Challenges and Opportunities for Nuclear Digital Twins
- Feb 15, 2022 12:43 am GMT
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A rapidly evolving area of practice in the digital representation of the workings of an operating nuclear reactor is the use of “digital twins” technologies.
Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are taking embedded smart sensors and systems one step further with the development of so-called “digital twins.” The resulting software applications are essentially virtual replicas of nuclear reactors.
In recent years, digital twin (DT) technologies have been applied in the nuclear industry both in the current light-water reactor fleet and for design of advanced reactors. The state-of-the-art survey report published by the NRC in December 2021 provides an extensive account of the DT application in the nuclear industry.
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