Three Mile Island Accident

Course Number: F-3004
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Jared W. Jensen, P.E.
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Overview

In Three Mile Island Accident, you'll learn ...

  • The design and normal function of the Three Mile Island reactor plant
  • Details of the failure at reactor unit #2
  • The primary causes of the failure
  • Learning points from the accident that are broadly applicable across all engineering disciplines

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 32 pages

The Three Mile Island accident was the most serious accident in the US nuclear industry. It resulted in significant damage to the reactor system and a substantial release of radioactive material to the environment. Though no deaths occurred, the accident has had a profound effect upon nuclear power in the United States.

These severe consequences were the result of a series of minor equipment failures and serious human errors. The accident demonstrated the vulnerability of large systems in general to reach a point of significant failure through the interaction of several minor issues when operators are not prepared to recognize complex relationships between sub-systems.

This Three Mile Island Accident course is part of the “Learning from Engineering Disasters” series. The series includes an introductory course, along with several case study courses – each covering a specific engineering disaster. All courses in the series are stand-alone and do not have to be taken in any particular order. Though not required, it is recommended that the learner consider completing the introductory course in the series, which is titled “Learning from Engineering Disasters”.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Gain a general understanding of the pressurized water reactor system
  • How to use a visual tool called a cause map to examine the causes of failure
  • The fundamental principles of engineering that governed the Three Mile Island accident
  • In depth review of three (3) process flaws and one (1) critical flaw that contributed to the accident
  • Mistakes that were made in the immediate aftermath of the accident
  • How the accident led to a shift in public opinion about the safety of nuclear power

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 15 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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