Engineering Lecturer, Alan Mowitt, said:
“Not only did they get the usual educational tour that most visitors experience, they were also shown around the stand-by generators and given access to the main turbine and generator hall. One of the site’s Team Leaders, Sean Elvin, gave a detailed explanation of how the station maintenance section operates.”
The purpose of the visit was not only to see how the station works and how nuclear energy is generated, but more importantly to understand that it is a matter of scale when it comes to engine technology.
Recently, the students were involved in dismantling, assessing, re-building and getting four cylinder Perkins diesel engines running as part of their course. At Torness they saw V12 and V16 Mirlees diesel engines which drive the stand-by generators and are so large they would probably fill one of the engineering workshop bays at the campus. The capacity of the four cylinder engine is approximately six litres whereas the Mirlees is nearer 4000 litres.
“Sean also described how the EDF Apprenticeship Scheme worked, and explained that he began his career on a similar path to our students. Hopefully seeing him now will set a few cogs in motion for them.”
After the visit, Torness donated a metal shaper to the Oatridge Campus in return for a donation to Marie Curie.