Title: Development and first application of an operating events ranking tool
Citation: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN vol. 282 no. February 2015 p. 36-43
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC90627
ISSN: 0029-5493
URI: http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0029549314006554
DOI: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2014.11.035
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The operating experience feedback is important for maintaining and improving safety and availability in nuclear power plants. Detailed investigation of all events is challenging since it requires excessive resources, especially in case of large event databases. This paper presents an event groups ranking method to complement the analysis of individual operating events. The basis for the method is the use of an internationally accepted events characterization scheme that allows different ways of events grouping and ranking. The ranking method itself consists of implementing the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) by means of a custom developed tool which allows events ranking based on ranking indexes pre-determined by expert judgement. Following the development phase, the tool was applied to analyze a complete set of 5 years of real nuclear power plants operating events (1453 events). The paper presents the potential of this ranking method to identify possible patterns throughout the event database and therefore to give additional insights into the events as well as to give quantitative input for the prioritization of furthermore detailed investigation of selected event groups.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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