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  1. Blanket management method for liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    A method for reducing thermal striping in liquid metal fast breeder reactors by reducing temperature gradients between adjacent fuel and blanket assemblies by shuffling blanket assemblies at each refueling outage so as to progressively shuffle the blanket assemblies to the core periphery through multiple moves and to generally locate fresh blanket assemblies adjacent to exposed fuel assemblies and exposed blanket assemblies adjacent to fresh fuel. Additionally, assembly orificing is altered to provide less flow to blanket assemblies needing less flow due to an otherwise decreased temperature gradient and providing additional flow to fuel assemblies which need more flow to sufficiently reduce temperature gradients to prevent thermal striping. (author)

  2. Solid breeder blanket concepts

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    An investigation is made of a mechanical concept for the blanket with solid breeders in view of the possible adaptation to power reactor. A special arrangement of the multiplier and breeder materials is developed to permit a further neutronic optimisation

  3. Degrading the Plutonium Produced in Fast Breeder Reactor Blankets

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    Choi, Jor-Shan; Kuno, Yusuke [Tokyo University, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656 (Japan)

    2009-06-15

    Plutonium quality, defined as the plutonium isotopic composition, is an important measure for proliferation-resistance (PR) of a nuclear energy system. The quality of the plutonium produced in the blanket assemblies of a fast breeder reactor could be as good as or better than the weapons-grade (WG). The presence of such good quality plutonium is a proliferation concern. There are various options to degrade the plutonium produced in the breeder blanket. The obvious one is to blend the blanket plutonium with those produced from the reactor core during reprocessing. Other options try to prevent the generation of good quality plutonium (Pu). The Protected Plutonium Production (P{sup 3}) Project proposed by Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT)1,2,3 advocates the doping of certain amount of neptunium (Np), or americium (Am) in fresh blanket fuel for irradiation. The increased production of {sup 238}Pu, {sup 240}Pu and {sup 242}Pu by neutron capture in {sup 237}Np and Am would degrade the blanket plutonium. However, as {sup 237}Np is a controlled material according to IAEA, its use as doping material in fresh blanket fuel presents a concern for nuclear proliferation. In addition, the fabrication of fresh blanket fuel with inclusion of americium would be complicated due to the emission of intense low-energy gamma radiation from {sup 241}Am. Am is normally accompanied by Cm since the separation of those 2 elements is very difficult. Fuel containing both Am and Cm may make Safeguards measurement difficult. A variation would be doping the fresh blanket fuel with minor actinide (e.g., a group of neptunium, americium, and curium), or with separated reactor-grade (RG) plutonium. The drawback of such schemes would be the need for glove boxes in fresh blanket fuel fabrication. It is possible to fuel the breeder blankets with recycled (reprocessed) uranium oxide. The recycled uranium, recovered from reprocessing, contains {sup 236}U, which when irradiated in the blanket would

  4. Fast breeder reactor blanket management: comparison of LMFBR and GCFR blankets

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    The economic performance of the fast breeder reactor blanket, considering different fuel management schemes was studied. To perform this, the investigation started with a standard reactor physics calculation. Then, two economic models for evaluation of the economic performance of the radial blanket were developed. These models formed the basis of a computer code, ECOBLAN, which computes the net economic gain and the levelized fuel cost due to the radial blanket. The net gain in terms of dollars and $/kgHM-y and the levelized fuel cost in mills/kWhe were obtained as a function of blanket thickness and a residence time of the fuel in the blanket. A LMFBR and a GCFR were the reactor models considered in this study. The optimum radial blanket of a GCFR consists of two rows, that of a LMFBR consists of three rows. Regarding the different fuel management schemes, the fixed blanket was found to be more favorable than reshuffled blanket. Out-in and in-out reshuffled blanket offer almost the same net gain. In all the cases, the burnup calculated for the fuel was found to be less than the acceptable limit. There is an optimum residence time for the fuel in the blanket which depends on the position of the fuel in the blanket and the fuel management scheme studied. As expected, except for very short residence times (less than 2.5 years), the radial blanket is a net income producer. There is no significant difference between the economic performance of the blanket of a LMFBR and a GCFR

  5. Development of advanced blanket materials for solid breeder blanket of fusion reactor

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    The design of advanced solid breeding blanket in the DEMO reactor requires the tritium breeder and neutron multiplier that can withstand the high temperature and high fluence, and the development of such as advanced blanket materials has been carried out by the cooperation activities among JAERI, universities and industries in Japan. The Li2TiO3 pebble fabricated by wet process is a reference material as a tritium breeder, but the stability on high temperature has to be improved for application to DEMO blanket. As one of such the improved materials, TiO2-doped Li2TiO3 pebbles were successfully fabricated and TiO2-doped Li2TiO3 has been studied. For the advanced neutron multiplier, the beryllides that have high melting point and good chemical stability have been studied. Some characterization of Be12Ti was conducted, and it became clear that Be12Ti had lower swelling and tritium inventory than that of beryllium metal. The pebble fabrication study for Be12Ti was also performed and Be12Ti pebbles were successfully fabricated. From these activities, the bright prospect was obtained to realize the DEMO blanket by the application of TiO2-doped Li2TiO3 and beryllides. (author)

  6. Fast-core thermal-blanket breeder reactor

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    A preliminary assessment of the performance expected from a specific type of FCTB reactor, consisting of a gas-cooled fast system for the core and natural-uranium light-water thermal system for the blanket is reported. Both the core and the blanket use the 238U-Pu fuel cycle. When all the neutrons leaking out of the core reach the blanket, the blanket-to-core power ratio is estimated to be about 1.3. By reducing its water-to-fuel volume ratio below 1.5, the light water blanket can be designed to have a higher ksub(eff), while maintaining an equilibrium fissile fuel content. Compared with conventional FBRs, having the same power output, the FCTB reactor considered offers the following advantages: a lower fissile fuel content, easier and safer control, no need for Pu separation. (B.G.)

  7. Economic performance of liquid-metal fast breeder reactor and gas-cooled fast reactor radial blankets

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    The economic performance of the radial blanket of a liquid-metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) and a gas-cooled fast reactor (GCFR) has been studied based on the calculation of the net financial gain as well as the value of the levelized fuel cost. The necessary reactor physics calculations have been performed using the code CITATION, and the economic analysis has been carried out with the code ECOBLAN, which has been written for that purpose. The residence time of fuel in the blanket is the main variable of the economic analysis. Other parameters that affect the results and that have been considered are the value of plutonium, the price of heat, the effective cost of money, and the holdup time of the spent fuel before reprocessing. The results show that the radial blanket of both reactors is a producer of net positive income for a broad range of values of the parameters mentioned above. The position of the fuel in the blanket and the fuel management scheme applied affect the monetary gain. There is no significant difference between the economic performance of the blanket of an LMFBR and a GCFR

  8. Preliminary structural design and thermo-mechanical analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    Highlights: • A helium cooled solid breeder blanket module was designed for CFETR. • Multilayer U-shaped pebble beds were adopted in the blanket module. • Thermal and thermo-mechanical analyses were carried out under normal operating conditions. • The analysis results were found to be acceptable. - Abstract: With the aim to bridge the R&D gap between ITER and fusion power plant, the Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) was proposed to be built in China. The mission of CFETR is to address the essential R&D issues for achieving practical fusion energy. Its blanket is required to be tritium self-sufficient. In this paper, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket adopting multilayer U-shaped pebble beds was designed and analyzed. Thermo-mechanical analysis of the first wall and side wall combined with breeder unit was carried out for normal operating steady state conditions. The results showed that the maximum temperatures of the structural material, neutron multiplier and tritium breeder pebble beds are 523 °C, 558 °C and 787 °C, respectively, which are below the corresponding limits of 550 °C, 650 °C and 920 °C. The maximum equivalent stress of the structure is under the allowable value with a margin about 14.5%

  9. Thermal-hydraulic design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    To bridge the gap between ITER and DEMO and to realize the fusion energy in China, a fusion device Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) was proposed and being designed aiming at 50-200 MW fusion power, 30-50% duty time factor, and tritium self-sustained. Three kinds of tritium breeding blanket concepts, including helium-cooled solid blanket, water-cooled solid blanket and liquid metal-cooled liquid blanket, have been considered for CFETR. Compared to ITER test blanket module, the blanket design for CFETR is facing much more challenges due to the compulsive requirements of tritium self-sufficiency, nuclear heat removal and the space limitation for blanket installation. In this paper, a kind of helium cooled solid tritium breeder blanket was designed for CFETR full superconducting tokamak. The thermal-hydraulic designs were carried out based on the blanket structure design and neutronics calculation. The performance evaluation was conducted using ANSYS, and three-dimensional fluid-solid coupled models were modeled for the accuracy results. The results showed that the FW and BU can satisfy the design requirements. (author)

  10. European DEMO BOT solid breeder blanket

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    The BOT (Breeder Outside Tube) Solid Breeder Blanket for a fusion DEMO reactor is presented. This is one of the four blanket concepts under development in the frame of the European fusion technology program with the aim to select in 1995 the two most promising ones for further development. In the paper the reference blanket design and external loops are described as well as the results of the theoretical and experimental work in the fields of neutronics, thermohydraulics, mechanical stresses, tritium control and extraction, development and irradiation of the ceramic breeder material, beryllium development, ferromagnetic forces caused by disruptions, safety and reliability. An outlook is given on the remaining open questions and on the required R and D program. (orig.)

  11. Zeolite membranes and palladium membrane reactor for tritium extraction from the breeder blankets of ITER and DEMO

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    Demange, D., E-mail: david.demange@kit.edu; Borisevich, O.; Gramlich, N.; Wagner, R.; Welte, S.

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • We present a new concept to recover tritium from the helium in breeder blankets. • Zeolite membranes are fully tritium compatible and can pre-concentrate tritiated molecules. • PERMCAT catalytic membrane reactor recovers tritium to be reused in the fuel cycle. -- Abstract: While the tritium technology for the inner DT fuel cycle of fusion reactors shall be demonstrated in ITER, the tritium management in the breeder blanket remains very challenging. Most of the process options rely on ad(b)sorption/desorption cycles, using dedicated packed beds to handle separately the molecular and oxide forms of tritium. This approach seems satisfactory for ITER, but seems difficult to scale up to DEMO. The alternative use of a catalytic membrane reactor in combination with inorganic membranes would simplify and improve the overall tritium management. Zeolite membranes should enable in a single step the pre-concentration of all tritiated species. This tritium enriched stream could be afterwards processed using PERMCAT (catalytic Pd-based membrane reactor) to finally recover the tritium in its pure molecular form. This paper discusses at the conceptual level such approach. The latest experimental results on zeolite membrane and multi-tube PERMCAT reactor are presented. Next R and D activities for technical scale demonstrations and refined simulation tools are proposed to finally estimate the sizes of the components to be operated in ITER and DEMO.

  12. Tritium recovery from ceramic breeder blanket

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    It is known that chemical forms of tritium released from ceramic breeders are T2O and T2. Among issues relevant to the tritium chemical form, tritium inventory is one of the major criteria in the selection of breeder material. The primary purpose of this report is to study the dependence of tritium inventory in a blanket with ceramic solid breeder on the tritium chemical form. In this light, tritium inventory in a Li2O blanket has been evaluated as a function of tritium chemical form under the conditions of the Japanese Fusion Experimental Reactor (FER). It was shown that in a blanket with Li2O as a breeder, which has a strong affinity to water vapor, the inventory due to T2O adsorption becomes quite large. In order to reduce the T2O adsorption inventory, conversion of the tritium chemical form through an isotope exchange reaction with hydrogen added to the sweep gas (T2O + 2 H2 → H2O + 2 HT) has been proposed, and its advantages and problems have been examined. Lithium hydroxide formation and mass transfer, which are considered to be inherent in the Li2O-T2O system and to be critical issues for the feasibility of a Li2O blanket, have been also discussed. (author)

  13. Solid breeder blanket design and tritium breeding

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    Thermonuclear D-T power plants will have to be tritium self-sufficient. In addition to recovering the energy carried by the fusion neutrons (about 80% of the fusion energy), the blanket of the reactor will thus have to breed tritium to replace that burnt in the fusion process. This paper is an attempt to cover in a concise way the questions of tritium breeding, and the influence of this issue on the design of, and the material selection for, power reactor blanket relying on the use of solid breeder materials. Tritium breeding requirements - to breed one tritium per fusion neutron - are shown to be quite demanding. To meet them, the blanket must incorporate, in addition to a tritium breeding lithium compound, a neutron multiplier so as to compensate for neutron losses. Presently prefered lithium compounds are Li2O, LiAlO2, Li2ZrO3, Li4SiO4. The neutron multiplier considered in most design concepts is beryllium. Furthermore, the blanket must be designed with a view to minimizing these neutron losses (search for compactness and high coverage ratio of the plasma while minimizing the amount of structures and coolant). The design guidelines are justified and the technological problems which limit their implementation are discussed and illustrated with typical designs of solid breeder blanket. (orig.)

  14. Fusion breeder sphere - PAC blanket design

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    There is a considerable world-wide effort directed toward the production of materials for fusion reactors. Many ceramic fabrication groups are working on making lithium ceramics in a variety of forms, to be incorporated into the tritium breeding blanket which will surround the fusion reactor. Current blanket designs include ceramic in either monolithic or packed sphere bed (sphere-pac) forms. The major thrust at AECL is the production of lithium aluminate spheres to be incorporated in a sphere-pac bed. Contemporary studies on breeder blanket design offer little insight into the requirements on the sizes of the spheres. This study examined the parameters which determine the properties of pressure drop and coolant requirements. It was determined that an optimised sphere-pac bed would be composed of two diameters of spheres: 75 weight % at 3 mm and 25 weight % at 0.3 mm

  15. Tritium concentration monitoring of the purge gas stream of HCPB breeder blankets in future fusion reactors

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    In fusion technology it is necessary to monitor tritiated gases for process monitoring. Such a system should be able to monitor the gas without taking samples. It should also be compact, cheap, the system stability should be excellent and it should recognize changes in the activity fast. Standard tools for activity measurements are ionization chambers and calorimeters. Ionization chambers work without sample taking but they are gas species dependent. Also pressures in the 100 mbar range are needed. Calorimeters are not suitable to be used as process monitors and it takes several hours to get a result. For activity measurements with a calorimeter it is necessary to extract gas samples. The Tritium Activity Chamber Experiment (TRACE) is a specially designed prototype to monitor traces of tritium in a gas sample utilizing Beta Induced X-Ray Spectroscopy (BIXS). Future fusion plants like ITER or DEMO could use such a system to monitor the purge gas streams in HCPB breeder blankets. TRACE will explore the possibility to monitor the expected 10 ppm tritium in the helium purge gas stream. We will evaluate if a BIXS system can be used as a standard monitoring system for tritiated gases in the range of (10-5-100) mbar tritium partial pressure.

  16. Fast-Breeder-Blanket Project: FBBF. Final report

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    This report is the final report for DOE contract DE-AC02-76ET37237 with the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Project. The Project was initiated to investigate the uncertainties in Fast Breeder Reactor blanket calculations. Absolute measurements of key neutron reaction rates, neutron spectra, and gamma-ray energy depositions were made in simulated FBF blankets in the Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF), a Cf-252 driven subcritical facility. Calculation of the spectra and integral reaction rates were made using methods, computer codes, and cross section data typical of those currently used in the design of FBR's. Comparisons of calculated to experimental integral neutron reaction rates give good agreement at the inner portions of the blanket by diverge to C/E ratios of about 0.65 at the outer edge of the blanket for reactions sensitive to the neutron density

  17. Comparison analysis of fusion breeder blanket concepts

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    Based on the wide survey, the development status and key issues of fusion breeder blanket concepts are summarized. Two types of blanket concepts, i.e. solid and liquid breeder blanket, were compared and assessed in terms of engineering feasibility, tritium recovery and control, economic and safety aspects, etc. The advantages and disadvantages of the two types of blanket concepts were clarified from the viewpoint of technology realization and development potential. This study may act as a valuable reference for fusion blanket concept selection and design. (authors)

  18. ITER solid breeder blanket materials database

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    Billone, M.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Dienst, W. [Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany). Inst. fuer Material- und Festkoerperforschung; Flament, T. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Commissariat A L`Energie Atomique; Lorenzetto, P. [NET Team, Garching (Germany); Noda, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takai, Ibaraki, (Japan); Roux, N. [CEA Centre d`Etudes et de Recherches Les Materiaux (France). Commissariat a L`Energie Atomique

    1993-11-01

    The databases for solid breeder ceramics (Li{sub 2},O, Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4}, Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} and LiAlO{sub 2}) and beryllium multiplier material are critically reviewed and evaluated. Emphasis is placed on physical, thermal, mechanical, chemical stability/compatibility, tritium, and radiation stability properties which are needed to assess the performance of these materials in a fusion reactor environment. Correlations are selected for design analysis and compared to the database. Areas for future research and development in blanket materials technology are highlighted and prioritized.

  19. TOKOPS: Tokamak Reactor Operations Study: The influence of reactor operations on the design and performance of tokamaks with solid-breeder blankets: Final report

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    Reactor system operation and procedures have a profound impact on the conception and design of power plants. These issues are studied here using a model tokamak system employing a solid-breeder blanket. The model blanket is one which has evolved from the STARFIRE and BCSS studies. The reactor parameters are similar to those characterizing near-term fusion engineering reactors such as INTOR or NET (Next European Tokamak). Plasma startup, burn analysis, and methods for operation at various levels of output power are studied. A critical, and complicating, element is found to be the self-consistent electromagnetic response of the system, including the presence of the blanket and the resulting forces and loadings. Fractional power operation, and the strategy for burn control, is found to vary depending on the scaling law for energy confinement, and an extensive study is reported. Full-power reactor operation is at a neutron wall loading pf 5 MW/m2 and a surface heat flux of 1 MW/m2. The blanket is a pressurized steel module with bare beryllium rods and low-activation HT-9-(9-C-) clad LiAlO2 rods. The helium coolant pressure is 5 MPa, entering the module at 2970C and exiting at 5500C. The system power output is rated at 1000 MW(e). In this report, we present our findings on various operational scenarios and their impact on system design. We first start with the salient aspects of operational physics. Time-dependent analyses of the blanket and balance of plant are then presented. Separate abstracts are included for each chapter

  20. Breeder reactors

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    The reasons for the development of fast reactors are briefly reviewed (a propitious neutron balance oriented towards a maximum uranium burnup) and its special requirements (cooling, fissile material density and reprocessing) discussed. The three stages in the French program of fast reactor development are outlined with Rapsodie at Cadarache, Phenix at Marcoule, and Super Phenix at Creys-Malville. The more specific features of the program of research and development are emphasized: kinetics and the core, the fuel and the components

  1. Development of Solid Breeder Blanket at JAERI

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    Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) has been performing blanket development based on the long-term research program of fusion blankets in Japan, which was approved by the Fusion Council of Japan in 1999. The blanket development consists of out-pile R and D, In-pile R and D, TBM Neutronics and TPR Tests and Tritium Recovery System R and D. Based on the achievements of element technology development, the R and D program is now stepping to the engineering testing phase, in which scalable mockup tests will be performed for obtaining engineering data unique to the specific structure of the components, with the objective to define the fabrication specification of test blanket modules for ITER. This paper presents the major achievements of the element technology development of solid breeder blanket in JAERI

  2. Proceedings of the fifteenth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of 'the Fifteenth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders Under the IEA Implementing Agreement on the Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors. This workshop was held in Sapporo, Japan on 3-4, Sept. 2009. Twenty six participants from EU, Japan, India, Russia and USA attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included 1) evolutions in ceramic breeder blanket design, 2) progress in ceramic breeder material development, 3) irradiation testing, 4) breeder material properties, 5) out-of-pile pebble bed experiment, 6) modeling of the thermal, mechanical and tritium transfer behavior of pebble beds and 7) interfacing issues of solid breeder blanket development. By this workshop, advance of key technologies for solid breeder blanket development was shared among the participants. Also, desired direction of further investigation and development was recognized. The 20 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  3. A review of fusion breeder blanket technology, part 1

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    This report presents the results of a study of fusion breeder blanket technology. It reviews the role of the breeder blanket, the current understanding of the scientific and engineering bases of liquid metal and solid breeder blankets and the programs now underway internationally to resolve the uncertainities in current knowledge. In view of existing national expertise and experience, a solid breeder R and D program for Canada is recommended

  4. Conceptual design of a water cooled breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Liu, Songlin, E-mail: slliu@ipp.ac.cn [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Pu, Yong; Cheng, Xiaoman [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Li, Jia; Peng, ChangHong [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China); Ma, Xuebing [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Chen, Lei [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230027 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We proposed a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket with superheated steam. • Superheated steam is generated at the first wall and the front part of breeder zone. • Superheated steam has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW and improves TBR. • The superheated steam at higher temperature can improve thermal efficiency. - Abstract: China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like superconducting tokamak reactor. Its major radius is 5.7 m, minor radius is 1.6 m and elongation ratio is 1.8. Its mission is to achieve 50–200 MW of fusion power, 30–50% of duty time factor, and tritium breeding ratio not less than 1.2 to ensure the self-sufficiency. As one of the breeding blanket candidates for CFETR, a water cooled breeder blanket with superheated steam is proposed and its conceptual design is being carried out. In this design, sub-cooling water at 265 °C under the pressure of 7 MPa is fed into cooling plates in breeding zone and is heated up to 285 °C with saturated steam generated, and then this steam is pre-superheated up to 310 °C in first wall (FW), final, the pre-superheated steam coming from several blankets is fed into the other one blanket to superheat again up to 517 °C. Due to low density of superheated steam, it has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW so that the high energy neutrons entering into breeder zone moderated by water in cooling plate help enhance tritium breeding by {sup 6}Li(n,α)T reaction. Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebbles and Be{sub 12}Ti pebbles are chosen as tritium breeder and neutron multiplier respectively, because Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Be{sub 12}Ti are expected to have better chemical stability and compatibility with water in high temperature. However, Be{sub 12}Ti may lead to a reduction in tritium breeding ratio (TBR). Furthermore, a spot of sintered Be plate is used to improve neutron multiplying capacity in a multi-layer structure. As one alternative option

  5. Conceptual design of a water cooled breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Highlights: • We proposed a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket with superheated steam. • Superheated steam is generated at the first wall and the front part of breeder zone. • Superheated steam has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW and improves TBR. • The superheated steam at higher temperature can improve thermal efficiency. - Abstract: China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is an ITER-like superconducting tokamak reactor. Its major radius is 5.7 m, minor radius is 1.6 m and elongation ratio is 1.8. Its mission is to achieve 50–200 MW of fusion power, 30–50% of duty time factor, and tritium breeding ratio not less than 1.2 to ensure the self-sufficiency. As one of the breeding blanket candidates for CFETR, a water cooled breeder blanket with superheated steam is proposed and its conceptual design is being carried out. In this design, sub-cooling water at 265 °C under the pressure of 7 MPa is fed into cooling plates in breeding zone and is heated up to 285 °C with saturated steam generated, and then this steam is pre-superheated up to 310 °C in first wall (FW), final, the pre-superheated steam coming from several blankets is fed into the other one blanket to superheat again up to 517 °C. Due to low density of superheated steam, it has negligible impact on neutron absorption by coolant in FW so that the high energy neutrons entering into breeder zone moderated by water in cooling plate help enhance tritium breeding by 6Li(n,α)T reaction. Li2TiO3 pebbles and Be12Ti pebbles are chosen as tritium breeder and neutron multiplier respectively, because Li2TiO3 and Be12Ti are expected to have better chemical stability and compatibility with water in high temperature. However, Be12Ti may lead to a reduction in tritium breeding ratio (TBR). Furthermore, a spot of sintered Be plate is used to improve neutron multiplying capacity in a multi-layer structure. As one alternative option, in spite of lower TBR, Pb is taken into

  6. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts

  7. Fast Breeder Reactor studies

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    Till, C.E.; Chang, Y.I.; Kittel, J.H.; Fauske, H.K.; Lineberry, M.J.; Stevenson, M.G.; Amundson, P.I.; Dance, K.D.

    1980-07-01

    This report is a compilation of Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) resource documents prepared to provide the technical basis for the US contribution to the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation. The eight separate parts deal with the alternative fast breeder reactor fuel cycles in terms of energy demand, resource base, technical potential and current status, safety, proliferation resistance, deployment, and nuclear safeguards. An Annex compares the cost of decommissioning light-water and fast breeder reactors. Separate abstracts are included for each of the parts.

  8. Embattled breeder reactor

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    A commercial fuel-cloning machine, a nuclear breeder reactor, is yet to produce electricity in the United States. It is expensive in capital and fuel costs, its fuel that must be reprocessed can become a link to nuclear weapons manufacture, and its safety is no greater than conventional nuclear reactors. The breeder has had on-again/off-again administrative support from Washington. Opponents worry about escalating costs and failure to develop alternatives like solar energy. Proponents say fossil-fuel depletion will eventually force long-term renewable resources such as the breeder anyway. Some who share parts of both views oppose present policy regarding the Clinch River Breeder demonstration plant specifically. The correct choices on breeder concept development and commercialization will be known in 2050. 3 figures

  9. Fast breeder reactor

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    The fluid-cooled fast breeder reactor described includes an outer cylindrical boundary wall, a plurality of canless fuel elements and breeder material elements received within the boundary wall and being in an array therein forming a fissionable fuel zone and a breeder material zone coaxially surrounding the fissionable fuel zone, a coolant supply system for applying fluid coolant at uniform pressure to the entire cross section within the cylindrical boundary wall, and flow guide devices extending substantially horizontally and disposed at different levels one above the other within the breeder material zone which coaxially surrounds the fissionable fuel zone, means for elastically securing the flow guide devices at alternate levels within the breeder material to the boundary wall, the flow guide devices at the levels intermediate the alternate levels being spaced by an annular gap from the boundary wall. 7 claims, 7 drawing figures

  10. Neutronic optimization of solid breeder blankets for STARFIRE design

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    Extensive neutronic tradeoff studies were carried out to define and optimize the neutronic performance of the different solid breeder options for the STARFIRE blanket design. A set of criteria were employed to select the potential blanket materials. The basic criteria include the neutronic performance, tritium-release characteristics, material compatibility, and chemical stability. Three blanket options were analyzed. The first option is based on separate zones for each basic blanket function where the neutron multiplier is kept in a separate zone. The second option is a heterogeneous blanket type with two tritium breeder zones. In the first zone the tritium breeder is assembled in a neutron multiplier matrix behind the first wall while the second zone has a neutron moderator matrix instead of the neutron multiplier. The third blanket option is similar to the second concept except the tritium breeder and the neutron multiplier form a homogeneous mixture

  11. Clinch River Breeder Reactor

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    Mr. Baron says the administration's effort to terminate the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) project is symptomatic; they have also placed restrictions on fusion, coal, solar, and other areas of energy development in which technological advances are held back in order to force conservation. Because the breeder reactor, unlike solar and fusion energy, is both economically and technically feasible, a demonstration plant is needed. The contentions that the CRBR design is obsolete, that its proposed size is inappropriate, or that plutonium can be diverted for weapons proliferation are argued to be invalid. Failure to complete the CRBR will have both economic and national security repercussions

  12. Design and safety analysis of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    This paper reports the design and safety analysis results of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket of the Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR). Materials selection and basic structure of the blanket have been presented. Performance analysis including neutronics analysis and thermo-mechanical analysis has shown good results. And the safety analysis of the blanket under Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) conditions has been described. Results showed the current design can deal well with the selected accident scenarios.

