Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

James Widmann


PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) has requested an operational flow loop simulator to aid in operator/technician training. The flow loop simulator will provide hands-on training that the current plant training process cannot model. This project is a continuation from the 2009-2010 school year. Project scope and design requirements were gathered from the previous group’s design reports as well as meetings with PG&E. The goal of this year’s project team is to verify, enhance and implement the schematic diagram proposed by last year’s team.

The main focus of the flow loop simulator is to provide operators and technicians with hands-on training with components similar to those found throughout DCPP. Examples of training experiments will include heat transfer experiments, tank vortexing, tank level control, valve failure/calibration, and correcting a “soft foot” on an electric motor. The flow loop simulator will serve a dual purpose by providing training scenarios for both operators and technicians.

The main goals of this year’s design team are to complete the design and manufacturing of the flow loop simulator, design relevant training scenarios and provide clear documentation for future design teams.