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
- 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.
- 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 risk-informed operations, extended life operation, 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 nuclear installations such as large or small modular power reactors. It will be of particular interest to technically trained representatives of the electrical power industry from utilities and vendors, 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.
Laptops (or tablets) with the ability to display PDF files are required for this course.
8:10am - 4:15pm Monday, 8:30am - 4:15pm Tuesday thru Thursday, and 8:30am - 3:00pm on Friday.
Special events include a reception at the end of Monday program, 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.
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