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Computer logic redundancy in nuclear reactor safety shutdown circuits
Frank R. Utsch
by Pennsylvania State University
Written in English
The reactor is not automatically shut down because it takes two tripped trip channels to generator the shut down, or SCRAM, signal. Workers periodically test the RPS. For example, workers will cause reactor vessel water level Sensor C to slowly decrease until it detects too low a level and causes Trip Channel A to trip. The Reactor Protection Systems are designed to shutdown the reactor and maintain it shutdown when needed. These systems are automatically actuated and may be manually actuated. The Engineered Safety Feature Actuation Systems are designed to provide cooling for the reactor and to reduce the potential for offsite releases of radioactive materials.
logic, and the reactor trip and engineered safety features actuation circuits are tested separately. - 4 - based on the self-test or self-diagnostic capabilities of digital computer-based I&C safety systems should be consistent with Positions 1 and 2 above.” Nuclear Power Plant Safety Systems," Febru , ADAMS Accession. In keeping with the high level of reliability and emphasis on safety for nuclear reactor shutdown controls, a common redundant strategy for sensors and logic is two-out-of-four, or 2oo4. A contact logic diagram showing a 2oo4 configuration appears here: Review of fundamental principles.
Nuclear reactor - Nuclear reactor - Thermal, intermediate, and fast reactors: Reactors are conveniently classified according to the typical energies of the neutrons that cause fission. Neutrons emanating in fission are very energetic; their average energy is around two million electron volts (MeV), nearly 80 million times the energy of atoms in ordinary matter at room temperature. The conservative nuclear industry certainly has changed. Recent conferences indicate that digital systems are now becoming more prevalent in all reactor systems. In fact, CANDU stations, as well as others, are now using computer-based logic for safety as well as control func-tions. In CANDU plants these new safety-related applica-.
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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Calhoun: The NPS Institutional Archive Theses and Dissertations Thesis Collection Computer logic redundancy in nuclear reactor safety shutdown circuits. This article covers the technical aspects of active nuclear safety systems in the United States.
For a general approach to nuclear safety, see nuclear safety. The three primary objectives of nuclear reactor safety systems as defined by the U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission are to shut down the reactor, maintain it in a shutdown condition and prevent the release of radioactive material. Emergency shutdown causes explosive bolts to blow that drive control rods into the reactor completely stopping the nuclear reaction. Restarting the reactor after emergency shutdown may take several weeks and costs many millions of pounds in lost production and replacement of parts damaged during the shutdown procedure.
shuts down the reactor and determines the corrective actions to be taken. All the circuits involved in correcting abnormal situations are activated by the Spinline™ RPS including: • Emergency shutdown of the reactor core (which interrupts the nuclear fission reaction by lowering rods into the reactor core); • Safety injection; • Start.
With the employment of today's highly reliable integrated circuits , the applicability requirements of sequential redundancy can be met.
The sequential redundancy can be applied to the shutdown logic system in the pattern of either, (a) by components or (b) by systems. In a nuclear power plant, there are four different ways of obtaining a shutdown when needed: shutdown by heat feedback; dual active-shutdown systems; operator shutdown, or triple electronic systems.
Diversity Then, to be sure that one safety system works, it is preferable that the second system be of a different design and even made of. The safety injection systems might in some reactors not operate properly as the reactor pressure stays high (preventing the safety injection) while the coolant level in the core decreases, with consequent uncovering of the fuel elements and their overheating.
Very different is the case of a small break in the upper part of the primary system. A neutron flux monitoring system is described for a nuclear reactor which enables the monitoring of very low levels of neutron flux such as may exist during the shutdown condition of the reactor.
The pulses produced in the flux detectors distributed around the reactor core and ordinarily used for power range monitoring are conveyed, by isolation means, to summing means which provide a count.
Emergency Shutdown – SCRAM. A reactor “SCRAM” (or “reactor trip”) is the rapid insertion or fall of the control rods into the core to stop the fission chain reaction. At PWRs, all control rods are usually inserted within two to four seconds.
Control rods are an important safety and control system of nuclear reactors. Their prompt action and prompt response of the reactor is.
A Safety Instrumented Function, or SIF, is one or more components designed to execute a specific safety-related task in the event of a specific dangerous over-temperature shutdown switch inside a clothes dryer or an electric water heater is a simple, domestic example of an SIF, shutting off the source of energy to the appliance in the event of a detected over-temperature condition.
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A nuclear meltdown (core meltdown, core melt accident, meltdown or partial core melt) is a severe nuclear reactor accident that results in core damage from overheating.
The term nuclear meltdown is not officially defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency or by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It has been defined to mean the accidental melting of the core of a nuclear reactor. Nuclear Reactor Safety Volume 1 Reactor Physics and Control.
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On the 2nd of December the first nuclear reactor sustained a chain reaction. It had ‘control rods’ that controlled the reaction rate or stopped the reaction. PCSL Pulse Coded Safety Logic PFBR Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor PLD Programmable Logic Devices RPS Reactor Protection System SA Sub Assembly SDS Shutdown System SLFIT Solid State Logic with Fine Impulse Test TOP Transient Over Power TUC Transient Under Cooling 64 C.S.
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In actual fact, there is, a bank of shutdown rods to distribute the shutdown action across the reactor core. • It can be seen that the arrangement of equipment as shown in the previous diagram, fulfills all the reliability requirements of the shutdown.
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Advanced Nuclear Reactor Safety Issues and Research Needs. Conclusions of the workshop discussions are offered at the end of the book, which will be of particular interest to all those involved in planning and designing the next generation of nuclear reactors.
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However, as discussed in Chapter 7 (see Section ), not all U.S. reactors have adopted these measures. Redundant and separate reactor control and supervision data networks. The RCMS complies with applicable ISO series and IEEE standards and incorporates computer-based reactor operator control and monitoring workstations.
Workstations are provided for .A Reactor Protection System’s (RPS) primary goal is to ensure fulfilment of the safety functions of a nuclear reactor: reactivity control, heat removal and the confinement of radioactivity . The RPS contains a set of components that automatically demand the actuation of front safety systems to guarantee that design specifications are not.Safety of Nuclear Power Reactors.
The risks from western nuclear power plants, in terms of the consequences of an accident or terrorist attack, are minimal compared with other commonly accepted risks.
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