  13. Design and safety analysis of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Wang, Shuai; Zhou, Guangming; Lv, Zhongliang; Jin, Cheng; Chen, Hongli [University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui (China). School of Nuclear Science and Technology

    2016-05-15

    This paper reports the design and safety analysis results of the helium cooled solid breeder blanket of the Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR). Materials selection and basic structure of the blanket have been presented. Performance analysis including neutronics analysis and thermo-mechanical analysis has shown good results. And the safety analysis of the blanket under Loss Of Coolant Accident (LOCA) conditions has been described. Results showed the current design can deal well with the selected accident scenarios.

  14. On blanket concepts of the Helias reactor

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    The paper discusses various options for a blanket of the Helias reactor HSR22. The Helias reactor is an upgrade version of the Wendelstein 7-X device. The dimensions of the Helias reactor are: major radius 22 m, average plasma radius 1.8 m, magnetic field on axis 4.75 T, maximum field 10 T, number of field periods 5, fusion power 3000 MW. The minimum distance between plasma and coils is 1.5 m, leaving sufficient space for a blanket and shield. Three options of a breeding blanket are discussed taking into account the specific properties of the Helias configuration. Due to the large area of the first wall (2600 m2) the average neutron power load on the first wall is below 1 MWm.2, which has a strong impact on the blanket performance with respect to lifetime and cooling requirements. A comparison with a tokamak reactor shows that the lifetime of first wall components and blanket components in the Helias reactor is expected to be at least two times longer. The blanket concepts being discussed in the following are: the solid breeder concept (HCPB), the dual-coolant Pb-17Li blanket concept and the water-cooled Pb-17Li concept (WCLL). (orig.)

  15. A European proposal for an ITER water-cooled solid breeder blanket

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    The water-cooled solid breeder blanket concept proposed here aims to replace the shielding blanket for the enhanced performance phase of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER). The nominal performances are as follows: an average neutron wall load of 1 MW m-2 which corresponds to a fusion power of about 1.5 GW, and an average neutron fluence of 1 MWy m-2. The proposed blanket concept has been designed to accept a power increase of about 30% and power transients up to 3-5 GW for a short time. This blanket concept is based on a breeder inside tube (BIT)-type blanket with poloidal breeding elements made of 316 L-type stainless steel and filled with lithium metazirconate and beryllium pebbles. Inlet and outlet water temperatures of 160 and 200 C have been considered with a medium-pressure cooling system during plasma burn. The diameters of the breeding elements are compatible with the space available in test fission reactor core channels, making in-pile testing, required for blanket development and qualification, easier. A conservative approach using qualified materials, a blanket concept easily testable in fission reactors and on-going mock-up testing, which can be qualified using the blanket test module during the basic performance phase of ITER, will allow the blanket reliability required for the enhanced performance phase to be achieved. (orig.)

  16. Ferritic steels for the first generation of breeder blankets

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    Materials development in nuclear fusion for in-vessel components, i.e. for breeder blankets and divertors, has a history of more than two decades. It is the specific in-service and loading conditions and the consequentially required properties in combination with safety standards and social-economic demands that create a unique set of specifications. Objectives of Fusion for Energy (F4E) include: 1) To provide Europe's contribution to the ITER international fusion energy project; 2) To implement the Broader Approach agreement between Euratom and Japan; 3) To prepare for the construction and demonstration of fusion reactors (DEMO). Consequently, activities in F4E focus on structural materials for the first generations of breeder blankets, i.e. ITER Test Blanket Modules (TBM) and DEMO, whereas a Fusion Materials Topical Group implemented under EFDA coordinates R and D on physically based modelling of irradiation effects and R and D in the longer term (new and /or higher risk materials). The paper focuses on martensitic-ferritic steels and (i) reviews briefly the challenges and the rationales for the decisions taken in the past, (ii) analyses the status of the main activities of development and qualification, (iii) indicates unresolved issues, and (iv) outlines future strategies and needs and their implications. Due to the exposure to intense high energy neutron flux, the main issue for breeder materials is high radiation resistance. The First Wall of a breeder blanket should survive 3-5 full power years or, respectively in terms of irradiation damage, typically 50-70 dpa for DEMO and double figures for a power plant. Even though the objective is to have the materials and key fabrication technologies needed for DEMO fully developed and qualified within the next two decades, a major part of the task has to be completed much earlier. Tritium breeding test blanket modules will be installed in ITER with the objective to test DEMO relevant technologies in fusion

  17. Proceedings of the eleventh international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of 'the Eleventh International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders Under the IEA Implementing Agreement on the Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors, and the Japan-US Fusion Collaboration Framework. This workshop was held in Tokyo, Japan on December 15-17, 2003. About thirty experts from China, EU, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Russia and USA attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included 1) evolutions in ceramic breeder blanket design, 2) progress in ceramic breeder material development, 3) irradiation testing, 4) breeder material properties, 5) out-of-pile pebble bed experiment, 6) modeling of the thermal, mechanical and tritium transfer behavior of pebble beds and 7) interfacing issues of solid breeder blanket. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for designs of solid breeder blankets and test blankets in EU, Russia and Japan, recent results of irradiation tests, HICU, EXOTIC-8 and the irradiation tests by IVV-2M, modeling study on tritium release behavior of Li2TiO3 and so on, fabrication technology developments and characterization of the Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4 pebbles, research on measurements and modeling of thermo-mechanical behaviors of Li2TiO3 and Li4SiO4 pebbles, and interfacing issues, such as, fabrication technology for blanket box structure, neutronics experiments of blanket mockups by fusion neutron source and tritium recovery system. The 26 of the presented papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  18. Light-water breeder reactors: preliminary safety and environmental information document. Volume III

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    Information is presented concerning prebreeder and breeder reactors based on light-water-breeder (LWBR) Type 1 modules; light-water backfit prebreeder supplying advanced breeder; light-water backfit prebreeder/seed-blanket breeder system; and light-water backfit low-gain converter using medium-enrichment uranium, supplying a light-water backfit high-gain converter

  19. Impact of blanket tritium against the tritium plant of fusion reactor

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    The breeder blanket and the blanket tritium recovery system are tested using test blanket modules during ITER campaign. And then, these are integrated with the tritium plant for the first time at a prototype reactor after ITER. In this work, impact to the tritium plant by integration of the solid breeder blanket was discussed. The method of tritium extraction from the blanket and the choice of the process for breeder blanket interface should be discussed not only from the viewpoint of tritium release but also from the viewpoint of the load of processing. (author)

  20. Design and technology development of solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water in Japan

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    This paper presents results of conceptual design activities and associated R and D of a solid breeder blanket system for demonstration of power generation fusion reactors (DEMO blanket) cooled by supercritical water. The Fusion Council of Japan developed the long-term research and development programme of the blanket in 1999. To make the fusion DEMO reactor more attractive, a higher thermal efficiency of more than 40% was strongly recommended. To meet this requirement, the design of the DEMO fusion reactor was carried out. In conjunction with the reactor design, a new concept of a solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water was proposed and design and technology development of a solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water was performed. By thermo-mechanical analyses of the first wall, the tresca stress was evaluated to be 428 MPa, which clears the 3Sm value of F82H. By thermal and nuclear analyses of the breeder layers, it was shown that a net TBR of more than 1.05 can be achieved. By thermal analysis of the supercritical water power plant, it was shown that a thermal efficiency of more than 41% is achievable. The design work included design of the coolant flow pattern for blanket modules, module structure design, thermo-mechanical analysis and neutronics analysis of the blanket module, and analyses of the tritium inventory and permeation. Preliminary integration of the design of a solid breeder blanket cooled by supercritical water was achieved in this study. In parallel with the design activities, engineering R and D was conducted covering all necessary issues, such as development of structural materials, tritium breeding materials, and neutron multiplier materials; neutronics experiments and analyses; and development of the blanket module fabrication technology. Upon developing the fabrication technology for the first wall and box structure, a hot isostatic pressing bonded F82H first wall mock-up with embedded rectangular cooling channels was

  1. Neutronic study of fusion reactor blanket

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    The problem of effective regeneration is a crucial issue for the fusion reactor, specially for the power reactor because of the conflicting requirements of heat removal and tritium breeding. For that, calculations are performed to evaluate blanket materials. Precise techniques are herein developed to improve the accuracy of the tritium production and the neutron and gamma transport calculations. Many configurations are studied with realistic breeder, structure, and coolant proportions. Accuracy of the results are evaluated from the sensitivity theory and uncertainty study using covariance matricies. At the end of this work, we presented the needs of nuclear data for fusion reactors and we give some advices for improving our knowledge of these data

  2. Neutronic study of fusion reactor blanket

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    The problem of effective regeneration is a crucial issue for the fusion reactor, specially for the power reactor because of the conflicting requirements of heat removal and tritium breeding. For that, calculations are performed to evaluate blanket materials. Precise techniques are herein developed to improve the accuracy of the tritium production and the neutron and gamma transport calculations. Many configurations are studied with realistic breeder, structure, and coolant proportions. Accuracy of the results are evaluated from the sensitivity theory and uncertainty study using covariance matrices. At the end of this work, we presented the needs of nuclear data for fusion reactors and we give some advices for improving our knowledge of these data

  3. Preliminary Design of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR Based on the BIT Concept

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    CFETR is the “ITER-like” China fusion engineering test reactor. The design of the breeding blanket is one of the key issues in achieving the required tritium breeding radio for the self-sufficiency of tritium as a fuel. As one option, a BIT (breeder insider tube) type helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket (HCCB) was designed. This paper presents the design of the BIT—HCCB blanket configuration inside a reactor and its structure, along with neutronics, thermo-hydraulics and thermal stress analyses. Such preliminary performance analyses indicate that the design satisfies the requirements and the material allowable limits. (fusion engineering)

  4. Preliminary Design of a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR Based on the BIT Concept

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    Ma, Xuebin; Liu, Songlin; Li, Jia; Pu, Yong; Chen, Xiangcun

    2014-04-01

    CFETR is the “ITER-like” China fusion engineering test reactor. The design of the breeding blanket is one of the key issues in achieving the required tritium breeding radio for the self-sufficiency of tritium as a fuel. As one option, a BIT (breeder insider tube) type helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket (HCCB) was designed. This paper presents the design of the BIT—HCCB blanket configuration inside a reactor and its structure, along with neutronics, thermo-hydraulics and thermal stress analyses. Such preliminary performance analyses indicate that the design satisfies the requirements and the material allowable limits.

  5. The Karlsruhe solid breeder blanket and the test module to be irradiated in ITER/NET

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    The blanket for the DEMO reactor should operate at an average neutron flux of 2.2 MW/m2 for 20000 h. This requires the use of a structural material which can withstand high neutron fluences without swelling. The ferritic steel Manet was chosen for this purpose. The breeder material is in the form of Li4SiO4 pebbles of 0.35 to 0.6 mm diameter. The 6 mm thick beds of pebbles are placed between beryllium plates which are cooled by high pressure helium flowing inside steel tubes. Breeder material and beryllium are contained in radial canisters, placed inside boxes. The coolant helium enters the blanket at 250deg C, cools first the box walls and then the breeder and multiplier, and leaves the blanket at 450deg C. The maximum temperature in the first wall steel is 550deg C, while the minimum and maximum temperatures in the breeder are 380 and 820deg C, respectively. The resulting total tritium inventory in the breeder is only 10 g, and the real tridimensional tritium breeding ratio is 1.11. The conceptual design of the test module, of its extraction system and of the required out-of-reactor ancillary systems has allowed an estimate of the time constants of the various components and thus allowed an assessment of the requirements given by the testing of the modules on the NET/ITER machine. (orig.)

  6. Neutronics R and D efforts in support of the European breeder blanket development programme

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    The EU fusion technology programme considers two blanket development lines, the Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket with Lithium ceramics pebbles as breeder material and beryllium pebbles as neutron multiplier, and the Helium-Cooled Lithium-Lead (HCLL) blanket with the Pb-Li eutectic alloy acting both as breeder and neutron multiplier. The long-term strategy aims at providing validated engineering designs of breeder blankets for a fusion power demonstration reactor (DEMO). As an important intermediate step, the breeder blankets need to be tested in a real fusion environment as provided by ITER. HCPB and HCLL Test Blanket Modules (TBM) have been accordingly designed for tests in dedicated ITER blanket ports. The nuclear design and performance of the breeder blanket modules rely on the results provided by neutronics design calculations. Validated computational tools and qualified nuclear data are required for high prediction accuracies including reliable uncertainty assessments. Complementary to the application of established standard tools and data for design analysis, a dedicated neutronics R and D effort is therefore conducted in the EU. This includes the development of dedicated computational tools, the generation of high quality nuclear data and their validation through integral experiments. The recent neutronic design efforts have been devoted to the European DEMO reactor study comprising (i) Monte Carlo based pre-analysis for the dimensioning of the shielding system, (ii) the generation of a generic CAD based Monte Carlo geometry model, and (iii) performance analysis for HCLL and HCPB based DEMO variants. The recent focus of the validation effort is on neutronics TBM mock-up experiments. The first experiment of this kind was performed on a TBM mock-up of the HCPB breeder blanket. The follow-up experiment on a neutronics HCLL TBM mock-up is currently under preparation. Computational pre-analysis were performed to optimise the design of the mock

  7. Fast breeder reactor research

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    , Italy, in April or May 1977. Recognizing the importance of international co-ope ration within the framework of IWGFR for preparing surveys, proposals and recommendations concerning sodium cooled fast breeder reactors, the Working Group prepared a number of joint documents with the help of experts from the participating countries, discussed them at the Eighth Annual Meeting and made recommendations on the preparation of subsequent joint documents. (author)

  8. The gas-cooled Li2O moderator/breeder canister blanket for fusion-synfuels

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    A new integrated power and breeding blanket is described. The blanket incorporates features that make it suitable for synthetic fuel production. It is matched to the thermal and electrical requirements of the General Atomic water-splitting process for producing hydrogen. The fusion reaction is the Tandem Mirror Reactor (TMR) using Mirror Advanced Reactor Study (MARS) physics. The canister blanket is a high temperature, pressure balanced, crossflow heat exchanger contained within a low activity, independently cooled, moderate temperature, first wall structural envelope. The canister uses Li2O as the moderator/breeder and helium as the coolant. ''In situ'' tritium control, combined with slip stream processing and self-healing permeation barriers, assures a hydrogen product essentially free of tritium. The blanket is particularly adapted to synfuels production but is equally useful for electricity production or co-generation

  9. Fusion reactor blanket: neutronic studies in France

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    The problem of effective tritium regeneration is a crucial issue for the fusion reactor, especially for the power reactor because of the conflicting requirements of heat removal and tritium breeding. For that, calculations are performed to evaluate blanket materials. Precise techniques are herein developed to improve the accuracy of the tritium production and the neutron and gamma transport calculations. Many configurations are studied with realistic breeder, structure, and coolant proportions. Accuracy of the results are evaluated from the sensitivity theory and uncertainty analysis. The results of these studies permit us to conclude that it is possible to expect an adequate tritium breeding ratio

  10. Preliminary neutronics design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Lv, Zhongliang; Chen, Hongli, E-mail: hlchen1@ustc.edu.cn; Chen, Chong; Li, Min; Zhou, Guangming

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Neutronics design of a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR was presented. • The breeding zones parallel to FW and perpendicular to FW were optimized. • A series of neutronics analyses for the proposed blanket were shown. - Abstract: Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is a test tokamak reactor being designed in China to bridge the gap between ITER and future fusion power plant. Tritium self-sufficiency is one of the most important issues for CFETR and the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) is recommended not less than 1.2. As one of the candidates, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR superconducting tokamak option was proposed. In the concept, radial arranged U-shaped breeding zones are adopted for higher TBR and simpler structure. In this work, three-dimensional neutronics design and analysis of the blanket were performed using the Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP with IAEA data library FENDL-2.1. Tritium breeding capability of the proposed blanket was assessed and the breeding zones parallel to first wall (FW) and perpendicular to FW were optimized. Meanwhile, the nuclear heating analysis and shielding performance were also presented for later thermal and structural analysis. The results showed that the blanket could well meet the tritium self-sufficiency target and the neutron shield could satisfy the design requirements.

  11. Preliminary neutronics design and analysis of helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR

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    Highlights: • Neutronics design of a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR was presented. • The breeding zones parallel to FW and perpendicular to FW were optimized. • A series of neutronics analyses for the proposed blanket were shown. - Abstract: Chinese Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) is a test tokamak reactor being designed in China to bridge the gap between ITER and future fusion power plant. Tritium self-sufficiency is one of the most important issues for CFETR and the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) is recommended not less than 1.2. As one of the candidates, a helium cooled solid breeder blanket for CFETR superconducting tokamak option was proposed. In the concept, radial arranged U-shaped breeding zones are adopted for higher TBR and simpler structure. In this work, three-dimensional neutronics design and analysis of the blanket were performed using the Monte Carlo N-Particle transport code MCNP with IAEA data library FENDL-2.1. Tritium breeding capability of the proposed blanket was assessed and the breeding zones parallel to first wall (FW) and perpendicular to FW were optimized. Meanwhile, the nuclear heating analysis and shielding performance were also presented for later thermal and structural analysis. The results showed that the blanket could well meet the tritium self-sufficiency target and the neutron shield could satisfy the design requirements

  12. Characterization of the effects of continuous salt processing on the performance of molten salt fusion breeder blankets

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    Several continuous salt processing options are available for use in molten salt fusion breeder blanket designs. The effects of processing on blanket performance have been assessed for three levels of processing and various equilibrium uranium concentrations in the salt. A one-dimensional model of the blanket was used in the neutronics analysis which incorporated transport calculations with time-dependent isotope generation and depletion calculations. The level of salt processing was found to have little effect on the behavior of the blanket during reactor operation; however, significant effects were observed during the decay period after reactor shutdown

  13. A Feasible DEMO Blanket Concept Based on Water Cooled Solid Breeder

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    Full text: JAEA has conducted the conceptual design study of blanket for a fusion DEMO reactor SlimCS. Considering DEMO specific requirements, we place emphasis on a blanket concept with durability to severe irradiation, ease of fabrication for mass production, operation temperature of blanket materials, and maintainability using remote handling equipment. This paper present a promising concept satisfying these requirements, which is characterized by minimized welding lines near the front, a simplified blanket interior consisting of cooling tubes and a mixed pebble bed of breeder and neutron multiplier, and approximately the same outlet temperature for all blanket modules. Neutronics calculation indicated that the blanket satisfies a self-sufficient production of tritium. An important finding is that little decrease is seen in tritium breeding ratio even when the gap between neighboring blanket modules is as wide as 0.03 m. This means that blanket modules can be arranged with such a significant clearance gap without sacrifice of tritium production, which will facilitate the access of remote handling equipment for replacement of the blanket modules and improve the access of diagnostics. (author)

  14. Neutronics Experiment on A HCPB Breeder Blanket Mock-Up

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    , carried out using both Monte Carlo and deterministic codes, shows that the uncertainty due to cross sections amounts to < 5% (2 s). The C/E comparison shows that the calculation of the tritium production is underestimated by a 5-10% and is within the combined uncertainty margin of the measurements and the calculations. The obtained results indicate that design calculations of the tritium breeding ratio provide conservative results for the fusion reactor employing a HCPB type breeder blanket. (author)

  15. Alternate fuel cycles for fast breeder reactors

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    In this contribution to the syllabus for Subgroup 5D, a full range of alternate breeder fuel cycle options is developed and explored as to energy supply capability, resource utilizations, performance characteristics and technical features that pertain to proliferation resistance. Breeding performance information is presented for designs based on Pu/U, Pu/Th, 233 U/U, etc. with oxide, carbide or metal fuel; with lesser emphasis, heterogeneous and homogeneous concepts are presented. A potential proliferation resistance advantage of a symbiotic system of a Pu/U core, Th blanket breeder producing 233 U for utilization in dispersed LWR's is identified. LWR support ratios for various reactor and fuel types and the increase in uranium consumption with higher support ratios are identified

  16. Thermal and neutronic calculation for fast breeder reactor FBR

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    This research included studying of thermal and neutronic calculation for fast breeder nuclear reactor, to putting the optimum design for this reactor. So a Soviet type (BN-350) was chosen, which has its core composed of two enrichment zones, and with blanket that contains depleted uranium. A group of thermal calculation programs was made by using personal computer, to obtain core and blanket reactor dimensions and volume fractions of reaction input material and number and dimensions of fuel rods which were used for neutron calculations. Several core and blanket enrichments were used to study neutron flux behaviour for two reactors different conditions. First when control rods exist in the core reactor and second when the rods are out of the core. Breeding ratio was also studied for different core and blanket enrichment. 30 tabs.; 24 figs.; 34 refs.; 3 apps

  17. Neutronics and thermal design analyses of US solid breeder blanket for ITER

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    The US Solid Breeder Blanket is designed to produce the necessary tritium required for the ITER operation and to operate at power reactor conditions as much as possible. Safety, low tritium inventory, reliability, flexibility cost, and minimum R ampersand D requirements are the other design criteria. To satisfy these criteria, the produced tritium is recovered continuously during operation and the blanket coolant operates at low pressure. Beryllium multiplier material is used to control the solid-breeder temperature. Neutronics and thermal design analyses were performed in an integrated manner to define the blanket configuration. The reference parameters of ITER including the operating scenarios, the neutron wall loading distribution and the copper stabilizer are included in the design analyses. Several analyses were performed to study the impact of the reactor parameters, blanket dimensions, material characteristics, and heat transfer coefficient at the material interfaces on the blanket performance. The design analyses and the results from the different studies are summarized. 6 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs

  18. Fission-suppressed hybrid reactor: the fusion breeder

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    Results of a conceptual design study of a 233U-producing fusion breeder are presented. The majority of the study was devoted to conceptual design and evaluation of a fission-suppressed blanket and to fuel cycle issues such as fuel reprocessing, fuel handling, and fuel management. Studies in the areas of fusion engineering, reactor safety, and economics were also performed

  19. Fission-suppressed hybrid reactor: the fusion breeder

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    Moir, R.W.; Lee, J.D.; Coops, M.S.

    1982-12-01

    Results of a conceptual design study of a /sup 233/U-producing fusion breeder are presented. The majority of the study was devoted to conceptual design and evaluation of a fission-suppressed blanket and to fuel cycle issues such as fuel reprocessing, fuel handling, and fuel management. Studies in the areas of fusion engineering, reactor safety, and economics were also performed.

  20. Development of fusion blanket technology for the DEMO reactor.

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    Colling, B R; Monk, S D

    2012-07-01

    The viability of various materials and blanket designs for use in nuclear fusion reactors can be tested using computer simulations and as parts of the test blanket modules within the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) facility. The work presented here focuses on blanket model simulations using the Monte Carlo simulation package MCNPX (Computational Physics Division Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2010) and FISPACT (Forrest, 2007) to evaluate the tritium breeding capability of a number of solid and liquid breeding materials. The liquid/molten salt breeders are found to have the higher tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and are to be considered for further analysis of the self sufficiency timing. PMID:22112596

  1. Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF). Annual report, January 31, 1976--December 31, 1977

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    The work performed in the reporting period was primarily concerned with the construction of the Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF), acquisition of experimental equipment, outlining the experimental program, preanalysis of the initial loading configuration and investigation of the safety of the initial loading and advanced loadings. The detailed physical description of the FBBF, operational procedures and controls, radiation shielding and experimental equipment are presented. The ability of the FBBF to simulate the blanket spectrum of a large fast breeder reactor is illustrated by comparison of spectra. The source axial distribution, reaction rate comparisons, breeding of plutonium and gamma-ray energy deposition rates are also discussed. Some of the safety aspects of the initial loading and advanced loadings are described. Experimental capabilities of the facility are outlined

  2. Modeling of tritium transport in a pin-type solid breeder blanket

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    This section of the pin-type solid breeder blanket study is the first detailed attempt at modeling tritium inventory and release within a fusion reactor blanket based on actual tritium generation and thermal hydraulic profiles, rather, than a simple average unit cell extrapolation or some assumed exponential profiles. The DIFFUSE 83 code was found to give inventory results consistent with previous modeling efforts and with the general spherical grain model. The inventories for this blanket design calculated using DIFFUSE were found to be very satisfactory, less than 14 g at steady-state for a 129,000 kg LiAlO2 blanket. This result is reasonable compared with a BCSS LiALO2 blanket inventory calculated by GA Technologies. DIFFUSE was found to be very useful in approximating tritium inventories during transient startup/shutdown modes. The evaluations of transient inventories in this study appear to be the most detailed to date. The results suggest the need for controlling coolant flow during start-up to maintain high breeder temperatures and low tritium inventory, and the use of pre-heated coolant to bake out tritium inventory after shut-down. DIFFUSE modeling of breeder pins of 100% theoretical density indicates very limited tritium release from the LiAlO2 ceramic, suggesting batch processing of the pins for tritium extraction at the end of blanket lifetime. Preliminary analysis of other surface and radiative trapping effects shows DIFFUSE to be potentially a very useful tool in approximating and evaluating experimental results. Additional DIFFUSE analysis of these effects given the available experimental data is warranted

  3. International cooperation on breeder reactors

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    In March 1977, as the result of discussions which began in the fall of 1976, the Rockefeller Foundation requested International Energy Associates Limited (IEAL) to undertake a study of the role of international cooperation in the development and application of the breeder reactor. While there had been considerable international exchange in the development of breeder technology, the existence of at least seven major national breeder development programs raised a prima facie issue of the adequacy of international cooperation. The final product of the study was to be the identification of options for international cooperation which merited further consideration and which might become the subject of subsequent, more detailed analysis. During the course of the study, modifications in U.S. breeder policy led to an expansion of the analysis to embrace the pros and cons of the major breeder-related policy issues, as well as the respective views of national governments on those issues. The resulting examination of views and patterns of international collaboration emphasizes what was implicit from the outset: Options for international cooperation cannot be fashioned independently of national objectives, policies and programs. Moreover, while similarity of views can stimulate cooperation, this cannot of itself provide compelling justification for cooperative undertakings. Such undertakings are influenced by an array of other national factors, including technological development, industrial infrastructure, economic strength, existing international ties, and historic experience

  4. Analysis of Time-Dependent Tritium Breeding Capability of Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR

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    Gao, Fangfang; Zhang, Xiaokang; Pu, Yong; Zhu, Qingjun; Liu, Songlin

