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Instrumentation Reference Book, 4th Edition by Walt Boyes

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43.9. Nuclear Reactor Control Systems

43.9.1. Requirements for Reactor Control

In the design of many control systems the importance of reliability depends upon the consequences of a failure. The cost of a failure in the control circuits of a domestic appliance such as a washing machine is largely restricted to the cost of repair; this will fall on the manufacturer if it occurs within the guarantee period, after this on the owner. The manufacturer is interested in making a product with sufficient reliability to ensure a very low level of returns under guarantee and to keep up with the competition.
At the other end of the spectrum, the cost of a failure of the control or safety systems of a nuclear reactor is extremely large but not easy to quantify. ...

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