Izvestiya vuzov. Yadernaya Energetika

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Simulating Operation of Novovoronezh NPP(2 Power Units with Two Disabled Feeding Pumps and without Enabling the Backup Feeding Pump

6/15/2021 2021 - #02 Nuclear power plants

Gusev I.N. Kozlovsky M.N. Padun S.P.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26583/npe.2021.2.02

UDC: 621.039.566

An urgent task is to ensure and improve the power unit dynamic stability based on the results of calculating the neutronic and thermophysical processes occurring in the core and the main systems of the reactor plant. One of the ways to improve the dynamic stability of the NPP power unit is to optimize the algorithms for controlling the main equipment, including the development and implementation of proposals for adjusting the existing process protections and interlocks.

The article analyzes the operation of Unit 1 and 2 of the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II (equipped with VVER-1200 reactors) with two disabled feeding pumps and without enabling the backup feeding pump. These operating conditions are subsequently simulated using the Power Unit Simulation Software/Hardware Package (PUSS/HP) developed by LLC «IF SNIIP ATOM».

The objective of this work is to check the reliability of the forecasts of variations in the power unit parameters obtained using the PUSS/HP based on operational data.

The simulated power unit parameter variations in transient conditions are in good agreement with the data collected in operational tests. During the simulation, the power unit dynamic stability is preserved, i.e., the operational parameters are within the design limits and do not exceed the protection operation settings.

The results of the work suggest the possibility of using current NPP power unit simulations for: – developing proposals for adjusting the operation control algorithms in case of malfunctions and emergency modes with the main equipment shutdown and power unit protection actuation; – verifying design solutions for updating NPP power unit systems, which is associated with the use of new equipment or changes in flow diagrams.

Current power unit simulations can be applied both for existing power units and for new ones that are being commissioned.


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VVER-1200 power unit simulation control algorithm dynamic stability tests electric feeding pump

Link for citing the article: Gusev I.N., Kozlovsky M.N., Padun S.P. Simulating Operation of Novovoronezh NPP(2 Power Units with Two Disabled Feeding Pumps and without Enabling the Backup Feeding Pump. Izvestiya vuzov. Yadernaya Energetika. 2021, no. 2, pp. 16-25; DOI: https://doi.org/10.26583/npe.2021.2.02 (in Russian).