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Reliability Analysis of the Emergency Power Supply System of the Starfire Tokamak

Paul J. Gierszewski, Carolyn D. Heising

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 5 / Number 1 / January 1984 / Pages 42-54


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Early attention to safety will ensure that the potential safety advantages of fusion are realized. Reliability analysis techniques are applied to a major safety system, the emergency power supply system, using the STARFIRE design as an example. The median failure probability of this system is found to be 2 × 10−6 at shutdown, with an error factor of 5. This is comparable with the reliability of similar systems in existing fission power stations.

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