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Bruce Suppliers Day | May 1st, 2014 | Sartrex Power Control Systems Booth 84

May 6, 2014   //   by Sartrex   //   Industry News/Events  //  No Comments

Bruce Power Suppliers Day 2014

8:30 am - 3:30 pm, May 1st, 2014 177 Tie Road Tiverton, Ontario
 
The Sartrex Team had a wonderful time meeting Bruce employees from supply chain, project management, engineers, operators, and summer students! It was great to match a face to names we frequently communicate with as well as getting feedback from operators that are the end users of our safety equipment.  Sartrex is always looking to improve the end user experience in addition to the quality of our products. We would like to thank OCI for organizing a great event, there hard work has paid off and we look forward to future engagements with the organization. Bruce suppliers day 2014 - Sartrex From left to right: Marc-James Abi-Jaoudé, Shawn Sarkar, Dr. Nima Nikvand            

York Region Engineering Project of the Year Award 2012 – Professional Engineers of Ontario

Mar 1, 2013   //   by Sartrex   //   Industry News/Events  //  No Comments

Project of the Year Award Presentation 2012 - PEO - York

Sartrex Power Control Systems would like to thank the York Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario for recognizing us as finalists in the “York Region Engineering Project of the Year Award” for 2012.  We would also like to recognize the other finalists Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Chisholm, Fleming & Associates for their excellent contribution to York Region and to the engineering profession. Sartrex’s project was presented to a panel of seven members of the York Chapter of PEO on Feburary 9th, 2013 at the Markham Convergence Centre. Profressional Engineers of Ontario After the project was presented, Sartrex and the PEO members had an informative discussion on the project, nuclear industry, and additional business opportunities within Canada. The award ceremony coincided with the 2013 PEO York Chapter Winter Certificate Ceremony and Annual General Meeting which was held at the Hilton Suites Toronto/ Markham Hotel on February 16th, 2013. Sartrex’s project submission was related to Safety Shutdown System 1 for CANDU 6 reactors.  Building from past experience, Sartrex successfully designed and qualified four modules required for this safety system.  One of the modules, NimBin Power Supply, had to be completely designed from the ground up, ensuring that stable and continuous power is being supplied.  Another challenge overcome by Sartrex was stricter qualifications that have been imposed by our customer.  These qualifications have been tightened in the wake of the Fukushima incident as well as lessons learned over the previous years of operation. Two examples of changes in qualification are Seismic Qualification after modules have been aged to end of life and Noise Immunity test on the input signal of the amplifier module.  Additional qualification requirements reduced allowable tolerances requiring additional improvements to design and shielding to pass. Sartrex Power Control Systems wants to wish the recipients  at the  2013 PEO York Chapter Winter Certificate Ceremony all the best in their future endeavours and to strive for innovation and excellence throughout their careers. Project of the Year Award Presentation 2012 - PEO - York - 3 Sartrex Booth

Enhanced CANDU 6 – Instrumentation and Control System | Safety Systems

Jul 27, 2012   //   by Sartrex   //   Industry News/Events  //  No Comments

Enhanced CANDU 6 - Instrumentation and Control Systems

The I&C design ensures that the random failure of a single component does not result in the loss of an important safety or production function. Important functions use three instrument channels to provide immunity against single instrument faults. Modular redundancy is used to provide transparent failover for components such as DCS controllers, power supplies, and communication modules. Where enhanced cross-link protection is required, the same function is redundantly implemented in multiple independent channels with the outputs from each channel being supplied to separate voting logic. (1)
For over 30 years, Sartrex Power Control Systems has been an integral link in the CANDU Reactor supply chain. Sartrex Power Control Systems is committed to protecting the safety of nuclear power plant workers and the general public. In order to achieve excellence in product reliability, continuous improvement in both design and manufacturing processes is vital for Sartrex's wide selection of instrumentation and control systems. Sartrex's quality management system is based on our ISO 9001:2008, CSA Z299.2 and TSSA recognized certifications, which keep us compliant to the best, globally recognized, quality standards. All of our systems are subjected to stringent qualification requirements which demands the very best from our teams of quality and engineering personnel. Our products are used on the front line, in time critical environments. Our number one focus is to provide our customers with reliable safety solutions that will protect the lives of people in potentially dangerous situations. Every component counts, every detail counts, every process that is completed counts towards the protection capacity of our equipment. Our team of technical personnel has on average, 25 years of hands on experience. Being in this industry and other safety related markets for over 35 years, we understand that quality and reliability are key success factors and we are continually adapting and evolving our processes to meet the stringent, but very necessary requirements, of our customers.

