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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.
I.P. Maksimkin, А.А. Yukhimchuk, I.Ye. Boitsov, I.L. Malkov, R.К. Musyaev, А.Yu. Baurin, Е.V. Shevnin, А.V. Vertey
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 67 | Number 2 | March 2015 | Pages 459-462
Proceedings of TRITIUM 2013 | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST14-T54
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The paper presents research results of permeability of hydrogen isotopes through CrNi35WTiAl alloy containing radiogenic helium, and results of hydrogen and radiogenic helium impact on mechanical properties of this alloy. The impact of hydrogen and radiogenic helium on mechanical properties of CrNi35WTiAl alloy was determined by tensile tests of cylindrical samples in inert and hydrogen atmospheres. For this research samples with various concentrations of 3He (90, 230 and 560 appm) were prepared. The buildup of 3He has been fulfilled using the “tritium trick” technique. Maximal influencing of hydrogen and radiogenic helium on mechanical properties of CrNi35WTiAl was observed at 873 K on samples with 560 appm of 3He. Testing of permeability of hydrogen isotopes was made in temperature range from 723 to 973 K.