Assessment of control rooms of nuclear power plants

Leena Norros, Jukka Ranta, Björn Wahlström

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Abstract

To identify and correct the lacks in control rooms of operating power plants and plants under construction an extensive program has been started in the USA. In Finland as in other countries using nuclear power, the development in the USA particularly with regard to the requirements imposed on nuclear power plants is carefully followed. The changes in these requirements are sooner or later also reflected in the guidelines given by the Finnish authorities. It is therefore important to be able to form a notion of how the new requirements apply to Finnish conditions. Especially it is important to review the latest assessment guidelines for control room implementation (NUREG-0700). Thus we can avoid possible over hasty conclusions. The aim of the analysis of the method and experiments presented in NUREG 0700 report was to create a basis for assessment of the suitability of the method for Finnish control room implementation. The task group has made a general methodical analysis of the method, and partly tried it in assessment of the TVO2 control room. It is obvious that direct conclusions from the American situation are misleading. It can be considered unfeasible to follow the American requirements as such, because they can dead to unwanted results. If the review is limited to control room details, the NRC program (checklist) can be considered successful. It can also be used during planning to observation of small discrepancies. However, we can question the applicability of some requirements. It is, though, more essential that the control room entity has neither in this nor in several other programs been reached or standardised. In spite of the difficulties we should try to reach this most important goal.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)951-38-1763-6
Publication statusPublished - 1983
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

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SeriesValtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports
Number184
ISSN0358-5077

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Norros, L., Ranta, J., & Wahlström, B. (1983). Assessment of control rooms of nuclear power plants. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Valtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports, No. 184
Norros, Leena ; Ranta, Jukka ; Wahlström, Björn. / Assessment of control rooms of nuclear power plants. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 1983. 32 p. (Valtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports; No. 184).
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Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 1983. 32 p. (Valtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports; No. 184).

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