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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.
Doo-Hee Chang, Tae-Seong Kim, Min Park, Bong-Ki Jung, Seung Ho Jeong, Kwang Won Lee, Sang Ryul In, Atsushi Kojima, Mieko Kashiwagi, Masaya Hanada, Young-Soon Bae, Jong-Gu Kwak
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 2 | August 2017 | Pages 157-161
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1319719
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Long-pulse operation has been initially and successfully demonstrated during a 100-s stable beam extraction in the neutral beam test stand (NBTS) system of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) for the positive ion source (IS) of the JT-60SA neutral beam injector. The NBTS system was constructed at KAERI to develop 300-s deuterium beam extractions of 100 kV/50 A as an auxiliary heating system of the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR). The IS of the JT-60SA neutral beam injector is composed of a plasma generator and a set of tetrode accelerators. The beamline components include an optical multichannel analyzer duct, a neutralizer, a bending magnet (BM), a calorimeter, and a vacuum pump system. The beam power deposition of the IS and the beamline components along the NBTS have been measured by water flow calorimetry (WFC), and a total of 99.7% of the extracted beam power (Vacc∙Iacc) was counted for a hydrogen beam of 82 kV/25 A (2.05 MW) during 100-s beam extraction. To reduce the localized heat load on the calorimeter plate, a method of small-angle deflection for the ion beam particles was applied using a small alternate current of 8 A, 0.5 Hz for the BM coil.