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OSU Nuclear Simulator

OSU Nuclear Simulator

Overview of human-machine systems

Overview of human-machine systems

Height loss equation with elevator application modeled as a step function

Height loss equation with elevator application modeled as a step function

Testing Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems within the Distributed Test Facility

Height loss equation with elevator application modeled as a step function

About RRL

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) in Instrumentation, Control, and Safety (2004–Present)

Director: Carol Smidts (OSU)
Co-Director: Tunc Aldemir (OSU)
Co-Director: Bruce Hallbert (INL)

The principal aim of ACE is to provide strategic direction and guidance in the development of research related to the instrumentation, control, and safety of advanced energy systems. ACE is also a means to strengthen collaboration with our strategic partner, INL, on this mission.

As a part of this mission, we have developed a number of road maps and held various workshops to develop research agendas in support of the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy.

  • Workshop on Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment (2007)
    Annapolis, Maryland, Co-sponsored by the USNRC
  • Technology Road Map on I&C and Human–Machine Interfaces (2007)
    In support of the DOE Advanced Nuclear Power Plant program
  • Workshop on Advanced I&C and Human–System Interfaces Research Directions (2009)
    Columbus, Ohio, For the Light Water Reactor Sustainability program

In addition, we have been developing the concept of a distributed test facility for digital I&C systems. Such a test facility would leverage distributed resources to integrate, encourage, and accelerate research related to testing I&C systems in new and existing reactor designs. Our goal is to define a working model of this test facility and prototype it within the OSU/INL research environment.

For the purpose of strengthening our collaboration, we sponsor trips to INL for young faculty in nuclear-related fields. We also sponsor graduate student travel to participate in summer educational programs.

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Co-Director: Tunc Aldemir (OSU)
Co-Director: Bruce Hallbert (INL)


Mechanical Engineering

  • MECHENG 6716 (Lecture)
  • MECHENG 6665 (Lecture)
  • MECHENG 593 Individual Studies (Independent Study)
  • MECHENG 693 Individual Studies (Independent Study)
  • MECHENG 993 Advanced Problems (Independent Study)
  • MECHENG 999 Research (Independent Study)
  • MECHENG 5665 Reliability Engineering I (Lecture)
  • MECHENG 8888 ME Graduate Seminar (Lecture)
  • MECHENG 8998 Graduate Research ME (Independent Study)
  • MECHENG 8999 Graduate Research ME (Independent Study)

Nuclear Engineering

  • NUCLREN 6716 (Lecture)
  • NUCLREN 6665 (Lecture)
  • NUCLREN 5735 (Lecture)
  • NUCLREN 793 Individual Studies (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 794 Group Studies (Lecture)
  • NUCLREN 999 Research (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 4193 Individual Studies NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 4193H Honors Individual Studies NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 4998 Undergraduate Research NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 4998H Honors Undergraduate Research NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 6193 Individual Studies NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 8193 Individual Studies NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 8998 Graduate Research NE (Independent Study)
  • NUCLREN 8999 Graduate Research NE (Independent Study)