At the end of 2013 there was a published article under the leadership of Štěpán Kačena from the Grayling Company:
Student construction of a virtual nuclear power Cenelín expands
Prague, 18 December 2013 – Construction Team of a virtual nuclear power plant Cenelín starts in the year after the project began growing. Including CENEN associations and Dassault Systèmes and students from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering CTU in Prague the project was joined by the Energy Institute Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Brno University of Technology and students SPŠ Pelhřimov. They model the basic machine components that are used in reports of large components.
The project Cenelín was launched in autumn of 2012. By using software tools the students in the framework of the project control virtual construction of a nuclear power plant. In the first half of 2013, a series of software training CATIA V6 and ENOVIA from the company DYTRON took place. The training was determined for doctoral students who now have their knowledge to pass on to others. Software worth several million Czech crowns was provided to students by the main partner of the project, the company Dassault Systèmes.
“Already Jan Amos Comenius asserted the motto “school play”. By the project Cenelín we are trying to put this approach into practice at the level of higher education. We are mainly making students aware of the complexity of such technological systems such as nuclear power. We want them to understand the interdependence of knowledge that they learn in academic subjects and to be able to apply the knowledge in a virtual practice, at least for now.” Said Associate Professor Vaclav Dostal from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
In addition to the organizational preparation and creation of facilities, students also participated in internships with companies in the Russian NIAEP South Novgorod. The team has gained knowledge of the application of new software tools and of the use of 3D technology in the design office of Rosatom. In response to that the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering created a new elective course CATIA for undergraduate and graduate programs.
The next stage of the project will be to create and introduce the first models into the system and start building real preparation. In collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, students will explore the use of other software tools (CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA and 3D VIA) for the created 3D models of components and for the solutions for their operational behaviour in real load.