EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 170, 2018ANIMMA 2017 – Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems|
|Published online||10 January 2018|
Radiation-Tolerance Assessment of a Redundant Wireless Device
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5B9, Canada
Published online: 10 January 2018
This paper presents a method to evaluate radiation-tolerance without physical tests for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based monitoring device for high level radiation fields, such as those found in post-accident conditions in a nuclear power plant (NPP). This paper specifically describes the analysis of radiation environment in a severe accident, radiation damages in electronics, and the redundant solution used to prolong the life of the system, as well as the evaluation method for radiation protection and the analysis method of system reliability. As a case study, a wireless monitoring device with redundant and diversified channels is evaluated by using the developed method. The study results and system assessment data show that, under the given radiation condition, performance of the redundant device is more reliable and more robust than those non-redundant devices. The developed redundant wireless monitoring device is therefore able to apply in those conditions (up to 10 M Rad (Si)) during a severe accident in a NPP.
Key words: COTS / radiation-tolerance assessment / rad-hardened by design
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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