Qinshan CANDU®6 Main Heat Transport System High Accuracy Performance Tracking in Support of Regional Overpower Protection
32nd Annual CNS Conference - 2011 June 05-08

Presented at:
32nd Annual CNS Conference
2011 June 05-08
Niagara Falls, Canada
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Wolfgang Hartmann (AECL)
Chun Zeng (TQNPC)
Xiaochan Mou (TQNPC)


This paper deals with the Qinshan CANDU® 6 main Heat Transport System (HTS) high accuracy performance tracking/adjustment up to about 7 years of operation in support of Regional Overpower Protection (ROP). Operational and aging related changes of the HTS throughout its lifetime may lead to restrictions in certain safety system settings and hence some restriction in performance under certain conditions. A step in confirming safe reactor operation is the tracking of relevant data and their corresponding interpretation by the use of appropriate thermalhydraulic analytic models.   Analytic predictions, in association with an optimized parameter tracking and adjustment methodology, confirm continued safe reactor operation. This paper demonstrates that Qinshan CANDU Unit 1, as compared to other CANDU 6 nuclear reactors of earlier design, continues to exhibit significantly improved performance with much reduced plant aging effects. This paper further demonstrates the high accuracy of the advanced performance tracking and adjustment methodology and applies it to Qinshan CANDU Unit 1, ensuring and demonstrating the continued excellent performance of the reference analytic models.  The analytic methodology as well as the advanced performance tracking and analysis methodology can also beneficially be applied to both new and refurbished CANDU type nuclear reactors.

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