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Members focus on the dissemination of knowledge and information in the area of power reactors with particular application to the production of electric power and process heat. The division sponsors meetings on the coverage of applied nuclear science and engineering as related to power plants, non-power reactors, and other nuclear facilities. It encourages and assists with the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through professional staff development, information exchange, and supporting the generation of viable solutions to current issues.
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Washington, D.C.|Washington Hilton
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National Museum of Nuclear Science and History explores “atomic” culture
For many of us, the toys of our childhood leave indelible marks on our consciousness, affecting our long-term perceptions and attitudes about certain things. Hot Wheels may inspire a lifelong fascination with fast, flashy automobiles, while Barbies might shape ideas about beauty and self-image. For the generation who grew up during the Atomic Age—the post–World War II era from roughly the mid-1940s to the early 1960s—the toys, games, and entertainment of their childhoods might have included things like atomic pistols, atomic trains, rings with tiny amounts of radioactive elements, and comic books, puzzles, and music about nuclear weapons.
Hang Xiao, Alex Hines, Fan Zhang, Jamie B. Coble, J. Wes Hines
Nuclear Technology | Volume 209 | Number 3 | March 2023 | Pages 419-436
Technical Paper—Instrumentation and Controls | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2022.2073949
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Industrial components and systems undergo degradation in process operations. Prognostics and health management (PHM) is a process to assess and predict health conditions of components and can be applied to condition-based monitoring and maintenance. PHM is commonly utilized to analyze the health condition of a single lifecycle until failure. When maintenance occurs, degradation can be removed, and the PHM model can be restarted with new parameters related to the expected postmaintenance conditions. Maintenance actions, mostly imperfect repairs, may not entirely reset the condition to as good as new, and further degradation may occur at a higher rate. Maintenance repairs should be considered in prognostic models to predict component health more accurately.
Furthermore, processes typically have more than one component that degrade and influence process measurements. The dependence of process measurements to multiple fault modes and related degradation can make individual component health monitoring complex. Commonly, faults and their related effects on process parameters must be isolated. In these cases, the diagnostics and prognostics framework should handle unsynchronized failure and maintenance reinitialization of different components for multiple fault processes. This research paper presents the Maintenance-Dependent Monitoring and Prognostics Model (MDMPM) to detect anomalies, decouple faults for different components, and predict future health conditions to calculate remaining useful life (RUL). The model is demonstrated with semisimulated nuclear power plant (NPP) data, with simultaneous condenser pump degradation and condenser tube fouling. The MDMPM shows a reliable prediction of RULs of NPP maintenance-dependent processes with interacting component degradation modes.