First digital twin of a nuclear reactor

Idaho nuclear engineering researchers and students have created a digital twin of the Idaho State University’s (ISU) AGN-201 research reactor.

The AGN-201 digital twin, a virtual model of the asset and believed to be the first, receives real-time data from the reactor and then uses machine learning to anticipate its performance.

Potentially in the future, such digital twins, which enable users to interact with the real-world reactor in mixed reality by monitoring data, could allow control of the reactor remotely.

They also can enable users to investigate how any changes can affect the entire system without physically making the changes themselves.

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