    2016-08-01

    Attaining tritium self-sufficiency is an important mission for the Chinese Fusion Engineering Testing Reactor (CFETR) operating on a Deuterium-Tritium (D-T) fuel cycle. It is necessary to study the tritium breeding ratio (TBR) and breeding tritium inventory variation with operation time so as to provide an accurate data for dynamic modeling and analysis of the tritium fuel cycle. A water cooled ceramic breeder (WCCB) blanket is one candidate of blanket concepts for the CFETR. Based on the detailed 3D neutronics model of CFETR with the WCCB blanket, the time-dependent TBR and tritium surplus were evaluated by a coupling calculation of the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) and the fusion activation code FISPACT-2007. The results indicated that the TBR and tritium surplus of the WCCB blanket were a function of operation time and fusion power due to the Li consumption in breeder and material activation. In addition, by comparison with the results calculated by using the 3D neutronics model and employing the transfer factor constant from 1D to 3D, it is noted that 1D analysis leads to an over-estimation for the time-dependent tritium breeding capability when fusion power is larger than 1000 MW. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2015GB108002, and 2014GB119000), and by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  5. Breeding blankets for thermonuclear reactors

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    Materials with structures suitable for this purpose are studied. A bibliographic review of the main solid and liquid lithiated compounds is then presented. Erosion, dimensioning and maintenance problems associated with the limiter and the first wall of the reactor are studied from the point of view of the constraints they impose on the design of the blankets. Detailed studies of the main solid and liquid blanket concepts enable the best technological compromises to be determined for the indispensable functions of the blanket to be assured under acceptable conditions. Our analysis leads to four classes of solution, which cannot at this stage be considered as final recommendations, but which indicate what sort of solutions it is worthwhile exploring and comparing in order to be in a position to suggest a realistic blanket at the time when plasma control is sufficiently good for power reactors to be envisaged. Some considerations on the general architecture of the reactor are indicated. Energy storage with pulsed reactors is discussed in the appendix, and a first approach made to minimizing the total tritium recovery

  6. Fast breeder reactor

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    This paper outlined the present status of FBR development in six countries and reviewed Japanese activities on FBR development. Joyo experimental FBR has accumulated a lot of technical data including irradiation tests of advanced fuels and was now long shut down due to the partial obstruction of rotating plug movement. Monju prototype FBR reactor experienced a sodium leakage in its secondary heat transfer system during performance tests in December 1995 and had been shut down until May 2010. Feasibility study on commercialized FBR cycle system ended in March 2006 and proposed the concept of commercialized FBR cycle technologies. In order to plan a demonstration reactor, research and development of innovative technologies are conducted as the FaCT (Fast Reactor Cycle Technology Development) Project. In connection with the results of this research and development, a 5-party council of Japan was established to discuss processes of demonstration and commercialization of FBR cycle systems in Japan. Joint efforts were made for a demonstration reactor to be committed in 2015, in addition to start operation around 2025 aiming at the commercialization of FBR before 2050. (T. Tanaka)

  7. Safeguards in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor Monju

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    The assemblies loaded in the core and stored in the ex-vessel storage tank (EVST) are in liquid sodium in the Japanese prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) Monju. Since it is difficult to apply a direct verification procedure for the fuel assemblies in these areas, a dual containment and surveillance system consisting of two monitoring devices such as surveillance camera and radiation monitor that are functionally independent has been applied. In addition, the Monju Remote Monitoring System was developed to strengthen the continuous surveillance and to reduce the load of the inspection activities. Furthermore, the ex-vessel transfer machine radiation monitor (EVRM) and the exit gate monitor (EXGM) were upgraded to strengthen the monitoring of spent blanket fuel assemblies and to improve the reliability of distinguishing between fuel assemblies and non-fuel items. As the result, the integrated safeguards was introduced in November 2009, and the effective safeguards activities have been implemented in Monju. (author)

  8. R and D activities of the liquid breeder blanket in Korea

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    Lee, Dong Won, E-mail: dwlee@kaeri.re.kr [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Eo Hwak; Kim, Suk Kwon; Yoon, Jae Sung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Seungyon [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MARS and GAMMA were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FMS/FMS and Be/FMS joining methods were developed and verified with high heat flux test. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High temperature and pressure nitrogen and He loops were constructed for heat transfer experiment for developed codes validation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A PbLi breeder loop was constructed for components, MHD, and corrosion tests. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A chamber for tritium extraction with a gas-liquid contact method was constructed. - Abstract: A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the common fields of a solid TBM such as design tools, structural material, fabrication methods, and He cooling technology to support this concept for the ITER. Also, other fields such as a liquid breeder technology and tritium extraction have been developed from the designed liquid TBM. For design tools, system codes for safety analysis such as Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety (MARS) and GAs Multi-component Mixture Analysis (GAMMA) were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder. For the fabrication methods, Ferritic Martensitic Steel (FMS) to FMS and Be to FMS joinings with a Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) were developed and verified with a high heat flux test of up to 0.5-1.0 MW/m{sup 2}. Moreover, three mockups were successfully fabricated and a 10-channel prototype is being fabricated to make a rectangular channel FW. For the integrity of the joining, two high heat flux test facilities were constructed, and one using an electron beam has been constructed. With the 6 MPa nitrogen loop, a basic heat transfer experiment for code validation was performed. From the verification of the components such as preheater and

  9. R and D activities of the liquid breeder blanket in Korea

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    Highlights: ► MARS and GAMMA were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder analysis. ► FMS/FMS and Be/FMS joining methods were developed and verified with high heat flux test. ► High temperature and pressure nitrogen and He loops were constructed for heat transfer experiment for developed codes validation. ► A PbLi breeder loop was constructed for components, MHD, and corrosion tests. ► A chamber for tritium extraction with a gas–liquid contact method was constructed. - Abstract: A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the common fields of a solid TBM such as design tools, structural material, fabrication methods, and He cooling technology to support this concept for the ITER. Also, other fields such as a liquid breeder technology and tritium extraction have been developed from the designed liquid TBM. For design tools, system codes for safety analysis such as Multi-dimensional Analysis of Reactor Safety (MARS) and GAs Multi-component Mixture Analysis (GAMMA) were developed for He coolant and liquid breeder. For the fabrication methods, Ferritic Martensitic Steel (FMS) to FMS and Be to FMS joinings with a Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) were developed and verified with a high heat flux test of up to 0.5–1.0 MW/m2. Moreover, three mockups were successfully fabricated and a 10-channel prototype is being fabricated to make a rectangular channel FW. For the integrity of the joining, two high heat flux test facilities were constructed, and one using an electron beam has been constructed. With the 6 MPa nitrogen loop, a basic heat transfer experiment for code validation was performed. From the verification of the components such as preheater and circulator, a 9 MPa He loop was constructed, and it supplies high temperature (500 °C) and pressure (8 MPa) He to the high

  10. Status of fusion reactor blanket design

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    The recent Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS), which was a comprehensive evaluation of fusion reactor blanket design and the status of blanket technology, serves as an excellent basis for further development of blanket technology. This study provided an evaluation of over 130 blanket concepts for the reference case of electric power producing, DT fueled reactors in both Tokamak and Tandem Mirror (TMR) configurations. Based on a specific set of reactor operating parameters, the current understanding of materials and blanket technology, and a uniform evaluation methodology developed as part of the study, a limited number of concepts were identified that offer the greatest potential for making fusion an attractive energy source

  11. Conceptual design of solid breeder blanket system cooled by supercritical water

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    Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Naka, Ibaraki (Japan). Naka Fusion Research Establishment; Ohara, Yoshihiro [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment] [and others

    2001-12-01

    This report is a summary of the design works, which was discussed in the design workshop held in 2000 for the demonstration (DEMO) blanket aimed to strengthen the commercial competitiveness and technical feasibility simultaneously. The discussion of the Fusion Council in 1999 updated the assessment of the mission of DEMO blanket. Updated mission of the DEMO blanket is to be the prototype of the commercially competitive power plant. The DEMO blanket must supply the feasibility and experience of the total design of the power plant and the materials. From such standing point, the conceptual design study was performed to determine the updated strategy and goal of the R and D of the DEMO blanket which applies the supercritical water cooling proposed in A-SSTR, taking into account the recent progress of the plasma research and reactor engineering technology. The DEMO blanket applies the solid breeder materials and supercritical water cooling. The product tritium is purged out by helium gas stream in the breeder region. In the breeder region, the pebble bed concept was applied to withstand instable cracking of the breeder and multiplier materials in high neutron irradiation and high temperature operation. Inlet temperature of the coolant is planned to be 280degC and final outlet temperature is 510degC to obtain high energy conversion efficiency up to 43%. Reduced activation ferritic steel, F82H and ODS ferritic steel were selected as the structural material. Lithium ceramics, Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} or Li{sub 2}O were selected as the breeder materials. Beryllium or its inter-metallic compound Be12Ti was selected as the neutron multiplier materials. Basic module structure was selected as the box type structure which enables the remote handling replacement of the module from in-vessel access. Dimension of the box is limited to 2 m x 2 m, or smaller, due to the dimension of the replacement port. In the supercritical water cooling, the high coolant temperature is the merit for

  12. Conceptual design of solid breeder blanket system cooled by supercritical water

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    This report is a summary of the design works, which was discussed in the design workshop held in 2000 for the demonstration (DEMO) blanket aimed to strengthen the commercial competitiveness and technical feasibility simultaneously. The discussion of the Fusion Council in 1999 updated the assessment of the mission of DEMO blanket. Updated mission of the DEMO blanket is to be the prototype of the commercially competitive power plant. The DEMO blanket must supply the feasibility and experience of the total design of the power plant and the materials. From such standing point, the conceptual design study was performed to determine the updated strategy and goal of the R and D of the DEMO blanket which applies the supercritical water cooling proposed in A-SSTR, taking into account the recent progress of the plasma research and reactor engineering technology. The DEMO blanket applies the solid breeder materials and supercritical water cooling. The product tritium is purged out by helium gas stream in the breeder region. In the breeder region, the pebble bed concept was applied to withstand instable cracking of the breeder and multiplier materials in high neutron irradiation and high temperature operation. Inlet temperature of the coolant is planned to be 280degC and final outlet temperature is 510degC to obtain high energy conversion efficiency up to 43%. Reduced activation ferritic steel, F82H and ODS ferritic steel were selected as the structural material. Lithium ceramics, Li2TiO3 or Li2O were selected as the breeder materials. Beryllium or its inter-metallic compound Be12Ti was selected as the neutron multiplier materials. Basic module structure was selected as the box type structure which enables the remote handling replacement of the module from in-vessel access. Dimension of the box is limited to 2 m x 2 m, or smaller, due to the dimension of the replacement port. In the supercritical water cooling, the high coolant temperature is the merit for the energy

  13. Waste management of first wall and blanket structural materials for tokamak fusion reactors

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    A comparison has been made of the induced radioactivities in the first wall and structural materials of the breeder blanket in the high-flux region for two different fusion-reactor types. One system is the STARFIRE, a tokamak reactor with PCA, a modified stainless steel, as a first wall and a LiAlO2 breeder blanket; the other is a reactor based on the STARFIRE design with a vanadium alloy as the first wall and structural material, and circulating molten lithium as the breeder/coolant. The recycling or disposal of these structural materials is evaluated

  14. Analysis of deficiencies in fast reactor blanket physics predictions

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    This analysis addresses a deviation between experimental measurements and fast reactor blanket physics predictions. A review of worldwide results reveals that reaction rates in the blanket are underpredicted with the discrepancy increasing with penetration into the blanket. The analysis of this discrepancy involves two parts: quantifying possible error reductions using the most advanced methods and investigating deficiencies in current methodology. The source of these discrepancies was investigated by application of ''state-of-the-art'' group constant generation and flux prediction methodology to flux calculations for the Purdue University Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF). Refined group constant generation methods yielded a significant reduction in the blanket deviations; however, only about half of the discrepancy can be accounted for in this manner. Transport theory calculations were used to predict the blanket neutron transmission problem. The surprising result is that transport theory predictions utilizing diffusion theory group constants did not improve the blanket results. Transport theory predictions exhibited blanket underpredictions similar to the diffusion theory results. The residual blanket discrepancies not explained using advanced methods require a refinement of the theory. For this purpose an analysis of deficiencies in current methodology was performed

  15. Tauro: a ceramic composite structural material self-cooled Pb-17Li breeder blanket concept

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    The use of a low-activation (LA) ceramic composite (CC) as structural material appears essential to demonstrate the potential of fusion power reactors for being inherently or, at least, passively safe. Tauro is a self-cooled Pb-17Li breeder blanket with a SiC/SiC composite as structure. This study determines the required improvements for existing industrial LA composites (mainly SiC/SiC) in order to render them acceptable for blanket operating conditions. 3D SiC/SiC CC, recently launched on the market, is a promising candidate. A preliminary evaluation of a possible joining technique for SiC/SiC is also described. (orig.)

  16. Neutron irradiation of candidate ceramic breeder materials of fusion reactors

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    In the context of the European programs for the future fusion reactors, the Process Chemistry Department of ENEA, Casaccia Center (Rome), has been involved in preparing ceramic blanket materials as tritium breeders; a special consideration has been addressed to the nuclear characterization of LiAlO2 and Li2ZrO3. In this paper are reported neutron irradiation of ceramic specimens in TRIGA reactor and γ-spectrometric measurements for INAA purposes; and isothermal annealing of the irradiated samples and tritium extraction, by using an 'out of pile' system. (author) 3 refs.; 4 figs.; 4 tabs

  17. Canadian fusion breeder blanket program: Irradiation facilities at chalk river*1

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    Hastings, I. J.; Burton, D. G.; Celli, A.; Delaney, R. D.; Fehrenbach, P. J.; Howe, L. M.; Larson, L. L.; MacEwen, S. R.; Miller, J. M.; Naeem, T. A.; Sawicki, J. A.; Swanson, M. L.; Verrall, R. A.; Zee, R. H.

    1986-11-01

    The major irradiation facility at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories (CRNL) is the NRU research reactor. Both unvented and vented capsule experiments on candidate blanket ceramics can be performed. In the unvented tests, tritium release data (HT-to-HTO ratio, tritium retention) are obtained by post-irradiation heating of the breeder ceramic in the presence of a sweep gas. Four tests have been completed on Li 2O and LiAlO 2. Effects of sweep gas composition, extraction vessel material and ceramic properties have been determined. Two unvented irradiations under the BEATRIX international breeder exchange program have been completed; analysis is underway. The vented tests involve long-term irradiation of candidate blanket materials. CRITIC-I, scheduled for mid-1986 under BEATRIX, will examine ANL-fabricated Li 2O in a six-month irradiation at 700-1200 K, varying sweep gas composition, with on-line HT/HTO measurement. Additionally, accelerator simulation techniques are available, using 70 kV and 2.0 MV mass separators, a 2.5 MV Van de Graaff accelerator and a tandem accelerator super-conducting cyclotron, the latter allowing irradiation with protons, deuterons or helium at 18-20 MeV.

  18. Fast breeder reactors an engineering introduction

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    1981-01-01

    Fast Breeder Reactors: An Engineering Introduction is an introductory text to fast breeder reactors and covers topics ranging from reactor physics and design to engineering and safety considerations. Reactor fuels, coolant circuits, steam plants, and control systems are also discussed. This book is comprised of five chapters and opens with a brief summary of the history of fast reactors, with emphasis on international and the prospect of making accessible enormous reserves of energy. The next chapter deals with the physics of fast reactors and considers calculation methods, flux distribution,

  19. Breeder reactor fuel fabrication system development

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    Significant progress has been made in the design and development of remotely operated breeder reactor fuel fabrication and support systems (e.g., analytical chemistry). These activities are focused by the Secure Automated Fabrication (SAF) Program sponsored by the Department of Energy to provide: a reliable supply of fuel pins to support US liquid metal cooled breeder reactors and at the same time demonstrate the fabrication of mixed uranium/plutonium fuel by remotely operated and automated methods

  20. Preliminary Study on Melting and Reaction with Liquid Metal Breeders for Developing the Korean Test Blanket Module in ITER

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    Lee, D. W.; Yoon, J. S.; Kim, S. K.; Lee, E. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, H. G. [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    A liquid breeder blanket has been developed in parallel with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Test Blanket Module (TBM) program in Korea. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has developed the liquid TBM. In the Korean liquid TBM and breeder blanket, liquid lithium (Li) and lead-lithium (PbLi) are considered as breeders. Related research has been performed: an Experimental Loop for a Liquid breeder (ELLI) constructed to develop an electromagnetic (EM) pump for circulating the liquid breeder, a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) experiment, and a flow corrosion test. In the ELLI, Pb-15.7Li, where Li is 15.7 at % (called PbLi hereafter), is used as the breeding material. It was purchased from Stachow Metall Company, Germany, and its impurities are shown in Table 1. An EM pump circulates the material in the loop with a maximum flow rate of 60 lpm. The operating pressure and temperature in the loop are 0.4 MPa and 300 .deg. C, respectively, and the maximum operating pressure and temperature are 0.5 MPa and 550 .deg. C Before the loop operation, the melting and solidifying temperatures of the PbLi were measured for ascertaining whether it will show a consistent value for the many cycles of heating and cooling at various conditions of the loop operation. We can also investigate the contamination of PbLi according to the cyclic use. Of the liquid type breeder materials, PbLi is much safer than Li itself, as liquid metal can be ignited when it meets with water or air. There is still a concern regarding the use of PbLi, and it has not been fully proven whether it will react with water or air when it is in a molten state, as it contains lithium. Therefore, reaction tests of Li and PbLi with air and water were performed for safety reasons using the prepared test chamber

  1. New progress on design and R and D for solid breeder test blanket module in China

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    Feng, K.M., E-mail: fengkm@swip.ac.cn; Zhang, G.S.; Hu, G.; Chen, Y.J.; Feng, Y.J.; Li, Z.X.; Wang, P.H.; Zhao, Z.; Ye, X.F.; Xiang, B.; Zhang, L.; Wang, Q.J.; Cao, Q.X.; Zhao, F.C.; Wang, F.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, M.C.

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • The new progress on design and R and D of Chinese solid breeder TBM are introduced. • The mock-up fabrication and component tests for Chinese HCCB TBM have being developed. • The neutron multiplier Be pebbles, tritium breeder Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles, and structure material CFL-1 are being prepared. • The fabrication of 1/3 sized mock-up is being carried-out. • The key technology development is proceeding to the large-scale mock-up fabrication. - Abstract: ITER will be used to test tritium breeding module concepts, which will lead to the design of DEMO fusion reactor demonstrating tritium self-sufficiency and the extraction of high grade heat for electricity production. China plans to test the HCCB TBM modules during different operation phases. Related design and R and D activities for each TBM module with the auxiliary system are introduced. The helium-cooled ceramic breeder (HCCB) test blanket module (TBM) is the primary option of the Chinese TBM program. The preliminary conceptual design of CN HCCB TBM has been completed. A modified design to reduce the RAFM material mass to 1.3 ton has been carried out based on the ITER technical requirement. Basic characteristics and main design parameters of CN HCCB TBM are introduced briefly. The mock-up fabrication and component tests for Chinese test blanket module are being developed. Recent status of the components of CN HCCB TBM and fabrication technology development are also reported. The neutron multiplier Be pebbles, tritium breeder Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles, and structure material CLF-1 of ton-class are being prepared in laboratory scale. The fabrication of pebble bed container and experiment of tritium breeder pebble bed will be started soon. The fabrication technology development is proceeding as the large-scale mock-up fabrication enters into the R and D stage and demonstration tests toward TBM testing on ITER test port are being done as scheduled.

  2. Neutronics R&D efforts in support of the European breeder blanket development programme

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    Fischer, U.; Batistoni, P.; Klix, A.; Kodeli, I.; Leichtle, D.; Perel, R. L.

    2009-06-01

    The recent progress in the R&D neutronics efforts spent in the EU to support the development of the HCLL and HCPB breeder blankets is presented. These efforts include neutronic design activities performed in the framework of the European DEMO reactor study, validation efforts by means of neutronics mock-up experiments using 14 MeV neutron generators and the development of dedicated computational tools such as the conversion software McCad for the automatic generation of a Monte Carlo geometry model from available CAD data, and the MCSEN code for Monte Carlo based calculations of sensitivities and uncertainties by using the track length estimator. The supporting validation effort is devoted to the capability of the neutronics tools and data to predict the tritium production and other nuclear responses of interest in neutronics mock-up experiments. Such an experiment has been conducted on a HCPB mock-up while another on a HCLL mock-up is in progress.

  3. Thermal Hydraulic Design and Analysis of a Water-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket with Superheated Steam for CFETR

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    Cheng, Xiaoman; Ma, Xuebin; Jiang, Kecheng; Chen, Lei; Huang, Kai; Liu, Songlin

    2015-09-01

    The water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket (WCCB) is one of the blanket candidates for China fusion engineering test reactor (CFETR). In order to improve power generation efficiency and tritium breeding ratio, WCCB with superheated steam is under development. The thermal-hydraulic design is the key to achieve the purpose of safe heat removal and efficient power generation under normal and partial loading operation conditions. In this paper, the coolant flow scheme was designed and one self-developed analytical program was developed, based on a theoretical heat transfer model and empirical correlations. Employing this program, the design and analysis of related thermal-hydraulic parameters were performed under different fusion power conditions. The results indicated that the superheated steam water-cooled blanket is feasible. supported by the National Special Project for Magnetic Confined Nuclear Fusion Energy of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000 and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  4. Proceedings of the sixth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    This report is the Proceedings of ''the Sixth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions'' which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders under Annex II of IEA Implementing Agreement on a Programme of Research and Development on Fusion Materials, and Japan-US Workshop 97FT4-01. This workshop was held in Mito city, Japan on October 22-24, 1997. About forty experts from EU, Japan, USA, and Chile attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included the following: 1) fabrication and characterization of ceramic breeders, 2) properties data for ceramic breeders, 3) tritium release characteristics, 4) modeling of tritium behavior, 5) irradiation effects on performance behavior, 6) blanket design and R and D requirements, 7) hydrogen behavior in materials, and 8) blanket system technology and structural materials. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for fabrication technology of ceramic breeder pebbles in EU and Japan, data of various properties of Li2TiO3, tritium release behavior of Li2TiO3 and Li2ZrO3 including tritium diffusion, modeling of tritium release from Li2ZrO3 in ITER condition, helium release behavior from Li2O, results of tritium release irradiation tests of Li4SiO4 pebbles in EXOTIC-7, R and D issues for ceramic breeders for ITER and DEMO blankets, etc. The 23 of the papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  5. Fusion reactor blanket/shield design study

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    A joint study of tokamak reactor first-wall/blanket/shield technology was conducted by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company (MDAC). The objectives of this program were the identification of key technological limitations for various tritium-breeding-blanket design concepts, establishment of a basis for assessment and comparison of the design features of each concept, and development of optimized blanket designs. The approach used involved a review of previously proposed blanket designs, analysis of critical technological problems and design features associated with each of the blanket concepts, and a detailed evaluation of the most tractable design concepts. Tritium-breeding-blanket concepts were evaluated according to the proposed coolant. The ANL effort concentrated on evaluation of lithium- and water-cooled blanket designs while the MDAC effort focused on helium- and molten salt-cooled designs. A joint effort was undertaken to provide a consistent set of materials property data used for analysis of all blanket concepts. Generalized nuclear analysis of the tritium breeding performance, an analysis of tritium breeding requirements, and a first-wall stress analysis were conducted as part of the study. The impact of coolant selection on the mechanical design of a tokamak reactor was evaluated. Reference blanket designs utilizing the four candidate coolants are presented

  6. Status report. KfK contribution to the development of DEMO-relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Pt. 2: BOT helium cooled solid breeder blanket. Vol. 2

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    The BOT (Breeder Outside Tube) Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Blanket for a fusion Demo reactor and the status of the R and D program is presented. This is the KfK contribution to the European Program for the Demo relevant test blankets to be irradiated in NET/ITER. Volume 1 (KfK 4928) contains the summary, volume 2 (KfK 4929) a more detailed version of the report. In both volumes are described the reasons for the selected design, the reference blanket design for the Demo reactor, the design of the test blanket including the ancillary systems together with the present status of the relative R and D program in the fields of neutronic and thermohydraulic calculations, of the electromagnetic forces caused by disruptions, of the development and irradiation of the ceramic breeder material, of the tritium release and recovery, and of the technological investigations. An outlook is given on the required R and D program for the BOT Helium Cooled Solid Breeder Blanket prior to tests in NET/ITER and the proposed test program in NET/ITER. (orig.)

  7. Production of nuclear fusion reactor fuel by ceramic tritium breeder material

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    Fuel tritium is generated from the nuclear reaction between the fusion neutron and the lithium of the breeder material arranged in the blanket that encloses the fusion plasma in the fusion reactor. However, the release process of the generated tritium has not been completely clarified. Recently, Japan Atomic Energy Agency started the tritium generation and recovery experiment in using nuclear fusion neutron source (FNS). In this report, the recent results of study on breeder material and its manufacturing technology is presented. (author)

  8. Future designs of breeder reactors (Europe, USA)

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    Sodium-cooled reactors with a fast neutron core today are the only fission reactors that offer the reactor physics required for the breeding process and the complete conversion of U-238 or Th-232 into fissile fuel. There are currently five prototype breeder reactors in operation in England, France, and the USSR. The trends observable in development work aim at reducing capital cost, enhancing and improving passive shutdown performance, and simplifying the fuel cycle. (orig.)

  9. Status report. KfK contribution to the development of DEMO-relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Pt. 1: Self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket. Vol. 2. Detailed version

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    A self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket for a fusion DEMO-reactor and the status of the development programme is described as a part of the European development programme of DEMO relevant test blankets for NET/ITER. Volume 1 (KfK 4907) contains a summary. Volume 2 (KfK 4908) a more detailed version of the report. Both volumes contain sections on previous studies on self-cooled liquid metal breeder blankets, the reference blanket design for a DEMO-reactor, a typical test blanket design including the ancillary loop system and the building requirements for NET/ITER together with the present status of the associated RandD-programme in the fields of neutronics, magnetohydrodynamics, tritium removal and recovery, liquid metal compatibility and purification, ancillary loop system, safety and reliability. An outlook is given regarding the required RandD-programme for the self-cooled liquid metal breeder blanket prior to tests in NET/ITER and the relevant test programme to be performed in NET/ITER. (orig.)

