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Research of Nuclear Power Plant In-Service Maintenance Based on Virtual Reality

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Kuang Weijun

Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute,
No. 29, Hongcao Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
e-mail: kuangweijun@snerdi.com.cn

Yu Xiao

Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute,
No. 29, Hongcao Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
e-mail: yuxiao@snerdi.com.cn

Zhang Lin

Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute,
No. 29, Hongcao Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
e-mail: zhangl@snerdi.com.cn

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received August 26, 2015; final manuscript received January 22, 2016; published online October 12, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Leon Cizelj.

ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci 2(4), 044507 (Oct 12, 2016) (6 pages) Paper No: NERS-15-1179; doi: 10.1115/1.4032598 History: Received August 26, 2015; Accepted January 22, 2016

This paper presents a method of constructing a nuclear power plant in-service maintenance virtual simulation scene and virtual maintenance process. Taking air-baffles dismantling process of CAP1400 nuclear power plant for instance, this paper discusses ergonomics, space analysis, and time assessment based on virtual reality in the process of in-service maintenance. It demonstrates the advantage of using virtual reality technology to design and verify an in-service maintenance process of nuclear power plants compared to the conventional way.

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Indication of customized physical dimensions

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Structure of simulation process

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Construction of virtual in-service maintenance

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Schematic of PCS: (a) schematic of air cooling and (b) layout of air baffle

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Schematic of air-baffle dismantling

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Posture of operator-2: (a) before adjustment and (b) after adjustment

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Operator-2’s field-of-view: (a) before adjustment and (b) after adjustment

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Operation space analysis: (a) left-boundary position and (b) right-boundary position

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Snapshot of the baffle-block transportation: (a) operators dragging baffle block and (b) force analysis

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Gantt chart of the baffle-block dismantling



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