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The MeV Summer School will provide early career nuclear engineers with advanced studies in integrated modeling, experimentation, and validation to prepare them for some of the key challenges and demands facing the nuclear energy renaissance.
Successful students will leave with a holistic, forward-looking view of MeV that cannot be provided by any other current curriculum. The school provides a forum for drawing the best topical expertise from around the globe. It is the aim of the school to foster the development of a next-generation network of engineering scientists capable of leading the cultural transformation to risk-informed design, operation and safety of advanced nuclear power plants. The MeV Summer School integrates a wide range of teaching and mentoring expertise, deeply underpinned by knowledge, skills, and experience. The courses are designed to broaden student knowledge and equip them with modern approaches to safety analysis; emphasis is placed on anticipating future needs of the profession.
The 2013 central theme is advances in nuclear reactor safety analysis, including in-depth discussion of Fukushima's lessons and their impact on R&D needs and directions.
Within the scope of the 10-day school, the following topics will be addressed in an integrated fashion:
- Reactor safety design, safety case and safety analysis methods
- Basics and advances in nuclear energy systems modeling and simulation that encompasses critical review of models and numerical methods
- Multiphysics (thermal hydraulics, neutronics, materials, fuels, I&C) of plant dynamics in operational, abnormal transients and accidents
- Basics and advances in probabilistic risk assessments
- Experimentation including scaling, diagnostics, data qualification and database management
- Sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification and data assimilation methods
- Advanced verification and validation methods.
Students are grouped in teams to work on course assignments that build on the lecture materials and addresses challenging questions in reactor safety. Each team will be working closely with and mentored by senior scientists and professors who are leaders in the field. Successful students will take away a solid theoretical foundation, as well as a set of practical examples to guide their future work on experimental design, model development and validation.
In the evening session, the students have an opportunity to interact with the School lecturers and senior scientists from national labs. A student booklet will be prepared introducing each student's research allowing the students to obtain feedback and input from prominent experts/lecturers, and facilitates student-student interactions and networking.
The program also includes a Special Event on "Nuclear System Design and Safety Analysis: Future Direction and R&D Needs," with plenary talks by a distinguished panel, including representatives from nuclear industry, academia, and government. The panel will be open for questions/answers and interaction with the panelists.
Classroom instruction will be augmented by a tour to Experimental Breeder Reactor, Advanced Test Reactor, and the world-largest Matching Index of Refraction (MIR) facility, along with demonstration of advanced modeling and simulation capabilities.
Graduate credit will be awarded for the successful completion of the MeV Summer School, upon request, and at additional cost to the student.