An Experience in Standardization of Nuclear Power Plants

by B. K. Kanga, Engrg. Mgr.; Bechtel Power Corp., Gaithersburg, Md.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 7, Pg. 47-50

Document Type: Feature article


This article outlines successful efforts at design of five standardized nuclear units, in four different states in the U.S.A., for a group of five utilities. The Standard Power Block, consisting of the turbine, reactor, auxiliary, fuel, control, radiation waste, and diesel generators buildings, is identical for all units. The units are rated at 1150 MWe and consist of Westinghouse PWR and General Electric turbine generators. General history, the approach to licensing of the units, the enveloping of various site characteristics for the design of the plant, and the cost savings achieved by a single effort at the design, procurement of equipment and materials, certain construction schedules and procedures, start-up procedures and procedures for quality control and quality assurance documents are considered; certain design techniques such as models, pipe formations, etc., used for advantages of the project.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Nuclear power | Turbines | Construction sites | Construction equipment | Construction materials | Quality control | Radiation

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