BWXT has been engineering critical components for commercial nuclear power plants continuously for over 50 years. Although BWXT may be best-known for its extremely successful Replacement Steam Generator (SG) designs, our engineering capabilities and experience extend well beyond SG design to include services for a variety of ASME Sec. III and Sec. VIII components including safety-related and balance of plant Heat Exchangers (HXs), feedwater heaters, pressurizers, and Reactor Vessels (RVs).
Utilities can benefit from BWXT’s engineering service capabilities in the following areas:
- 3-Dimensional CFD Analysis
- Assessment of In-Service Degradation
- Elastic-Plastic Analysis
- Field Modifications
- Life Cycle Management
- Thermal Hydraulic and Flow Induced Vibration Engineering
- Piping Analysis
- RELAP5 Analysis
- Seismic Analysis
- Structural Engineering Analysis
- Transient Thermal Analysis
CAPABILITY AND TOOLS
Engineering services analyses at BWXT are performed by the same group of engineers that design and support the fabrication of BWXT’s nuclear SGs, HXs and other equipment. These engineers have an extensive knowledge of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel and Piping Code and have developed a strong analytical capability that provides a depth to our engineering services capabilities that stand-alone engineering organizations cannot match.
The Engineering Services organization draws from a diverse pool of nearly 80 technical employees. Spanning several generations, 25% of employees have 20+ years of service, 25% have 10 to 20 years of service, 7% have 5 to 10 years of service and the remainder with 5 years of service or less. 90% of these employees have a mix of Doctorate, Masters and Bachelors degrees, and the remaining 10% technical diplomas. The large number of new employees is an indication of the recent growth that BWXT has experienced in its engineering organization. Furthermore, it demonstrates that BWXT supports student training programs, through a solid track record of hiring new-grad engineers to engage in new ideas and ways of thinking. Lastly, BWXT actively practices a knowledge transfer culture by engaging our senior employees with those of our younger, future leaders.