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Title: Wireless online position monitoring of manual valve types for plant configuration management in nuclear power plants

In the current competitive energy market, the nuclear industry is committed to lower the operations and maintenance cost; increase productivity and efficiency while maintaining safe and reliable operation. The present operating model of nuclear power plants is dependent on large technical staffs that put the nuclear industry at long-term economic disadvantage. Technology can play a key role in nuclear power plant configuration management in offsetting labor costs by automating manually performed plant activities. The technology being developed, tested, and demonstrated in this paper will enable the continued safe operation of today’s fleet of light water reactors by providing the technical means to monitor components in plants today that are only routinely monitored through manual activities. The wireless enabled valve position indicators that are the subject of this paper are able to provide a valid position indication available continuously, rather than only periodically. As a result, a real-time (online) availability of valve positions using an affordable technologies are vital to plant configuration when compared with long-term labor rates, and provide information that can be used for a variety of plant engineering, maintenance, and management applications.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  2. Idaho State Univ., Pocatello, ID (United States)
  3. Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1530-437X; TRN: US1702186
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IEEE Sensors Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1530-437X
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; manual valves; nuclear power plants; online monitoring; plant configuration management; wireless valve position indicator sensor
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