Diagnostic orientation in control of disturbance situations

Kristiina Hukki, Leena Norros

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The object of the study is diagnostic judgement in the control of dynamic processes. The starting point was the known difficulty process operators have in utilizing knowledge of process dynamics in disturbance situations that require both diagnostic and prognostic actions. A model of the diagnostic judgement process as a construction of coherent interpretation of the situation is outlined, and comprehensive data from simulated disturbance handling by six crews of a PWR type nuclear power plant, was analysed. The phases of analysis included evaluation of the adequacy of task performance, utilization of available process information, and evaluation of the interpretation of disturbance situations. The results suggest that a functional orientation towards task performance allows a more coherent and comprehensive interpretation of the situation and more adequate task performance. Coherence of interpretation seems to be reflected in a higher subjective certainty compared with crews with an incoherent interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1327
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1993
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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