Nuclear Reactor Simulator Sent to Westinghouse Project in Japan

Nuclear reactor simulator sent to Westinghouse project in Japan

L-3 Mapps won an order to deliver a full-scale 1,000-MW class pressurized water reactor simulator for Westinghouse Electric Co.
The simulator will be used to teach plant operators in Japan different responses ranging from normal operations to severe accidents. The simulator is scheduled to be in service in first quarter 2016. The simulator will be based on L-3’s latest fully integrated Orchid simulation environment and will operate within a virtual control room implemented using the Orchid Touch Interface and Orchid Sound System solutions. The virtual panels and Orchid Instructor Station will be made available in Japanese to ease operation of the PWR simulator.
L-3 Mapps will also connect the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP5) to the simulator. The models will include support for the connection of external power and water sources as part of the diverse and flex response strategy developed by industry to address challenges experienced at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011. MAAP5 is a software program that performs severe accident analysis for nuclear power plants, including assessments of core damage and radiological transport. The simulator will also be equipped with new 2-D and 3-D animated, interactive visualizations of the reactor vessel, containment building and spent fuel pool to provide trainees additional insight of the plant’s behavior during severe accidents.
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