Modifications for Improvement

Deutschmann, Herbert
July 2004
Nuclear Plant Journal;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p42
Trade Publication
The article presents a study, which shows that large modification projects in nuclear power plants lead to less safety significant events than small modifications. According to the author, large projects or projects with new technologies involved require a specific Quality Assurance Plan based on quality elements of the plant's Quality Management System (QMS) and the QMS of the main designer and supplier. The analysis has shown that modifications to a nuclear power plant pose a risk by introducing latent failures. To improve the quality of the modification process, applying human factor principles and efficient use of operating experience must become standard elements in the process.


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