L3 MAPPS Full Scope Simulator for Embalse Is Ready for Training
MONTREAL, April 25, 2013
L3 MAPPS announced today that the Embalse full scope simulator it developed for Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. (NA-SA) was put into service on March 22, 2013 at the Embalse nuclear power station on the southern shore of a reservoir on the Rio Tercero, near the city of Embalse in Córdoba Province, Argentina. L3 MAPPS and NA-SA gathered in Córdoba today to celebrate this significant success, a project milestone known as "Ready for Training."
The simulator will support enhanced operator training for the single unit at the Embalse site – a CANDU 6 pressurized heavy water reactor with a net output of 600 MWe, which went into commercial operation on January 20, 1984. The last full scope CANDU plant simulator L3 MAPPS developed was for the Qinshan Phase III plant in Zhejiang, China, which entered service in the first quarter of 2003. Since then, L3 MAPPS has introduced significant technology inroads that the industry has adopted, including plant models developed in L3's Orchid® simulation environment, emulation of redundant plant computer systems and highly advanced compact input/output systems, all of which have been applied to making the Embalse simulator completely state-of-the-art.
"Through this development effort, L3 has produced the most modern full scope CANDU plant simulator using today's very latest hardware and software technologies and simulation techniques," said Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. "This is an important project for L3 MAPPS as it makes us uniquely qualified to build the next generation of CANDU plant simulators. We are very grateful to NA-SA for giving us the opportunity to advance our solution to this stage."
"With the Embalse full scope simulator in service, the first major deliverable for the plant's life extension project has been successfully achieved," said Rubén Semmoloni, Embalse NPP life extension project director for NA-SA. "We applaud the L3 MAPPS and NA-SA technical teams for their teamwork and dedication in delivering the simulator, which will be a central part of our personnel training and safety culture for the next 25 years."
The Embalse full scope simulator features L3's leading Orchid simulation environment running on a PC/Windows platform. All of the plant's simulated operational systems are developed, validated and maintained within Orchid, including the reactor, nuclear steam supply systems, balance of plant systems, electrical systems and I&C systems. The plant computer systems, known as Digital Control Computers (DCCs), are represented with a fully emulated dual DCC that is integrated in the full scope simulator.
L3 MAPPS, a division of L3 Marine & Power Systems, has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company's website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.
Comprising 25 operating companies, L3 Marine & Power Systems (L3 M&PS) is a worldwide leader in maritime automation and control, navigation, communications, dynamic positioning, and power distribution and conditioning for the U.S. Navy, allied foreign navies and commercial customers worldwide. L3 M&PS also produces full-fidelity simulators for increased operator proficiency, resulting in safe operations for leading international utilities and ship operators. With over 85 locations in 19 countries, L3 M&PS is a cohesive, global partner with extensive capabilities and a proven track record in delivering the highest level of technology, service and integration. To learn more about L3 Marine & Power Systems, please visit the company's website at www.L3T.com/MPS.
Headquartered in New York City, L3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and national security solutions. L3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company's website at www.L3T.com.
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