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Effective Software Verification and Validation Approach for Nuclear Power Plant Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems

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Steve Yang

AREVA NP Inc., Alpharetta, GA

Jun Ding, Huifang Miao, Jianxiang Zheng

Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

Paper No. ICONE18-29264, pp. 659-665; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/ICONE18-29264
From:
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 1
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4929-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

All 1000 MW nuclear power plants currently in construction or projected to-be-built in China will use the digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems. Safety and reliability are the ultimate concern for the digital I&C systems. To obtain high confidence in the safety of digital I&C systems, rigorous software verification and validation (V&V) life-cycle methodologies are necessary. The V&V life-cycle process ensures that the requirements of the system and software are correct, complete, and traceable; that the requirements at the end of each life-cycle phase fulfill the requirements imposed by the previous phase; and the final product meets the user-specified requirements. The V&V process is best illustrated via the so-called V-model. This paper describes the V-model in detail by some examples. Through the examples demonstration, it is shown that the process detailed in the V-model is consistent with the IEEE Std 1012-1998, which is endorsed by the US Regulatory Guide 1.168-2004. The examples show that the V-model process detailed in this paper provides an effective V&V approach for digital I&C systems used in nuclear power plants. Additionally, in order to obtain a qualitative mathematical description of the V-model, we study its topological structure in graph theory. This study confirms the rationality of the V-model. Finally, the V&V approach affording protection against common-cause failure from design deficiencies, and manufacturing errors is explored. We conclude that rigorous V&V activities using the V-model are creditable in reducing the risk of common-cause failures.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME

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