One of the largest, most complex simulator upgrades in the U.S. nuclear power industry is proceeding on schedule at the NextEra Point Beach nuclear plant in Wisconsin.
The upgrade includes a rehost and instructor station, complete I/O replacement, model upgrades for almost all of the simulator models, and installation of the MELCOR severe accident models.
To increase the complexity, the Point Beach simulator is a unique configuration, which includes models and control room simulations of both Point Beach units.
Only a week to replace the I / O
Both the initial simulator rehost and the I/O replacement have been successfully completed on schedule. The replacement models, which include THOR RCS, BOP, ECCS, containment and HVAC models, is also progressing on-schedule. The FAT tests for the model upgrade are planned for January, 2014.
The I/O replacement was the first installation of the CORYS CAN I/O in the RTP 7000-series format. The I/O replacement required a one week outage and was used for training as soon as the simulator returned to service.
Stan Chan, who managed the I/O replacement for CORYS, states that “we are extremely pleased with the installation and performance of our RTP 7000-series format CAN I/O. After resolving a few installation bugs it has performed flawlessly. The hard work of the simulator staff at Point Beach was a huge reason for the success of the installation.”
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