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Title: Evaluation of Control Room Interface Designs to Support Modernization in Nuclear Power Plants

Abstract

Control room modernization in the commercial nuclear power industry often takes the form of phased system-by-system upgrades that result in hybrid control rooms with digital and analog equipment. Ensuring that these upgrades results in enhanced human performance and more intuitive interfaces, researchers at INL have been supporting the design of upgraded systems in coordination with a large scale modernization effort at a partner utility. This report describes the experimental evaluation of a liquid radiological waste control room concept which investigated the use of color in system overview screens. The results indicated that maintaining existing color conventions to indicate component status yielded no benefit and in some cases caused a detriment to performance. The researchers recommended using a minimal muted color in overview screens, but advocated using color to enhance understanding of different flow paths and using saturated color to highlight abnormal operating states.

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 Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1472100
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-17-43250-Rev000
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; Control Room Modernization; Eye Tracking; Design

Citation Formats

Le Blanc, Katya, Kovesdi, Casey, Hill, Rachael, Spielman, Zachary, Oxtstrand, Johanna, and Hansen, Tyson. Evaluation of Control Room Interface Designs to Support Modernization in Nuclear Power Plants. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1472100.
Le Blanc, Katya, Kovesdi, Casey, Hill, Rachael, Spielman, Zachary, Oxtstrand, Johanna, & Hansen, Tyson. Evaluation of Control Room Interface Designs to Support Modernization in Nuclear Power Plants. United States. doi:10.2172/1472100.
Le Blanc, Katya, Kovesdi, Casey, Hill, Rachael, Spielman, Zachary, Oxtstrand, Johanna, and Hansen, Tyson. Fri . "Evaluation of Control Room Interface Designs to Support Modernization in Nuclear Power Plants". United States. doi:10.2172/1472100. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1472100.
@article{osti_1472100,
title = {Evaluation of Control Room Interface Designs to Support Modernization in Nuclear Power Plants},
author = {Le Blanc, Katya and Kovesdi, Casey and Hill, Rachael and Spielman, Zachary and Oxtstrand, Johanna and Hansen, Tyson},
abstractNote = {Control room modernization in the commercial nuclear power industry often takes the form of phased system-by-system upgrades that result in hybrid control rooms with digital and analog equipment. Ensuring that these upgrades results in enhanced human performance and more intuitive interfaces, researchers at INL have been supporting the design of upgraded systems in coordination with a large scale modernization effort at a partner utility. This report describes the experimental evaluation of a liquid radiological waste control room concept which investigated the use of color in system overview screens. The results indicated that maintaining existing color conventions to indicate component status yielded no benefit and in some cases caused a detriment to performance. The researchers recommended using a minimal muted color in overview screens, but advocated using color to enhance understanding of different flow paths and using saturated color to highlight abnormal operating states.},
doi = {10.2172/1472100},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}

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