Speeding innovation for industry
The EVOC (Advanced Virtual Open Core) nuclear physics training platform combines top-notch teaching staff, in-depth physics and nuclear science knowledge, and excellence in digital technology. List, a CEA Tech institute, drew on resources from across the CEA to help create training programs that are unique worldwide. The EVOC platform leverages virtual reality and reactor simulators. It was unveiled in late June 2018 at the WNE (World Nuclear Exposition).
The multi-mode platform positions INSTN as a provider of immersive 1:1 scale learning experiences for nuclear-industry professionals. The new kinetic reactor simulator integrated into a control panel is paired with List's multi-physics virtual reality simulator, XDE, which has already been used in a variety of other industries. These digital technologies enhance the virtual experience through 3D models of tangible elements from the real world, including sounds, haptic effects, and objects in the scene, to provide a realistic simulation of physical phenomena. All of users' interactions with each other and with their environment are calculated, taking into account gravity, touch, light, and the movement of air or water. The software is capable of reproducing these physical phenomena in real time via a headset and on the various virtual reactor control panel interfaces, despite the multitude and complexity of the objects and of the scene.
Very few research organizations in the world are capable of such advanced technology. In addition, the platform requires very few sensors and switches on users and in the environment. The new platform could potentially be adapted for use in the aeronautics, medical, and other industries. The hardware and software architectures are easy to modify and are well-suited to other environments.
*France's national institute for nuclear science and technology
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.