F1 technology will monitor nuclear pumps in feasibility study

Using technology originally developed for Cosworth Group's activities in the Formula One motor racing industry and ClydeUnion Pumps’ nuclear pumping equipment, parameters such as speed, temperature, flow rate and vibration will be monitored in real-time to identify whether a pump is approaching or has exceeded any operational limits of its design or is due for scheduled maintenance.

For the study Cosworth Group will employ its high performance electronics technologies as “silent witness” data loggers to monitor the pumps that are responsible for circulating water around a reactor under normal operating and potential fault conditions. ClydeUnion Pumps will provide the necessary equipment and operating expertise as well as access to a typical pump in a test lab environment and, if possible, at a client’s premises for durability testing.

The £107 970 project is expected to be completed by November 2011.