Jefferson Lab IEC 61508/61511 Safety PLC Based Safety System
H.P.Robertson, K.L.Mahoney* (JLAB)
This paper describes the design of the new 12 GeV Upgrade Personnel Safety System (PSS) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF). The new PSS design is based on the implementation of systems designed to meet international standards IEC61508 and IEC 61511 for programmable safety systems. In order to meet the IEC standards, TJNAF engineers evaluated several SIL 3 Safety PLCs before deciding on an optimal architecture. In addition to hardware considerations, software quality standards and practices must also be considered. Finally, we will discuss R&D that may lead to both high safety reliability and high machine availability that may be applicable to future accelerators such as the ILC.
Authored by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC under U.S. DOE Contract No. DE-AC05-06OR23177.