  10. Gas-cooled fast breeder reactor

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    Almost all the R D works of gas-cooled fast breeder reactor in the world were terminated at the end of the year 1980. In order to show that the R D termination was not due to technical difficulties of the reactor itself, the present paper describes the reactor plant concept, reactor performances, safety, economics and fuel cycle characteristics of the reactor, and also describes the reactor technologies developed so far, technological problems remained to be solved and planned development schedules of the reactor. (author)

  11. The development of breeder reactors in the US

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    This article discusses the early history of breeder development in the US, the early history of the fast reactor in the US, changes during the Carter administration, and the development of LMFBR technology. Topics considered include the intermediate-energy plutonium breeder, the molten plutonium breeder, the aqueous homogeneous reactor, the molten-salt reactor, the liquid metal-fueled reactor, electronuclear breeding, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II, the Enrico Fermi Reactor, a programmatic change to ceramic fuel, the South East Fast Oxide Reactor, the sodium void coefficient, the 1000-MWe studies of 1964, the 1000-MWe studies of 1967-1969, the FARET design, the Fast Flux Test Facility, the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR), the gas-cooled fast breeder, the light-water breeder, materials for cladding and duct walls, and reactor safety. It is pointed out that the Congress opposes the construction of the CRBR, while the Reagan administration strongly supports it

  12. Analysis of a sustainable gas cooled fast breeder reactor concept

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    Highlights: • A Thorium-GFBR breeder for actinide recycling ability, and thorium fuel feasibility. • A mixture of 232Th and 233U is used as fuel and LWR used fuel is used. • Detailed neutronics, fuel cycle, and thermal-hydraulics analysis has been presented. • Run this TGFBR for 20 years with breeding of 239Pu and 233U. • Neutronics analysis using MCNP and Brayton cycle for energy conversion are used. - Abstract: Analysis of a thorium fuelled gas cooled fast breeder reactor (TGFBR) concept has been done to demonstrate the self-sustainability, breeding capability, actinide recycling ability, and thorium fuel feasibility. Simultaneous use of 232Th and used fuel from light water reactor in the core has been considered. Results obtained confirm the core neutron spectrum dominates in an intermediate energy range (peak at 100 keV) similar to that seen in a fast breeder reactor. The conceptual design achieves a breeding ratio of 1.034 and an average fuel burnup of 74.5 (GWd)/(MTHM) . TGFBR concept is to address the eventual shortage of 235U and nuclear waste management issues. A mixture of thorium and uranium (232Th + 233U) is used as fuel and light water reactor used fuel is utilized as blanket, for the breeding of 239Pu. Initial feed of 233U has to be obtained from thorium based reactors; even though there are no thorium breeders to breed 233U a theoretical evaluation has been used to derive the data for the source of 233U. Reactor calculations have been performed with Monte Carlo radiation transport code, MCNP/MCNPX. It is determined that this reactor has to be fuelled once every 5 years assuming the design thermal power output as 445 MW. Detailed analysis of control rod worth has been performed and different reactivity coefficients have been evaluated as part of the safety analysis. The TGFBR concept demonstrates the sustainability of thorium, viability of 233U as an alternate to 235U and an alternate use for light water reactor used fuel as a blanket for

  13. Multivariable optimization of fusion reactor blankets

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    The optimization problem consists of four key elements: a figure of merit for the reactor, a technique for estimating the neutronic performance of the blanket as a function of the design variables, constraints on the design variables and neutronic performance, and a method for optimizing the figure of merit subject to the constraints. The first reactor concept investigated uses a liquid lithium blanket for breeding tritium and a steel blanket to increase the fusion energy multiplication factor. The capital cost per unit of net electric power produced is minimized subject to constraints on the tritium breeding ratio and radiation damage rate. The optimal design has a 91-cm-thick lithium blanket denatured to 0.1% 6Li. The second reactor concept investigated uses a BeO neutron multiplier and a LiAlO2 breeding blanket. The total blanket thickness is minimized subject to constraints on the tritium breeding ratio, the total neutron leakage, and the heat generation rate in aluminum support tendons. The optimal design consists of a 4.2-cm-thick BeO multiplier and 42-cm-thick LiAlO2 breeding blanket enriched to 34% 6Li

  14. Improved fuel element for fast breeder reactor

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    The invention, in which the United States Department of Energy has participated as co-inventor, relates to breeder reactor fuel elements, and specifically to such elements incorporating 'getters', hereafter designated as fission product traps. The main object of the invention is the construction of a fast breeder reactor fuel pin, free from local stresses induced in the cladding by reactions with cesium. According to the invention, the fast breeder fuel element includes a cladding tube, sealed at both ends by a plug, and containing a fissile stack and a fertile stack, characterized by the interposition of a cesium trap between the fissile and fertile stacks. The trap is effective at reactor operating temperatures in retaining and separating the cesium generated in the fissile material and preventing cesium reaction with the fertile stack. Depending on the construction method adopted, the trap may consists of a low density titanium oxide or niobium oxide pellet

  15. Physics aspects of metal fuelled fast reactors with thorium blanket

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    Metal fuelled fast breeder reactors (MFBR) with high breeding ratio will play a major role in meeting the high nuclear power growth envisaged in India. In this regard several conceptual reactor designs with alloys of U–Pu–Zr fuel have been suggested for commercial operations. This study focusses on the physics design aspects of a sodium cooled U–Pu–6%Zr fuelled 1000 MWe fast breeder reactor, which can attain a breeding ratio of nearly 1.5. The calculation results on reactor kinetics and safety parameters of the 1000 MWe MFBR are presented. The changes in the breeding ratio by introduction of thorium in the blankets of the MFBR are also investigated. Burnup analyses are carried out to compare the core burnup effects in MOX and metal fuelled FBRs. Since the MOX fuelled 500 MWe prototype fast breeder is getting constructed at IGCAR, for burnup comparisons a MFBR of similar design is considered. The results of this study indicate that the loss of reactivity in the metal core with burnup is less than half that of a MOX core and its breeding ratio remains nearly constant. It is also found that the isotopic composition of plutonium (Pu-vector composition) remains more steady with burnup in a metal core

  16. The fast breeder reactor Rapsodie (1962)

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    In this report, the authors describe the Rapsodie project, the French fast breeder reactor, as it stands at construction actual start-up. The paper provides informations about: the principal neutronic and thermal characteristics, the reactor and its cooling circuits, the main handling devices of radioactive or contaminated assemblies, the principles and means governing reactor operation, the purposes and locations of miscellaneous buildings. Rapsodie is expected to be critical by 1964. (authors)

  17. Experimental Breeder Reactor I Preservation Plan

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    2006-10-01

    Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR I) is a National Historic Landmark located at the Idaho National Laboratory, a Department of Energy laboratory in southeastern Idaho. The facility is significant for its association and contributions to the development of nuclear reactor testing and development. This Plan includes a structural assessment of the interior and exterior of the EBR I Reactor Building from a preservation, rather than an engineering stand point and recommendations for maintenance to ensure its continued protection.

  18. Design study of blanket structure for tokamak experimental fusion reactor

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    Design study of the blanket structure for JAERI Experimental Fusion Reactor (JXFR) has been carried out. Studied here were fabrication and testing of the blanket structure (blanket cells, blanket rings, piping and blanket modules), assembly and disassembly of the blanket module, and monitering and testing technique. Problems in design and fabrication of the blanket structure could be revealed. Research and development problems for the future were also disclosed. (author)

  19. Coatings for fast breeder reactor components

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    Several types of metallurgical coatings are used in the unique environments of the fast breeder reactor. Most of the coatings have been developed for tribological applications, but some also serve as corrosion barriers, diffusion barriers, or radionuclide traps. The materials that have consistently given the best performance as tribological coatings in the breeder reactor environments have been coatings based on chromium carbide, nickel aluminide, or Tribaloy 700 (a nickel-base hard-facing alloy). Other coatings that have been qualified for limited applications include chromium plating for low temperature galling protection and nickel plating for radionuclide trapping

  20. Tritium dynamics in fusion reactor solid breeder

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    In the field of the NET research progrm, the chemical and diffusive processes involved in solid ceramic breeder materials have been analysed. A mathematical model describing the phenomena has been developed to obtain a quantitative evaluation for a first design approach. The data obtained by means of the above mentioned model are in good agreement with the data obtained by other research groups working in Europe and in United States. The computer codes BLANKET2, MC2, FWBC, have been developed to simulate the phenomena

  1. Environmental considerations for alternative fusion reactor blankets

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    Comparisons of alternative fusion reactor blanket/coolant systems suggest that environmental considerations will enter strongly into selection of design and materials. Liquid blankets and coolants tend to maximize transport of radioactive corrosion products. Liquid lithium interacts strongly with tritium, minimizing permeation and escape of gaseous tritium in accidents. However, liquid lithium coolants tend to create large tritium inventories and have a large fire potential compared to flibe and solid blankets. Helium coolants minimize radiation transport, but do not have ability to bind the tritium in case of accidental releases. (auth)

  2. First-wall and blanket engineering development for magnetic-fusion reactors

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    A number of programs in the USA concerned with materials and engineering development of the first wall and breeder blanket systems for magnetic-fusion power reactors are described. Argonne National Laboratory has the lead or coordinating role, with many major elements of the research and engineering tests carried out by a number of organizations including industry and other national laboratories

  3. Neutronics Analysis of Water-Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket for CFETR

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    Zhu, Qingjun; Li, Jia; Liu, Songlin

    2016-07-01

    In order to investigate the nuclear response to the water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket models for CFETR, a detailed 3D neutronics model with 22.5° torus sector was developed based on the integrated geometry of CFETR, including heterogeneous WCCB blanket models, shield, divertor, vacuum vessel, toroidal and poloidal magnets, and ports. Using the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code MCNP5 and IAEA Fusion Evaluated Nuclear Data Library FENDL2.1, the neutronics analyses were performed. The neutron wall loading, tritium breeding ratio, the nuclear heating, neutron-induced atomic displacement damage, and gas production were determined. The results indicate that the global TBR of no less than 1.2 will be a big challenge for the water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket for CFETR. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2013GB108004, 2014GB122000, and 2014GB119000), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175207)

  4. UF6 breeder reactor power plants for electric power generation

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    The reactor concept analyzed is a 233UF6 core surrounded by a molten salt (Li7F, BeF2, ThF4) blanket. Nuclear survey calculations were carried out for both spherical and cylindrical geometries. A maximum breeding ratio of 1.22 was found. Thermodynamic cycle calculations were performed for a variety of Rankine cycles. Optimization of a Rankine cycle for a gas core breeder reactor employing an intermediate heat exchanger gave a maximum efficiency of 37 percent. A conceptual design is presented along with a system layout for a 1000 MW stationary power plant. The advantages of the GCBR are as follows: (1) high efficiency, (2) simplified on-line reprocessing, (3) inherent safety considerations, (4) high breeding ratio, (5) possibility of burning all or most of the long-lived nuclear waste actinides, and (6) possibility of extrapolating the technology to higher temperatures and MHD direct conversion

  5. UF6 breeder reactor power plants for electric power generation

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    Rust, J. H.; Clement, J. D.; Hohl, F.

    1976-01-01

    The reactor concept analyzed is a U-233F6 core surrounded by a molten salt (Li(7)F, BeF2, ThF4) blanket. Nuclear survey calculations were carried out for both spherical and cylindrical geometries. Thermodynamic cycle calculations were performed for a variety of Rankine cycles. A conceptual design is presented along with a system layout for a 1000 MW stationary power plant. Advantages of the gas core breeder reactor (GCBR) are as follows: (1) high efficiency; (2) simplified on-line reprocessing; (3) inherent safety considerations; (4) high breeding ratio; (5) possibility of burning all or most of the long-lived nuclear waste actinides; and (6) possibility of extrapolating the technology to higher temperatures and MHD direct conversion.

  6. History and evolution of the breeder reactor

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    The concept of the breeder reactor is almost as old as the idea of the nuclear reactor itself. From the very first years following the discovery of nuclear fission, scientists and technicians tried to turn mankind's eternal dream into reality; that is, enjoy an abundant source of energy without using up our raw material reserves. Nuclear energy offered several solutions to realize this dream. One of them, fusion, seemed out of our grasp in the near future. But fission of 235U was possible, and the Manhattan Project soon furnished ample proof of this theory. However, everyone working in this field was conscious of the fact that thermal neutron reactors make very inefficient use of the energy potential contained in natural uranium. The solution was to use in a core sufficiently rich in fissile matter, the excess neutrons to convert the 238U, so poorly used by other types of reactors, into fissile 239Pu. Regeneration, or 'breeding' of fuel, can multiply the energy drawn from a ton of uranium by a factor of 50 to 100. This would enable us to ward off the specter of an energy shortage and the rapid depletion of uranium mines. As early as 1945 in Los Alamos, Enrico Fermi stated: 'The country which first develops a breeder reactor will have a great competitive edge in atomic energy.' The development of the breeder reactor in the USA and around the world is discussed

  7. Proceedings of the sixth international workshop on ceramic breeder blanket interactions

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    Noda, Kenji [ed.

    1998-03-01

    This report is the Proceedings of `the Sixth International Workshop on Ceramic Breeder Blanket Interactions` which was held as a workshop on ceramic breeders under Annex II of IEA Implementing Agreement on a Programme of Research and Development on Fusion Materials, and Japan-US Workshop 97FT4-01. This workshop was held in Mito city, Japan on October 22-24, 1997. About forty experts from EU, Japan, USA, and Chile attended the workshop. The scope of the workshop included the following: (1) fabrication and characterization of ceramic breeders, (2) properties data for ceramic breeders, (3) tritium release characteristics, (4) modeling of tritium behavior, (5) irradiation effects on performance behavior, (6) blanket design and R and D requirements, (7) hydrogen behavior in materials, and (8) blanket system technology and structural materials. In the workshop, information exchange was performed for fabrication technology of ceramic breeder pebbles in EU and Japan, data of various properties of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}, tritium release behavior of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} including tritium diffusion, modeling of tritium release from Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} in ITER condition, helium release behavior from Li{sub 2}O, results of tritium release irradiation tests of Li{sub 4}SiO{sub 4} pebbles in EXOTIC-7, R and D issues for ceramic breeders for ITER and DEMO blankets, etc. The 23 of the papers are indexed individually. (J.P.N.)

  8. Improved structural materials for fast breeder reactors

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    Electricity plays a crucial role in the economic development of our country. Coal is the primary fuel for generation of electricity in India as in many other countries. In India, generation of power by nuclear reactors is very important because of (i) availability of large thorium resource, (ii) constraints on setting up of fossil fuel based power plants and (iii) the negligibly small green house gas emissions by nuclear energy. The nuclear programme of the country is being implemented in three stages: (i) pressurized heavy water reactors of the CANDU type, (ii) sodium-cooled fast reactors and (iii) thorium-based reactors. Sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) technology is envisioned to make use of the large thorium reserves available. India has undertaken and made rapid strides in developing SFR technology and building of fast reactors for energy generation. A Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) of 40 MWt is operating successfully for over 25 years at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research. Based on the design, construction and operational experience, a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) has been designed indigenously and is in an advanced stage of construction. Its design is being further optimised for enhanced economy with respect to cost of electricity production, for use in commercial reactors. Currently, several R and D programmes are under implementation for the development of new materials required for improved economy of commercial fast reactors

  9. Fast Breeder Blanket Facility FBBF. Annual report, January 1, 1981-December 31, 1981

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    This annual report contains a summmary of fission rate, spectra, and gamma-ray heating rate measurements made in the first blanket of the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility. The first blanket consisted of aluminum clad, natural UO2 fuel rods with a secondary cladding of stainless steel or aluminum. The blanket was arranged in two concentric regions around the neutron source and converter regions. A neutron diffusion code, 2DB, and a Monte Carlo code, VIM, both using homogeneous cross section groups have been used to calculate the reaction rates. Calculated to experimental values for a number of important reactions are presented. A modified method of applying Bondarenko self-shielding factors to correct for the self shielding of resonance energy neutrons in aluminum, stainless steel and UO2 has improved the agreement between the calculations and experiment, but does not account for all of the differences

  10. Blankets for fusion reactors : materials and neutronics

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    The studies about Fusion Reactors have lead to several problems for which there is no general agreement about the best solution. Nevertheless, several points seem to be well defined, at least for the first generation of reactors. The fuel, for example, should be a mixture of deuterium and tritium. Therefore, the reactor should be able to generate the tritium to be burned and also to transform kinetic energy of the fusion neutrons into heat in a process similar to the fission reactors. The best materials for the composition of the blanket were first selected and then the neutronics for the proposed system was developed. The neutron flux in the blanket was calculated using the discrete ordinates transport code, ANISN. All the nuclides cross sections came from the DLC-28/CTR library, that processed the ENDF/B data, using the SUPERTOG Program. (Author)

  11. Design and analysis of breeding blanket with helium cooled solid breeder for ITER-TBM

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    Test blanket module (TBM) is one of important components in ITER. Some of related blanket technologies of future fusion, such as tritium self-sufficiency, the exaction of high-grade heat, design criteria and safety requirements and environmental impacts, will be demonstrated in ITER-TBM. In ITER device, the three equatorial ports have allocated for TBM testing. China had proposed to develop independently the ITER-TBM with helium cooled solid breeder in 12th meeting of test blanket workgroup (TBWG-12). In this work, the preliminary design and analysis for Chinese HCSB TBM will be carried out. The TBM must be contains the function of the first wall, breeding blanket, shield and structure. Finally, in the period of preliminary investigation, HCSB TBM design adopt modularization concept which is helium as coolant and tritium purge gas, ferritic/martensitic steel as structural material, Lithium orthosilicate (Li4SiO4) as tritium breeder, beryllium pebble as neutron multiplier. TBM is allocated in standard vertical frame port. HCSB TBM consist of first wall, backplate, breeding sub-modules, caps, grid and support plate, and breeding sub-modules is arranged by layout of 2 x 6 in blanket box. In this paper, main components of HCSB TBM will be described in detail, also performance analysis of main components have been completed. (authors)

  12. R and D status on Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket Technology

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    Enoeda, Mikio, E-mail: enoeda.mikio@jaea.go.jp; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Nakajima, Motoki; Sato, Satoshi; Ochiai, Kentaro; Konno, Chikara; Kawamura, Yoshinori; Hayashi, Takumi; Yamanishi, Toshihiko; Hoshino, Tsuyoshi; Nakamichi, Masaru; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu; Nishi, Hiroshi; Suzuki, Satoshi; Ezato, Koichiro; Seki, Yohji; Yokoyama, Kenji

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is performing the development of a Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder (WCCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) as one of the most important steps toward DEMO blanket. Regarding the blanket module fabrication technology development using F82H, the fabrication of a real scale mockup of the back wall of TBM was completed. In the design activity of the TBM, electromagnetic analysis under plasma disruption events and thermo-mechanical analysis under steady state and transient state of tokamak operation have been performed and showed bright prospect toward design justification. Regarding the development of advanced breeder and multiplier pebbles for DEMO blanket, fabrication technology development of Li rich Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} pebble and BeTi pebble was performed. Regarding the research activity on the evaluation of tritium generation performance, the evaluation of tritium production and recovery test using D-T neutron in the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility has been performed. This paper overviews the recent achievements of the development of the WCCB Blanket in JAEA.

  13. R and D status on Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder Blanket Technology

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is performing the development of a Water Cooled Ceramic Breeder (WCCB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) as one of the most important steps toward DEMO blanket. Regarding the blanket module fabrication technology development using F82H, the fabrication of a real scale mockup of the back wall of TBM was completed. In the design activity of the TBM, electromagnetic analysis under plasma disruption events and thermo-mechanical analysis under steady state and transient state of tokamak operation have been performed and showed bright prospect toward design justification. Regarding the development of advanced breeder and multiplier pebbles for DEMO blanket, fabrication technology development of Li rich Li2TiO3 pebble and BeTi pebble was performed. Regarding the research activity on the evaluation of tritium generation performance, the evaluation of tritium production and recovery test using D-T neutron in the Fusion Neutronics Source (FNS) facility has been performed. This paper overviews the recent achievements of the development of the WCCB Blanket in JAEA

  14. Advanced methods comparisons of reaction rates in the Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility

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    A review of worldwide results revealed that reaction rates in the blanket region are generally underpredicted with the discrepancy increasing with penetration; however, these results vary widely. Experiments in the large uniform Purdue Fast Breeder Blanket Facility (FBBF) blanket yield an accurate quantification of this discrepancy. Using standard production code methods (diffusion theory with 50 group cross sections), a consistent Calculated/Experimental (C/E) drop-off was observed for various reaction rates. A 50% increase in the calculated results at the outer edge of the blanket is necessary for agreement with experiments. The usefulness of refined group constant generation utilizing specialized weighting spectra and transport theory methods in correcting this discrepancy was analyzed. Refined group constants reduce the discrepancy to half that observed using the standard method. The surprising result was that transport methods had no effect on the blanket deviations; thus, transport theory considerations do not constitute or even contribute to an explanation of the blanket discrepancies. The residual blanket C/E drop-off (about half the standard drop-off) using advanced methods must be caused by some approximations which are applied in all current methods. 27 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  15. Prototype fast breeder reactor main options

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    Fast reactor programme gets importance in the Indian energy market because of continuous growing demand of electricity and resources limited to only coal and FBR. India started its fast reactor programme with the construction of 40 MWt Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR). The reactor attained its first criticality in October 1985. The reactor power will be raised to 40 MWt in near future. As a logical follow-up of FBTR, it was decided to build a prototype fast breeder reactor, PFBR. Considering significant effects of capital cost and construction period on economy, systematic efforts are made to reduce the same. The number of primary and secondary sodium loops and components have been reduced. Sodium coolant, pool type concept, oxide fuel, 20% CW D9, SS 316 LN and modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (T91) materials have been selected for PFBR. Based on the operating experience, the integrity of the high temperature components including fuel and cost optimization aspects, the plant temperatures are recommended. Steam temperature of 763 K at 16.6 MPa and a single TG of 500 MWe gross output have been decided. PFBR will be located at Kalpakkam site on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The plant life is designed for 30 y and 75% load factor. In this paper the justifications for the main options chosen are given in brief. (author). 2 figs, 2 tabs

  16. Considerations on techniques for improving tritium confinement in helium-cooled ceramic breeder blankets

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    Tritium control issues such as the development of permeation barriers and the choice of the coolant and purge-gas chemistry are of crucial importance for solid breeder blankets. In order to quantify these problems for the helium-cooled ceramic breeder-inside-tube (BIT) blanket concept, the tritium leakage into the coolant was evaluated and the consequent tritium losses into the steam circuit were determined. The results indicate that under certain specified conditions the total tritium release from the coolant can be limited to approximately 10 Ci/d, but only on the assumption that experimental data for tritium permeation barriers can be attained under realistic operating conditions. An experimental study on the impact of the gas chemistry on tritium losses is proposed. (author) 8 refs.; 2 figs

  17. Liquid metal cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor

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    A liquid metal cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor has a core comprising a plurality of fuel assemblies supported on a diagrid and submerged in a pool of liquid metal coolant within a containment vessel, the diagrid being of triple component construction and formed of a short cylindrical plenum mounted on a conical undershell and loosely embraced by a fuel store carrier. The plenum merely distributes coolant through the fuel assemblies, the load of the assemblies being carried by the undershell by means of struts which penetrate the plenum. The reactor core, fuel store carrier and undershell provide secondary containment for the plenum. (UK)

  18. Fast breeder reactor fuel reprocessing in France

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    Simultaneous with the effort on fast breeder reactors launched several years ago in France, equivalent investigations have been conducted on the fuel cycle, and in particular on reprocessing, which is an indispensable operation for this reactor. The Rapsodie experimental reactor was associated with the La Hague reprocessing plant AT1 (1 kg/day), which has reprocessed about one ton of fuel. The fuel from the Phenix demonstration reactor is reprocessed partly at the La Hague UP2 plant and partly at the Marcoule pilot facility, undergoing transformation to reprocess all the fuel (TOR project, 5 t/y). The fuel from the Creys Malville prototype power plant will be reprocessed in a specific plant, which is in the design stage. The preliminary project, named MAR 600 (50 t/y), will mobilize a growing share of the CEA's R and D resources, as the engineering needs of the UP3 ''light water'' plant begins to decline. Nearly 20 tonnes of heavy metals irradiated in fast breeder reactors have been processed in France, 17 of which came from Phenix. The plutonium recovered during this reprocessing allowed the power plant cycle to be closed. This power plant now contains approximately 140 fuel asemblies made up with recycled plutonium, that is, more than 75% of the fuel assemblies in the Phenix core

  19. Conceptual study of a helium cooled ceramics/Beryllium blanket for a power reactor

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    In the frame of recent CEA studies aiming at the evaluation and the comparison of various candidate blanket concepts in view of their possible extrapolation to anticipated power reactor operating conditions (p/subNgreater than or equal to2 MW/m2), the present work examines the performances of a design which combines the attractive thermal performances of helium cooling in the radial direction, which minimizes the breeder temperature gradient along a cooling channel, with the promising breeding capability of composite Beryllium/LiA102 (85/15 %) breeder elements. The optimization of the neutronic and thermomechanical performances converges on a canister blanket concept, featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.45, a pumping power of only 1 % of the thermal power and a breeder temperature distribution quasi uniform throughout the blanket (500 +- 200C) and largely independent of the power level. This unique feature provides a natural adaptation to ceramic breeders assigned to very strict and narrow working conditions and provides a valuable margin for any change in the thermal and heat transfer characteristics over the blanket lifetime

  20. The fast breeder reactor. v. 1

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    The Energy Committee's report was prepared after hearing evidence (the minutes of which are published in Volume II) from the Central Electricity Generating Board, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and the Department of Energy. Memoranda received from other interested bodies or individuals were also considered and members of the Committee visited fast breeder projects in France, West Germany and Japan. As well as the development of the fast reactors, the economics and timescale were reviewed. The particular case of the fast breeder reactor and proposed fuel reprocessing plant at Dounreay was considered. The main conclusion is that major expenditure on fast reactor programmes can only be justified if there is a potential economic case, i.e. if the fuel cycle costs are lower than for PWRs. This would only be the case if uranium costs increased greatly. It is not considered worthwhile to participate in the European Fast Reactor although this should be reviewed in 1993 and 1997. The Committee agree with the Government's decision to cease funding the PFR in 1994 and endorses the need to regenerate the local economy which will be affected by this decision. (UK)

  1. Large scale breeder reactor pump dynamic analyses

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    The lateral natural frequency and vibration response analyses of the Large Scale Breeder Reactor (LSBR) primary pump were performed as part of the total dynamic analysis effort to obtain the fabrication release. The special features of pump modeling are outlined in this paper. The analysis clearly demonstrates the method of increasing the system natural frequency by reducing the generalized mass without significantly changing the generalized stiffness of the structure. Also, a method of computing the maximum relative and absolute steady state responses and associated phase angles at given locations is provided. This type of information is very helpful in generating response versus frequency and phase angle versus frequency plots

  2. Development and analysis of fusion breeder blanket neutronics. Progress report, November 1, 1983-October 31, 1984

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    The following activities are briefly described: (a) the IBM versions of the computer codes FORSS, PUFF-II, ONETRAN, TWOTRAN-II, and DOT4.3 were obtained from the Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC) and have been implemented on the UCLA local computer, the IBM 3033; (b) mathematical and computational models to describe the time-dependent transport and inventory of tritium in individual components of a fusion reactor system have been developed; (c) extensive cross-section sensitivity and uncertainty analysis was carried out to evaluate an estimate for the uncertainty associated with the TBR (both from 6Li and 7Li, individually) in four of the leading blanket concepts (the Li2O/HT-9 helium-cooled blanket, the 17Li-83Pb/PCA self-cooled blanket, the LiAlO2/He/FS/Be blanket, and the flibe/He/FS/Be blanket); (d) as far as the TBR obtain able in various blanket concepts is concerned, a comparative analysis was carried out to estimate the change in TBR in a particular blanket module when placed in a tokamak machine [R (first wall) approx. 2 m] as opposed to adopting the same blanket in a mirror machine [R (first wall) approx. 50 cm] with the same wall loading

  3. Exploring new coolants for nuclear breeder reactors

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    Breeder reactors are considered a unique tool for fully exploiting natural nuclear resources. In current Light Water Reactors (LWR), only 0.5% of the primary energy contained in the nuclei removed from a mine is converted into useful heat. The rest remains in the depleted uranium or spent fuel. The need to improve resource-efficiency has stimulated interest in Fast-Reactor-based fuel cycles, which can exploit a much higher fraction of the energy content of mined uranium by burning U-238, mainly after conversion into Pu-239. Thorium fuel cycles also offer several potential advantages over a uranium fuel cycle. The coolant initially selected for most of the FBR programs launched in the 1960s was sodium, which is still considered the best candidate for these reactors. However, Na-cooled FBRs have a positive void reactivity coefficient. Among other factors, this fundamental drawback has resulted in the canceled deployment of these reactors. Therefore, it seems reasonable to explore new options for breeder coolants. In this paper, a proposal is presented for a new molten salt (F2Be) coolant that could overcome the safety issues related to the positive void reactivity coefficient of molten metal coolants. Although it is a very innovative proposal that would require an extensive R and D program, this paper presents the very appealing properties of this salt when using a specific type of fuel that is similar to that of pebble bed reactors. The F2Be concept was studied over a typical MOX composition and extended to a thorium-based cycle. The general analysis took into account the requirements for criticality (opening the option of hybrid subcritical systems); the requirements for breeding; and the safety requirement of having a negative coolant void reactivity coefficient. A design window was found in the definition of a F2Be cooled reactor where the safety requirement was met, unlike for molten metal-cooled reactors, which always have positive void reactivity coefficients

  4. Liquid metal tribology in fast breeder reactors

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    Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR) require mechanisms operating in various sodium liquid and sodium vapor environments for extended periods of time up to temperatures of 900 K under different chemical properties of the fluid. The design of tribological systems in those reactors cannot be based on data and past experience of so-called conventional tribology. Although basic tribological phenomena and their scientific interpretation apply in this field, operating conditions specific to nuclear reactors and prevailing especially in the nuclear part of such facilities pose special problems. Therefore, in the framework of the R and D-program accompanying the construction phase of SNR 300 experiments were carried out to provide data and knowledge necessary for the lay-out of friction systems between mating surfaces of contacting components. Initially, screening tests isolated material pairs with good slipping properties and maximum wear resistance. Those materials were subjected to comprehensive parameter investigations. A multitude of laboratory scale tests have been performed under largely reactor specific conditions. Unusual superimpositions of parameters were analyzed and separated to find their individual influence on the friction process. The results of these experiments were made available to the reactor industry as well as to factories producing special tribo-materials. (orig.)

