ArmInfo. Over the coming two years work on the development of a large-scale simulator for the Armenian nuclear power plant will be completed. Vahram Petrosyan, Director General of the Research Institute for the Operation of Nuclear Power Plants (Armatom), announced this on September 26 at the press conference in Yerevan.
According to him, work on a large-scale simulator is carried out with the assistance of the US Department of Energy. Its necessity is determined by the demand of time and is aimed at improving the professional skills of the employees of the Armenian NPP. Vahram Petrosyan emphasized that if such simulators were used at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, tragedy would have been avoided, since the experiment would have been conducted not on the reactor itself, but on a training device.
The professor also announced the launch of the fourth-generation repair simulator systems, the main purpose of which will be the training and retraining of the repair and maintenance personnel of the ANPP, information support during the operation and repair of plant equipment, increasing the technical knowledge of personnel and improving working conditions.
Vahram Petrosyan also said that Uzbekistan and Bangladesh, where new nuclear power units would be built, are interested in Armenian safety systems at nuclear plants. American dealer companies supplying equipment to nuclear power plants have also expressed interest in the Institute's offers. According to the professor, the Institute has developed sensors that detect the slightest fluctuations in steam generators. "We produced 74 of these sensors for the Armenian nuclear power plant. Thanks to this, in 2018, an accident was recorded on one of the steam generators in which the engine oil leak occured," added Vahram Petrosyan.
The Armatom Institute was established in 1973 before the commissioning of the first unit of the ANPP (1976). The Institute conducts studies of the technical condition of nuclear power plants and develops new devices for its safety. In particular, in 1989 the Institute developed one of the first simulators in the USSR for the personnel of nuclear power plants, which was installed at the Novovoronezh NPP. The Institute also developed and implemented the fourth generation industrial antiseismic protection system.