High Energy Arcing Fault 2 - Support

Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
State: Pennsylvania
Level of Government: Federal
  • A - Research and development
Opps ID: NBD00159154174756418
Posted Date: Sep 28, 2017
Due Date:
Solicitation No: NRC-HQ-60-17-R-0007-HEAF2
Source: Members Only
Solicitation Number :
Notice Type :
Contract Award Date :
September 27, 2017
Contract Award Number :
Contract Award Dollar Amount :
Contractor Awarded Name :
Brendan Stanton Inc
Contractor Awarded DUNS :
Contractor Awarded Address :
416 Stump Rd.

Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania 18936-9630
United States
Synopsis :
Added: Aug 11, 2017 1:39 pm
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has a requirement for the services containined in the attached Statement of Work. This is to inform you that the NRC is soliciting proposals under the attached solicitation (NRC-HQ-60-17-R-0007), and intends to award a single award contract for the effort contained in the attached Statement of Work.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued and award will be made in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Subpart 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items. This RFP will be a competitive, total small business set-aside. The NAICS code is 541330 with a size standard of $15 million. The contract type will be a firm-fixed price/labor-hour hybrid.


The current state-of-the-art methods for evaluating the fire effects from a High Energy Arcing Fault (HEAF) event is contained in NUREG/CR-6850 Appendix M and NFPA 805 Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) 07-0035, Revision 2. NUREG/CR-6850 contains a model to evaluate HEAFs in cabinets, and the NFPA 805 FAQ 07-0035 contains a HEAF model for bus ducts. Each of these models is based primarily on a single event that corresponds to the type of failure, and each does not allow adjustments to account for the variables which can influence a HEAF. Further, these events continue to occur, the most recent event in the U.S. occurring in March 2010 and producing two HEAFs, one of which is a different failure mode from that characterized in either NUREG/CR-6850 or the NFPA 805 FAQ. To support improvement of the state-of-the-art in Fire PRA modeling of HEAF events, test data is needed.

HEAFs have the potential to cause extensive damage to the failed electrical component and distribution system along with adjacent equipment and cables within the zone of influence. The significant energy released during the HEAF event can act as an ignition source to other components and developing a mechanistic model based on past events and testing can improve the state of knowledge and provide better characterization of HEAF in the fire PRA and NFPA 805 license amendment request applications.

To better understand the HEAF phenomena, enduring fires, and to develop a mechanistic model, a testing program is being conducted at KEMA-Powertest facilities (NRC-HQ-60-15-C-0004) that will provide the required information to progress with model development. Electrical contractor support is required to support the HEAF testing. Work performed by the electrical contractor would include preparation work such as equipment assembly and testing, including Hi-pot testing (also called Dielectric Withstanding Voltage (DWV) testing, or the like), and participation in teardown activities after the HEAF test has been performed. The contractor would also support capture of field conditions during testing, including as-built drawings, test documentation, and photos.


The objective of this acquisition is to provide support (assembly, storage, and teardown) of electrical testing on low and medium voltage switchgear (circuit breakers) and distribution buses (NRC-HQ-60-15-C-0004). The electrical measurements made during the testing, along with the mechanical measurements will allow for development of an enhanced HEAF model for use in fire probabilistic risk assessment. The electrical contractor will support this testing on-site, at the KEMA-Powertest facility, as well as off-site at a nearby staging area for preparation work, teardown, and storage activities.

Scope of Work/Tasks:

The contractor shall provide all resources necessary (personnel, equipment and material) to accomplish the tasks and deliverables described in this Statement of Work (SOW).

The contractor shall provide and/or perform the following three tasks:

TASK 1, Equipment procurement, preparation, and storage located near KEMA-Powertest facility

TASK 2, Support KEMA HEAF Testing of Electrical Equipment

TASK 3, Documentation of test results

Place of Performance:

The work to be performed on under this contract will be primarily performed at KEMA-Powertest facility: 4379 County Line Rd, Chalfont, PA 18914; and at the awarded contractor's facility.

Added: Aug 18, 2017 12:18 pm
This is to provide Amendment 1 details, which are the NRC's responses to questions received from potential offerors.  
Added: Aug 25, 2017 9:04 am
This is to provide Amendment 2 details, which are NRC responses to questions received from potential offerors as well as extending the proposal due date from 4:30PM, EST on Friday August 25, 2017 to 4:30PM, EST on Tuesday August 29, 2017.  
Added: Aug 29, 2017 8:13 am
This is to provide Amendment 3, which serves to clarify that the preferred method for submitting proposals is by emailing directly to richard.robinsonii@nrc.gov, not by uploading to the fbo.gov website. 
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Package #1
Posted Date:
August 11, 2017
Description: Solicitation (1449/Statement of Work/Terms and Conditions)
Description: Attachment 1 - Past Performance Questionnaire
Amendment 1
Posted Date:
August 18, 2017
Description: Amendment 1
Amendment 2
Posted Date:
August 25, 2017
Description: Amendment 2 - form 30 and continuation pages
Amendment 3
Posted Date:
August 29, 2017
Description: Amendment 3
Contracting Office Address :
11555 Rockville Pike
Rockville, Maryland 20852-2738
United States
Place of Performance :
In Close proximity to:

4379 County Line Road
Chalfont, Pennsylvania 18914
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Rob Robinson,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-415-0728

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