and research in all aspects of nuclear engineering. Program capacity is limited.
Links & Resources
- Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis (2014)
- NSE ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report (2014)
- CANES: Systems-oriented knowledge helps integrate fission beyond the grid (2013)
- Mujid Kazimi, of nuclear science and engineering, wins Kuwait Prize
Honored for contributions to nuclear power technology
- Five MIT engineers named to National Academy of Engineering - MIT News article highlights MIT researchers, including Mujid Kazimi.
- Neil Todreas elected as NURETH Fellow at the 15th International Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulic conference in Pisa, May 2013
- Improved nuclear fuel-rod cladding might prevent future Fukushimas
- NURETH Fellows - Awarded by the International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH)