L-3 to upgrade St. Lucie nuclear simulator

28 August 2013

L-3 MAPPS has secured 'multiple contracts' from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) in relation to simulator upgrades at the St. Lucie nuclear power plant.

The contracts will see L-3 MAPPS rehost the existing full scope simulator, simulate new digital controllers to support a plant modification, replace the simulator's input/output (I/O) gateway computer and provide a new classroom simulator.

More specifically, the upgrade work will involve rehosting the St. Lucie Plant's simulation software using L-3 MAPPS' industry-leading Orchid® simulation environment; replacement of legacy analogue controllers with new Yokogawa YS1700 digital controller and replacing the current Linux I/O gateway computer with a Windows I/O computer,

L-3 is also developing a new classroom simulator to provide an accurate representation of the control room environment by emulating the plant's physical hard panels. The classroom simulator will use touch-screen technology and will comprise three Orchid Touch Interface bays.

Work on all four projects is already underway, with the updated simulator is expected to enter service in 2013, L3- MAPPS said.


Photo: St Lucie 1&2 (Credit: FPL)

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