The wave of digitalization is boosting the data-intensive analysis and decision-making capabilities in the nuclear industry.

FREMONT, CA: Advancement in technologies is increasingly transforming the way business and industrial sectors operate in modern times. The nuclear industry can benefit largely from the incorporation of technologies such as digitalization. The sensitive nature of the nuclear industry makes it even more essential to ensure that the safety and precautionary measures are well in place, and the systems are not outdated. For instance, the transportation of radioactive materials by road is the norm in several countries. While there hasn’t been much change in regulations or operations, road traffic has certainly increased. It can impact the transportation time and impact of the radioactive materials on the environment.

When it comes to digitalization, several aspects of the nuclear sector can potentially benefit from the technology. Operational sub-domains of the nuclear sector, such as updating a business strategy to communication efficiency as well as maximization of processes and security advancements, can all gain from digitalization. With the proliferation of technologies like the internet of things (IoT), companies are offering sensor technology to various industries. The nuclear industry can use IoT for the collection of data enabling it to understand the systems better. Further, such a digital wave will also aid the concerned authorities in the nuclear sector to monitor, control, and make better decisions.

The use of digital technologies and sensors can also enable the authorities to monitor the robustness and security features of nuclear plants. For instance, the traditional means to check the durability of nuclear plants involve invasive techniques to measure issues such as concrete degradation and corrosion. However, sensors can achieve the same using a non-invasive methodology to monitor the plants.

The nuclear industry is increasingly digitalizing and modernizing its systems and operations to enhance operational performance and combat the potential dangers of this sensitive energy source.