Example applications for AMS cable testing and CHAR services include a variety of low voltage cable circuits such as nuclear instrumentation, radiation monitors, rod control and rod position indication systems, pressurizer heaters, and motors. AMS has also developed a multiplexer that can be paired with the CHAR system which allows for testing up to 80 cables at a time thus facilitating high speed electrical characterization of large volumes of cables, connecters, and end devices.
Our CHAR cable testing system, together with our expertise in performing this work for over 20 years, provides a powerful tool for diagnosing and resolving issues in nuclear plant I&C cable circuits prior to an unexpected impact to plant operations.
- Nuclear instrumentation testing program for BWRs (SRMs, IRMs, and LPRMs)
- Comprehensive testing of rod control coils and head connectors
- EMC mapping to support digital upgrades and wireless implementation
- Comprehensive electrical testing of cables, connectors, and end devices
- EMI/RFI Troubleshooting and noise mitigation
A typical failure mechanism for LPRMs is metal whisker growth between the plates of the detector. These whiskers can short circuit the LPRM detector, which must then be placed in bypass mode. Each plant must have a certain percentage of LPRMs operational to remain online.
As a supplement to our high-speed LPRM testing program, AMS offers Enhanced LPRM (EEL) IV Testing for improved metal whisker remediation. Excessive spiking and bypassed detectors due to metal whiskers is a common failure mechanism in LPRMs. The AMS EEL system allows up to 60mA of current to flow to the detector during an IV curve spiking event for improved metal whisker burn. If a poor IV curve is observed during high-speed LPRM testing using the CHAR system, AMS will then follow-up with the EEL test system to help heal the detector. The EEL test system can also be used to target bypassed or malfunctioning detectors.
FEATURES OF HIGH-SPEED LPRM TESTING SERVICES WITH CHAR SYSTEMS AND MULTIPLEXERS:
- Connect to nearly 80 detectors at a time
- Perform comprehensive electrical characterization (TDR, IR, DC resistance)
- Reduces test time to approximately one shift
FEATURES OF ENHANCED LPRM TESTING SERVICES:
- Heal bypassed and spiking detectors
- High frequency data sampling to better observe spiking events
- Configurable current limit from 5-60 mA
- Continuous voltage ramp