Requirements engineering in nuclear power plant automation (VAHAYA): VAHAYA summary report

Mikko Raatikainen*, Tomi Männistö, Teemu Tommila, Janne Valkonen

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    Requirements specify the expected characteristics of a system. Requirements engineering is an activity that defines and manages requirements in upgrades and new-builds of nuclear power plants. In the VAHAYA project, we carried out a case study on requirements engineering focusing on safety-related automation systems in nuclear power plants. The results of the study indicate that requirements engineering is becoming an increasingly important activity in the nuclear area, e.g., due to the increased complexity of the used technology. Also, other application domains can provide good practices. However, the special characteristics of the nuclear domain add special challenges to requirements engineering.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSAFIR2010, The Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2007-2010. Final Report
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

    Publication series

    NameVTT Tiedotteita - Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus
    ISSN (Print)1235-0605
    ISSN (Electronic)1455-0865


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