Dr. Fred Rutz, CU Denver civil engineering
Colorado’s only nuclear power plant, the Fort Saint Vrain Nuclear Power Generation Station, located between Denver and Greeley, operated in the 1970’s and 80’s. Its signature structural feature was a 10-story high prestressed concrete reactor vessel, known as a PCRV. Constructed in the late 1960’s, the PCRV contained both the reactor core and steam generating components. It served its purpose during reactor operations until the facility was decommissioned in 1992. Fred Rutz, today an associate professor in civil engineering at CU Denver, worked both on PCRV design and at the plant during its construction and start-up testing.
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Rutz’s case study offers insight into a unique structure built in Colorado and related aspects of nuclear power generation.
Rutz earned a BSCE from Tufts University in 1970, an MSCE from University of Washington in 1971, and a PhD from University of Colorado Denver in 2004. His experience with nuclear reactor structures came from his work with General Atomic Company in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Today he is a Principal at J.R. Harris & Company, Structural Engineers, and an Associate Professor at CU Denver.
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