Modeling and simulation has a long history with researchers and scientists exploring nuclear energy technologies. In fact, the existing fleet of currently operating reactors was licensed with computational tools that were produced or initiated in the 1970s. Researchers and scientists in the Department of Energy are developing new tools to predict the performance, reliability and economics of advanced nuclear power plants. The new computational tools will allow researchers to explore in ways never before practical, at the level of detail dictated by the governing phenomena, all the way from important changes in the materials of a nuclear fuel pellet to the full-scale operation of a complete nuclear power plant.
Energy.gov - Advanced Modeling & SimulationThe Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Program
Application of Advanced Modeling Tools