"Quality is everyone's responsibility." W. Edwards Deming

Sartrex promises to continue to learn and apply the best possible quality management system to guarantee the reliability and dependability of our products.  

Enhanced CANDU 6 - Safety Systems

The reactor safety systems are designed to mitigate the consequences of plant process failures, and to ensure reactor shutdown, removal of decay heat, and prevention of radioactive releases. The safety systems in the EC6 design follow the traditional CANDU practice of providing (1):
  • Independent Shutdown Systems - SDS 1 & SDS 2
  • An Emergency Core Cooling System - ECC
  • A Containment System
  • Emergency Heat Removal System - EHRS
Sartrex Power Control Systems is in the business of designing, manufacturing, and implementing complete safety solutions for a wide range of clients.  From nuclear power stations to dockside radiation monitoring for the Canadian Defense Department, Sartrex looks forward to new opportunities to improve the safety and security of citizens in all countries.  The Enhanced CANDU Safety Shutdown System described below is just one example of Sartrex providing electronics expertise to secure the safety of plant workers and citizens around nuclear power plants around the world.  Sartrex's instrumentation and control systems are installed in Canada, Romania, Argentina, China, and South Korea.

Enhanced CANDU 6 Shutdown Systems

The EC6 reactor’s two passive, fast acting, fully capable, diverse shutdown systems are physically and functionally independent of each other. Shutdown System 1 consists of mechanical spring-assisted shutoff rods that drop by gravity into the reactor core when a trip signal de-energizes the clutches that hold the shutoff rods out of the reactor core. The design of the shutoff rods is based on the proven CANDU 6 design. Shutdown System 2 injects a concentrated solution of gadolinium nitrate into the moderator to quickly render the reactor core sub-critical, effectively stopping the fission chain reaction. The gadolinium nitrate solution is dispersed uniformly throughout the reactor with pressurized gas, thus maximizing the shutdown effectiveness. (1)(2)

Sartrex' Supply Experience for Shutdown System SDS1 & SDS2

Shutdown systems Cabinets (Group 2) - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario, Canada - Bruce Power - Ontario, Canada - New Brunswick Hydro - New Brunswick, Canada - Hydro Quebec - Quebec, Canada - Cernavoda I - Romania - Cernavoda II - Romania - Embalse - Argentina - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China Ion Chamber Amplifier and trip Comparators (SDS-1 & SDS-2) - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario - Bruce Power - Ontario - New Brunswick Hydro - New Brunswick - Hydro Quebec - Quebec - Cernavoda I - Romania - Cernavoda II - Romania (SDS-2) - Embalse - Argentina - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China
Trip Test/Alarm Control Buffer Amplifier (SDS-1) - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario - Bruce Power - Ontario - New Brunswick Hydro - New Brunswick - Hydro Quebec - Quebec - Cernavoda I - Romania - Embalse - Argentina - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China In-Core / Trip Test / Alarm Control Buffer Amplifier (SDS-2) - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario - Bruce Power - Ontario - New Brunswick Hydro - New Brunswick - Hydro Quebec - Quebec - Cernavoda I - Romania - Cernavoda II - Romania - Embalse - Argentina - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China
Reactor Trip Switches (SDS-1 & SDS-2) - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario - Bruce Power - Ontario Failed Fuel Location Systems - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China
Post Accident Communication Systems - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario - Bruce Power - Ontario - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China Shut-Off Rod Drop Logic Modules - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Ontario Power Generation - Pickering & Darlington, Ontario - Bruce Power - Ontario - Cernavoda I - Romania - Embalse - Argentina - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China
Multiple Room Tritium-in-Air Monitoring System - Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) - Wolsong 1,2,3,4 - Cernavoda I - Romania - Embalse - Argentina - Qinshan 1 & 2 - China Portable Tritium-in-Air Monitors - New Brunswick Hydro - New Brunswick

Enhanced CANDU 6 Control Center

The plant control centre makes extensive use of integrated digital technology to enhance the monitoring and supervisory control of functions, systems and equipment necessary for power production, and the monitoring of functions, systems and equipment important to safety. The main control room features a main operator console, with large video display units (VDUs) for plant overview and annunciation located to the front, and an array of panels, grouped by major system, located to the sides. The operator is normally situated at the main operator console where VDUs provide access to integrated plant information and controls for normal use. From here the operator also has access to historical data storage and retrieval facilities to support post event analysis and the monitoring of longer term trends. An independent set of qualified VDUs, alarms, conventional control and monitoring instrumentation is provided on the control room panels to manage the safety of the reactor and to prevent damage to costly equipment in the event that the VDUs normally used are unavailable. (1)
The Advanced Digital Control Center represents a giant leap forward in the control of power generation facilities. Sartrex, in partnership with AECL, designed this complex system and manufactured the control center for Qinshan III, China.  Sartrex continues to be the premier supplier of the Advanced Digital Control Center for new and refurbished Enhanced CANDU 6 reactors.

