Izvestiya vuzov. Yadernaya Energetika

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Heat exchange control in the VVER core using Petri nets

3/19/2020 2020 - #01 Modelling processes at nuclear facilities

Kachur S.A.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26583/npe.2020.1.13

UDC: 621.039.56

The aim of the study is to develop a method for identifying the boiling process in the channels of the VVER core and a model of the information-measuring system to be used on the basis of Petri nets for more efficient heat exchange control in the reactor core during emergencies.

In this case, two tasks are solved: (1) the creation of a method for identifying the «hottest» steam distribution spots in the mixing chamber; and (2) the development of a model for controlling the information-measuring system in the process of this identification, as a component of the reactor power control system.

It is proposed to identify the boiling process in the reactor core according to the information of the optical information-measuring system located along the perimeter of the mixing chamber. The developed method for controlling the steam void in the mixing chamber is called the method of the «hottest» spots for a nuclear reactor. This method is based on solving systems of linear equations that describe various schemes for using information from optical sensors.

A scheme of an adaptive heat transfer control system of a nuclear reactor and a model based on the method of the «hottest» spots and expansion of Petri nets have been developed, taking into account the stochastic nature of the heat exchange process, which makes it possible to increase by an order of magnitude the rate of response and decision-making during emergencies.


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nuclear reactor heat exchange steam void identification control Petri nets