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Title: Human Factors and Technical Considerations for a Computerized Operator Support System Prototype

Abstract

A prototype computerized operator support system (COSS) has been developed in order to demonstrate the concept and provide a test bed for further research. The prototype is based on four underlying elements consisting of a digital alarm system, computer-based procedures, PI&D system representations, and a recommender module for mitigation actions. At this point, the prototype simulates an interface to a sensor validation module and a fault diagnosis module. These two modules will be fully integrated in the next version of the prototype. The initial version of the prototype is now operational at the Idaho National Laboratory using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Human Systems Simulation Laboratory (HSSL). The HSSL is a full-scope, full-scale glass top simulator capable of simulating existing and future nuclear power plant main control rooms. The COSS is interfaced to the Generic Pressurized Water Reactor (gPWR) simulator with industry-typical control board layouts. The glass top panels display realistic images of the control boards that can be operated by touch gestures. A section of the simulated control board was dedicated to the COSS human-system interface (HSI), which resulted in a seamless integration of the COSS into the normal control room environment. A COSSmore » demonstration scenario has been developed for the prototype involving the Chemical & Volume Control System (CVCS) of the PWR simulator. It involves a primary coolant leak outside of containment that would require tripping the reactor if not mitigated in a very short timeframe. The COSS prototype presents a series of operator screens that provide the needed information and soft controls to successfully mitigate the event.« less

Authors:
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1245522
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-15-36788
TRN: US1601198
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; REACTOR OPERATORS; CONTROL ROOMS; PWR TYPE REACTORS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; PRIMARY COOLANT CIRCUITS; SIMULATORS; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; SIMULATION; HUMAN FACTORS; ALARM SYSTEMS; IMAGES; LEAKS; MITIGATION; PANELS; ON-LINE SYSTEMS; COMPUTER GRAPHICS; HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING; computerized operator support system

Citation Formats

Ulrich, Thomas Anthony, Lew, Roger Thomas, Medema, Heather Dawne, Boring, Ronald Laurids, and Thomas, Kenneth David. Human Factors and Technical Considerations for a Computerized Operator Support System Prototype. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.2172/1245522.
Ulrich, Thomas Anthony, Lew, Roger Thomas, Medema, Heather Dawne, Boring, Ronald Laurids, & Thomas, Kenneth David. Human Factors and Technical Considerations for a Computerized Operator Support System Prototype. United States. doi:10.2172/1245522.
Ulrich, Thomas Anthony, Lew, Roger Thomas, Medema, Heather Dawne, Boring, Ronald Laurids, and Thomas, Kenneth David. Tue . "Human Factors and Technical Considerations for a Computerized Operator Support System Prototype". United States. doi:10.2172/1245522. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1245522.
@article{osti_1245522,
title = {Human Factors and Technical Considerations for a Computerized Operator Support System Prototype},
author = {Ulrich, Thomas Anthony and Lew, Roger Thomas and Medema, Heather Dawne and Boring, Ronald Laurids and Thomas, Kenneth David},
abstractNote = {A prototype computerized operator support system (COSS) has been developed in order to demonstrate the concept and provide a test bed for further research. The prototype is based on four underlying elements consisting of a digital alarm system, computer-based procedures, PI&D system representations, and a recommender module for mitigation actions. At this point, the prototype simulates an interface to a sensor validation module and a fault diagnosis module. These two modules will be fully integrated in the next version of the prototype. The initial version of the prototype is now operational at the Idaho National Laboratory using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Human Systems Simulation Laboratory (HSSL). The HSSL is a full-scope, full-scale glass top simulator capable of simulating existing and future nuclear power plant main control rooms. The COSS is interfaced to the Generic Pressurized Water Reactor (gPWR) simulator with industry-typical control board layouts. The glass top panels display realistic images of the control boards that can be operated by touch gestures. A section of the simulated control board was dedicated to the COSS human-system interface (HSI), which resulted in a seamless integration of the COSS into the normal control room environment. A COSS demonstration scenario has been developed for the prototype involving the Chemical & Volume Control System (CVCS) of the PWR simulator. It involves a primary coolant leak outside of containment that would require tripping the reactor if not mitigated in a very short timeframe. The COSS prototype presents a series of operator screens that provide the needed information and soft controls to successfully mitigate the event.},
doi = {10.2172/1245522},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {9}
}

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