  5. Progress in fusion reactors blanket analysis and evaluation at CEA

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    In the frame of the recent CEA studies aiming at the development, evaluation and comparison of solid breeder blanket concepts in view of their adaptation to NET, and the evaluation of specific questions related to the first wall design, the present paper examines first the performances of a helium cooled toroidal blanket design for NET, based on innovative Beryllium/Ceramics breeder rod elements. Neutronic and thermo-mechanical optimisation converges on a concept featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.2, a reasonnable pumping power of 1 % and a narrow breeder temperature range (470 +- 30 0C of the breeder), the latter being largely independent of the power level. The final section of the paper is devoted to the evaluation of the heat load poloidal distribution and to the irradiation effects on first wall structural materials

  6. Considerations on techniques for improving tritium confinement in helium-cooled ceramic breeder blankets

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    Tritium control issues such as the development of permeation barriers and the choice of the coolant and purge-gas chemistry are of crucial importance for solid breeder blankets. In order to quantify these problems for the helium-cooled ceramic BIT blanket concept, the tritium leakage into the coolant was evaluated and the consequent tritium losses into the steam circuit were determined. Our results indicate that under certain specified conditions the total tritium release from the coolant can be limited to approximately 10 Ci/d, but only on the assumption that experimental data for tritium permeation barriers can be attained under realistic operating conditions. An experimental study on the impact of the gas chemistry on tritium losses is proposed. (orig.)

  7. Operating experience of Fast Breeder Test Reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt / 13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type mixed carbide fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural material for future fast reactors. The reactor achieved first criticality in October 1985 with small indigenously designed and fabricated Mark I core (70% PuC-30% UC). The reactor power was subsequently raised in steps to 17.4 MWt by addition of Mark II fuel subassemblies (55% PuC-45% UC) and with the Mark I fuel operating at the designed linear heat rating of 400 W/cm. The turbo-generator was synchronized with the grid in July 1997. The achieved peak burn-up is 137 000 MWd/t so far without any fuel-clad failure. Presently the reactor is being operated at a nominal power of 15.7 MWt for irradiation of a test fuel subassembly of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, which is coming up at Kalpakkam. It is also planned to irradiate test subassemblies made of metallic fuel for future fast reactor program. Being a small reactor, all feed back coefficients of reactivity including void coefficient are negative and hence the reactor is inherently safe. This was confirmed by carrying out physics tests. The capability to remove decay heat under various incidental conditions including natural convection was demonstrated by carrying out engineering tests. Thermo couples are provided for on-line monitoring of fuel SA outlet temperature by dedicated real time computer and processed to generate trip signals for the reactor in case of power excursion, increase in clad hot spot temperature and subassembly flow blockage. All pipelines and capacities in primary main circuit are provided with segmented outer envelope to minimize and contain radioactive sodium leak while ensuring forced cooling through reactor to remove decay heat in case of failure of primary boundary. In secondary circuit, provision is

  8. Pressurizing Behavior on Ingress of Coolant into Pebble Bed of Blanket of Fusion DEMO Reactor

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    Solid breeder blankets are being developed as candidate blankets for the Fusion DEMO reactor in Japan. JAEA is performing the development of the water cooled and helium cooled solid breeder blankets. The blanket utilizes ceramic breeder pebbles and multiplier pebbles beds cooled by high pressure water or high pressure helium in the cooling tubes placed in the blanket box structure. In the development of the blanket, it is very important to incorporate the safety technology as well as the performance improvement on tritium production and energy conversion. In the safety design and technology, coolant ingress in the blanket box structure is one of the most important events as the initiators. Especially the thermal hydraulics in the pebble bed in the case of the high pressure coolant ingress is very important to evaluate the pressure propagation and coolant flow behavior. This paper presents the preliminary results of the pressure loss characteristics by the coolant ingress in the pebble bed. Experiments have been performed by using alumina pebble bed (4 litter maximum volume of the pebble bed) and nitrogen gas to simulate the helium coolant ingress into breeder and multiplier pebble beds. Reservoir tank of 10 liter is filled with 1.0 MPa nitrogen. The nitrogen gas is released at the bottom part of the alumina pebble bed whose upper part is open to the atmosphere. The pressure change in the pebble bed is measured to identify the pressure loss. The measured values are compared with the predicted values by Ergun's equation, which is the correlation equation on pressure loss of the flow through porous medium. By the results of the experiments with no constraint on the alumina pebble bed, it was clarified that the measured value agreed in the lower flow rate. However, in the higher flow rate where the pressure loss is high, the measured value is about half of the predicted value. The differences between the measured values and the predicted values will be discussed from

  9. Integral experiments for verification of tritium production on the beryllium/lithium titanate blanket mock-up with a one-breeder layer

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    The first series of integral experiments on the blanket mock-up with a one breeder layer was performed in support of the concept of the solid breeding blanket cooled with water, proposed by JAERI for application in the DEMO reactor. The mock-up for the first series of experiments was designed to be as simple as possible within the proposed blanket concept. Key objectives of the experiments were: to check how correctly the tritium production rate can be predicted in the breeder layer closest to the first wall, since this particular location is greatly affected by changes of incoming neutron spectra; to validate the modified experimental techniques for measurements of tritium production rate in conditions of quick gradient thermal neutron field inside the lithium titanate layer. The mock-up contains F82H, lithium titanate and beryllium layers, with respective thicknesses of 16 mm, 12 mm and 203 mm. An additional tungsten layer was installed in front of the first layer in order to simulate armor material. The mock-up, being placed inside the SS316 cylindrical enclosure, is shaped as a pseudo-cylindrical slab with an area-equivalent diameter of 628 mm. Integral experiments on the blanket mock-up irradiated by neutrons from the D-T source with and without the source reflector were executed. A detailed description of experimental results and an example of calculation analysis are presented. (author)

  10. Water chemistry of breeder reactor steam generators

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    The water quality requirements will be described for breeder reactor steam generators, as well as specifications for balance of plant protection. Water chemistry details will be discussed for the following power plant conditions: feedwater and recirculation water at above and below 5% plant power, refueling or standby, makeup water, and wet layup. Experimental data will be presented from tests which included a departure from nucleate boiling experiment, the Few Tube Test, with a seven tube evaporator and three tube superheater, and a verification of control and on-line measurement of sodium ion in the ppB range. Sampling and instrumentation requirements to insure adherence to the specified water quality will be described. Evaporator cleaning criteria and data from laboratory testing of chemical cleaning solutions with emphasis on flow, chemical composition, and temperature will be discussed

  11. Current status of safety design and safety analysis for China ITER helium coolant ceramic breeder test blanket system long

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    Helium Coolant Ceramic Breeder (HCCB) Test Blanket System (TBS) designed by China are planned to be tested in ITER to validate key technologies, including demonstration of nuclear safety, for future fusion reactor breeding blankets. Furthermore, in order to be operated in ITER, a nuclear facility (INB) recognized by French nuclear safety authority, safety design and safety analysis of the TBS are mandatory for the licensing procedures. This paper summarizes the status at current design phase with following main elements: The main radiological source terms in the system are tritium and activation products. Nuclear and tritium analysis are performed to identify their inventories and distributions in system. Multiple confinement barriers are considered to be the most essential safety feature. French regulation for pressure equipment and nuclear equipment (ESP/ESPN regulations) will be followed to ensure the system integrities. ALARA principle is kept in mind during the whole safety design phases. Protective actions including choice of advanced materials, improvement of shielding, optimization of operation and maintenance activities, usage of remote handling operations, zoning and access control have been considered. Passive safety is emphasized in the system design, only minimal active safety functions including call for fusion plasma shutdown and isolation of TBM from ex-vessel ancillary systems. High reliability and redundancies are required for components related to these functions. Several accidents have been identified and analyzed. Consider the limited inventories in the system and the intrinsic safety of fusion device, positive conclusions have been obtained. (author)

  12. Reprocessing of fast breeder reactor fuels in France

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    The reprocessing of breeder reactor fuels is a direct technical descendant of the reprocessing of thermal reactor fuels which was developped first. The process used is in both cases the PUREX process, which consists in dissolution by nitric acid followed by selective extraction using TBP. In France, the application of this technique to breeder reactor fuels greatly benefited from the scientific and industrial experience initially acquired with metallic fuels of the MAGNOX type and then with oxide fuels of the LWR type

  13. Unusual occurrences in fast breeder test reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt/13.2 MWe sodium cooled mixed carbide fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to generate experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors including sodium systems and to serve as an irradiation facility for the development of fuel and structural materials for future fast reactors. It achieved first criticality in Oct 85 with Mark I core (70% PuC - 30% UC). Steam generator was put in service in Jan 93 and power was raised to 10.5 MWt in Dec 93. Turbine generator was synchronised to the grid in Jul 97. The indigenously developed mixed carbide fuel has achieved a burnup of 44,000 MW-d/t max at a linear heat rating of 320 W/cm max without any fuel clad failure. The commissioning and operation of sodium systems and components have been smooth and performance of major components, viz., sodium pumps, intermediate heat exchangers and once through sodium heated steam generators (SG) have been excellent. There have been three minor incidents of Na/NaK leaks during the past 14 years, which are described in the paper. There have been no incident of a tube leak in SG. However, three incidents of water leaks from water / steam headers have been detailed. The plant has encountered some unusual occurrences, which were critically analysed and remedial measures, in terms of system and procedural modifications, incorporated to prevent recurrence. This paper describes unusual occurrences of fuel handling incident of May 1987, main boiler feed pump seizure in Apr 1992, reactivity transients in Nov 1994 and Apr 1995, and malfunctioning of the core cover plate mechanism in Jul 1995. These incidents have resulted in long plant shutdowns. During the course of investigation, various theoretical and experimental studies were carried out for better understanding of the phenomena and several inspection techniques and tools were developed resulting in enriching the technology of sodium cooled reactors. FBTR has 36 neutronic and process

  14. Progress in fusion reactors blanket analysis and evaluation at CEA

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    In the frame of the recent CEA studies aiming at the development, evaluation and comparison of solid breeder blanket concepts in view of their adaptation to NET, the evaluation of specific questions related to the first wall design, the present paper examines first the performances of a helium cooled toroidal blanket design for NET, based on innovative Beryllium/Ceramics breeder rod elements. Neutronic and thermo-mechanical optimisation converges on a concept featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.2, a reasonnable pumping power of 1% and a narrow breeder temperature range (470+-30 deg C of the breeder), the latter being largely independent of the power level. This design proves naturally adapted to ceramic breeder assigned to very strict working conditions, and provides for any change in the thermal and heat transfer characteristics over the blanket lifetime. The final section of the paper is devoted to the evaluation of the heat load poloidal distribution and to the irradiation effects on first wall structural materials

  15. High temperature blankets for non-electrical/electrical applications of fusion reactors: Annual report, [1983

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    During FY '83 the Li2O solid-breeder, helium-cooled canister blanket emerged as the LLNL-UW choice for driving the low-temperature (2, high-temperature outer zone for driving the GA hydrogen synfuel process. Providing 3-dimensional neutronics analysis of power deposition and tritium breeding in both blankets was an important part of the UW-Rowe and Assoc. work. In both the LLNL-UW and MARS studies, the fusion driver as the Axi-Cell, A-cell version of the tandem mirror reactor (TMR). Physics parameters consistent with the synfuel interface were determined as part of the work. Defining and analyzing the thermal-electric interfaces between the TMR and the synfuel process continues to be of prime importance. The analysis of thermal transport and energy conversion in the interface, as well as thermal hydraulics analysis of the blanket, were part of the UW-Rowe Assoc. work

  16. Blanket design study for a Commercial Tokamak Hybrid Reactor (CTHR)

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    The results are presented of a study on two blanket design concepts for application in a Commercial Tokamak Hybrid Reactor (CTHR). Both blankets operate on the U-Pu cycle and are designed to achieve tritium self-sufficiency while maximizing the fissile fuel production within thermal and mechanical design constraints. The two blanket concepts that were evaluated were: (1) a UC fueled, stainless steel clad and structure, helium cooled blanket; and (2) a UO2 fueled, zircaloy clad, stainless steel structure, boiling water cooled blanket. Two different tritium breeding media, Li2O and LiH, were evaluated for use in both blanket concepts. The use of lead as a neutron multiplier or reflector and graphite as a reflector was also considered for both blankets

  17. Status of liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    This document represents a compilation of the information on the status of fast breeder reactor development. It is intended to provide complete and authoritative information for academic, energy, industrial and planning organizations in the IAEA Member States. The Report also provides extended reference and bibliography lists. A summarized overview of the national programmes of LMFBR development is given in Chapter II. Chapter III on LMFBR experience provides a brief description and purpose of all fast reactors - experimental, demonstration and commercial size - that have been or are planned for construction and operation. Fast reactor physics is dealt with in Chapter IV. Besides the basic facts and definitions of neutronics and the compilation and measurement of nuclear data, a broad range of the calculation methods, codes, and the state of the art is described. In Chapter V, fuels and materials are described. The emphasis is on the design and development experience gained with mixed oxide fuel pins and subassemblies. Structural materials, blanket elements and absorber materials are also discussed. Chaper VI presents a broad overview of the technical and engineering aspects of LMFBR power plants. LMFBR core design is described in detail, followed by the components of the main heat transport system, the refuelling equipment, and auxiliary systems. Chapter VII on safety is a compilation of the current safety design concepts of LMFBRs and new trends in safety criteria and safety goals. The chapter concludes with risk analyses of LMFBR technology. In Chapter VIII, the systems approach has been emphasized in the consideration of the whole LMFBR fuel cycle. Special emphasis is placed on safeguards aspects and the environmental impact of the LMFBR fuel cycle. Chapter IX describes deployment considerations of LMFBRs. Special emphasis is placed on economic aspects of the LMFBR power plant and its related fuel cycle. Finally, Chapter X provides an overall summary and a

  18. The design of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    India has a moderate uranium reserve and a large thorium reserve. The primary energy resource for electricity generation in the country is coal. The potential of other resources like gas, oil, wind, solar and biomass is very limited. The only viable and sustainable resource is the nuclear energy. Presently, Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors utilizing natural uranium are in operation/under construction and the plutonium generated from these reactors will be multiplied through breeding in fast breeder reactors. The successful construction, commissioning and operation of Fast Breeder Test Reactor at Kalpakkam has given confidence to embark on the construction of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR). This paper describes the salient design features of PFBR including the design of the reactor core, reactor assembly, main heat transport systems, component handling, steam water system, electrical power systems, instrumentation and control, plant layout, safety and research and development

  19. Fast-breeder-power reactor records in the INIS database

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    This report presents a statistical analysis of more than 19,700 records of publications concerned with research and technology in the field of fast breeder power fission reactors which are included in the INIS Bibliographic Database for the period from 1970. to 1999. The main objectives of this bibliometric study were: to make an inventory of the fast breeder power reactor related records in the INIS Database; to provide statistics and scientific indicators for the INIS users, namely science managers, researchers, engineers, operators, scientific editors and publishers, decision-makers in the field of fast breeder power reactors related subjects; to extract other useful information from the INIS Bibliographic Database about articles published in fast breeder reactors research and technology. The quantitative data in this report are obtained for various properties of relevant INIS records such as year of publication, secondary subject categories, countries of publication, language, publication types, literary types, etc. (author)

  20. Neutronic and thermal calculation of blanket for high power operating condition of fusion reactor

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    Internal (breeding region) structures of ceramic breeder blanket to accommodate high power operating conditions such as a DEMO reactor have been investigated. The conditions considered here are the maximum neutron wall load of 2.8 MW/m2 at outboard midplane corresponding to a fusion power of 3.0 GW and the coolant temperature of 200 degrees C. Structure of a blanket is based on the layered pebble bed concept, which has been proposed by Japan since the ITER CDA. Lithium oxide with 50% enriched 6Li is used in a shape of small spherical pebbles which are filled in a 316SS can avoid its compatibility issue with Be. Beryllium around the breeder can is filled also in a shape of spherical pebbles which works not only as a neutron multiplier but also as a thermal resistant layer to maintain breeder temperature for effective in-situ tritium recovery. Diameters and packing fractions of both pebbles are ≤ 1 mm and 65%, respectively. A layer of block Be between cooling panels is introduced as a neutron multiplier (not as the thermal resistant layer) to enhance tritium breeding performance. Inlet temperature of water coolant is 200 degrees C to meet the high temperature conditioning requirement to the first wall which is one of walls of the blanket vessel. Neutronics calculations have been carried out by one-dimensional transport code, and thermal calculations have also been carried out by one-dimensional slab code

  1. Fissile fuel breeding in DT fusion reactor blankets

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    Results of neutronic evaluations of fissile fuel breeding in a variety of DT fusion hybrid-reactor blankets are presented. The blankets are of the fast-fission or fission-suppressed rather than fission-enhanced designs, i.e. in the blankets considered emphasis is on fissile fuel rather than power production. For 233U breeding, when Li metal is the coolant for the first wall and the graphite moderator and the tritium breeding constituent of the blanket, the number of atoms of 233U produced per fusion in blankets that could be of practical interest is in the range 0.5 - 0.68, with the lower value applying to water-cooled ThO2 fertile fuel, the upper to gas-cooled Th-metal fuel located next to the reactor first wall. Neutron multipliers like Pb or Be can increase the production to about 0.74. For 239Pu breeding, the production ratio in practical blankets is 0.6 - 1.64, with the best results being for gas, Na- or Li-metal-cooled U-metal fuels located adjacent to the first wall (the U is depleted uranium). Gas-cooled U-Th-metal blankets, optimized for 233U breeding, yield 0.76 atoms of 233U and 0.38 atoms of 239Pu. The blanket energy multiplication factors are in the range 1.6 - 2.5 for Th blankets, 2.5 - 9.0 for U blankets and approximately 5.5 for the U-Th-metal blanket. The tritium breeding ratio in all blankets is 1.075. Blankets with other first wall, coolant and tritium breeding constituents are also considered. The fusion power requirements of hybrids that could supply the fuel needs of thorium-burning CANDU power reactors, and the allowed costs for building the hybrids are indicated

  2. Exploding the myths about the fast breeder reactor

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    Burns, S.

    1979-01-01

    This paper discusses the facts and figures about the effects of conservation policies, the benefits of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor demonstration plant, the feasibility of nuclear weapons manufacture from reactor-grade plutonium, diversion of plutonium from nuclear plants, radioactive waste disposal, and the toxicity of plutonium. The paper concludes that the U.S. is not proceeding with a high confidence strategy for breeder development because of a variety of false assumptions.

  3. The breeder reactor in electricity supply

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    Forecasts are made of Britain's energy prospects in the year 2000. It is concluded that fossil fuels and renewable energy sources will leave an energy gap and that dependence on nuclear power will be substantial. There will, however have been a rapid depletion of readily available uranium ore reserves and a growing availability of plutonium from thermal reactors. Britain's resources of plutonium and depleted uranium which the fast breeder reactor can use - will equal many thousand million tonnes of coal. Our nuclear programme should therefore include one or two FBRs. Resources should be pooled internationally and plants built to prove alternative options and consolidate an already highly developed technology. In Britain our earliest nuclear (Magnox) stations have served as well. In Scotland, where next year an estimated 30% of electricity output will be nuclear, Hunterston 'B' AGR has had a splendid first year of operation, and pumped storage capacity in Scotland has extended the benefits of low-cost generation. The FBR has many very satisfactory engineering features and is eminently controllable and well behaved. It is compact, with relatively low cooling-water requirements and it could be built, one hopes, close to our load centres. There can be confidence that it will be proved safe. An order for an FBR, on the earliest timescale that fits in with evidence of successful operation of the Dounreay PFR and an agreed international programme, would serve the national interest and ensure the survival of our plant manufacturers, so badly hit by the effects of stagnation of the U.K. economy. (author)

  4. Technical evaluation of major candidate blanket systems for fusion power reactor

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    The key functions required for tritium breeding blankets for a fusion power reactor are: (1) self-sufficient tritium breeding, (2) in-situ tritium recovery and low tritium inventory, (3) high temperature cooling giving a high efficiency of electricity generation and (4) thermo-mechanical reliability and simplified remote maintenance to obtain high plant availability. Blanket performance is substantially governed by materials selection. Major options of structure/breeder/coolant/neutron multiplier materials considered for the present design study are PCA/Li2O/H2O/Be, Mo-alloy/Li2O/He/Be, Mo-alloy/LiAlO2/He/Be, V-alloy/Li/Li/none, and Mo-alloy/Li/He/none. In addition, remote maintenance of blankets, tritium recovery system, heat transport and energy conversion have been investigated. In this report, technological problems and critical R and D issues for power reactor blanket development are identified and a comparison of major candidate blanket concepts is discussed in terms of the present materials data base, economic performance, prospects for future improvements, and engineering feasibility and difficulties based on the results obtained from individual design studies. (author)

  5. The United States of America fast breeder reactor program

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    The reasons for the development of the fast breeder reactor in the United States are outlined, and the LMFBR program is discussed in detail, under the following headings: program objectives, reactor physics, fuel and materials development, fuel recycle, safety, components, plant experience program (Near Commercial Breeder Reactor). The special facilities to be used at each stage of the program are described. It is planned that the Near Commercial Breeder Reactor will be complete in 1986, and commercial plants should follow in rapid succession. An alternate fast reactor concept (Gas Cooled Fast Reactor) is outlined. The Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed program is summarized, and the cost benefit analysis supplied as part of the Environment Statement is also summarized. (U.K.)

  6. Thermohydraulics design and thermomechanics analysis of two European breeder blanket concepts for DEMO. Pt. 1 and Pt. 2. Pt. 1: BOT helium cooled solid breeding blanket. Pt. 2: Dual coolant self-cooled liquid metal blanket

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    Two different breeding blanket concepts are being elaborated at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe within the framework of the DEMO breeding blanket development, the concept of a helium cooled solid breeding blanket and the concept of a self-cooled liquid metal blanket. The breeder material used in the first concept is Li4SiO4 as a pebble bed arranged separate from the beryllium pebble bed, which serves as multiplier. The breeder material zone is cooled by several toroidally-radially configurated helium cooling plates which, at the same time, act as reinforcements of the blanket structures. In the liquid metal blanket concept lead-lithium is used both as the breeder material and the coolant. It flows at low velocity in poloidal direction downwards and back in the blanket front zone. In both concepts the First Wall is cooled by helium gas. This report deals with the thermohydraulics design and thermomechanics analysis of the two blanket concepts. The performance data derived from the Monte-Carlo computations serve as a basis for the design calculations. The coolant inlet and outlet temperatures are chosen with the design criteria and the economics aspects taken into account. Uniform temperature distribution in the blanket structures can be achieved by suitable branching and routing of the coolant flows which contributes to reducing decisively the thermal stress. The computations were made using the ABAQUS computer code. The results obtained of the stresses have been evaluated using the ASME code. It can be demonstrated that all maximum values of temperature and stress are below the admissible limit. (orig.)

  7. Tritium permeation through helium-heated steam generators of ceramic breeder blankets for DEMO

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    The potential sources of tritium contamination of the helium coolant of ceramic breeder blankets have previously been evaluated for the specific case of the European BIT DEMO blanket. This confirmed that the control of tritium losses to the steam circuit is a critical issue which demands development concerning (a) permeation barriers, (b) tritium recovery processes maintaining a very low tritium activity in the coolant, and (c) control of the coolant chemistry. The specifications of these developments required the evaluation of the tritium losses through the steam generators, and includes the definition of their operating conditions by thermodynamic cycle calculations, and their thermal-hydraulic design. For both tasks, specific computer tools were developed. The geometry obtained, the surface area and the temperature profiles along the heat-exchanger tubes were then used to estimate the daily tritium permeation into the steam cycle. Steam-oxidized Incoloy 800 austenitic stainless steel was identified as the best-suited existing material. Our results indicate that in nominal steady-state operation the tritium escape into the steam cycle could be restricted to less than 10 Ci per day. The conditions for this are specified, but their feasibility demands, in particular, the resolution of certain gas chemistry problems, and their validation in the more stringent environment of an operating blanket. Tritium permeation during temperature and pressure transients in the steam generator (destruction and possible self-healing of the permeation barrier) was identified as bearing a large tritium release potential. The problems associated with such transients are discussed and possible solutions are proposed. (orig.)

