Measurement Uncertainty Recapture (MUR) Power Uprates entail improvements to feedwater mass flow measurement technology and devices, through ultrasonic flow metering, to significantly reduce the degree of uncertainty associated with feedwater flow measurement and, in turn, provide for a more accurate calculation of thermal power.
In the two decades since the MUR uprates were implemented, power plants have recorded down powers because of instrument failure. Common issues are due to ultrasonic flow meter or fouling of the differential pressure flow meter and erroneous plant feedwater flow metering.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has updated regulations that permit licensing using uncertainty in the safety analysis allowance consistent with that determined in these improved calculations. Lowering the uncertainty can result in uprates up to 2%. Associated increases in revenue numbers are in the millions, with potentially no additional instrumentation required to be installed.
GSE has helped multiple sites in the US to correct for conservative bias error in the final feedwater flow rate measurements due to venturi/nozzle fouling, which allows the unit to recover lost generation.
GSE also offers Data Validation and Reconciliation (DVR) services and TSM Enterprise. These solutions can integrate seamlessly with our DVR modeling processes and other software tools already in use at your plant. These solutions provide analysis and reporting of plant thermal performance, helping to reduce staffing, errors, and costs in operations.
GSE Engineering is a highly experienced team focused on creating innovative ways to meet our customers’ needs using a combination of our industry-leading services and products. The Programs & Performance group (Formerly True North Consulting) leverages decades of specialized expertise in thermal performance and engineering programs that refine and update systems, to optimize performance and safety.