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Design and Development of Process-Powered Sensors on Wireless Sensor Network for Stand-alone Plant Critical Data Management During SBO and Beyond Design Basis Events

  • J. AparnaEmail author
  • Sebin Philip
  • Anita Topkar
  • I. V. Dulera
  • D. Das
  • A. Rama Rao
Conference paper

Abstract

Considering the need to access crucial parameters in a nuclear reactor during station blackout condition (SBO), we have proposed self-powered or process-powered sensors with wireless data transmission. Low-power electronics comprising a piezoresistive pressure sensor, amplifier, and wireless transmitter was developed for demonstration of process-powered sensor operation. The required electrical power was derived using a thermoelectric generator as an energy harvester which converts heat energy from the process to electrical energy and drives the complete electronics along with the wireless transmitter. A power management circuitry has been used for management of power fed to the electronics. The complete instrumentation has been tested in the laboratory to demonstrate the operation of process-powered sensor and wireless instrumentation. Such approach would be suitable for wireless network of self-powered/process-powered sensors and also for wearable devices by operators. An overview of this development is presented in this paper.

Keywords

Microelectromechanical system sensors MEMS SBO BDBE Self-powered sensors Wireless networks Process powered/self powered Wearable devices 

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Copyright information

© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Aparna
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sebin Philip
    • 2
  • Anita Topkar
    • 2
  • I. V. Dulera
    • 1
  • D. Das
    • 2
  • A. Rama Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Reactor Engineering DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreTrombay, MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Electronics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreTrombay, MumbaiIndia

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