WSC Awarded Project To Develop a Simulator Model for the MIT Research Reactor


In late 2019, WSC was awarded a project for the development of the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (MIT-NRL). WSC, with the support of MITR staff, developed a replica simulator model for the MITR (MIT Research Reactor) in the first two quarters of 2020. The 3KEYMASTER and embedded RELAP5 simulate all aspects of plant and reactor dynamics, logic and control systems, and Human Machine Interfaces (HMI). The simulator provides numerous advantages some of which are:


- Expanded training capabilities for reactor operators for license qualification/requalification

- Hands-on simulator training modules in MIT's undergraduate/graduate/professional courses and public outreach activities

- Support Research and Development (R&D) activities

The MITR is a multi-purpose research reactor, which was constructed in 1958 (MITR-I) and upgraded in 1975 (MITR-II) with a new core tank and housing. The reactor was uprated from 5 MW to 6 MWth in 2010 and is the second largest university reactor in the U.S.  The design is a compact core with power density similar to a LWR tank-type, light water-cooled and moderated, with a D2O and graphite reflector.