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Course: Introduction to BEACON Core Monitoring System (BCN100)

Course Code: Course Name:
BCN100 Introduction to BEACON Core Monitoring System
Course ID: Course Duration:
N/A 10.0 Day(s)


The BEACONTM Core Monitoring System is a three-dimensional on-line core monitor that allows surveillance of core power distributions and thermal margins.  The BEACON Core Monitoring System can be used to predict core behavior and to analyze reactor core operations data and measured information.  BEACON Core Monitoring System is designed to provide core operational guidance based on the current core conditions.  BEACON Core Monitoring System is installed on a cost-effective engineering workstation computer with an interface to the plant computer and can be networked to provide consistent information to several sites.  This course will be in person at the Cranberry Woods site. 

Registration deadline December 22, 2023. 

Course Schedule:

Week 1

  • Day 1 (Monday)
    • Introduction, General 3D Depletion
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
    • Workshop for General 3D Depletion
    • Core Model Analysis
    • Flux Map Analysis & Processing
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
    • Workshop for Flux Map Analysis
    • Load Swing
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
    • Workshop for Load Swing
    • Lifetime Depletion
    • Estimated Critical Conditions (ECC)
    • Shutdown Margin (SDM)
    • Workshops for ECC/SDM
  • Day 5 (Friday)
    • BEACON Core Monitoring
    • Integrated Workshop

    Week 2

  • Day 6 (Monday)
    • BEACON Input/Output (I/O)
    • Calibration
  • Day 7 (Tuesday)
    • Workshop for Calibration
    • Background processes
    • Administration
  • Day 8 (Wednesday)
    • Workshop for I/O
    • Single Point
    • Isotopics
    • T/C Data Function
  • Day9 (Thursday)
    • Model Development
    • Uncertainty Methodology
    • Troubleshooting
    • Review
  • Day 10 (Friday)
    • Operating Procedure Overview
    • Tech Spec Overview
    • Exam



Student should represent an organization with a Westinghouse BEACON Core Monitoring System licensing agreement. 
Student should have basic familiarity with either reactor engineering or neutronics analysis. 
Please contact training coordinator with questions regarding these prerequisites or if you are unsure of your skill level. 


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