IEEE 323 – Qualifying electrical equipment to the harsh environments of nuclear power plants

Cherenkov Radiation in the Advanced Test Reactor core, Idaho National Laboratory

IEEE 323 is the standard used to qualify electrical equipment for safety-related use in nuclear power plants. Here, we explore that standard and its requirements. Continue reading “IEEE 323 – Qualifying electrical equipment to the harsh environments of nuclear power plants”

Complying with GDC 17 and 18 – a survey of IEEE Std. 308

Class 1E power systems must be electrically isolated and physically separated

The NRC requires nuclear plants to have both onsite and offsite power systems available to supply safety-related equipment. It also requires that this equipment be periodically inspected and tested so that their condition can be assessed. These requirements are established in General Design Criteria 17 and 18. Continue reading “Complying with GDC 17 and 18 – a survey of IEEE Std. 308”

Class 1E circuit independence – a summary of IEEE 384-1992

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Class 1E circuits must be independent from circuits of other categories. Understanding IEEE 384-1992 is vital to understanding the NRC’s circuit separation and isolation requirements. . . .  Continue reading “Class 1E circuit independence – a summary of IEEE 384-1992”