Optimized Maintenance and Management of Ageing of Critical Equipment in Nuclear Power Plants
New power generation economics and politics in the 2000 decade, recent interest in nuclear power plant life extension, and challenges from other electricity production systems such as combined cycle gas plants are providing new opportunities and new challenges to the nuclear power industry. Chief among these is the challenge to continue to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and manage the aging of critical components. This paper presents a review of testing and maintenance technologies that have great potential to help the nuclear industry in meeting these challenges. These technologies range from new methods for on-line calibration and testing of process instrumentation to predictive maintenance of the reactor vessel and its internals.
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