L3 MAPPS to Upgrade French IRSN’s Flamanville 3 Simulator

simulators for power systemsL3 MAPPS is due to upgrade the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN)’s Flamanville 3 (FA3) nuclear power plant engineering simulator.

The upgraded simulator is expected to be in service in the third quarter of next year and is based on Framatome’s EPR design.

“This project is the result of L3 MAPPS’ competitiveness, state-of-the-art technology, EPR know-how and previous effective collaborations with IRSN,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We’re pleased our cooperation with IRSN on the SOFIA simulator continues.”

The FA3 simulator is one of four PWR simulator configurations that can be operated on the Simulateur d’Observation du Fonctionnement Incidentel et Accidentel (SOFIA). The current upgrade project involves modifications to align the simulator’s FA3 plant models with the latest plant design information. The upgraded simulator will be carried out as a joint project between IRSN and L3 MAPPS.

“The simulator configuration upgrade will allow IRSN to improve its personnel training and safety analysis studies capabilities related to the Flamanville 3 nuclear power plant,” said Robin Dorel, IRSN Project Manager for the SOFIA Simulator. “The L3 MAPPS and IRSN teams have worked well together, and we look forward to jointly developing another successful project.”

The original FA3 simulator, developed by L3 MAPPS, has been in service since September 2011. IRSN’s SOFIA simulator hosts four French plant configurations, namely CP2 (900MWe), DPY (1,300MWe), N4 (1,450MWe), and EPR (1,650MWe).

The upgrade project includes modifications to the plant models in L3 MAPPS’ one-of-a-kind Orchid® Modeling Environment. The simulator’s electrical and hydraulic systems will be updated by IRSN. L3 MAPPS will modify the safety and operational instrumentation and control systems. IRSN will also modify the existing human-machine interface in L3 MAPPS’ Orchid® Control System software with L3 MAPPS’ support. The integration and testing phases will be shared by IRSN and L3 MAPPS.

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