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Nuclear Power Plant Simulators
Author(s): Thomas E . C . Hughes
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Paper Abstract

The growing size, complexity, and operating cost of modern nuclear power plants have led to greater use of the highly sophisticated technology now available in nuclear power plant training simulators. Factors such as safety and economics strongly point to the increased use of these devices in training and requalification programs for reactor operators and key plant personnel. The number of persons needing training is increasing. Because of the industry-wide practice of base loading nuclear power stations, the percentage of these stations available for training is decreasing. Plant operators must be provided initial and refresher training in the proper handling of controls during startups, normal operations and maneuvering, shutdowns, and abnormal operations. Although training may be accomplished on the actual plant controls, the practice of taking a plant off-line for such purposes is prohibitively expensive. Futhermore, the practice of subjecting nuclear power plants to the rigors of training operations is questionable. The fact that simulators are now being built with sufficent fidelity to provide complete, continuous, real time representations of the dynamic operational conditions of nuclear power plants is particularly significant; this capability permits their use in a full range of training experiences including training in normal and emergency operating procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1975
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0059, Simulators and Simulation II: Design, Applications and Techniques, (1 September 1975); doi: 10.1117/12.954372
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Thomas E . C . Hughes, The Singer Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0059:
Simulators and Simulation II: Design, Applications and Techniques
Frank Lewandowski, Editor(s)

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