Cable Failure Modes and Effects Risk Analysis Perspectives

  • Steven P. Nowlen
Conference paper


A March 1975 cable fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in the United States provided new insights into the impact of fire-induced cable damage on electrical circuits. New fire protection requirements promulgated by the USNRC following this fire require that licensee to conduct a post-fire safe shutdown analysis that includes consideration of fire-induced circuit effects. Cable failure modes and effects circuit analysis is an ongoing area of technical challenge and regulatory focus. Effort are underway to develop risk-informed approaches to resolution of the remaining challenges.


Short Circuit Fire Protection Fault Mode National Fire Protection Association Probabilistic Risk Assessment 


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© Springer-Verlag London 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven P. Nowlen
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  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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