Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Joe Mello


PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant has requested a full-sized flow process system for training of technicians by providing them a hands-on experience in a controlled environment. The basic design requirements were established to determine the scope of the project. An initial system layout was selected from a variety of concepts after similar system schematics, components, and processes had been researched. The resulting schematic was flexible to suit several needs of the control aspect while remaining simple.

Design efforts resulted in a system capable of many configurations; allowing for implementation of three training experiments. These experiments involve control of tank level and heat transfer (via temperature drop across a heat exchanger) as well as a vortexing experiment. Analysis supports the effectiveness of these experiments in meeting the desired specifications. Without a completed system, installation and testing of the controls system was impossible. PG&E and the professors of Cal Poly will determine what future projects need to be started to finish the simulator.

Note that this report is for the control team and does not communicate many of the designs associated with the main system.