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A smart software sensor for feedwater flow measurement monitoring

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3 Author(s)
Man Gyun Na ; Dept. of Nucl. Eng., Chosun Univ., Gwangju ; Yoon Joon Lee ; In Joon Hwang

Venturi flow meters are currently used to measure the feedwater flowrate in most pressurized water reactors. The feedwater flowrate can be overmeasured because of the fouling phenomena that make corrosion products accumulate in the Venturi meters. Therefore, in this work, a smart software sensor using a fuzzy model is developed in order to accurately estimate online the feedwater flowrate, and also to monitor the status of the existing hardware sensors. A subtractive clustering method is used as the basis of a fast and robust algorithm for identifying the fuzzy model. The fuzzy model is optimized by a genetic algorithm combined with a least squares method. The proposed smart software sensor is verified by using the acquired real plant data of Yonggwang Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3. In the simulations, since the root mean squared error and the relative maximum error are so small and the proposed smart software sensor early detects the degradation of an existing hardware sensor, it can be applied successfully to validate and monitor the existing hardware feedwater flow meters

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 6 )