  (1): Enhanced CANDU 6 Technical Summary located on CANDU.com (2): Enhanced Candu 6 Ec6 pdf - Enhanced CANDU 6 – EC6 Overview Dr Stefan S Doerffer, PEng Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Seminar on CANDU TECHNOLOGY Warsaw, Poland January 23rd, 2007

Nuclear Power, Smart Grid, and Clean Energy Conferences in 2012

Jun 21, 2012   //   by Sartrex   //   Industry News/Events  //  No Comments

International Conference on Power Engineering and Renewable Energy

3-5 July, 2012. Bali, Indonesia Indonesia’s demand for energy, more specifically electrical power has been growing quickly following its economic and population growth. The most challenging aspect of creating a functioning infrastructure is that Indonesia is made up of over 10,000 islands. Nuclear power plays a big role in the clean electricity on the larger islands of Indonesia and many experimental reactors are in testing for future use. Click here for more information on this conference  

 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting

22 – 26 July, 2012. At Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, USA. “This premier power engineering conference will bring together practicing power engineers and academics from all over the world. The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum for experts to promote, share, and discuss various issues and developments in the field of electrical power engineering.” Click here for more information on this meeting  

IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Engineering (SGE’12)

27-29 August, 2012. UOIT, Oshawa, Canada The deployment of a Smart Grid network is the next evolution of power distribution networks. The Smart Grids are electricity networks that promise to enhance the operational efficiency of nationwide power supply via distributed generation with bi-directional electricity flow with the least amount of negative environmental impact. Governments around the world are investing heavily in this technology to ensure optimum energy use and supply. The SGE’12 conference aims to provide an opportunity to discuss various engineering challenges of smart grid design and operation, by focusing on advanced methods and practices for designing different components and their integration within the grid, along with many other interesting topics. Click here for more information on this conference  

North American Power Symposium 2012

9-11 September, 2012. University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois, USA The 44th North American Power Symposium (NAPS) is held every year at a different university in North America and provides an open environment for participants a wide verity of backgrounds to learn more about new innovations being made along with solutions to current problems. Student are encouraged to present papers upon topics such as “analytical, computational, experimental studies aimed at solving problems related to operation, control, monitoring, protection, reliability as well as economics of power and energy systems and components” Click here for more information on this symposium  

Great Lakes Symposium

24-26 September, 2012. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois. The second annual Great Lakes Symposium will be on the topic of Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy. “The Symposium will feature keynote and plenary sessions, technical presentations, and tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications. The Symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that breaks new ground in smart grid design and development and showcases smart grid best practices from around the country along with new technologies and ideas that are spurring innovation, growing state economies, reducing emissions and empowering consumers to conserve and save.” Attendants will have the chance to learn about new and upcoming projects along with networking with industry leaders. Click here for more information on this symposium  

Candu Energy Inc. Suppliers' Day

Thursday, September 27, 2012. Sheridan Park 2285 Speakman Drive, Mississauga, ON This event hosted by The Organization of Candu Industries (OCI) brings together manufacturers, engineers, procurement staff and other industry leaders to network and interact with Candu Energy Inc. Staff. New products and services will also be presented and booths set up to showcase upcoming products. Click here for more information on this event  

Bruce Power Suppliers' Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  Bruce Power Auditorium, 177 Tie Rd, Tiverton, ON, Canada. This event hosted by Bruce Power and The Organization of Candu Industries (OCI) “brings together manufacturers, engineers, procurement staff and other industry leaders to network with Bruce Power Staff and interact with other industry professionals.” This year’s event will feature dozens of suppliers showcasing new and innovative products and services.  Click here for more information on this event  

Nuclear Power International Conference

11-13 December, 2012 in the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida The sixth annual Nuclear Power International Conference, which discusses key issues like the growing global demand for energy concerns, and ones related to the environment, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. “Emission-free, baseload nuclear power can be a viable option to address these concerns and meet growing demand for energy. The nuclear renaissance truly is underway around the world. Plants are under construction or planned in China, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India and Europe.” Even the U.S.A is planning the expansion of its nuclear power generation systems in the very near future. Similar to previous years we have Co-located with POWER-GEN International, the attendees of both events reap the benefits of two powerful shows under one roof. Click here for more information on this conference

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