Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design

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  • Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design

    Join the Columbia Basin Section on December 3rd at 7pm for a presentation on Fukushima and Complex Systems Design given by David Koch. This is the third in a series of presentations on the Nuclear Power industry from ASME Columbia Basin Section and ANS Eastern Washington Section.

    The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster caused a major shift in nuclear safety philosophy, both inside Japan and worldwide. Old nuclear reactors previously thought safe by design are now being reevaluated, with many seeing upgrades to legacy safety systems. What has not been discussed in depth though is the human-centered design factors that surface in such emergencies, and how overly rigid configuration management controls can actually negatively impact reactor safety in beyond design basis incidents.

    Engineered systems are often thought to be rationally designed because of the rigorous calculations and analysis performed by diligent engineers. Under the design surface though, those systems are often based on deeply held beliefs instead of logical systems-level thinking. This talk will provide an overview of the disaster before delving into the analysis, where it will be shown how complex systems engineering projects are human-oriented projects as much as component-oriented projects.

    David A. Koch graduated from WSU in 2010 with his BS in Materials Science and Engineering. He spent 2 years working in experimental aviation before switching to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where he spent 5 years working on the Waste Treatment Project. He left that position in 2017, returning to WSU fulltime to complete his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He traveled to the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in 2019 as part of his doctoral research.

    Topic: Fukushima – A Lesson in Human Factors Surrounding Complex Systems Design
    Time: Dec 3, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 880 7509 3786
    Passcode: 687812

    Please contact Kelly Mears at mearsk@hotmail.com if you have any questions or would like to call into the meeting.

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