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Title: A method to select human-system interfaces for nuclear power plants

The new generation of nuclear power plants (NPPs) will likely make use of state-of-the-art technologies in many areas of the plant. The analysis, design, and selection of advanced human–system interfaces (HSIs) constitute an important part of power plant engineering. Designers need to consider the new capabilities afforded by these technologies in the context of current regulations and new operational concepts, which is why they need a more rigorous method by which to plan the introduction of advanced HSIs in NPP work areas. Much of current human factors research stops at the user interface and fails to provide a definitive process for integration of end user devices with instrumentation and control (I&C) and operational concepts. The current lack of a clear definition of HSI technology, including the process for integration, makes characterization and implementation of new and advanced HSIs difficult. This paper describes how new design concepts in the nuclear industry can be analyzed and how HSI technologies associated with new industrial processes might be considered. Furthermore, it also describes a basis for an understanding of human as well as technology characteristics that could be incorporated into a prioritization scheme for technology selection and deployment plans.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1738-5733
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Engineering and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 357; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1738-5733
Korean Nuclear Society
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; advanced nuclear power plants; design guidance; human factors engineering; human–system interface; technology readiness levels; technology selection criteria
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