Instrumentation & Controls, Nuclear, Reactors

NRC approves Areva safety-related digital I&C tool for nuclear power plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on July 24 approved Areva’s Simulation Validation Testing tool, a safety-related software simulation tool to perform validation testing on digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems.

The tool, known as SIVAT, will enable nuclear utilities to accurately and easily test systems, thereby contributing to their operational excellence while significantly reducing risks associated with licensing, installation and operation of a digital I&C upgrade system, Areva said.

The AREVA Teleperm XS I&C system, the first full plant application of a safety-related digital I&C system approved by the NRC, is used to monitor and control the processes and equipment of a nuclear plant and is expected to improve overall plant reliability and performance.

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