Students in ME 4260/6260 (Nuclear Energy) class visited Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station located in adjacent Oconee County on May 2nd. Plant personnel met with the students and led an informative tour. The photo (above) was taken in front of a control room simulator that is nearly identical to the actual control room. After visiting the simulator, students visited the actual control room and also various portions of the station to see equipment firsthand.
ME 4260 is a popular senior technical elective that is also available to non-ME seniors. In addition to class work, graduate students in ME 6260 conduct a study of a nuclear-related topic of interest to them and describe their findings in a written report. Course coverage is comprehensive and gives students the opportunity to learn fundamentals of nuclear interactions with materials and how nuclear power plants are designed, operated, and licensed.