Equipment qualification testing for RPC Radiy I&C systems is performed in the Company’s laboratories. RPC Radiy Testing Laboratory (TestLab) is accredited by National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (Affiliated member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation - ILAC) on technical competence in conformance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The TestLab is equipped with testing equipment and instrumentation means. Certified testing equipment is calibrated in conformance with ISO 10012:2003 instrumentation tools.
The TestLab is operated by trained and experienced staff. The TestLab performs testing, independently from the developer, in conformance with the testing procedures and methods, quality management system documents and accreditation domain.
Main equipment qualification (EQ) test types include: Radiation Exposure Withstand test; Dust impact resistance test (for Ukrainian Utilities); Environmental Conditions Withstand tests; Seismic Withstand tests; Vibration and Mechanical shock Withstand tests; Power supply parameters changing Withstand tests; Quality of electric insulation tests; Electrical safety tests; Electromagnetic compatibility tests; Maximum surface temperature test; Technological burn-in tests.
The TestLab’s facilities include: Test bench for seismic qualification; Test benches for climatic qualification; Chamber to provide equipment burn-in (increased temperature mode); Simulation test benches for I&C systems.
RPC Radiy TestLab collaborated only with certified outsourcing testing laboratories. As an example, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Tests of all manufactured I&C systems and platforms were performed in 2003-2013 in accordance with IEC 61000-4 series standards and EPRI TR-102323 (including MIL-STD-461E) requirements (used by U.S. NRC) in the Testing Laboratory of the Research and Design Institute “MOLNIYA” (Kharkov, Ukraine) and in the Testing Laboratory of the MEEI Kft. (Budapest, Hungary, member of TÜV Rheinland Group) , which are certified in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements.
Radiation Exposure Withstand Tests of the I&C Platforms sets (Test Specimens) were performed in 2011 in accordance with EPRI TR-107330 requirements (used by U.S. NRC) in the Independent Testing Laboratory of the Research and Production Enterprise “ATOMKOMPLEKSPRYLAD” (Kyiv, Ukraine) which is certified by the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (NAAU) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements.
RPC Radiy practices a two-step approach for acceptance testing; Pre-factory acceptation testing (pre-factory acceptance testing (FAT)) is held as final validation testing for an I&C system, then FAT takes place on RPC Radiy area and testing
workplaces with the participation of the National Regulatory Authority Bodies experts and NPP/Operators qualified personnel.
RPC Radiy Equipment Qualification requirements and tests procedures comply with requirements of Ukrainian NRA (IEC-based) Equipment Qualification requirements and test procedures and with the U.S. NRC (IEEE & EPRI-based) Equipment Qualification requirements and test procedures as well.