The Opportunities for Undergraduate Research project entitled, "A Computer Simulation of the UMR Reactor" had two goals. To produce a reactor simulation to be used in creating an artificial intelligence based reactor simulation for the UMR Nuclear Reactor and to produce a means of teaching students the fundamentals of reactor operations.
The primary purpose was to create a program which would simulate all the situations one would encounter in actual reactor operation. With the simulator the artificial intelligence system could be thoroughly tested before use with actual reactor data.
This same simulator would be used as a teaching aid for students to observe events which would not be allowed to occur with the actual reactor. The ability to get actual hands-on experience with a real time simulation of the reactor would permit a student to obtain a better understanding of the initial reactor physics courses by allowing the student to actually see the subject matter put to use.
Wilkins, H. Allen, "A Computer Simulation of the UMR Reactor" (1991). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 158.