Updating the Lambda modes of a nuclear power reactor

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Revista Mathematical and Computer Modelling


In a boiling water reactor (BWR), the power distribution can be varied both axially and radially by control rod manipulation and by void content variations in the moderator. As an example of accidental situations in nuclear power plants (NPP), we consider the power oscillations that can occur in a BWR NPP under certain circumstances. An interesting problem is to study and characterize these instabilities analyzing the neutronic power signals obtained from the Local Power Range Monitors (LPRMs) installed in the reactor core. Several techniques exist to detect and classify the possible oscillations in a BWR. The power modal decomposition method and the signal component analysis methodologies are reviewed. The performance of these techniques is compared analyzing Records 9 and 10 of cycle 14 of the OECD Ringhals 1 Stability Benchmark. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.