Some safety systems of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) operate in standby mode. An equipment of such systems is periodically tested and that allows timely detect and repair equipment failures. The periodic testing is an important measure of ensuring systems’ operability and reliability. However, during the test and repair the equipment cannot perform it’s safety function, therefore too often testing decreases the availability of the system. This paper describes the mathematical model that represents how availability and reliability of the systems and their components depend on testing interval, taking into account different failure modes of the equipment. This model allows to find the optimal testing interval for the safety. As an example, the auxiliary feedwater pumps, that are a part of the Ignalina NPP Reactor Emergency Core Cooling System, are analysed. The model parameters calculation is based on Ignalina NPP data regarding pumps operation and failure as well as on general Nordic NPPs reliability data (T-Book) appling Bayesian approach for parameters updating. The analysed safety system is a redundant system that consists of six pumps and other equipment. Therefore a model for multiple components failure was developed. The model accounts for actual operational requirements of the system. The results of this model are compared with usually used binominal model.

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