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Title: Establishing a value chain for human factors in nuclear power plantcontrol room modernization

Commercial nuclear power plants in the United States (U.S.) have operated reliably and efficiently for decades. With the life extensions of plants now being planned for operation beyond their original operating licenses, there are opportunities to achieve even greater efficiencies, while maintaining high operational reliabilities, with strategic, risk- and economically-informed, upgrades to plant systems and infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) program supports the commercial nuclear industry’s modernization efforts through research and development (R&D) activities across many areas to help establish the technical and economic bases for modernization activities. The Advanced Instrumentation, Information, and Control Systems Technologies pathway is one R&D focus area for the LWRS program, and has researchers at Idaho National Laboratory working with select utility partners to use human factors and instrumentation and controls R&D to help modernize the plant’s main control room. However, some in the nuclear industry have not been as enthusiastic about using human factors R&D to inform life extension decision making. Part of the reason for this may stem from uncertainty decision-makers have regarding how human factors fits into the value chain for nuclear power plant control room modernization. This paper reviews past work that has attempted tomore » demonstrate the value of human factors, and then describes the value chain concept, how it applies to control room modernization, and then makes a case for how and why human factors is an essential link in the modernization value chain.« less
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  1. Idaho National Laboratory
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Conference: 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated , Las Vegas, NV, 7/27/2015 - 7/30/2015
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
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United States
Control room modernization; Human factors; Nuclear power plants; Value Chain