2021 MeV Curriculum
The 2021 MeV school curriculum will be composed of lectures organized across six focused modules, a team project, discussion assignments, virtual tours of experimental facilities, and a number of social events.
MODULE 1: STAKEHOLDER NEEDS
Each lecture in this module will focus on the specific modeling, experimental and validation needs and expectations of the various stakeholders across the nuclear energy community. This will provide an understanding of the overall objectives that nuclear R&D aligns with. Views from the US-DOE, national laboratories, industry, utilities and regulatory body will be presented.
MODULE 2: ENGINEERING BASICS
This module will cover foundational topics in nuclear science and engineering to provide a basis for specific modeling, experimental, and validation needs. These will focus on the engineering concepts needed to fully appreciate other lectures. Topics addressed will include reactor physics, thermal-hydraulics, safety analysis, fuel development, instrumentation and control, and more.
MODULE 3: MODELING AND SIMULATION
A variety of topics pertaining to the core identity of the MeV school will be addressed through this module. From the life cycle of modeling and simulation, to licensing and development of digital twins, we will explore the various aspects of modeling and simulation. Topics will include multi-physics, V&V, digital engineering, experimental demonstration, and more.
MODULE 4: INTEGRATED CODE SYSTEMS
This module will illustrate practical implementation of modeling and simulation tools by focusing on a few integrated toolsets and frameworks. These enable several types of physics to be seamlessly connected together to support knowledge advancement and reactor design.
MODULE 5: REACTOR TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS
An overview of the various existing reactor technologies will be provided through this module. The focus will be on the particular modeling, experimental and validation requirements of each reactor technology and understanding what drives those particularities. We will cover light water reactors and Gen-IV reactors, as well as examine some of the unique aspects of research and experimental reactors.
MODULE 6: REACTOR DEPLOYMENT PROJECTS
The last module of the school will introduce various reactor deployment projects recently initiated in the U.S. Some of these include NuScale, the Versatile Test Reactor, the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, and NASA reactors for space exploration.
SPECIAL MODULE: DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN MEV
DEI has been one of the most important aspects of the school since its inception, from the perspectives of both the people – participants and lecturers – and the topics addressed each year. Lectures highlighting the DEI aspects from the people and technical perspectives will be integrated throughout the school.
Teams, Tours & Networking
The program includes a team project over the duration of the school, culminating in a presentation from each team and an awards ceremony on the final day.
Group discussions will occur after each half-day of lectures to encourage additional exchange and sharing of ideas.
Technical tours will be provided in a virtual format, with experimenters leading the discussions.
Various networking events will be held in the late afternoon, providing students with more opportunities to interact with lecturers, staff scientists, and other students, and to learn about the rich history of nuclear energy. At an informal poster session, students will also have an opportunity to share details of their own research.
Participants will each receive a student booklet introducing each student’s research, enabling the students to obtain feedback and input from prominent experts and lecturers, and facilitating further student–student interactions and networking.