Assessment of Wireless Technologies and Their Application at Nuclear Facilities (NUREG/CR-6882, ORNL/TM-2004/317)
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Manuscript Completed: July 2005
Published: July 2006
B.J. Kaldenbach, M.R. Moore, P.D. Ewing, W.W. Manges,
C.L. Dillard, K. Korsah, R.A. Kisner
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6283
Managed by UT-Battelle, LLC
Christina E. Antonescu, NRC Project Manager
Division of Fuel, Engineering and Radiological Research
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been engaged by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES), to identify and assess the safety-related issues that may be posed by the implementation of wireless systems in nuclear facilities. This work is being performed in response to the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR) User Need Request NRR-2002-017 for investigating emerging technologies and their application in nuclear facilities. Currently, wireless technology is not used as an integral element of safety-related systems in nuclear facilities. The most prevalent introductory use is for in-facility communications among personnel and for supplemental information transmission. However, further system upgrades and implementations at new facilities may introduce wireless communication into safety-significant applications.
This report documents the technology considerations, deployment issues, and implementation considerations that could contribute to the technical basis for comprehensive guidance on wireless systems. It is expected to help future instrumentation and controls designers select compatible wireless systems for nuclear facilities. The report also provides considerations regarding wireless system deployments.