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University of Hartford Unveils See-Thru Nuclear Power Plant as Unique Training Tool

Posted 02/12/2013
Posted by David Isgur

Pete Lyons, assistant secretary for nuclear energy in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), along with representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), will be on hand as the University of Hartford unveils its Sub-scale See-Thru Nuclear Power Plant which will be used as a training tool for University students. The plant, which will be unveiled on Friday, Feb. 15, during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony, will also be useful to new hires entering into the region’s nuclear power industry.

The Sub-scale See-Thru Nuclear Power Plant was designed and built by undergraduate and graduate students in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), under the direction of Professor Tom Filburn.

Filburn notes that the University of Hartford is the only educational institution in the Northeast with a Sub-scale See-Thru Nuclear Power Plant.

The simulator and its accompanying computer display panels will allow students to get a hands-on feel for the routine and off-normal operation of a Pressurized Water Reactor power plant. Students will demonstrate its operation at the unveiling.