MOCK-UP OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
The mock-up is a full scale model of the SAVANNAH's nuclear power plant and is located at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, shipyard. The arrangement of components and piping is exactly the same as an the SAVANNAH itself, down to the smallest detail. The overall mock-up Is approximately 70 feet long and 55 feet high.
There are several important reasons for building the mock-up. Most important is the training of personnel. The crew will be able to move about in this "plant" just as they would on board ship. Maintenance and repair procedures can be set up and checked, using the mocked-up plant. Another purpose is to check the design for exact clearances, eliminating interferences ahead of shipboard installation.
The basic material of construction is light gage sheet metal. This is used on large components such as the reactor, boilers and primary piping. Cardboard and plastic tubing are used to simulate the piping systems; rubber and plastic tubing for electrical systems. Where lighting is required, the actual wiring is used.
The containment vessel is outlined in skeleton form to permit a clear view of the internals.
Ladders and gratings are made of portable aluminum sections, arranged to provide access to all components.