  8. Blankets for tritium catalyzed deuterium (TCD) fusion reactors

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    The TCD fusion fuel cycle - where the 3He from the D(D,n)3He reaction is transmuted, by neutron capture in the blanket, into tritium which is fed back to the plasma - was recently recognized as being potentially more promising than the Catalyzed Deuterium (Cat-D) fuel cycle for tokamak power reactors. It is the purpose of the present work to assess the feasibility of, and to identify promising directions for designing blankets for TCD fusion reactors

  9. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the United States

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    This document was prepared by the Office of the Program Director for Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). It sets forth the status and current activities for the development of fast breeder technology in the United States. In April 1977 the United States announced a change in its nuclear energy policy. Concern about the potential for the proliferation of nuclear weapons capability emerged as a major issue in considering whether to proceed with the development, demonstration and eventual deployment of breeder reactor energy systems. Plutonium recycle and the commercialization of the fast breeder were deferred indefinitely. This led to a reorientation of the nuclear fuel cycle program which was previously directed toward the commercialization of fuel reprocessing and plutonium recycle to the investigation of a full range of alternative fuel cycle technologies. Two major system evaluation programs, the Nonproliferation Alternative Systems Assessment Program (NASAP), which is domestic, and the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Evaluation (INFCE), which is international, are assessing the nonproliferation advantages and other characteristics of advanced reactor concepts and fuel cycles. These evaluations will allow a decision in 1981 on the future direction of the breeder program. In the interim, the technologies of two fast breeder reactor concepts are being developed: the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) and the Gas Cooled Fast Reactor (CFR). The principal goals of the fast breeder program are: LMFBR - through a strong R and D program, consistent with US nonproliferation objectives and anticipated national electric energy requirements, maintain the capability to commit to a breeder option; investigate alternative fuels and fuel cycles that might offer nonproliferation advantages; GCFR - provide a viable alternative to the LMFBR that will be consistent with the developing U.S. nonproliferation policy; provide GCFR technology and other needed

  10. Improved structure and long-life blanket concepts for heliotron reactors

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    New design approaches are proposed for the LHD-type heliotron D-T demo-reactor FFHR2 to solve the key engineering issues of blanket space limitation and replacement difficulty. A major radius over 14 m is selected to permit a blanket-shield thickness of about 1 m and to reduce the neutron wall loading and toroidal field, while achieving an acceptable cost of electricity COE. Two sets of optimization are successfully carried out. One is to reduce the magnetic hoop force on the helical coil support structures by adjustment of the helical winding coil pitch parameter and the poloidal coils design, which facilitates expansion of the maintenance ports. The other is a long-life blanket concept using carbon armor tiles that soften the neutron energy spectrum incident on the self-cooled Flibe-RAF blanket. In this adaptation of the Spectral-shifter and Tritium breeder Blanket (STB) concept a local tritium breeding ratio TBR over 1.2 is feasible by optimized arrangement of the neutron multiplier Be in the carbon tiles, and the radiation shielding of the super-conducting magnet coils is also significantly improved. Using the constant cross sections of helically winding shape, the 'screw coaster' concept is proposed to replace in-vessel components such as the STB armor tiles. The key R and D issues to develop the STB concept, such as radiation effects on carbon and enhanced heat transfer of Flibe, are elucidated. (author)

  11. Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analyses of the Tritium Production in the HCPB Breeder Blanket Mock-up Experiment

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    are in the order of 7 % (2 sigma). The observed underestimation of the measured Tritium production by 5 to 10% on average is at the lower bound of the assessed uncertainty margin. The results obtained indicate that design calculations for the Tritium Breeding Ratio of fusion power reactors employing a HCPB type breeder blanket are conservative. Thus an additional TBR margin is provided which allows compensating for potential other uncertainties. (author)

  12. Gas-cooled fast breeder reactor shielding benchmark calculation

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    Rouse, C.A.; Mathews, D.R.; Koch, P.K.

    1977-01-01

    This report summarizes the results of a shielding benchmark calculation performed by General Atomic (GA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The problem analyzed was a neutron-coupled gamma ray transport calculation of the core blanket shield of the 300-MW(e) gas-cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFR). Comparison of the initial GA and ORNL results indicated good agreement for fast fluxes (E greater than 0.9 MeV and E greater than 0.086 MeV) but poor agreement for epithermal and thermal neutron fluxes. Examination of the results revealed that a deficiency in the GA fine-group cross section preparation code was responsible for the differences in the GA and ORNL iron cross sections. Modification of the GA cross sections to include self-shielding was accomplished, and the updated GA benchmark calculation performed with the self-shielded iron cross sections was in excellent agreement with the ORNL results for fast neutron fluxes with E greater than 0.9 MeV and E greater than 0.086 MeV and in good agreement for epithermal and thermal fluxes. The agreement of the gamma heating rates also improved significantly. Thus, it was concluded that the good agreement of the GA and ORNL neutron-coupled gamma ray transport calculation indicates that (1) the methods and cross sections used by both laboratories were compatible and consistent and (2) the use of 24 neutron energy groups and 15 gamma energy groups by GA was adequate compared with the use of 51 neutron energy groups and 25 gamma energy groups by ORNL.

  13. BREEDER: a microcomputer program for financial analysis of a large-scale prototype breeder reactor

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    Giese, R.F.

    1984-04-01

    This report describes a microcomputer-based, single-project financial analysis program: BREEDER. BREEDER is a user-friendly model designed to facilitate frequent and rapid analyses of the financial implications associated with alternative design and financing strategies for electric generating plants and large-scale prototype breeder (LSPB) reactors in particular. The model has proved to be a useful tool in establishing cost goals for LSPB reactors. The program is available on floppy disks for use on an IBM personal computer (or IBM look-a-like) running under PC-DOS or a Kaypro II transportable computer running under CP/M (and many other CP/M machines). The report documents version 1.5 of BREEDER and contains a user's guide. The report also includes a general overview of BREEDER, a summary of hardware requirements, a definition of all required program inputs, a description of all algorithms used in performing the construction-period and operation-period analyses, and a summary of all available reports. The appendixes contain a complete source-code listing, a cross-reference table, a sample interactive session, several sample runs, and additional documentation of the net-equity program option.

  14. BREEDER: a microcomputer program for financial analysis of a large-scale prototype breeder reactor

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    This report describes a microcomputer-based, single-project financial analysis program: BREEDER. BREEDER is a user-friendly model designed to facilitate frequent and rapid analyses of the financial implications associated with alternative design and financing strategies for electric generating plants and large-scale prototype breeder (LSPB) reactors in particular. The model has proved to be a useful tool in establishing cost goals for LSPB reactors. The program is available on floppy disks for use on an IBM personal computer (or IBM look-a-like) running under PC-DOS or a Kaypro II transportable computer running under CP/M (and many other CP/M machines). The report documents version 1.5 of BREEDER and contains a user's guide. The report also includes a general overview of BREEDER, a summary of hardware requirements, a definition of all required program inputs, a description of all algorithms used in performing the construction-period and operation-period analyses, and a summary of all available reports. The appendixes contain a complete source-code listing, a cross-reference table, a sample interactive session, several sample runs, and additional documentation of the net-equity program option

  15. Fusion breeder

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    The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the US fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the US fusion program and the US nuclear energy program. The purpose of this paper is to suggest this policy change be made and tell why it should be made, and to outline specific research and development goals so that the fusion breeder will be developed in time to meet fissile fuel needs

  16. Cold trapping of traces of tritiated water from the helium loops of a fusion breeder blanket

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    The ITER Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) will comprise three helium loops designed for: tritium extraction from the breeder zone, heat removal, and purification of the coolant. The process step envisaged for tritium extraction as well as for coolant purification includes a cryogenic cold trap as main component for the removal of tritiated water vapour (mainly HTO, H2O). The concentrations of water in the gas streams are expected to be extremely small, i.e. of the order of 10 ppm by volume. In this paper, we describe first runs with a cold trap using helium as the carrier gas at flow rates of 0.1 and 1.0 m3/h. The range of water vapour concentration in the helium carrier gas was 0.5 to >200 ppmv. The experiments have demonstrated the ability of the cold trap to remove water vapour efficiently from the He stream down to concentrations of less than 0.02 ppmv when the inlet water concentration is in the range of 300-650 ppmv or higher

  17. An investigation of nuclear physics characteristics of fast breeder reactors (LMFBR and GCFBR) with various fuel cycles

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    The primary emphasis on the study has been placed on comparing neutronic characteristics, e.g. fissile inventory, breeding and safety, of fast breeder reactors with uranium-plutonium and thorium-uranium fuel cycles. The study was performed using identical calculation methods and consistent data basis. As the reference fast breeder reactor, two different types of 1,200 MWe PuO2-UO2 fuelled fast reactors were chosen, which are sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) and helium-cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFBR). The following four fuel utilisation models were investigated for each of LMFBR and GCFBR. (1) PuO2-UO2 core, and UO2 axial and radial blankets, (2) PuO2-UO2 core, UO2 axial blanket and ThO2 radial blanket, (3) 233UO2-UO2 core, and ThO2 axial and radial blankets, (4) 233UO2-ThO2 core, and ThO2 axial and radial blankets. The main results obtained are summarised as follows: (1) Pu fuelled LMFBR provides sufficiently high breeding gain, but has unfavourable characteristics of considerably large positive sodium-void reactivity effect. (2) U-233 fuelled LMFBR provides the favourable characteristics of negative sodium-void reactivity effect, but provides either negative or very low breeding gain. (3) Pu fuelled GCFBR has the desirable characteristics from the viewpoints investigated in the study, i.e. relatively low fissile inventory, very large breeding gain, sufficiently negative Doppler reactivity effect and negative steam ingress reactivity effect. (4) Use of U-233 in the core of GCFBR is not preferable, because of substantially low breeding gain and terribly large positive steam ingress reactivity effect. (5) Use of ThO2 in the core of LMFBR and GCFBR instead of UO2 leads to increase of fissile inventory and decrease of breeding gain. (6) Use of ThO2 in the blanket of LMFBR and GCFBR instead of UO2 does not give any significant influence on the neutronic characteristics

  18. 04 - Sodium cooled fast breeder fourth-generation reactors - The experimental reactor ALLEGRO, the other ways for fast breeder fourth-generation reactors

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    The authors first present the technology of gas-cooled fast breeder reactors (basic principles, specific innovations, feasibility studies, fuel element, safety) and notably the ALLEGRO project (design options and expected performances, preliminary safety demonstration). Then, they present the lead-cooled fast-breeder reactor technology: interests and obstacles, return on experience, the issue of lead density, neutron assessment, transmutation potential, dosimetry, safety chemical properties and compatibility with the fuel, water, air and steels. The next part addresses the technology of molten-salt fast-breeder reactors: choice of the liquid fuel and geometry, reactor concept (difficulties, lack of past R and D), demonstration and demonstrators, international context

  19. The fusion breeder

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    The fusion breeder is a fusion reactor designed with special blankets to maximize the transmutation by 14 MeV neutrons of uranium-238 to plutonium or thorium to uranium-233 for use as a fuel for fission reactors. Breeding fissile fuels has not been a goal of the U.S. fusion energy program. This paper suggests it is time for a policy change to make the fusion breeder a goal of the U.S. fusion program and the U.S. nuclear energy program. There is wide agreement that many approaches will work and will produce fuel for five equal-sized LWRs, and some approach as many as 20 LWRs at electricity costs within 20% of those at today's price of uranium ($30/lb of U3O8). The blankets designed to suppress fissioning, called symbiotes, fusion fuel factories, or just fusion breeders, will have safety characteristics more like pure fusion reactors and will support as many as 15 equal power LWRs. The blankets designed to maximize fast fission of fertile material will have safety characteristics more like fission reactors and will support 5 LWRs. This author strongly recommends development of the fission suppressed blanket type, a point of view not agreed upon by everyone. There is, however, wide agreement that, to meet the market price for uranium which would result in LWR electricity within 20% of today's cost with either blanket type, fusion components can cost severalfold more than would be allowed for pure fusion to meet the goal of making electricity alone at 20% over today's fission costs. Also widely agreed is that the critical-pathitem for the fusion breeder is fusion development itself; however, development of fusion breeder specific items (blankets, fuel cycle) should be started now in order to have the fusion breeder by the time the rise in uranium prices forces other more costly choices

  20. Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project: construction schedule

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    The construction schedule for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant and its evolution are described. The initial schedule basis, changes necessitated by the evaluation of the overall plant design, and constructability improvements that have been effected to assure adherence to the schedule are presented. The schedule structure and hierarchy are discussed, as are tools used to define, develop, and evaluate the schedule

  1. Symposium on key questions about the fast breeder reactor

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    Except for several introductions on various aspects of the fast breeder reactor development this paper contains the full texts of the discussions held in the sub-groups panels on resp. technical matters, environment and health, society, politics and economics. The main issues of each discussion are summarized

  2. The Shippingport Pressurized Water Reactor and Light Water Breeder Reactor

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    This report discusses the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, located in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, which was the first large-scale nuclear power plant in the United States and the first plant of such size in the world operated solely to produce electric power. A program was started in 1953 at the Bettis Laboratory to confirm the practical application of nuclear power for large-scale electric power generation. It led to the development of zirconium alloy (Zircaloy) clad fuel element containing bulk actinide oxide ceramics (UO2, ThO2, ThO2 -- UO2, ZrO2 -- UO2) as nuclear reactor fuels. The program provided much of the technology being used for design and operation of the commercial, central-station nuclear power plants now in use. The Shippingport Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) began initial power operation on December 18, 1957, and was a reliable electric power producer until February 1974. In 1965, subsequent to the successful operation of the Shippingport PWR (UO2, ZrO2 -- UO2 fuels), the Bettis Laboratory undertook a research and development program to design and build a Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) core for operation in the Shippingport Station. Thorium was the fertile fuel in the LWBR core and was the base oxide for ThO2 and ThO2 -- UO2 fuel pellets. The LWBR core was installed in the pressure vessel of the original Shippingport PWR as its last core before decommissioning. The LWBR core started operation in the Shippingport Station in the autumn of 1977 and finished routine power operation on October 1, 1982. Successful LWBR power operation to over 160% of design lifetime demonstrated the performance capability of the core for both base-load and swing-load operation. Postirradiation examinations confirmed breeding and successful performance of the fuel system

  3. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the United States

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    The energy policy of the United States is aimed at shifting as rapidly as practicable from an oil dependent economy to one that relies heavily on other fuels and energy sources. Nuclear power Is now and is expected to continue to be an important factor in achieving this goal. If nuclear power is to contribute to a solution of future energy needs, demonstration of the breeder reactor as a viable source of essentially inexhaustible energy supply is essential. The US DOE program for development of the fast breeder reactor has witnessed some notable events in the past year. Foremost among these Is the successful operational testing of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), located at.the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory. The reactor reached full design power of 400 MW(t) on December 21, 1980, and has performed remarkably close to design specifications. Design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP), a 375 MW(e) LMFBR, is now over 80 percent complete. About $530 million in components have been ordered; component deliveries total approximately $124 million; work-in-process totals another $204 million. Construction of the plant, however, has been suspended since 1977. With the concurrence of the U.S. Congress and approvals from the appropriate authorities work on the safety review and site clearing for construction can resume. The Conceptual Design Study for a large, 1000 MW(e) LMFBR Large Developmental Plant was recently completed on a schedule commensurate with submission of a full report to the Congress at the end of March, 1981. This report is the culmination of a study which began in October, 1978 and involved contributions from U.S. reactor manufacturers and US DOE laboratories. The US DOE is carrying forward a comprehensive technology development program. This effort provides direct support to the FFTF and CRBRP projects and to the LDP. It also supports technology development which is generic to the overall LMFBR program. Funding for breeder

  4. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The twenty-second Annual Meeting of the International Working Group on Fast Reactors took place in Vienna, 18-21 April 1989. Nineteen representatives from twelve Member States and International Organizations attended the Meeting. This publication is a collection of presentations in which the participants reported the status of their national programmes on fast breeder reactors. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the twelve papers from this collections. Refs, figs, tabs and 1 graph

  5. Studies on tritium breeding ratio for solid breeder blanket cooled by pressurized water through nuclear and thermal analyses

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been performing the research, development and design of blankets with water-cooled solid breeder for fusion power plant as a leading institute in Japan, according to the long-term R and D program established by the Fusion Council in 1999. For our design, pebbles of a ceramic tritium breeder (Li2TiO3) and a beryllium neutron multiplier (Be) are packed in the constitutive layer structures of a test blanket module (TBM) for ITER. These reports are results of one-dimensional nuclear and thermal analyses on the TBM emphasizing on optimized configuration of the breeder and multiplier layers. Taking into account increment of TBR, the radial widths of the breeder and multiplier layers are optimized. The main results of our study are as follows: (1) In multilayered structures of pebble beds, existence of the peak of the TBR was revealed within the range of the volume ratio R=V(Be)/V(Li2TiO3)=4-5. (2) In the case of optimized layer structure for the single packing, a layer of Be was set to be the two layers behind a layer of Li2TiO3. The R became available for staying in the range of R=4-5. Consequently, the TBR respectively increased by 2.0%, 3.2% and 4.0% with 7.5%(nature), 40% and 90% of enrichment of 6Li compared to TBR of TBM in which the layers of Be and Li2TiO3 were interlaminated. This database of TBR for optimized layer structure contributes to the estimation of TBR at the design stage of the TBM and demonstration blanket aimed to strengthen the commercial competitiveness and technical feasibility. (author)

  6. Status of the DEBENE fast breeder reactor development, March 1979

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    Status report of the Fast-breeder reactor development in Germany covers the following: description of the political situation in Federal republic of germany during 1978; international cooperation in the field of fast reactor technology development; operation description of the KNK-II fast core experimental power plant; status of construction of the SNR-300; results of the research and development programs concerned with fuel element, cladding, absorber rods and core structural materials development; sodium effects; neutron irradiation effects on SS properties; reactor physics related to experiments in fast critical assemblies; fast reactor safety issues; core disruption accidents; sodium boiling experiments, measuring methods developed; component tests

  7. A fast breeder reactor development scheme for Brazil

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    Fast breeder reactors will be necessary in the next century in order to meet increasing demands for electricity resulting from industrialization and general improvement of standards of living. A scheme for the development of liquid metal fast breeder reactors in Brazil is proposed. Emphasis are placed on reactor safety in order to promote public acceptance, on utilization of thorium that is abundant in the country, and on consistency and smoothness of the development. The initial step is the construction and operation of a 5 MW experimental fast reactor in order to acquire basic experiences and technologies. The second step is the construction of a series of small power plants which should assure a ssound technological development. The reactor is designed with particular emphasis on safety and ease of operation. Demonstration of safety and reliability with small units would enhance public acceptance. In the final phase, when fast breeder reactors are to play a central role in electricity generation, large power plants that utilize both uranium and thorium fuel cycles will be built to establish a practically permanent power system. (Author)

  8. MHD issues related to the use of Lithium Lead eutectic as breeder material for blankets of fusion power plants

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    Aiello, G.; Mistrangelo, C.; Buehler, L; Mas de les Valls Ortiz, Elisabet; Aubert, J. -J.; Li-Puma, A.; Rapisarda, David; Del Nevo, A.

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    The European Community is committed to the development of a DEMOnstration fusion power plant whose operation could start as soon as 2050. The blanket is one of the most critical components in a fusion reactor; three of the four blanket concepts currently under development are based on the use of the liquid eutectic alloy Pb-15.7Li. Since the blanket will operate under the strong magnetic eld used to con ne the plasma, electromagnetic forces will occur in the PbLi ow, giving rise to magnetohy...

  9. The nuclear question at the start of the '80s: the breeder reactor

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    The four newspaper articles and the letter cover the following matters: general introduction about breeder reactors and the situation in Swedish politics; visit to Dounreay to discuss breeder reactors (breeding, safety, plutonium production, radiation protection); PuO2-UO2 mixed fuel; description of breeder reactors; efficiency in use of U-235; DFR and PFR; breeder reactors in Swedish politics (arguments for and against nuclear power in general, breeder reactors in particular); discussion of the future of nuclear power in Sweden. (U.K.)

  10. Fuel Summary Report: Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor - Rev. 2

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    Olson, Gail Lynn; Mc Cardell, Richard Keith; Illum, Douglas Brent

    2002-09-01

    The Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) was developed by Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory to demonstrate the potential of a water-cooled, thorium oxide fuel cycle breeder reactor. The LWBR core operated from 1977-82 without major incident. The fuel and fuel components suffered minimal damage during operation, and the reactor testing was deemed successful. Extensive destructive and nondestructive postirradiation examinations confirmed that the fuel was in good condition with minimal amounts of cladding deformities and fuel pellet cracks. Fuel was placed in wet storage upon arrival at the Expended Core Facility, then dried and sent to the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center for underground dry storage. It is likely that the fuel remains in good condition at its current underground dry storage location at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center. Reports show no indication of damage to the core associated with shipping, loading, or storage.

  11. Feasibility study on the thorium fueled boiling water breeder reactor

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    The feasibility of (Th,U)O 2 fueled, boiling water breeder reactor based on conventional BWR technology has been studied. In order to determine the potential use of water cooled thorium reactor as a competitive breeder, this study evaluated criticality, breeding and void reactivity coefficient in response to changes made in MFR and fissile enrichments. The result of the study shows that while using light water as moderator, low moderator to fuel volume ratio (MFR=0.5), it was possible to breed fissile fuel in negative void reactivity condition. However the burnup value was lower than the value of the current LWR. On the other hand, heavy water cooled reactor shows relatively wider feasible breeding region, which lead into possibility of designing a core having better neutronic and economic performance than light water with negative void reactivity coefficient. (authors)

  12. HIP technologies for fusion reactor blankets fabrication

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    The benefit of HIP techniques applied to the fabrication of fusion internal components for higher performances, reliability and cost savings are emphasized. To demonstrate the potential of the techniques, design of new blankets concepts and mock-ups fabrication are currently performed by CEA. A coiled tube concept that allows cooling arrangement flexibility, strong reduction of the machining and number of welds is proposed for ITER IAM. Medium size mock-ups according to the WCLL breeding blanket concept have been manufactured. The fabrication of a large size mock-up is under progress. These activities are supported by numerical calculations to predict the deformations of the parts during HIP'ing. Finally, several HIP techniques issues have been identified and are discussed

  13. Heatup event analyses of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

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    Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) is being designed by JAEA as a primary candidate TBM of Japan. From the viewpoint of the safety, the TBM should be designed so that it does not damage the soundness of the vacuum vessel, the primary barrier for radioisotopes of the ITER. One of the major concerns on the safety of the TBM is temperature elevation due to coolant leakage into the neutron multiplier layer, beryllium, of the TBM. Since the chemical reaction of beryllium and water is an exothermic reaction and the reaction rate exponentially increases with the temperature increase, there is a possibility that the temperature of the TBM exceeds the maximum allowable temperature of its structural material. This paper describes the safety evaluation on the heatup events of the WCSB TBM and proposes the basic strategy to ensure safety, especially incorporating the chemical reaction between beryllium and water. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) has been carried out to select the severest heatup events of the WCSB TBM, followed by one-dimensional analyses to evaluate the selected events. The analysis model includes thermal conduction in the TBM, thermal radiation from the TBM to a common frame, and thermal radiation from the TBM first wall to the first wall of the opposite blankets (shield blanket etc.). The sequences of the selected events are shown as follows; Loss of cooling of the TBM during plasma operation is assumed as an initial event. Temperature of the TBM totally increases, then a plasma disruption takes place when the temperature of the first wall armor reaches at a certain value, for example, its melting point of 1273 C. After the plasma disruption, temperature of the TBM decreases according to time and the event converges. However, if the pipe of cooling system in the TBM ruptures due to high temperature, chemical reaction between beryllium and water is activated and the TBM structure is possibly destroyed in the worst case. Therefore

  14. Heatup event analyses of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

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    Tsuru, Daigo; Enoeda, Mikio; Akiba, Masato [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) is being designed by JAEA as a primary candidate TBM of Japan. From the viewpoint of the safety, the TBM should be designed so that it does not damage the soundness of the vacuum vessel, the primary barrier for radioisotopes of the ITER. One of the major concerns on the safety of the TBM is temperature elevation due to coolant leakage into the neutron multiplier layer, beryllium, of the TBM. Since the chemical reaction of beryllium and water is an exothermic reaction and the reaction rate exponentially increases with the temperature increase, there is a possibility that the temperature of the TBM exceeds the maximum allowable temperature of its structural material. This paper describes the safety evaluation on the heatup events of the WCSB TBM and proposes the basic strategy to ensure safety, especially incorporating the chemical reaction between beryllium and water. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) has been carried out to select the severest heatup events of the WCSB TBM, followed by one-dimensional analyses to evaluate the selected events. The analysis model includes thermal conduction in the TBM, thermal radiation from the TBM to a common frame, and thermal radiation from the TBM first wall to the first wall of the opposite blankets (shield blanket etc.). The sequences of the selected events are shown as follows; Loss of cooling of the TBM during plasma operation is assumed as an initial event. Temperature of the TBM totally increases, then a plasma disruption takes place when the temperature of the first wall armor reaches at a certain value, for example, its melting point of 1273 C. After the plasma disruption, temperature of the TBM decreases according to time and the event converges. However, if the pipe of cooling system in the TBM ruptures due to high temperature, chemical reaction between beryllium and water is activated and the TBM structure is possibly destroyed in the worst case. Therefore

  15. Fusion Breeder Program interim report

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    Moir, R.; Lee, J.D.; Neef, W.

    1982-06-11

    This interim report for the FY82 Fusion Breeder Program covers work performed during the scoping phase of the study, December, 1981-February 1982. The goals for the FY82 study are the identification and development of a reference blanket concept using the fission suppression concept and the definition of a development plan to further the fusion breeder application. The context of the study is the tandem mirror reactor, but emphasis is placed upon blanket engineering. A tokamak driver and blanket concept will be selected and studied in more detail during FY83.

  16. Fusion Breeder Program interim report

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    This interim report for the FY82 Fusion Breeder Program covers work performed during the scoping phase of the study, December, 1981-February 1982. The goals for the FY82 study are the identification and development of a reference blanket concept using the fission suppression concept and the definition of a development plan to further the fusion breeder application. The context of the study is the tandem mirror reactor, but emphasis is placed upon blanket engineering. A tokamak driver and blanket concept will be selected and studied in more detail during FY83

  17. Instrumentation and control improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor II

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    Christensen, L.J.; Planchon, H.P.

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe instrumentation and control (I C) system improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor 11 (EBR-11). The improvements are focused on three objectives; to keep the reactor and balance of plant (BOP) I C systems at a high level of reliability, to provide diagnostic systems that can provide accurate information needed for analysis of fuel performance, and to provide systems that will be prototypic of I C systems of the next generation of liquid metal reactor (LMR) plants.

  18. Instrumentation and control improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor II

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    Christensen, L.J.; Planchon, H.P.

    1993-03-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe instrumentation and control (I&C) system improvements at Experimental Breeder Reactor 11 (EBR-11). The improvements are focused on three objectives; to keep the reactor and balance of plant (BOP) I&C systems at a high level of reliability, to provide diagnostic systems that can provide accurate information needed for analysis of fuel performance, and to provide systems that will be prototypic of I&C systems of the next generation of liquid metal reactor (LMR) plants.

