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Title: Addressing Nuclear I&C Modernization Through Application of Techniques Employed in Other Industries

Abstract

This research focuses on presenting advancements that have been made by non-nuclear I&C OT vendors and potential savings that could be realized by their optimized nuclear industry application. To promote understanding and to bound the initial scope for this effort, a pilot vendor and an associated pilot implementation were chosen as an integrated, presentation example for illustration. This integrated example is unique in that a utility in the United States (Duke Energy) engaged a traditional non-nuclear vendor (Honeywell Process Solutions) to install a non-safety, Distributed Control System (DCS) in four of its nuclear units. Duke Energy is currently exploring performing a “technology refresh” of these installed systems as part of a program to address digital obsolescence. This research presents techniques developed by distributed control system vendors to enable such upgrades and potential methods to employ them in a nuclear industry context. The objectives of such an effort are to minimize the utility cost both to refresh the systems and to put the systems into a repeatable refresh cycle for future obsolescence management. This will enable the utility to maximize the benefits of expanded use of their DCS as part of a larger plant strategy to eliminate obsolete I&C systems, reducemore » Operating and Maintenance (O&M) costs, and improve operational performance through digitalization.« less

Authors:
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  1. Idaho National Laboratory
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1567848
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-19-55799-Rev000
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 - GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 46 - INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; I&C; Modernization; Techniques Employed in Other Industries; OT; Distributed Control System; DCS; Instrumentation and Control

Citation Formats

Hunton, Paul Joseph, and England, Robert T. Addressing Nuclear I&C Modernization Through Application of Techniques Employed in Other Industries. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.2172/1567848.
Hunton, Paul Joseph, & England, Robert T. Addressing Nuclear I&C Modernization Through Application of Techniques Employed in Other Industries. United States. doi:10.2172/1567848.
Hunton, Paul Joseph, and England, Robert T. Sun . "Addressing Nuclear I&C Modernization Through Application of Techniques Employed in Other Industries". United States. doi:10.2172/1567848. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1567848.
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title = {Addressing Nuclear I&C Modernization Through Application of Techniques Employed in Other Industries},
author = {Hunton, Paul Joseph and England, Robert T},
abstractNote = {This research focuses on presenting advancements that have been made by non-nuclear I&C OT vendors and potential savings that could be realized by their optimized nuclear industry application. To promote understanding and to bound the initial scope for this effort, a pilot vendor and an associated pilot implementation were chosen as an integrated, presentation example for illustration. This integrated example is unique in that a utility in the United States (Duke Energy) engaged a traditional non-nuclear vendor (Honeywell Process Solutions) to install a non-safety, Distributed Control System (DCS) in four of its nuclear units. Duke Energy is currently exploring performing a “technology refresh” of these installed systems as part of a program to address digital obsolescence. This research presents techniques developed by distributed control system vendors to enable such upgrades and potential methods to employ them in a nuclear industry context. The objectives of such an effort are to minimize the utility cost both to refresh the systems and to put the systems into a repeatable refresh cycle for future obsolescence management. This will enable the utility to maximize the benefits of expanded use of their DCS as part of a larger plant strategy to eliminate obsolete I&C systems, reduce Operating and Maintenance (O&M) costs, and improve operational performance through digitalization.},
doi = {10.2172/1567848},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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