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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.
A Nagy, J. deGrassie, C. Moeller, M. Hansink, B. Fishler, C. Murphy, R. I. Pinsker, H. Torreblanca, J. Tooker
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 72 | Number 4 | November 2017 | Pages 623-627
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1347459
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A new antenna design for driving current in high beta tokamaks using electromagnetic waves, called Helicons, will be experimentally tested for the first time at power approaching 1 megawatt (MW) in the DIII-D Tokamak. This method is expected to be more efficient than current drive using electron cyclotron waves or neutral beam injection, and may be well suited to reactor-like configurations. A low power (100 watt (W)) 476 megahertz (MHz) “comb-line” antenna, consisting of 12 inductively coupled electrostatically shielded, modular resonators, was tested in DIII-D and showed strong coupling to the plasma without disturbing its characteristics or introducing metal impurities.
The high power antenna consists of 30 modules affixed to back-plates and mounted on the outer wall of the vacuum vessel above the mid-plane. The antenna design follows a similar low power antenna design modified to minimize RF loss. Heat removal is provided by water cooling and a novel heat conducting path using pyrolytic graphite sheet. The CuCrZr antenna modules are designed to handle high eddy current forces. The modules use molybdenum Faraday shields that have the plasma side coated with boron carbide to enhance thermal resistance and minimize high Z impurities. A RF strip-line feed routes the RF power from coaxial vacuum feed-throughs to the antenna. Multipactor analysis of the antenna, strip line, and feed-through will be performed. A 1.2 MW, 476 MHz klystron system, provided by the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) will provide RF power to the new antenna. A description of the design of the high power antenna, the RF strip-line feeds, and the vessel installation will be presented.