  19. Elements for evaluation of fast breeder reactor's potential in Argentina

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    Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) main features are presented in a general form, including their physical principles, the history of their evolution, their relevant technological aspects and the basis for their comparison to other energy sources. This is completed with descriptions of typical reactors and a model of FBR penetration in the Argentine electrical network. It is recommended to form a multidisciplinary board to study which position should be taken with respect to this type of reactors. In the author's opinion a Research activity should be started and gradually increased for passing to Development activities after a short while. (Author)

  20. Integral measurement of fission products capture in fast breeder reactors

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    For the SUPERPHENIX reactor project, it was necessary to know fission products capture with about 10% accuracy in the fast breeder reactor spectra. In this purpose, integral measurements have been carried out on the main separated products by different experimental technics (oscillation, activation and irradiation methods), but particularly on irradiated fuel pins from RAPSODIE and PHENIX reactors in order to directly obtain total effect of fission products. Same tendencies have been observed for both enriched uranium fuel and LMFBR characteristic plutonium fuel. All experimental results have been introduced in CARNAVAL cross section set

  1. Binary breeder reactor: an option for Brazilian energy future

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    To assure a continued supply of electric energy beyond a few decades from now, developmemnt of fast breeder reactors is a necessity. Binary fueled LMFBRs combine an improvement in the inherent safety of fast reactors and an efficient use of the abundant thorium. A nuclear system that starts with PWRs and gradually shifts to a FBR system or to a FBR-PWR symbiotic system appears to be the most reasonable one for Brazil. Natural uranium requirements and possible sequences of reactor introductions are discussed for some postulated Brazilian situations. A permanent system of approx. 100 GWe capacity can be established based on the estimated resource of natural uranium. (Author)

  2. Binary breeder reactor an option for Brazilian energy future

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    To assure a continued supply of electric energy beyond a few decades from now, development of fast breeder reactors is a necessity. Binary fueled LMFBRs combine an improvement in the inherent safety of fast reactors and an efficient use of the abundant thorium. A nuclear system that starts with PWRs and gradually shifts to a FBR system or to a FBR-PWR symbiotic system appears to be the most resonable one for Brazil. Natural uranium requirements and possible sequences of reactor introductions are discussed for some postulated Brazilian situations. A permanent system of approximatelly 100 GWe capacity can be established based on the estimated resource of natural uranium. (Author)

  3. Challenges and achievements - Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor construction

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    Prototype fast breeder reactor presently under construction poses several challenges in materials, design and construction. The civil structure and equipment are of very large size and complex in nature. This paper presents the features of the design and construction of the PFBR excavation, raft, civil structure of the nuclear island connected buildings and reactor vault. This paper also brings out the details of the large size equipment of special stainless steel and handling structure for their lifting and placement inside the reactor vault. The paper is divided into three parts viz. introduction, challenges and achievements during construction of civil structures and erection of large size components. (author)

  4. Optimization of the Westinghouse/Stone and Webster prototype large breeder reactor

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    The optimization of the Westinghouse/Stone and Webster Prototype Large Breeder Reactor (PLBR) is described. This reactor plant, designed for ERDA and EPRI, resulted from optimization and tradeoffs on plant size, number of loops, steam cycles, system temperature, pump location, refueling concept, reactor shut-down system logic, control system logic, steam generating system, residual heat removal system, core arrangement and reactor vessel. The result is a three loop LMFBR rated at 1000 MWe gross with sodium entering the reactor vessel at 6500F (3450C) and leaving at 9500F) (5100C). The reactor vessel has a flat closure head on top, containing three rotating plugs on which are mounted the upper internals structure and the in-vessel transfer machine. The core has three radial layers of core material separating four radial blanket regions. An inclined refueling chute penetrates the reactor vessel. Plant efficiency of 37% is achieved with the use of once-through steam generators operating in the modified Sulzer mode, producing 2200 psi, 8500F (15.2 x 106 pa/4550C) steam. The residual heat removal system (RHRS) consists of three independent heat removal paths in which the intermediate sodium is cooled in air blast heat exchangers (author)

  5. Tritium-assisted fusion breeders

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    This report undertakes a preliminary assessment of the prospects of tritium-assisted D-D fuel cycle fusion breeders. Two well documented fusion power reactor designs - the STARFIRE (D-T fuel cycle) and the WILDCAT (Cat-D fuel cycle) tokamaks - are converted into fusion breeders by replacing the fusion electric blankets with 233U producing fission suppressed blankets; changing the Cat-D fuel cycle mode of operation by one of the several tritium-assisted D-D-based modes of operation considered; adjusting the reactor power level; and modifying the resulting plant cost to account for the design changes. Three sources of tritium are considered for assisting the D-D fuel cycle: tritium produced in the blankets from lithium or from 3He and tritium produced in the client fission reactors. The D-D-based fusion breeders using tritium assistance are found to be the most promising economically, especially the Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium mode of operation in which the 3He exhausted from the plasma is converted, by neutron capture in the blanket, into tritium which is in turn fed back to the plasma. The number of fission reactors of equal thermal power supported by Tritium Catalyzed Deuterium fusion breeders is about 50% higher than that of D-T fusion breeders, and the profitability is found to be slightly lower than that of the D-T fusion breeders

  6. Liquid metal fast breeder reactor: an environmental and economic critique

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    Economic and environmental arguments made by the AEC and others for the liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) as a central component of the U. S. electrical energy system are discussed. The LMFBR appears to have no environmental advantage over the currently operating light water reactor and especially not over the high temperature gas reactor. The principle environmental argument for the rapid introduction of LMFBRs is that they will provide a virtually inexhaustible fuel source, and reduce the demand for strip-mining the limited reserves of high grade U ore. A 20-yr delay in the construction of LMFBRs would result in an increase of only 50 mi2 of strip mining over the next 50 yr, and the cost of reclamation of this land would be about 0.1 mill/kw-hr. Uranium from which fuel has been extracted for use by nonbreeder reactors can still be used by breeders, thus breeders could still be introduced in the future, if fusion is not developed in time, and extract the same overall energy from a given supply of U as if they had been introduced earlier. Economic arguments in favor of the LMFBR are based on models highly sensitive to changes on some of the most critical input variables: nuclear power plant capital costs, fuel cycle costs, performance characteristics of LMFBR designs, electrical energy demand, and U ore costs. There is no basis for concluding that the LMFBR will be economical in the 1980s or early 1990s. (Pollut. Abstr.)

  7. Helium-3 blankets for tritium breeding in fusion reactors

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    Steiner, Don; Embrechts, Mark; Varsamis, Georgios; Vesey, Roger; Gierszewski, Paul

    1988-01-01

    It is concluded that He-3 blankets offers considerable promise for tritium breeding in fusion reactors: good breeding potential, low operational risk, and attractive safety features. The availability of He-3 resources is the key issue for this concept. There is sufficient He-3 from decay of military stockpiles to meet the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor needs. Extraterrestrial sources of He-3 would be required for a fusion power economy.

  8. Hybrid reactor blankets for constant energy multiplication and flat power distribution

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    Two blanket design difficulties are usually attributed to the blanket neutronic properties: high peak-to-average power density ratio distribution and the variation of the energy multiplication with burnup. This work shows that blankets can be designed to have a constant energy multiplication and a flat power distribution. These features are illustrated for light water hydrid reactor blankets

  9. The fast breeder reactor fuel cycle

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    This paper outlines the current national fast reactor program in France and U.K and describes the increasing plant operational experience being acquired in the two countries for fuel reprocessing and the European project of a series of demonstration reprocessing plants of sufficient capacity to serve the needs of several commercially sized fast reactors. The key futures of France and U.K. programs are: fuel dismantling and pin cropping, dissolution, fuel dissolvers, liquor clarification, plutonium accountancy, solvent extraction, product preparation and packaging, wastes and emissions and fuel fabrication (initial blending, milling, pellet pressing, etc...)

  10. Fast breeder reactors: Experience and trends. V. 2

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    The IAEA Symposium on ''Fast Breeder Reactors: Experience and Future Trends'' was held, at the invitation of the Government of France, in Lyons, France, on 22-26 July 1985. It was hosted by the French Commissariat a l'energie atomique and Electricite de France. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the experience gained so far in the field of LMFBRs, taking into account the constructional, operational, technological, economic and fuel cycle aspects, and to consider the developmental trends as well as the international co-operation in fast breeder reactor design and utilization. The Symposium was attended by almost 400 participants (340 participants, 35 observers and 20 journalists) from 25 countries and five international organizations. More than 80 papers were presented and discussed during six regular sessions and four poster sessions. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  11. Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor program. Volume III. Environmental statement

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    The various alternative technologies, nuclear as well as nonnuclear, that might be utilized in conjunction with or instead of the LMFBR to satisfy the Nation's future electric power requirements are examined. The options considered include the further implementation of various types of nuclear power reactors such as the already existing light water reactor and high temperature gas-cooled reactor, as well as the development of alternative breeder reactors such as the gas-cooled fast reactor, light water breeder reactor and molten salt breeder reactor. The development of another potential nuclear energy system, controlled thermonuclear fusion, is also addressed. The possibilities of increased emphasis on the use of conventional fossil fuels, namely coal, oil and natural gas, and the development of unconventional fossil fuels such as oil shale and domestic tar sands are discussed, followed by consideration of the further development of additional nonnuclear energy sources such as hydroelectric power systems, geothermal energy, solar energy, and other potential sources of power. Each option is examined as to the extent of its energy resource base, the research and development program that would be required (if any) to bring the option into commercial use, the environmental implications of its utilization and the costs and benefits associated with its use, in order to assess its capability for satisfying projected energy requirements. The use of improved energy conversion and storage devices such as gas turbines, fuel cells and magnetohydrodynamics is discussed. An examination of the various elements of a potential national effort in energy conservation to assess their capabilities for reducing projected energy demands and thereby replacing partially or entirely the need for additional power sources such as the LMFBR is presented. (U.S.)

  12. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The present document contains information on the status of fast breeder reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1989 as reported at the 23rd meeting of the IWGFR in Vienna, April 1990. The publication is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFBR development in IAEA Member States. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 11 papers presented by the participants of this meeting. Refs, figs and tabs

  13. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors

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    The present document contains information on the status of fast breeder reactor development and on worldwide activities in this advanced nuclear power technology during 1990 as reported at the 24th meeting of the IWGFR in Tsuruga, Japan, 15-18 April 1991. The publication is intended to provide information regarding the current status of LMFBR development in IAEA Member States and CEC. Figs and tabs

  14. Recent progress in safety assessments of Japanese water cooled solid breeder test blanket module

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    Water Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module (WCSB TBM) is being designed by JAEA for the primary candidate TBM of Japan, and the safety evaluation of WCSB TBM has been performed. This reports presents summary of safety evaluation activities of the Japanese WCSB TBM, including nuclear analysis, source of RI, waste evaluation, occupational radiolysis exposure (ORE), failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) and postulated initiating event (PIE). For the purpose of basic evaluation of source terms on nuclear heating and radioactivity generation, two-dimensional nuclear analysis has been carried out. By the nuclear analysis, distributions of neutron flux, tritium breeding ratio (TBR), nuclear heat, decay heat and induced activity are calculated. Tritium production is calculated by the nuclear analysis by integrating distributions of TBR values, as about 0.2 g-T/FPD. With respect to the radioactive waste, the induced activity of the irradiated TBM is estimated. For the purpose of occupational radiolysis exposure (ORE), RI inventory is estimated. Tritium inventory in pebble bed of TBM is about 3 x 1012 Bq, and tritium in purge gas is about 3 x 1011 Bq. FMEA has been carried out to identify the PIEs that need safety evaluation. PIEs are summarized into three groups, i.e., heating, pressurization and release of RI. PIEs of local heating are converged without any special cares. With respect to heating of whole module, two PIEs are selected as the most severe events, i.e., loss of cooling of TBM during plasma operation and ingress of coolant into TBM during plasma operation. With respect to PIEs about pressurization, the PIEs of pressurization of the compartment nearby the pipes of cooling system are evaluated, because rupture of the pipes result pressurization of such compartments, i.e., box structure of TBM, purge gas loop, TRS, VV, port cell and TCWS vault. Box structure of TBM is designed to withstand the maximum pressure of the cooling system. At other compartments

  15. Analysis on tritium management in FLiBe blanket for LHD-type helical reactor FFHR2

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    In FFHR2 (LHD-type helical reactor) design, FLiBe has been selected as a self-cooling tritium breeder for low reactivity with oxygen and water and lower conductivity. Considering the fugacity of the tritium, particular care and adequate mitigation measures should be applied for the effectively extracting tritium from breeder and controlling the tritium release to the environment. In this paper, a tritium analysis model of the FLiBe blanket system was developed and the preliminary analysis on tritium permeation and extraction for FLiBe blanket system were done. The results of the analysis showed that it was reasonable to select W alloy as heat exchanger (HX) material, the proportion of FLiBe flow in tritium recover system (TRS) was 0.2, the efficiency of TRS was 0.85 and tritium permeation reduction factor (TPRF) was 20 in blanket etc.. In addition, further R and D efforts were required for FFHR2 tritium system to guarantee the tritium self-sufficient and safety, for example reasonable quality of tritium permeation barriers on blanket, requirement for the TRS and fabrication technology of the heat exchanger etc.. (author)

  16. Global depletion analysis of Korean helium cooled solid breeder TBM model for demo fusion reactor

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    The Korean HCSB (helium cooled solid breeder) TBM (test blanket module) is proposed with its specific compositions of lithium ceramic, beryllium and graphite in pebble form. In the Korean HCSB TBM, the amount of beryllium is reduced and the reduction is replaced by graphite for a neutron reflector, while tritium breeding ratio (TBR) remains almost unchanged with relatively low Li6 enrichment of ∼40%. However, the previous Korean HCSB was designed based on the LOCAL assumption, in which the surroundings are assumed by the reflective boundary condition. In this research, we establish a simple GLOBAL neutronics model based on demo fusion reactor and perform neutronics analyses including depletion (transmutation) calculation during 100 EFPDs (effective full power days) using the modified MONTEBURNS code.

  17. Oxidation behavior of SIC/SIC composites for helium cooled solid breeder blanket

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    SiC/SiC composite is one of the candidate structural materials for a fusion reactor blanket because of its low induced radioactivity, excellent high temperature mechanical properties and excellent radiation resistance. Helium (He) gas cooled blanket (HCSB) has been considered as one of the blanket design concepts using the SiC/SiC composite for relatively high temperature plant operation. Chemical stability, especially an oxidation resistance, is a key issue to be solved for the HCSB structural material because He gas in the HCSB might include partial oxygen. The desired strength of SiC/SiC composite can be given by an optimized interface layer between the fiber and matrix (F/M interface). In order to improve its mechanical properties, several advanced F/M interfaces such as an SiC/C multilayer (ML) and a porous SiC have been developed. However, SiC/SiC composites have a possibility of F/M interface degradation by oxidation at fusion reactor operating condition, for example by the reaction of C+O2→CO2. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the oxidation behavior of SiC/SiC composites with conventional pyrolitic carbon interface (PyC-SiC/SiC) and advanced multilayer interface (ML-SiC/SiC) in He+O2 environments at 1273 K. The SiC/SiC composites used in this work were fabricated at ORNL. Reinforced SiC fiber was 1D Hi-Nicalon Type-S fiber. SiC matrix was beta-SiC fabricated by a forced chemical vapor infiltration (FCVI) process. The average thickness of F/M interface (pyrolitic carbon and SiC/C multilayer) was 1000nm. Samples were machined into 2 mm x 1.5 mm x 2 mm blocks and the surface of them was mechanically polished. Oxidation tests were carried out using a thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) equipment. Mixtures of He with 1500ppm O2 were used. Samples were heated from room temperature to the test temperature (1273 K) at 40 K/min. and then held at the test temperature for 100 h. Experimental conditions included 100 sccm flow rate and system pressure of 1 atm

  18. Multiple recycling of fuel in prototype fast breeder reactor

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    G Pandikumar; V Gopalakrishnan; P Mohanakrishnan

    2009-05-01

    In a thermal neutron reactor, multiple recycle of U–Pu fuel is not possible due to degradation of fissile content of Pu in just one recycle. In the FBR closed fuel cycle, possibility of multi-recycle has been recognized. In the present study, Pu-239 equivalence approach is used to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving near constant input inventory of Pu and near stable Pu isotopic composition after a few recycles of the same fuel of the prototype fast breeder reactor under construction at Kalpakkam. After about five recycles, the cycle-to-cycle variation in the above parameters is below 1%.

  19. Reliability modeling of Clinch River breeder reactor electrical shutdown systems

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    The initial simulation of the probabilistic properties of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP) electrical shutdown systems is described. A model of the reliability (and availability) of the systems is presented utilizing Success State and continuous-time, discrete state Markov modeling techniques as significant elements of an overall reliability assessment process capable of demonstrating the achievement of program goals. This model is examined for its sensitivity to safe/unsafe failure rates, sybsystem redundant configurations, test and repair intervals, monitoring by reactor operators; and the control exercised over system reliability by design modifications and the selection of system operating characteristics. (U.S.)

  20. Molten Salt Breeder Reactor Analysis Methods

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    Utilizing the uranium-thorium fuel cycle shows considerable potential for the possibility of MSR. The concept of MSBR should be revised because of molten salt reactor's advantage such as outstanding neutron economy, possibility of continuous online reprocessing and refueling, a high level of inherent safety, and economic benefit by keeping off the fuel fabrication process. For the development of MSR research, this paper provides the MSBR single-cell, two-cell and whole core model for computer code input, and several calculation results including depletion calculation of each models. The calculations are carried out by using MCNP6, a Monte Carlo computer code, which has CINDER90 for depletion calculation using ENDF-VII nuclear data. From the calculation results of various reactor design parameters, the temperature coefficients are all negative at the initial state and MTC becomes positive at the equilibrium state. From the results of core rod worth, the graphite control rod alone cannot makes the core subcritical at initial state. But the equilibrium state, the core can be made subcritical state only by graphite control rods. Through the comparison of the results of each models, the two-cell method can represent the MSBR core model more accurately with a little more computational resources than the single-cell method. Many of the thermal spectrum MSR have adopted a multi-region single-fluid strategy.

  1. Analysis of the HCPB breeder blanket bock-up experiment for ITER using SUSD3D code

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    In order to validate new nuclear cross-section evaluations, method development and design of the helium-cooled pebble bed (HCPB) test blanket module of ITER a benchmark experiment was performed this year at the Frascati Neutron Generator (FNG) in the scope of the EFF (European Fusion File) project in Europe. The objective of this experiment is to study the tritium breeding ratio and other nuclear quantities in a breeder blanket in order to establish and improve the quality of related JEFF nuclear data. The experiment consists of a metallic beryllium set-up with two double layers of breeder material (Li2CO3 powder). The reaction rate measurements include the Li2CO3 pellets (tritium breeding ratio), activation foils, and neutron and gamma spectrometers inserted at several axial and lateral locations in the block. Our task is to perform the deterministic transport, and cross section sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. The role of the cross-section sensitivity and uncertainty analysis is to optimise the design of the benchmark, and to assist in the interpretation of the measurement results. The paper presents the pre- and post- analysis of the benchmark experiment. (author)

  2. Sodium technology for fast breeder reactors

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    Sodium, because of its good heat transfer and nuclear properties, is used as a coolant in fast reactors. It is also used largely as a reducing agent in pharmaceutical, perfumery and general chemical industries. Its affinity to react with air and water is a strong disadvantage. However, this is fully understood and the design of engineering systems take care of this aspect. With several experimental and test facilities established over the years in this country as well as abroad, the 'sodium technology' has reached a level of maturity. The design of sodium systems considering all the physical and chemical properties and the developmental work carried out at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research are broadly covered in this report. (author)

  3. Feasibility and deployment strategy of water cooled thorium breeder reactor

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    The author have studied water cooled thorium breeder reactor based on matured pressurized water reactor (PWR) plant technology for several years. Through these studies it is concluded that reduced moderated core by arranging fuel pins in a triangular tight lattice array with heavy water coolant in the primary loop by replacing original light water is appropriate for achieving sufficient breeding performance as sustainable fission system and high enough burn-up as an economical power plant. The heavy water cooled thorium reactor is feasible to be introduced by using Pu recovered from spent fuel of LWR, keeping continuity with current LWR infrastructure. This thorium reactor can be operated as sustainable energy supplier and also MA transmuter to realize future society with less long-lived nuclear waste

  4. Current status of fusion reactor blanket thermodynamics

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    Recent studies of liquid lithium have concentrated on its sorption characteristics for hydrogen isotopes and its interaction with common impurity elements. Hydrogen isotope sorption data (P-C-T relations, activity coefficients, Sieverts' constants, plateau pressures, isotope effects, free energies of formation, phase boundaries etc.) are presented in a tabular form that can be conveniently used to extract thermodynamic information for the α-phase of the Li-LiH, Li-LiD, and Li-LiT systems and to construct complete phase diagrams. Recent solubility data for Li3N, Li2O, and Li2C2 in liquid lithium are discussed with emphasis on the prospects for removing these species by cold-trapping methods. Current studies on the sorption of hydrogen in solid lithium alloys (e.g., Li--Al and Li--Pb), made using a new technique (the hydrogen titration method), have shown that these alloys should lead to smaller blanket-tritium inventories than are attainable with liquid lithium and that the P-C-T relationships for hydrogen in Li--M alloys can be estimated from lithium activity data for these alloys

  5. Lithium ceramic of blankets intend for Russian fusion reactors and an influence of the ceramic properties on parameters of reactor tritium systems

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    Russian Controlled Fusion Program involves development of a DEMO design and participation in ITER Project. A solid breeder blanket in DEMO contains a ceramic orthosilicate lithium breeder and a beryllium multiplier. Test Modules of the blanket are developed in a frame of ITER activities. Experimental models of tritium breeding zones (TBZ) for the Modules, materials and technology fabrication of the TBZ, tritium reactor systems to control and treat of gases released from lithium ceramic being developed. Two models of tritium breeding and neutron multiplying elements of the TBZ were designed, manufactured and have been tested already in IVV-2M nuclear reactor. The first model consists of lithium orthosilicate ceramic sphere pebbles (1-1.5 mm diameter) and beryllium sphere (0.1 and 1.0 mm diameter). Ceramic cylindrical pellets (11 mm diameter and 10 mm height) and porous beryllium (20% porosity) are in the second model. Some properties and microstructure of the ceramic elements are performed. Initial results of some changes of ceramic structure and in-pile experimental ratio of hydrogen and oxygen form of tritium release in helium/neon purge gas are presented. These results and outcome of irradiated LiAlO2, Li4SiO4 and Li2SiO3 ceramics in a water-graphite nuclear reactor are considered to be a DATE BASE for development of the Test Modules and the DEMO blanket and influence of the kinetic tritium release parameters on DEMO tritium systems are discussed. (author)

  6. Low technology high tritium breeding blanket concept

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    The main function of this low technology blanket is to produce the necessary tritium for INTOR operation with minimum first wall coverage. The INTOR first wall, blanket, and shield are constrained by the dimensions of the reference design and the protection criteria required for different reactor components and dose equivalent after shutdown in the reactor hall. It is assumed that the blanket operation at commercial power reactor conditions and the proper temperature for power generation can be sacrificed to achieve the highest possible tritium breeding ratio with minimum additional research and developments and minimal impact on reactor design and operation. A set of blanket evaluation criteria has been used to compare possible blanket concepts. Six areas: performance, operating requirements, impact on reactor design and operation, safety and environmental impact, technology assessment, and cost have been defined for the evaluation process. A water-cooled blanket was developed to operate with a low temperature and pressure. The developed blanket contains a 24 cm of beryllium and 6 cm of solid breeder both with a 0.8 density factor. This blanket provides a local tritium breeding ratio of ∼2.0. The water coolant is isolated from the breeder material by several zones which eliminates the tritium buildup in the water by permeation and reduces the changes for water-breeder interaction. This improves the safety and environmental aspects of the blanket and eliminates the costly process of the tritium recovery from the water. 12 refs., 13 tabs

  7. Contained fission explosion breeder reactor system

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    A reactor system for producing useful thermal energy and valuable isotopes, such as plutonium-239, uranium-233, and/or tritium, in which a pair of sub-critical masses of fissile and fertile actinide slugs are propelled into an ellipsoidal pressure vessel. The propelled slugs intercept near the center of the chamber where the concurring slugs become a more than prompt configuration thereby producing a fission explosion. Re-useable accelerating mechanisms are provided external of the vessel for propelling the slugs at predetermined time intervals into the vessel. A working fluid of lean molten metal slurry is injected into the chamber prior to each explosion for the attenuation of the explosion's effects, for the protection of the chamber's walls, and for the absorbtion of thermal energy and debris from the explosion. The working fluid is injected into the chamber in a pattern so as not to interfere with the flight paths of the slugs and to maximize the concentration of working fluid near the chamber's center. The heated working fluid is drained from the vessel and is used to perform useful work. Most of the debris from the explosion is collected as precipitate and is used for the manufacture of new slugs

  8. Development of fuels and structural materials for fast breeder reactors

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    Baldev Raj; S L Mannan; P R Vasudeva Rao; M D Mathew

    2002-10-01

    Fast breeder reactors (FBRs) are destined to play a crucial role inthe Indian nuclear power programme in the foreseeable future. FBR technology involves a multi-disciplinary approach to solve the various challenges in the areas of fuel and materials development. Fuels for FBRs have significantly higher concentration of fissile material than in thermal reactors, with a matching increase in burn-up. The design of the fuel is an important aspect which has to be optimised for efficient, economic and safe production of power. FBR components operate under hostile and demanding environment of high neutron flux, liquid sodium coolant and elevated temperatures. Resistance to void swelling, irradiation creep, and irradiation embrittlement are therefore major considerations in the choice of materials for the core components. Structural and steam generator materials should have good resistance to creep, low cycle fatigue, creep-fatigue interaction and sodium corrosion. The development of carbide fuel and structural materials for the Fast Breeder Test Reactor at Kalpakkam was a great technological challenge. At the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), advanced research facilities have been established, and extensive studies have been carried out in the areas of fuel and materials development. This has laid the foundation for the design and development of a 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor. Highlights of some of these studies are discussed in this paper in the context of our mission to develop and deploy FBR technology for the energy security of India in the 21st century.

