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2021 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo
November 30–December 3, 2021
Washington, DC|Washington Hilton
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Neutron noise monitoring during plant operation expedites flexure replacement at Salem-1
The nuclear industry has historically relied on intermittent ultrasonic test and visual inspections of pressurized water reactor components to identify and manage degradation. While this reactive approach has proven to be effective, imagine a scenario in which the degradation could propagate throughout the reactor internals, making a more proactive measure necessary to avoid a major enterprise risk to the plant. Could a utility identify the onset of degradation within the reactor internals during plant operation? If so, could a repair be developed prior to the next refueling outage to prevent additional, cascading degradation? That is exactly the situation that Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Westinghouse engineers were able to navigate over the course of the 2019–2020 operating cycle at Salem Unit 1, resulting in a tremendous success for the plant and a historic landmark in the nuclear industry, while earning the team a 2021 Nuclear Energy Institute Top Innovative Practice (TIP) award.
Educational Session|Panel|Sponsored by Cost Reduction Opportunities
Monday, August 9, 2021|9:30AM–4:00PM (10:30AM–5:00PM EDT)|Calusa 8-9
Ray Herb (Southern Company)
Pareez Golub (Sargent & Lundy)
Saieed Ahmed (Exelon)
Edward Chen (NC State Univ.)
Digital modernization is typically cited as the method to address reliability and obsolescence of traditional analog I&C systems, but Digital Modernization is really Business Modernization. This workshop will explore the capabilities of the new digital architectures that can be used to increase the potential O&M savings in the engineering support and plant maintenance organizations through the use of enhanced monitoring and diagnostics endemic in new digital platforms, both used for plant control and connected to the plantwide business LAN. These systems can be used to support predictive and value based maintenance, distributed workforces, plant and fleet standardization initiatives, digital lifecycle management strategies, etc. The Workshop will be divided into three parts, each part will address a different aspect of using digital capabilities and modernization initiatives to improve the business.
Part 1 (10:30-12:00) Using data to increase reliability and reduce O&M costs ( Molly Strasser - Xcel Energy, Ray Herb - Southern Company, Rob Austin - EPRI)
Part 2 (1:30-3:00) Main control room modernization decision-making (Jeffery Joe - INL, Jeremy Chenkovich - Dominion Energy, Dinesh Taneja - NRC)
Part 3 (3:30-5:00) Cost saving initiatives in digital (Quinn Reynolds - Sargent & Lundy, Neil Archambo - Duke, Jason Gasque - TVA, John Connelly - Exelon )
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