Review of Electromagnetic Compatibility on Digital Systems of Nuclear Power Plants

  • Israel Abraham Alarcón-Sánchez
  • Roberto Linares-y-Miranda
  • Luis Hector Hernández-Gómez
  • Yunuén López-Grijalba
  • Alejandra Armenta-Molina
  • Laura Guadalupe Carbajal-Figueroa
  • Luis Alberto Arenas-Magos
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 124)


The incidence of systems affected by electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) in nuclear power plants has increased considerably recently, due to the replacement of analog with digital equipment. It is a consequence of the development of new technologies, which are more susceptible to interference. In addition, more attention is required to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in the designs, as well as the tendency to use wireless connection equipment. It has introduced more noise in the work environment. This review made an analysis of the events that have been presented in different systems related to electromagnetic interference in nuclear power plants. Such events could reduce the safety of the plant. Also, some recommendations in the electromagnetic compatibility design of instrumentation and control systems are discussed.


Electromagnetic compatibility Electromagnetic interference Instrument and control systems Nuclear power plant Human–machine interface Digital–analog systems 



Control Room System


Control Room Technology


Electro-Magnetic Compatibility


Electro-Magnetic Environment


Electro-Magnetic Interference


Electric Power Research Institute


Human–Machine Interface


International Atomic Energy Agency


International Electrotechnical Commission


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers


Institute of Nuclear Power Operations


Instrument and Control


Military Standard


Nuclear Power Plant


Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Operator Support System


Radio Frequency Interference


Specific Safety Guide



The authors kindly acknowledge the grant for the development of Project 211704. It was awarded by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT).


The conclusions and opinions stated in this paper do not represent the position of the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, where the commission is active part of the project mentioned in the acknowledgment. Although special care has been taken to maintain the accuracy of the information and results, all the authors do not assume any responsibility for the consequences of its use. The use of particular mentions of countries, territories, companies, associations, products or methodologies does not imply any judgment or promotion by all the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Israel Abraham Alarcón-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Roberto Linares-y-Miranda
    • 1
  • Luis Hector Hernández-Gómez
    • 1
  • Yunuén López-Grijalba
    • 2
  • Alejandra Armenta-Molina
    • 1
  • Laura Guadalupe Carbajal-Figueroa
    • 1
  • Luis Alberto Arenas-Magos
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Sección de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Unidad Zacatenco, “Unidad Profesional Adolfo López Mateos”Ciudad de MéxicoMéxico
  2. 2.Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de IngenieríaSan Agustín Tlaxiaca, HidalgoMéxico

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