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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.
Wei Bai, Tao Lan, Lei Yang, Chijin Xiao, Hong Li, Wenzhe Mao, Wei You, Hangqi Xu, Tijian Deng, Junfeng Zhu, Bing Luo, Peng Fu, Xiaohui Wen, Haiyang Zhou, Hai Wang, Shude Wan, Adi Liu, Jinlin Xie, Weixing Ding, Wandong Liu
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 2 | August 2017 | Pages 137-147
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1291043
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An equilibrium field (EQ) power supply (PS) circuit using a feedback H-bridge pulse-width-modulation controller has been developed to control the plasma horizontal position and to satisfy the requirement of plasma equilibrium in the Keda Torus eXperiment (KTX) reversed field pinch. Results from simulations of plasma discharge aimed at achieving plasma equilibrium demonstrate the success of the PS circuit design. Additionally, this design provides a feasible control solution for achieving equilibrium conditions in future KTX PS upgrades. The details of the EQ model and simulations of the poloidal field circuit are presented and discussed in this technical note.