Development of transient initiating event frequencies for use in probabilistic risk assessments

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Transient initiating event frequencies are an essential input to the analysis process of a nuclear power plant probabilistic risk assessment. These frequencies describe events causing or requiring scrams. This report documents an effort to validate and update from other sources a computer-based data file developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) describing such events at 52 United States commercial nuclear power plants. Operating information from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 24 additional plants from their date of commercial operation has been combined with the EPRI data, and the entire data base has been updated to add 1980 ... continued below

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Mackowiak, D.P.; Gentillon, C.D. & Smith, K.L. May 1, 1985.

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    Publisher Info: EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls (USA)
    Place of Publication: Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Transient initiating event frequencies are an essential input to the analysis process of a nuclear power plant probabilistic risk assessment. These frequencies describe events causing or requiring scrams. This report documents an effort to validate and update from other sources a computer-based data file developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) describing such events at 52 United States commercial nuclear power plants. Operating information from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 24 additional plants from their date of commercial operation has been combined with the EPRI data, and the entire data base has been updated to add 1980 through 1983 events for all 76 plants. The validity of the EPRI data and data analysis methodology and the adequacy of the EPRI transient categories are examined. New transient initiating event frequencies are derived from the expanded data base using the EPRI transient categories and data display methods. Upper bounds for these frequencies are also provided. Additional analyses explore changes in the dominant transients, changes in transient outage times and their impact on plant operation, and the effects of power level and scheduled scrams on transient event frequencies. A more rigorous data analysis methodology is developed to encourage further refinement of the transient initiating event frequencies derived herein. Updating the transient event data base resulted in approx.2400 events being added to EPRI's approx.3000-event data file. The resulting frequency estimates were in most cases lower than those reported by EPRI, but no significant order-of-magnitude changes were noted. The average number of transients per year for the combined data base is 8.5 for pressurized water reactors and 7.4 for boiling water reactors.

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  • Other: TI85013441
  • Report No.: NUREG/CR-3862
  • Report No.: EGG-2323
  • Grant Number: AC07-76ID01570
  • DOI: 10.2172/5573321 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5573321
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1092812

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Mackowiak, D.P.; Gentillon, C.D. & Smith, K.L. Development of transient initiating event frequencies for use in probabilistic risk assessments, report, May 1, 1985; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1092812/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.