Real time reactor noise diagnostics for the Borssele (PWR) nuclear power plant

Barutcu B. , SEKER S. , AYAZ E. , TURKCAN E.

PROGRESS IN NUCLEAR ENERGY, vol.43, pp.137-143, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0149-1970(03)00020-9
  • Page Numbers: pp.137-143


After the upgrade of Borssele NPP in 1997, core cycle 24, the power plant operated three years more with 91% availability. The authority of the power plant decided to enhance and upgrade the reactor trend monitoring and plant information recording system with higher frequencies than the plant data processing system (PPS) as well as installing a flexible and multiple-purpose reactor noise analysis system which may support the reactor maintenance group. with on-line and off-line capabilities for several different signal processing applications. Two measuring and monitoring systems were built in 2001 and fully taken in implementation during the start-up of the new core 28. In this sense, the new system was used in power operation during the 29(th) of September 2001. This paper will introduce the measuring system, the operational tasks, and the results obtained so far on the real-time core-barrel motions (CBM) and the two-primary coolant pump vibrations measured through the reactor noise analysis. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.