Technical Brief

“Making It Work”: The Vital Role of Commissioning in Nuclear Power Programs

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John H. Moore

International Atomic Energy Agency, PO Box 100, 1400 Vienna, Austria
e-mail: j.h.moore@iaea.org

Manuscript received June 26, 2015; final manuscript received May 23, 2016; published online October 12, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Asif Arastu.

ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci 2(4), 044501 (Oct 12, 2016) (5 pages) Paper No: NERS-15-1131; doi: 10.1115/1.4033729 History: Received June 26, 2015; Accepted May 24, 2016

This paper presents an overview of the duties of a nuclear power plant (NPP) commissioning organization and its special relationship with both the early stages of an NPP project and the long-term operation of such power plants. Decisions made early in the design and procurement process need to be understood by commissioning staff, and their implications need to be incorporated into commissioning programs. Commissioning programs also need to take the steps needed to baseline plant-component ageing programs to facilitate the long-term NPP operation.

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Fig. 4

Commissioning process for a new NPP [3]

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Fig. 2

Commissioning example

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Fig. 1

World reactor status (April 2016, IAEA PRIS data)

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Fig. 3

Commissioning linkages to design and safety requirements

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Fig. 5

Relationship between factory test of a pump curve and site commissioning test of a point on the curve




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