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LPI partners with Argonne to support nuclear power plant operations

LPI, Inc., along with Argonne National Laboratory, will work on advanced physics-based fluid system performance monitoring to support nuclear power plant operations. An Argonne team led by Rick Vilim, Senior Nuclear Engineer, is seeking to speed commercialization of a technology that detects and diagnoses performance-related problems in the thermal-hydraulic systems of nuclear power plants. The technology eliminates the need for fault diagnosis by humans, which is time consuming and prone to errors, by using comparable automated sensors. Vilim and his team expects the technology - known as Parameter-Free Reasoning Operator for Automated, Identification and Diagnosis (PRO-AID) - to reduce costs and increase efficiency by spotting any faults earl so they can be fixed. To make PRO-AID commercially available, the team must first move from a simulation-level to a pilot-level environment. The team also needs to improve PRO-AID's software and algorithms so Argonne's partners in industry can understand and apply the code. LPI's extensive expertise in the area of fluid systems will help contribute to Argonne's experts on this project. For more information please contact Paul Bruck at 978-378-1180.

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