L-3 Mapps awarded contract to deliver simulator for nuclear power research program

L-3 Mapps on Oct. 2 said has won an order to supply a human factors simulator to the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The simulator is scheduled to be delivered to INL in the fourth quarter of this year.

“The INL is developing the state-of-the-art Human System Simulation Laboratory (HSSL), a key resource for testing emerging technologies for their application in nuclear power plant control rooms,” said Dr. Ronald L. Boring, human factors principal scientist at INL.

The INL is working with numerous U.S. nuclear utilities to perform research related to extending the life of U.S. nuclear power plants through digital control room upgrades focused on human factors. The vision is to upgrade analog-based control rooms to digital-based control rooms, considering plant operation from a human factors perspective. To enable INL staff to design, develop and test digital prototype replacement human-machine interface displays, the INL will use nuclear power plant full-scale simulators with digital control room mimics of existing analog instrumentation and controls to accurately replicate the control room layout.

The INL is currently conducting research to support the upgrade of the main control room at the two-unit, 2,200 MW San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), operated by Southern California Edison Co.

The INL is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Battelle Energy Alliance.

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