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Title: Nuclear power plant alarm systems: Problems and issues

Despite the incorporation of advanced technology into nuclear power plant alarm systems, human factors problems remain. This paper identifies to be addressed in order to allow advanced technology to be used effectively in the design of nuclear power plant alarm systems. The operator's use and processing of alarm system information will be considered. Based upon a review of alarm system research, issues related to general system design, alarm processing, display and control are discussed. It is concluded that the design of effective alarm systems depends on an understanding of the information processing capabilities and limitations of the operator. 39 refs.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5535655
Report Number(s):
BNL-NUREG-46262; CONF-9109160--2
ON: DE91014843
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-76CH00016
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Human Factors Society (HFS) conference, San Francisco, CA (USA), 2-6 Sep 1991
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; ALARM SYSTEMS; DESIGN; HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; INFORMATION; ENGINEERING; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS 220400* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Control Systems; 220900 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety