AMS Participates in IAEA Technical Meeting on I&C and Computer Security for Small Modular Reactors and Microreactors
AMS Senior Engineering Manager Brent Shumaker and Senior Engineer Alex Hashemian gave presentations during the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Technical Meeting on Instrumentation and Control (I&C) and Computer Security for Small Modular Reactors and Microreactors (SMR/MRs) that took place at the end of February. During this event, experts from all over the world discussed challenges regarding I&C and computer security for the near-term deployment of SMRs and MRs.
Alex Hashemian spoke during the Digital Innovations working group on the technical requirements for performance of process sensors in SMRs. There are many challenges that SMRs will face when it comes to instrumentation and cabling due to design and environmental factors. Mr. Hashemian touched on some viable sensor technologies for SMR designs that AMS evaluated under a recently concluded research and development project and shared some exciting results that have led to continued collaboration with SMR, MR, and advanced reactor developers.
Brent Shumaker also gave a presentation during the Digital Innovations working group and he discussed the development of online monitoring (OLM) technologies for autonomous microreactor operations. In order to realize the full benefits of microreactors, OLM systems must be implemented to provide continuous condition monitoring of critical plant processes and components. Mr. Shumaker is currently the Principal Investigator of a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that is looking to validate I&C system sensors for process management and structural health monitoring as well as OLM technologies to enable predictive maintenance and autonomous operation of microreactors.
AMS is grateful to have had the opportunity to share some of our recent work with the industry and to learn from other experts in the field.
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