Simulation-based optimization of resilient communication protocol for nuclear power plant outages

Cheng Zhang, Zhe Sun, Pingbo Tang, Shawn W. St. Germain, Ronald Boring

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Abstract

During Nuclear power plant (NPP) outages, communications between outage participants (e.g., workers, managers, engineers) can be tedious and error-prone due to complicated organization of outage processes and crews, the extremely busy schedule with a 10-minute level of detail, and many people working in the field. Therefore, precisely predicting and controlling the time wasted during communications and remedying miscommunications can improve the NPP outage productivity. A communication protocol is a set of rules defining the organization structures, timing, channel, and content of communication according to the information transition needs of a workflow. In order to reduce the time wasted and ineffective information transition due to human errors in communications, the authors propose a communication protocol optimization according to the as-planned workflow. This optimization study evaluates how different communication protocols in an outage workflow will influence the time wasted under the influence of human errors and task duration uncertainties. The simulation results indicate that the proposed method can provide a reliable reference of improving the communication protocol in NPP outage workflows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance, 2017
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages20-29
Number of pages10
Volume589
ISBN (Print)9783319606446
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
EventAHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance, 2017 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2017Jul 21 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume589
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Other

OtherAHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance, 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period7/17/177/21/17

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Keywords

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Communication protocol
  • Human error
  • Nuclear power plant outages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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Zhang, C., Sun, Z., Tang, P., St. Germain, S. W., & Boring, R. (2018). Simulation-based optimization of resilient communication protocol for nuclear power plant outages. In Advances in Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Error, Reliability, Resilience, and Performance, 2017 (Vol. 589, pp. 20-29). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 589). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60645-3_3