Electrical ignition sources in nuclear power plants: Statistical, modelling and experimental studies

Olavi Keski-Rahkonen (Corresponding Author), Johan Mangs

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Electrical ignitions of fires in nuclear power plants (NPPs) were studied by analysing statistical information from both nuclear and non-nuclear installations, modelling the most common simple physical ignition processes, and finally carrying out experiments on some of the modelled scenarios. Statistical assessment indicated cables to be a significant cause of electrical ignitions in all kinds of installations. Modelling of some relevant scenarios of cable fires and carrying out a number of experiments gave quantitative information on the circumstances and physical processes of the dangerous cable ignition situations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-221
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • nuclear power plants
  • accidents
  • reactor accidents
  • ignition
  • ignition hazard

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