Developing Methodology for Experimentation Using a Nuclear Power Plant Simulator
Many of today’s most complicated systems are human-machine systems that involve extensive advanced technology and a team of highly trained operators. As these human-machine systems are so complex, it is important to understand the factors that influence operator performance, operator state (e.g., overloaded, underload, stress) and the types of errors that operators make. Thus, it is desirable to develop an experimental methodology for studying complex systems that involve team operations. This paper looks at Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) operations as a test case for building this methodology. The methodology will reference some aspects/details specific to NPPs, but the general principles are intended to extend to any complex system that involves team operations.
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