Development and hardware-in-the-loop analysis of commercial marine-nuclear propulsion plant programmable logic controller-based control

Marie A. Lawson, James A. Turso

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Abstract

This paper presents the development of a low-order model of a marine-nuclear propulsion plant (developed using actual ship design and operational data) and its use in hardware-in-the-loop testing of a marine-nuclear plant's PLC-based steam generator water level control system (SGWLC). The model developed is based on the Nuclear Ship Savannah, the world's first operational nuclear cargo ship. The Savannah's propulsion plant utilizes a late-1950's vintage Babcock and Wilcox pressurized water reactor (PWR), however most of the components and subsystems are still represented in modern PWR designs. The plant consists of two coolant loops connecting two steam generators to the reactor vessel. The two steam generators feed a common main steam header. The main steam header provides saturated steam to the main engines and turbine generators. For reduced-order modeling, both coolant loops are combined into one hot leg - steam generator - cold leg loop with equivalent transport, thermodynamic, and heat transfer properties. Details regarding the development of a state-of-the-art version of the Savannah's steam generator water level control scheme, its deployment on a PLC platform, and details regarding the model's development and use as part of a Simulink-based HIL test bed, are presented with comparisons to available design and operational data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies 2012, NPIC and HMIT 2012
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling the Future of Nuclear Energy
Pages435-450
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012
Event8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies 2012: Enabling the Future of Nuclear Energy, NPIC and HMIT 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 22 2012Jul 26 2012

Publication series

Name8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies 2012, NPIC and HMIT 2012: Enabling the Future of Nuclear Energy
Volume1

Other

Other8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies 2012: Enabling the Future of Nuclear Energy, NPIC and HMIT 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period7/22/127/26/12

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Lawson, M. A., & Turso, J. A. (2012). Development and hardware-in-the-loop analysis of commercial marine-nuclear propulsion plant programmable logic controller-based control. In 8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies 2012, NPIC and HMIT 2012: Enabling the Future of Nuclear Energy (pp. 435-450). (8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies 2012, NPIC and HMIT 2012: Enabling the Future of Nuclear Energy; Vol. 1).