Utilization of a zero power reactor for examination of operator influence on reactor control
Dept. of Nuclear Reactors, FNSPE Czech Technical University in Prague,
Nuclear Faculty Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Gosport United Kingdom
Published online: 20 January 2020
The reactor operator is an inseparable part of reactor safety and his actions influence the course of the reactor transients. Understanding the operator’s effect on reactor control thus contributes to the knowledge of the safe operation of nuclear reactors. Complementary to studies performed on simulators, or utilizing standard reactor or plant operational data, the dedicated experiments at research reactors can help to improve the insight into human aspects of reactor control. The potential of research reactors to study the human operator aspects of reactor control is broad; the related activities thus may also help to increase the utilization of research reactor facilities.
The paper summarizes the considerations that had to be assessed during the implementation of such experiments at the VR-1 research reactor from the viewpoint of the reactor facility. Further, it recapitulates the activities that have been performed in this field at the VR-1 reactor in the collaboration of the Czech Technical University in Prague with the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in the previous years.
Key words: operator effect / reactor control / reactor dynamics / zero power reactor / control engineering
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