Nuclear Plant Safety

Lead Instructor(s): 

Neil Todreas
Benoit Forget

Dates: 

Jun 19, 2017 - Jun 23, 2017

Course Length: 

5 Days

Course Fee: 

$3,700

CEUs: 

2.8

Status: 

  • Open

It is highly recommended that you apply for a course at least 6-8 weeks before the start date to guarantee there will be space available. After that date you may be placed on a waitlist. Courses with low enrollment may be cancelled up to 4 weeks before start date if sufficient enrollments are not met. If you are able to access the online application form, then registration for that particular course is still open.

This course has limited enrollment. Apply early to guarantee your spot.

COURSE SUMMARY

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 current developments such as:

  • Operating reactor safety and licensing
  • Life extension of operating reactors to 80 years
  • New reactor safety and licensing
  • International perspectives on reactor safety
  • Risk-informed operations
  • High performance fuel
  • Spent fuel storage management
  • PWR and BWR materials issues
  • Cybersecurity
  • Seismic safety

A review of recent developments focusing on safety issues in the operating plants and the near-term deployment of new plants will be among the topics of discussion to be emphasized. At the end of each day, there will be a panel discussion consisting of that day’s lecturers to answer questions.

Takeaways from this course include:

  • Describing the safety and regulatory issues of operating nuclear reactors in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Assessing new developments in nuclear plant safety, such as power uprates, risk-informed operations, and high performance fuel.
  • Examining advanced reactors, and their safety characteristics.
  • Describing 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.

Computer Requirements:

Laptops (or tablets) with the ability to display PDF files are required for this course.

Course Schedule: 

View 2016 Course Schedule (pdf). The 2017 schedule will be similar to 2016.

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.

Participants’ Comments: 

 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."

Instructors: 

Location: 

This course is held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Content: 

Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (50%) 50
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (50%) 50

Delivery Methods: 

Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (20%)

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (80%) 80
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (20%) 20

Levels: 

 

Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (20%)

Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (40%) 40
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (40%) 40
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (20%) 20