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Penfield and Enos: Outage planning in the COVID-19 era
Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley plant, located about 34 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pa., was one of many nuclear sites preparing for a scheduled outage as the coronavirus pandemic intensified in March. The baseline objective of any planned outage—to complete refueling on time and get back to producing power—was complicated by the need to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
While over 200 of the plant’s 850 staff members worked from home to support the outage, about 800 contractors were brought in for jobs that could only be done on-site. Nuclear News Staff Writer Susan Gallier talked with Beaver Valley Site Vice President Rod Penfield and General Plant Manager Matt Enos about the planning and communication required.
Beaver Valley can look forward to several more outages in the future, now that plans to shut down the two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors, each rated at about 960 MWe, were reversed in March. “The deactivation announcement happened in the middle of all our planning,” Enos said. “It’s a shame we haven’t had a chance to get together as a large group and celebrate that yet.”
While the focus remains on safe pandemic operations, the site now has two causes for celebration: an outage success and a long future ahead.
K. R. Schultz, A. R. Veca, G. A. Deis, P. Y. S. Hsu, R. E. Nygren, H. Herman
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 4 | Number 2 | September 1983 | Pages 763-768
Blanket and First Wall Engineering | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST83-A22952
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The First Wall/Blanket/Shield (FWBS) Program has the goal to provide the development and testing of FWBS systems for magnetic fusion reactors. Program Element II of this program is to develop the thermal-hydraulic and thermomechanical data base for blanket and shield components. The critical blanket/shield data needs were identified, alternate techniques to simulate fusion neutron bulk heating were evaluated, and a detailed technical plan was developed. The initial focus is on the critical issues of solid breeder blankets. Two single effect scoping tests are currently in progress to determine the heat transfer characteristics and thermomechanical stability of the solid breeder bed. The design of an integral test to simulate all the non-nuclear aspects of the blanket has been completed. Preliminary planning for a fission reactor-based nuclear test has also been done. Future testing will investigate alternate solid breeder blanket materials and configurations and will begin the investigation of the critical MHD effects of liquid metal blanket concepts.