20 February 2018
The Nuclear Engineering Department at University of Sharjah's College of Engineering hosted a training course titled "Water Cooled Reactor Technology Using Nuclear Power Reactor Simulators". The workshop was opened by Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah (UoS), and Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; accompanied by Prof. Nidal Hilal, Dean of College of Engineering; Dr. Walid Metwally, Vice Dean of College of Engineering; and Dr. Iyad Al Qasir, Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department. The workshop began on Monday 19th of February and will continue for five days until Friday 23rd of February.
The course focuses on training participants using HD PC-based simulators, which simulate actual control rooms. The simulators, which are uniquely found in UoS across the region, provide comprehensive understanding of the physics and technology of Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR) and means of supporting the concept of nuclear security inside nuclear reactors. The workshop will also discuss the work mechanisms and applicable security methods through virtual simulation.
For five days, the participants will receive theoretical training on PWR technology and practical exercises covering various operating conditions and reactor security in regular conditions. They will also be trained on operating conditions and reactor safety in nuclear accidents. They will learn first-hand the responses of the nuclear reactor when cooling stops or starts leaking. The course will perform collective training sessions and projects which ensure the participants fully understood the theoretical content.
The training course also included a field visit to Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, which is located in the western region of Abu Dhabi and owned by Nawah Energy Company and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). The visit aims to learn about the latest simulator technologies, which strive to achieve the highest safety standards and operating performance and reduce ecological footprint.
The workshop was presented by: Prof. Tatiana Jemrovic, IAEA Austria; Prof. Enor Goterez, Tecnatom S.A. – Spain; Masahiro Tatsumi, NEL – Japan; Dr. Walid Metwally, Vice Dean of College of Engineering; Prof. Victor Gillette, Associate Professor at Nuclear Engineering Department; Prof. Doni Hartanto, Associate Professor at Nuclear Engineering Department; Prof. Bassam Khwelleh, Associate Professor at Nuclear Engineering Department; and Prof. Mohammed Zubair, Associate Professor at Nuclear Engineering Department.