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Title: Transformational Challenge Reactor Autonomous Control System Framework and Key Enabling Technologies

Abstract

Autonomous operation of nuclear plants has the potential for significantly improving the economics of existing plants while maintaining operation within the safety envelope of the reactor. Autonomous operation technology, if developed and deployed, may enable deployment of small reactors at remote sites while requiring minimal operator support. In addition to reducing costs, the technology can add additional layers of safety through rapid decision making and actuation in off-normal situations.Within the context of the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR), autonomous control along with the other unique characteristics of the reactor (advanced manufacturing) is expected to enable rapid deployment. On the other hand, technology for autonomy can add risk to the system if not properly developed. There is therefore a need for systematic development and demonstration of autonomy technology for TCR.This document describes a framework for autonomy for the TCR. It defines autonomous operation and examines whether autonomy is possible for nuclear systems. The report also describes enabling sensing technologies for autonomy and describes a framework to facilitate autonomy.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. ORNL
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1530084
Report Number(s):
ORNL/SPR-2019/1178
M2CT-19OR06090137
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Cetiner, Sacit M., and Ramuhalli, Pradeep. Transformational Challenge Reactor Autonomous Control System Framework and Key Enabling Technologies. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1530084.
Cetiner, Sacit M., & Ramuhalli, Pradeep. Transformational Challenge Reactor Autonomous Control System Framework and Key Enabling Technologies. United States. doi:10.2172/1530084.
Cetiner, Sacit M., and Ramuhalli, Pradeep. Wed . "Transformational Challenge Reactor Autonomous Control System Framework and Key Enabling Technologies". United States. doi:10.2172/1530084. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1530084.
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author = {Cetiner, Sacit M. and Ramuhalli, Pradeep},
abstractNote = {Autonomous operation of nuclear plants has the potential for significantly improving the economics of existing plants while maintaining operation within the safety envelope of the reactor. Autonomous operation technology, if developed and deployed, may enable deployment of small reactors at remote sites while requiring minimal operator support. In addition to reducing costs, the technology can add additional layers of safety through rapid decision making and actuation in off-normal situations.Within the context of the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR), autonomous control along with the other unique characteristics of the reactor (advanced manufacturing) is expected to enable rapid deployment. On the other hand, technology for autonomy can add risk to the system if not properly developed. There is therefore a need for systematic development and demonstration of autonomy technology for TCR.This document describes a framework for autonomy for the TCR. It defines autonomous operation and examines whether autonomy is possible for nuclear systems. The report also describes enabling sensing technologies for autonomy and describes a framework to facilitate autonomy.},
doi = {10.2172/1530084},
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year = {2019},
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