BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF DESIGN-ASSIST PROBABILISTIC SAFETY ASSESSMENT FOR SMALL MODULAR REACTORS
4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors - 2016 Nov. 02-04


Presented at:
4th International Technical Meeting on Small Reactors
2016 Nov. 02-04
Location:
Ottawa, ON Canada
Session Title:
Parallel Session I: SMR Safety Analysis

Authors:
A. Trifanov (Kinectrics, Inc.)
S. Ganguli (Kinectrics, Inc.)
  

Abstract

A comprehensive Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) represents an effective tool for risk-informed improvement of the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) design and operation. A design-assist PSA implemented early in the design allows for a significant flexibility in addressing potential plant vulnerabilities and developing a robust design with enhanced safety and economics over the lifetime of the plant. However, execution of a PSA for new designs involves a number of challenges. This paper provides an overview of potential benefits and challenges associated with development of design-assist PSA for the new generation of reactors.

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