NEA (2017), Human Factors Validation of Nuclear Power Plant Control Room Designs and Modifications: Proceedings of the Expert Workshop (Appendix B), OECD Publishing, Paris
This document is Appendix B of the Proceedings of the Expert Workshop on Human Factors Validation of Nuclear Power Plant Control Room Designs and Modifications, held in Charlotte, United States on 19-21 February 2015. It contains the white papers of the workshop participants.
In the nuclear field integrated system validation (ISV) is an activity associated to the area of human factors engineering (HFE), being mainly related to the main control room (MCR) and remote shutdown stations (RSS). According to the HFE model included in NUREG‐0711, ISV is defined as an evaluation, using performance‐based tests, to determine whether an integrated system’s design (i.e. hardware, software, and personnel elements) meets performance requirements and supports the plant’s safe operation.
The considerations described here will focus in the different types of validations that can exist, related to the nuclear field, and with special emphasis in the most challenging validation, the ISV, as the final stage of a HFE process (for new designs and for certain types of design modifications), based on the experience of Tecnatom.