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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.
Caichao Jiang, Chundong Hu, Yahong Xie, Yongjian Xu, Shiyong Chen, Qinglong Cui, Yuanzhe Zhao, Yuanlai Xie
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 3 | October 2017 | Pages 496-499
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1347460
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The RF ion source is the most promising ion source, which can be operated with steady state. When the Radio Frequency (RF) ion source works, the key point is how to transmit and couple the RF power to the plasma with the RF power transmission unit. In this technical note, the principle of RF matching network was analyzed and designed. The RF power transmission unit was tested on RF ion source test bed. Based on the experimental data, the function of each components of impedance-matching network is analyzed and optimized. The results show that matching network can keep high RF coupling efficiency with variable plasma parameters and decreases the reflected RF power.