Chapter 4

Resilience Engineering for Safety of Nuclear Power Plant with Accountability

Masaharu Kitamura

Various accident investigations have been conducted to identify the causes of the Fukushima nuclear accident and to propose countermeasures to prevent future severe accidents. This chapter describes an attempt to review the investigations from the perspective of Resilience Engineering. Most investigations are based on a fundamental approach of listing up adverse events experienced during an accident to find out the causes of each adverse event, and to propose countermeasures to eliminate the identified causes. An implicit belief underlying the fundamental approach is that safety can be achieved by eliminating the causes that contributed to ...

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