SEOUL, Dec.1 (Korea Bizwire) – Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power said on November 28 that it held a launching event for its “beyond-design basis accident” simulator program in preparation for nuclear reactor meltdown at its Kori Nuclear Power Plant in the southeast.
The simulator program has been developed to respond to serious nuclear power plant accidents like the one in Japan’s Fukushima by providing quantitative data about the state of molten fuel within the reactor, internal pressure and humidity so that the operators can deal with situations in time.
The simulator, equipped with the latest Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP) 5.02 code, is reported to be superior to any other programs like the ones in Cook Nuclear Generating Station (Michigan), Purdue University (Indiana), Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant (Sweden), and Kawasaki Nuclear Power Simulator (Japan).
KHNP’s vice president Kim Beon-nyun and Kori Power Plant head Woo Jung-bon said, “With the tragic meltdown in Fukushima as an important lesson, nuclear power operators across the world are working hard to improve their capabilities in dealing with serious nuclear accidents. Even though the probability of accidents to occur is very low, we are trying very hard to perfectly prevent any accident by providing simulator-based safety training to our operators.”
By Sean Chung (email@example.com)