The LWRS Program produced a concept video on a modernized outage control center for a nuclear plant, which optimizes technology and human interaction. This work is founded on human factors studies of how to more effectively integrate informational and collaborative digital technologies into the critical tasks of processing volumes of real-time outage information for timely-effective decision-making. (No sound for this video)
Highlights of the launch of a long-term concrete aging study for the Materials Research Pathway performed by the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2017.
The Human System Simulation Laboratory (HSSL) is a complete virtual nuclear control room created to safely test new technologies before they are implemented in real commercial reactor control rooms. LWRS program researchers use the HSSL to conduct human factors engineering R&D in order to enhance plant safety and human-system performance.
The LWRS Program has been instrumental in developing and validating diagnostic and prognostic models for on-line monitoring of active components in nuclear power plants. This work was done in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in support of their Fleet-Wide Plant Health Monitoring (FW-PHM) monitoring platform.
Using animated 3-D modeling technology, this video presents a fly-through tour of a proposed concept for a modernized control room for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, depicting how the current analog-based control boards are transformed into modern digital operator control stations.
Simulating an error-prone manual valve alignment task in a nuclear power plant, this video illustrates how new technology for wireless component position indication can monitor the results of valve manipulations, detect positioning errors, and instruct the operators to correct such errors before they result in operational events, thus preventing nuclear safety challenges and loss of generation.