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The Control Rod Drive Mechanism Control System (CRDM-CS) commands and powers the control rod grippers that position the control rod cluster in the reactor core.

The Mitsubishi CRDM-CS is implemented with the digital nuclear instrumentation and Control (I&C) platform MELTAC, and is designed for ease of maintainability, and provides highly reliable operation.

System Configuration​

The Mitsubishi CRDM-CS is composed of the logic cabinet, power cabinet and control power cabinet. The CRDM-CS drives the control rod cluster by receiving manual commands from the operator or automatic control signals from the reactor Control System, in predetermined sequences.

  • ​Logic Cabinet: Receives signals from the reactor control system and the main control room, then selects the proper control rod cluster and sends rod insertion or withdrawal signal to the power cabinets.
  • Control Power Cabinet: Conditions the power from the Motor-Generator (M-G) sets for the logic cabinet and power cabinets.
  • Power Cabinet: Receives the control signals from the logic cabinet and supplies the specified current to the CRDM coils of the control rod cluster to be moved. 

System Features

The Mitsubishi CRDM-CS has the following features to establish high reliability and maintainability.

  • ​The double gripper (stationary and movable) hold sequence of the control rods, prevents the rods from unexpected dropping due to signal failures.
  • Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBTs) are employed in the coil driver circuitry of the power cabinet to reduce power consumption and to eliminate the partial drain issues of similar thyristor circuits.
  • The modern electronic circuitry design reduces the overall component count thereby reducing spare parts inventory and maintenance costs.
  • The power cabinet consists of drawer type units which contain modularized circuit assemblies. These assemblies utilize pluggable electrical connectors instead of terminal units to increase maintainability of the coil driver circuits.

Complete Component Line

In addition to the control system, Mitsubishi provides​ all equipment related to the CRDM such as Motor Generator set (MG-set), Bus-duct, and CRDM-coils.