Pre-validation of anew interactive operating panel system for a nuclear power plant training simulator

Hanna Koskinen, Jari Laarni, Kalle Torkkeli, Eero Vesanoja

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Abstract

The paper presents the results of validation testing of a new interactive operating panel system, ""Virtual panels," for a training simulator of Fortum Loviisa nuclear power plant. The Virtual panels are realized as a part of the turbine side human system interface (HSI)by introducing a set of touch sensitive wall-mounted displays for the control room (CR) of the training simulator. The implementation of the touch based technology originates from the on-going automation modernization in which the CR HSIs are also renewed. In the training simulator the Virtual panels are used for simulating the conventional operating panels used in the main CR for the process control. The Virtual panel system was assessed with two different kinds of test settings: 1) interface element level by testing simple operation sequences (e.g. opening a valve), and 2) testing how the Virtual panels function as a part of the turbine side HSIs by running a more comprehensive scenario (loss of BB-busbar). The results of the evaluation showed that the functionality of the Virtual panel system was quite high, and the operators could well identify the HSI components of the renewed turbine side. According to the Systems Usability survey results, the overall usability of the panel system was also relatively good. In total, twenty-three deviations between conventional panels and Mrtual panels were identified, some of which may have implications for operator training and CR validation testing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Pages1579-1588
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-0809-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC & HMIT  - Charlotte, United States
Duration: 22 Feb 201526 Feb 2015

Conference

Conference9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC & HMIT 
Abbreviated titleNPIC & HMIT
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period22/02/1526/02/15

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Nuclear power plants
Simulators
Turbines
Testing
Busbars
Modernization
Process control
Automation
Display devices

Keywords

  • HSI evaluation
  • interactive displays
  • operator work

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Koskinen, H., Laarni, J., Torkkeli, K., & Vesanoja, E. (2015). Pre-validation of anew interactive operating panel system for a nuclear power plant training simulator. In 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies (pp. 1579-1588). Curran Associates Inc..
Koskinen, Hanna ; Laarni, Jari ; Torkkeli, Kalle ; Vesanoja, Eero. / Pre-validation of anew interactive operating panel system for a nuclear power plant training simulator. 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies. Curran Associates Inc., 2015. pp. 1579-1588
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Koskinen, H, Laarni, J, Torkkeli, K & Vesanoja, E 2015, Pre-validation of anew interactive operating panel system for a nuclear power plant training simulator. in 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies. Curran Associates Inc., pp. 1579-1588, 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies, NPIC & HMIT , Charlotte, United States, 22/02/15.

Pre-validation of anew interactive operating panel system for a nuclear power plant training simulator. / Koskinen, Hanna; Laarni, Jari; Torkkeli, Kalle; Vesanoja, Eero.

9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies. Curran Associates Inc., 2015. p. 1579-1588.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientificpeer-review

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Koskinen H, Laarni J, Torkkeli K, Vesanoja E. Pre-validation of anew interactive operating panel system for a nuclear power plant training simulator. In 9th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies. Curran Associates Inc. 2015. p. 1579-1588