Faculty Advisor

Miraglia, Peter Quinn

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


The goal was to develop a piping modification to allow the Reactor Water Cleanup system at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to function during a refueling outage. The practice employed to remove the radioactive contaminants before the refueling outage caused nuclear workers to obtain a higher occupational radiation dose. The normal filtration system is shut down during a refueling outage due to maintenance; therefore, it was requested that a piping modification be developed to allow the operation of this system, the RWCU, during a refueling outage. The modification designed connected the RWCU with the Fuel Pool Cooling system, allowing operation of the RWCU during a refueling outage. The modifcation was estimated to reduce occupational dose by 2,000mrem every refueling outage.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering