Monitoring Pump Parameters in Small Modular Reactors Using Electric Motor Signatures

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Upadhyaya B. R., Mehta C., Hines J. W., Lollar V. B., Bayram Kara D.

JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIATION SCIENCE, vol.3, no.1, 2017 (ESCI) identifier identifier


Small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) are designed for long-term operation with minimum outages and for possible deployment in remote locations. To achieve this operational goal, the SMRs may require remote and continuous monitoring of performance parameters that contribute to operation and maintenance. This feature is also important in monitoring critical parameters during severe accidents and for postaccident recovery. Small integral light water reactors have in-vessel space constraints, and many of the traditional instrumentation are not practical in these systems. To investigate this issue, analytical and experimental researches were carried out using a flow test loop to characterize the relationship among process variables (flow rate and pressure) and pump motor signatures. The findings of this research are presented, with implications in relating electrical signatures to pump parameters. The relationship between the electrical signatures and the process variables is discussed with reference to the experimental results. The results of this work may be used for monitoring process variables in small modular reactor systems.