22.921 Nuclear Power Plant Dynamics and Control

January (IAP) 2006

Photo of large control room, showing many screens and devices.
The control room at a U.S. nuclear power plant. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of readings. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

This short course provides an introduction to reactor dynamics including subcritical multiplication, critical operation in absence of thermal feedback effects and effects of Xenon, fuel and moderator temperature, etc. Topics include the derivation of point kinetics and dynamic period equations; techniques for reactor control including signal validation, supervisory algorithms, model-based trajectory tracking, and rule-based control; and an overview of light-water reactor startup. Lectures and demonstrations employ computer simulation and the use of the MIT Research Reactor.
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Dr. John A. Bernard

Course Meeting Times

One lecture / week for 4 weeks
1.5 hours / session

One lab session
1.5 hours / session