  9. Experiences with fast breeder reactor education in laboratory and short course settings

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    The breeder reactor industry throughout the world has grown impressively over the last two decades. Despite the uncertainties in some national programs, breeder reactor technology is well established on a global scale. Given the magnitude of this technological undertaking, there has been surprisingly little emphasis on general breeder reactor education - either at the university or laboratory level. Many universities assume the topic too specialized for including appropriate courses in their curriculum - thus leaving students entering the breeder reactor industry to learn almost exclusively from on-the-job experience. The evaluation of four course presentations utilizing visual aids is presented

  10. Computational intelligent systems for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    Nearly 15000 process signals are digitized by physically and functionally distributed embedded systems in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR). Digitized signals are processed and relevant information is displayed through Large video display systems at Control Room. It is necessary that correct and reliable information need to be provided to the plant operator. Computational intelligent systems play a major role in enhancing the safe operation of the Nuclear reactor. The paper explains the features of three such systems, one for on-line validation of neutronic power channel through on-line thermal balance calculation and another for detection of anomalous reactivity addition through on-line reactivity balance computation and third for on-line computation of Reactor power from fluctuations of core thermocouple signals. (author)

  11. The integrated-blanket-coil concept applied to the poloidal field and blanket systems of a tokamak reactor

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    A novel concept is proposed for combining the blanket and coil functions of a fusion reactor into a single component. This concept, designated the ''integrated-blanket-coil'' (IBC) concept, is applied to the poloidal field and blanket systems of a tokamak reactor. An examination of resistive power losses in the IBC suggests that these losses can be limited to 10% of the fusion thermal power. By assuming a sandwich construction for the IBC walls, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD)-induced pressure drops and associated pressure stresses are shown to be modest and well below design limits. For the stainless steel reference case examined, the MHD-induced pressure drop was estimated to be about 1/3 MPa and the associated primary membrane stress was estimated to be about 47 MPa. The preliminary analyses indicate that the IBC concept offers promise as a means for making fusion reactors more compact by combining blanket and coil functions in a single component

  12. Fabrication of metallic fuel for fast breeder reactor

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    Natural uranium oxide fuelled PHWRs comprises of first stage of Indian nuclear power programme. Liquid metal fast breeder reactors fuelled by Pu (from PHWR's) form the second stage. A shorter reactor doubling time is essential in order to accelerate the nuclear power growth in India. Metallic fuels are known to provide shorter doubling times, necessitating to be used as driver fuel for fast breeder reactors. One of the fabrication routes for metallic fuels having random grain orientation, is injection casting technique. The technique finds its basis in an elementary physical concept - the possibility of supporting a liquid column within a tube, by the application of a pressure difference across the liquid interface inside and outside the tube. At AFD, BARC a facility has been set-up for injection casting of uranium rods in quartz tube moulds, demoulding of cast rods, end-shearing of rods and an automated inspection system for inspection of fuel rods with respect to mass, length, diameter and diameter variation along the length and internal and external porosities/voids. All the above facilities have been set-up in glove boxes and have successfully been used for fabrication of uranium bearing fuel rods. The facility has been designed for fabrication and inspection of Pu-bearing metallic fuels also, if required

  13. Fuel Summary Report: Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor

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    Illum, D.B.; Olson, G.L.; McCardell, R.K.

    1999-01-01

    The Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) was a small water cooled, U-233/Th-232 cycle breeder reactor developed by the Pittsburgh Naval Reactors to improve utilization of the nation's nuclear fuel resources in light water reactors. The LWBR was operated at Shippingport Atomic Power Station (APS), which was a Department of Energy (DOE) (formerly Atomic Energy Commission)-owned reactor plant. Shippingport APS was the first large-scale, central-station nuclear power plant in the United States and the first plant of such size in the world operated solely to produce electric power. The Shippingport LWBR was operated successfully from 1977 to 1982 at the APS. During the five years of operation, the LWBR generated more than 29,000 effective full power hours (EFPH) of energy. After final shutdown, the 39 core modules of the LWBR were shipped to the Expended Core Facility (ECF) at Naval Reactors Facility at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). At ECF, 12 of the 39 modules were dismantled and about 1000 of more than 17,000 rods were removed from the modules of proof-of-breeding and fuel performance testing. Some of the removed rods were kept at ECF, some were sent to Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W) in Idaho and some to ANL-East in Chicago for a variety of physical, chemical and radiological examinations. All rods and rod sections remaining after the experiments were shipped back to ECF, where modules and loose rods were repackaged in liners for dry storage. In a series of shipments, the liners were transported from ECF to Idaho Nuclear Technology Engineering Center (INTEC), formerly the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP). The 47 liners containing the fully-rodded and partially-derodded core modules, the loose rods, and the rod scraps, are now stored in underground dry wells at CPP-749.

  14. Fuel Summary Report: Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor

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    The Shippingport Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) was a small water cooled, U-233/Th-232 cycle breeder reactor developed by the Pittsburgh Naval Reactors to improve utilization of the nation's nuclear fuel resources in light water reactors. The LWBR was operated at Shippingport Atomic Power Station (APS), which was a Department of Energy (DOE) (formerly Atomic Energy Commission)-owned reactor plant. Shippingport APS was the first large-scale, central-station nuclear power plant in the United States and the first plant of such size in the world operated solely to produce electric power. The Shippingport LWBR was operated successfully from 1977 to 1982 at the APS. During the five years of operation, the LWBR generated more than 29,000 effective full power hours (EFPH) of energy. After final shutdown, the 39 core modules of the LWBR were shipped to the Expended Core Facility (ECF) at Naval Reactors Facility at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). At ECF, 12 of the 39 modules were dismantled and about 1000 of more than 17,000 rods were removed from the modules of proof-of-breeding and fuel performance testing. Some of the removed rods were kept at ECF, some were sent to Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W) in Idaho and some to ANL-East in Chicago for a variety of physical, chemical and radiological examinations. All rods and rod sections remaining after the experiments were shipped back to ECF, where modules and loose rods were repackaged in liners for dry storage. In a series of shipments, the liners were transported from ECF to Idaho Nuclear Technology Engineering Center (INTEC), formerly the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP). The 47 liners containing the fully-rodded and partially-derodded core modules, the loose rods, and the rod scraps, are now stored in underground dry wells at CPP-749

  15. Liquid metal cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor constructions

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    A description is given of a liquid metal cooled fast breeder nuclear reactor construction of the pool kind in which the primary vessel incorporates an annular yoke fabricated from arcuate segments. The yoke is suspended from the roof structure of the vault by a first annular series of tie straps arranged outside the primary vessel whilst a strongback on which the fuel assembly sits inside the primary vessel is supported from the yoke by a second series of tie straps. The yoke has upwardly and downwardly extending legs which are extended by upper and lower strakes respectively of the primary vessel. (U.K.)

  16. Experience with EBR-II [Experimental Breeder Reactor] driver fuel

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    The exceptional performance of Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) metallic driver fuel has been demonstrated by the irradiation of a large number of elements under steady-state, transient overpower, and loss-of-flow conditions. High burnup with high reliability has been achieved by a close coupling of element design and materials selection. Quantification of reliability has allowed full utilization of element lifetime. Improved design and duct materials currently under test are expected to increase the burnup from 8 to 14 at.%

  17. Clinch River Breeder Reactor secondary control rod system

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    The shutdown system for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) includes two independent systems--a primary and a secondary system. The Secondary Control Rod System (SCRS) is a new design which is being developed by General Electric to be independent from the primary system in order to improve overall shutdown reliability by eliminating potential common-mode failures. The paper describes the status of the SCRS design and fabrication and testing activities. Design verification testing on the component level is largely complete. These component tests are covered with emphasis on design impact results. A prototype unit has been manufactured and system level tests in sodium have been initiated

  18. Base isolation system for prototype fast breeder reactor

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    The use of seismic isolation specially in the high seismic regions has gained increasing interest as a viable and efficient solution to earthquake ground motion both within and outside the nuclear field. A feasibility study to see the effect of laminated rubber bearing pads for the 500 MWe pool type fast breeder reactor has been carried out. The results show that there is 2 to 2.5 times reduction in floor response spectra peak and the seismic loads on the components are considerably reduced. The problem areas include the potential for the large sloshing amplitudes, accommodating large displacements in the piping etc. (author)

  19. Innovations in Equipment Erection of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR)

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    Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is sodium cooled, pool type reactor with generating capacity of 1250 MWt/500 MWe. Reactor assembly consists of large dimensional vessels like Safety vessel (13.54 m diameter, 12.8 m height and weight approximately 155 MT) and Main vessel (12.9 m diameter, 12.94 m height and weight approximately 202 MT including core catcher, core support structure and cooling pipes) and Steam generator (26 m length, 1.5 m diameter, and weight approximately 35 MT). PFBR reactor equipment erection was a challenging task where thin walled vessels had transported and handled with utmost precaution to avoid radial forces on the vessels which could buckle the vessels. There was a real challenge in lifting the vessels without swing, placement of large size and heavy vessel at a distance of 57 m where the crane operator had no line of site to the equipment being erected. To handle such over dimensional reactor components many mock-up tests had been carried out before erection and gained lot of confidence. Lot of care had been taken during lifting, handling and erection of thin walled over dimensional reactor components with innovative methods used for lifting fixtures, guiding arrangements, alignment fixtures and achieved the stringent erection tolerances. This paper discusses the first ever experiences gained during the handling and erection of such thin walled, over dimensional reactor components at PFBR site. (author)

  20. Fast Breeder Test Reactor: 15 years of operating experience

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt/13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type, mixed carbide-fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors including sodium systems and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural materials for future fast reactors. It achieved first criticality in Oct 1985 with Mark I core (70% PuC - 30% UC). Steam generator was put in service in Jan 1993 and power was raised to 10.5 MWt in Dec 1993. Turbine generator was synchronized to the grid in Jul 1997. The indigenously developed mixed carbide fuel has achieved a peak burn up of 88,000 MWd/t till now at a linear heat rating of 320 W/cm and reactor power of 13.4 MWt without any fuel-clad failure. The paper presents operating and decontamination experience, performance of fuel, steam generator and sodium circuits, certain unusual occurrences encountered by the plant and various improvements carried out in reactor systems to enhance plant availability. (author)

  1. Conceptual design of Indian molten salt breeder reactor

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    P K Vijayan; A Basak; I V Dulera; K K Vaze; S Basu; R K Sinha

    2015-09-01

    The third stage of Indian nuclear power programme envisages the use of thorium as the fertile material with 233U, which would be obtained from the operation of Pu/Th-based fast reactors in the later part of the second stage. Thorium-based reactors have been designed in many configurations, from light water-cooled designs to high-temperature liquid metal-cooled options. Another option, which holds promise, is the molten salt-fuelled reactor, which can be configured to give significant breeding ratios. A crucial part for achieving reasonable breeding in such reactors is the need to reprocess the salt continuously, either online or in batch mode. India has recently started carrying out fundamental studies so as to arrive at a conceptual design of Indian molten salt breeder reactor (IMSBR). Presently, various design options and possibilities are being studied from the point of view of reactor physics and thermal hydraulic design. In parallel, fundamental studies on natural circulation and corrosion behaviour of various molten salts have also been initiated.

  2. Fast breeder reactors: experience and trends. V. 1

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    The IAEA Symposium on ''Fast Breeder Reactors: Experience and Future Trends'' was held, at the invitation of the Government of France, in Lyons, France, on 22-26 July 1985. It was hosted by the French Commissariat a l'energie atomique and Electricite de France. The purpose of the Symposium was to review the experience gained so far in the field of LMFBRs, taking into account the constructional, operational, technological, economic and fuel cycle aspects, and to consider the developmental trends as well as the international co-operation in fast breeder reactor design and utilization. The Symposium presentations were divided into sessions devoted to the following topics: Experience of LMFBR construction and operation and resultant development strategies (6 papers); LMFBR plant startup and commissioning tests and general behaviour (8 papers); Core performance experience for high burnup and core design trends (8 papers); Experience and trends in the LMFBR fuel cycle (4 papers); Core design and behaviour (3 papers); Fuels and materials (7 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  3. Breeder reactors: a technique at the service of humanity

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    A genuine energy policy is not conceived purely for a short term. It must on the contrary take into consideration many national and international facts in order to arrive at a balance which takes into account both the interests of the country where it is to be applied and the future interests of humanity. Growth and energy consumption make a pair. Considering the forecasts of future consumption, a rational utilization of the energy sources is a priority. The rational utilization of the energy potentialities of uranium takes a prominent place in this priority. In the fission energy of the atoms, the breeder reactors are the only types which can give their full meanings to the words economy, ecology, rationality etc. In calling for innovation, the breeder reactors are the prime movers for an advanced industry and a guarantee for the future penetration of electricity in many fields. They are thus important elements for the creation of employment. This paper also deals with questions of international cooperation, non-proliferation and the necessity for disarmament

  4. Characterizing the tribological behaviour of fast breeder reactor materials

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    The object of these tests is to define the behaviour of material couples working in conditions as representative as possible of reactor operation. For this purpose a certain number of test installations have been developed to simulate the most typical cases of friction encountered: plane to plane geometry, rotational bearings, guiding bearings. Endurance tests have also been carried out on ball bearings and ballscrews samples. As said before, the test conditions attempt to reproduce as faithfully as possible the environment of the materials used in fast breeder reactors, particularly in: - using purified liquid sodium, and maintaining it isotherm, respectively at three temperature levels: 180, 400 and 5500C; - or using argon containing sodium aerosol particles. Some typical values of friction coefficients and rates of wear obtained during the tests with certain couples of materials are given here as examples. The aims which are currently guiding the direction of the tests are also briefly described

  5. Operating experience of fast breeder reactors in the USSR

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    The operating experience results of BN-600, BN-350, BOR-60 and BR-10 fast breeder reactors are presented. The fast reactors design and operation experience in the USSR has demonstrated their high operational qualities, safety, reserves of improvement. After 11 years' operation the BN-600 and 18 years' operation the BN-350 these two nuclear plants present a very satisfactory global loading rate of above 65%. The operation flexibility of the nuclear power plants and, in particular, the possibility of operation at 2/3 nominal power (BN-600) and at 4/5 and/or 3/5 nominal power (BN-350) have allowed for these loading rates to be reached in spite of numerous steam generators and pumps replacement. (J.P.N.)

  6. A linear model of the Fast Breeder Test Reactor Plant

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    A linear analysis of the Fast Breeder Test Reactor System, consisting of the reactor, intermediate heat exchanger, steam generator and connected piping is presented. The problem of variable boundaries in the steam generator is reduced to a problem of fixed boundaries by dividing the steam generator into six zones. Based upon this, one can obtain the transfer function of any input/output combination. Starting with the time domain non-linear partial differential equations, the problem is reduced to a system of linear equations in complex variables, which can be solved basically by Gaussian elimination process. The results of this work will be useful in determining a suitable control scheme for waterflow in the steam generator and the control parameters. (auth.)

  7. Optimisation of safety parameters in fast breeder test reactor

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    Full text: Optimisation of safety parameters is an important aspect to be considered in the design of nuclear power plant and also becomes extremely important activity to be followed up during the commissioning and operating phases of the plant taking into account the operational feed back and review of incidental situations and available diversity and reliability. Otherwise, the spurious/ superfluous trips on the reactor besides affecting the availability of the plant, initiate plant transients causing stress for the plant equipment resulting in reduction of plant life. This activity has a significant role to play in attaining the maximum availability of the plant, without compromising safety. The study and evolution of optimisation process in fast breeder test reactor (FBTR); at Kalpakkam has been an interesting and rewarding experience

  8. Fast breeder reactor-block antiseismic design and verification

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    The Specialists' Meeting on ''Fast Breeder Reactor-Block Antiseismic Design and Verification'' was organized by the ENEA Fast Reactor Department in co-operation with the International Working Group (IWGFR) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to the recommendations of the 19th IAEA/IWGFR Meeting. It was held in Bologna, at the Headquarters of the ENEA Fast Reactor Department, on October 12-15, 1987, in the framework of the Celebrations for the Ninth Centenary of the Bologna University. The proceedings of the meeting consists of three parts. Part 1 contains the introduction and general comments, the agenda of the meeting, session summaries, conclusions and recommendations and the list of participants. Part 2 contains 8 status reports of Member States participating in the Working Group. Contributed papers were published in Part 3 and were further subdivided into 5 sessions as follows: whole reactor-block analysis (4 papers); whole reactor-block analysis (sloshing and buckling, seismic isolation effects) (8 papers); detailed core analysis (6 papers); shutdown systems and core structural and functional verifications (6 papers); component and piping analysis (7 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 8 status reports and 31 contributed papers. Refs, figs and tabs

  9. Experience with the generating plant at fast breeder test reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWth/13.2 MW(e) sodium cooled, loop type, mixed carbide-fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors including sodium systems and generating systems and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural materials for future fast reactors. It achieved first criticality in Oct.1985 with Mark-I core (70 % PUC-30 % UC). FBTR heat transport system consists of two primary sodium loops, two secondary sodium loops and one common tertiary steam and water circuit. Heat generated in the reactor core is transported to the tertiary loop by primary and secondary sodium loops. The steam water system mainly consists of a once through steam generator, which produces super heated steam at a pressure of 120 bars and temperature of 480 degC, feed water system and condensate system. The steam produced is supplied to a condensing turbine. The turbine in turn is coupled to an alternator. The steam generator was put in service in Jan.1993 and turbine generator was synchronized to the grid in July 1997. The paper presents operating experience with generating plant consisting of steam water circuit, condensing turbine and its associated systems and the alternator, various modifications carried out to improve system reliability and availability and certain incidents taken place in the generating plant. (author)

  10. Investigation of aqueous slurries as fusion reactor blankets

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    Numerical and experimental studies were carried out to assess the feasibility of using an aqueous slurry, with lithium in its solid component, to meet the tritium breeding, cooling, and shielding requirements of a controlled thermonuclear reactor (CTR). The numerical studies were designed to demonstrate the theoretical ability of a conceptual slurry blanket to breed adequate tritium to sustain the CTR. The experimental studies were designed to show that the tritium retention characteristics of likely solid components for the slurry were conducive to adequate tritium recovery without the need for isotopic separation. The numerical portion of this work consisted in part of using ANISN, a one-dimensional finite difference neutron transport code, to model the neutronic performance of the slurry blanket concept. The parameters governing tritium production and retention in a slurry were computed and used to modify the results of the ANISN computer runs. The numerical work demonstrated that the slurry blanket was only marginally capable of breeding sufficient tritium without the aid of a neutron multiplying region. The experimental portion of this work consisted of several neutron irradiation experiments, which were designed to determine the retention abilities of LiF particles

  11. Compatibility of structural materials with fusion reactor coolant and breeder fluids

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    Fusion reactors are characterized by a lithium-containing blanket, a heat transfer medium that is integral with the blanket and first wall, and a heat engine that couples to the heat transfer medium. A variety of lithium-containing substances have been identified as potential blanket materials, including molten lithium metal, molten LiF--BeF2, Pb--Li alloys, and solid ceramic compounds such as Li2O. Potential heat transfer media include liquid lithium, liquid sodium, molten nitrates, water, and helium. Each of these coolants and blankets requires a particular set of chemical and mechanical properties with respect to the associated reactor and heat engine structural materials. This paper discusses the materials factors that underlie the selection of workable combinations of blankets and coolants. It also addresses the materials compatibility problems generic to those blanket-coolant combinations currently being considered in reactor design studies

  12. Immediate relation of ING to fast breeder reactor programs

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    The future large-scale use of nuclear energy is linked in the United States and other major countries to their fast breeder reactor development. Very serious basic problems have been discovered within the last two years, limiting the life in the high fast neutron flux at appropriate temperatures of materials, in particular of metals suitable for fuel cladding in sodium coolant. There is therefore a most urgent need for materials testing facilities under controlled conditions of temperature and neutron flux at sufficiently high ratings to match or surpass those required in commercially competitive fast breeder reactors. None of the test facilities yet planned for 1976 or sooner in the western world appears to match these conditions. The problem is mainly the difficulty of providing the high neutron flux effectively continuously. The spallation reaction in heavy elements was chosen as the basis of ING - the intense neutron generator, because it is the only known reaction that promises a fast neutron source density that is higher than can be controlled from the fission process. It is suggested that several countries will wish to consider urgently whether they should also explore the spallation reaction for the purpose of a fast neutron irradiation test facility. In view of the discontinuance of the ING project in Canada a favourable opportunity will exist over the next few months 10 obtain from Canada by direct personal contact details of the significant study that has been carried on for ING over the last five years. In the event that satisfactory materials are established within the lifetime of the spallation facilities they may continue to be used for the production of selected isotopes more profitably produced in high neutron fluxes. The facilities may be also used for the desirable preirradiation of thorium reactor fuel. The other research purposes planned for ING could also be served. (author)

  13. An analysis of electron beam welds in a dual coolant liquid metal breeder blanket

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    Numerical simulation of electron beam welding of blanket segments was performed using non-linear finite element code ABAQUS. The thermal and stress fields were assumed uncoupled, while preserving the temperature dependency of all material parameters. The martensite-austenite and austenite-martensite transformations were taken into account through volume shrinking/expansion effects, which is consistent with available data. The distributions of post welding residual stress in a complex geometry of the first wall are obtained. Also, the effects of preheating and post-welding heat treatment were addressed. Time dependent temperature and stress-strain fields obtained provide good insight into the welding process. They may be used directly to support reliability and life-time studies of blanket structures. On the other hand, they provide useful hints about the feasibility of the geometrical configurations as proposed by different design concepts. (orig.)

  14. Shutdown and Closure of the Experimental Breeder Reactor - II

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    The Department of Energy mandated the termination of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program, effective October 1, 1994. To comply with this decision, Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W) prepared a plan providing detailed requirements to maintain the Experimental Breeder Reactor - II (EBR-II) in a radiologically and industrially safe condition, including removal of all irradiated fuel assemblies from the reactor plant, and removal and stabilization of the primary and secondary sodium, a liquid metal used to transfer heat within the reactor plant. The EBR-II is a pool-type reactor. The primary system contained approximately 325 m3 (86,000 gallons) of sodium and the secondary system contained 50 m3 (13,000 gallons). In order to properly dispose of the sodium in compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), a facility was built to react the sodium to a solid sodium hydroxide monolith for burial as a low level waste in a land disposal facility. Deactivation of a liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) presents unique concerns. Residual amounts of sodium remaining in circuits and components must be passivated, inerted, or removed to preclude future concerns with sodium-air reactions that could generate potentially explosive mixtures of hydrogen and leave corrosive compounds. The passivation process being implemented utilizes a moist carbon dioxide gas that generates a passive layer of sodium carbonate/sodium bicarbonate over any quantities of residual sodium. Tests being conducted will determine the maximum depths of sodium that can be reacted using this method, defining the amount that must be dealt with later to achieve RCRA clean closure. Deactivation of the EBR-II complex is on schedule for a March, 2002, completion. Each system associated with EBR-II has an associated lay-up plan defining the system end state, as well as instructions for achieving the lay-up condition. A goal of system-by-system lay-up is to minimize surveillance and

  15. Shutdown and closure of the experimental breeder reactor - II

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    The Department of Energy mandated the termination of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) Program, effective October 1, 1994. To comply with this decision, Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL-W) prepared a plan providing detailed requirements to maintain the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) in a radiologically and industrially safe condition, including removal of all irradiated fuel assemblies from the reactor plant, and removal and stabilization of the primary and secondary sodium, a liquid metal used to transfer heat within the reactor plant. The EBR-II is a pool-type reactor. The primary system contained approximately 325 m3 (86,000 gallons) of sodium and the secondary system contained 50 m3 (13,000 gallons). In order to properly dispose of the sodium in compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), a facility was built to react the sodium to a solid sodium hydroxide monolith for burial as a low level waste in a land disposal facility. Deactivation of a liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) presents unique concerns. Residual amounts of sodium remaining in circuits and components must be passivated, inerted, or removed to preclude future concerns with sodium-air reactions that could generate potentially explosive mixtures of hydrogen and leave corrosive compounds. The passivation process being implemented utilizes a moist carbon dioxide gas that generates a passive layer of sodium carbonate/sodium bicarbonate over any quantities of residual sodium. Tests being conducted will determine the maximum depths of sodium that can be reacted using this method, defining the amount that must be dealt with later to achieve RCRA clean closure. Deactivation of the EBR-II complex is on schedule for a March, 2002, completion. Each system associated with EBR-II has an associated layup plan defining the system end state, as well as instructions for achieving the layup condition. A goal of system-by-system layup is to minimize surveillance and

  16. Structural design and preliminary analysis of liquid lead–lithium blanket for China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) has been proposed as an option in China to bridge the gaps between ITER and fusion power plant. Since one major goal of CFETR is to demonstrate long pulse or steady-state operation with duty cycle time ≥0.3–0.5, easier maintenance of the in-vessel components is emphasized in the design process. In this contribution, a kind of liquid lead–lithium tritium breeder blanket concept focus on the remote maintenance has been designed for CFETR. To make the pipes and mechanical connections at the rear of the blanket accessible from vacuum vessel, two kinds of guide tubes were adopted to provide passageways for remote handling tools. In order to evaluate the effects of the guide tube installation on the structural performance of the blanket, as a preliminary stage, thermal-hydraulic analysis of first wall was carried out based on the heat load obtained from 3D modeled neutronics calculations. In addition, thermal stress analysis of the first wall under normal condition was performed to evaluate the thermomechanical behavior. The preliminary analysis results validated the performance of current blanket design

  17. Structural design and preliminary analysis of liquid lead–lithium blanket for China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor

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    Ni, Muyi; Lian, Chao; Zhang, Shichao; Nie, Baojie; Jiang, Jieqiong, E-mail: jieqiong.jiang@fds.org.cn

    2015-05-15

    China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) has been proposed as an option in China to bridge the gaps between ITER and fusion power plant. Since one major goal of CFETR is to demonstrate long pulse or steady-state operation with duty cycle time ≥0.3–0.5, easier maintenance of the in-vessel components is emphasized in the design process. In this contribution, a kind of liquid lead–lithium tritium breeder blanket concept focus on the remote maintenance has been designed for CFETR. To make the pipes and mechanical connections at the rear of the blanket accessible from vacuum vessel, two kinds of guide tubes were adopted to provide passageways for remote handling tools. In order to evaluate the effects of the guide tube installation on the structural performance of the blanket, as a preliminary stage, thermal-hydraulic analysis of first wall was carried out based on the heat load obtained from 3D modeled neutronics calculations. In addition, thermal stress analysis of the first wall under normal condition was performed to evaluate the thermomechanical behavior. The preliminary analysis results validated the performance of current blanket design.

  18. Nuclear performance optimization of the Be/Li/Th blanket for the fusion breeder

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    More rigorous nuclear analysis, including treatment of resonance self-shielding effects coupled with an optimization procedure, has resulted in improved performance of the Be/Li/Th blanket. Net U-233 breeding ratio has increased 36% (to 0.84) while at an average U-233/Th ratio of 0.5 a/o average energy multiplication has increased only 12% (to 2.1) compared with earlier results

  19. Beryllium data base for in-pile mockup test on blanket of fusion reactor, (1)

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    Beryllium has been used in the fusion blanket designs with ceramic breeder as a neutron multiplier to increase the net tritium breeding ratio (TBR). The properties of beryllium, that is physical properties, chemical properties, thermal properties, mechanical properties, nuclear properties, radiation effects, etc. are necessary for the fusion blanket design. However, the properties of beryllium have not been arranged for the fusion blanket design. Therefore, it is indispensable to check and examine the material data of beryllium reported previously. This paper is the first one of the series of papers on beryllium data base, which summarizes the reported material data of beryllium. (author)

  20. Designing a SCADA system simulator for fast breeder reactor

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    Nugraha, E.; Abdullah, A. G.; Hakim, D. L.

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    SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system simulator is a Human Machine Interface-based software that is able to visualize the process of a plant. This study describes the results of the process of designing a SCADA system simulator that aims to facilitate the operator in monitoring, controlling, handling the alarm, accessing historical data and historical trend in Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) type Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR). This research used simulation to simulate NPP type FBR Kalpakkam in India. This simulator was developed using Wonderware Intouch software 10 and is equipped with main menu, plant overview, area graphics, control display, set point display, alarm system, real-time trending, historical trending and security system. This simulator can properly simulate the principle of energy flow and energy conversion process on NPP type FBR. This SCADA system simulator can be used as training media for NPP type FBR prospective operators.

  1. Comparison of lithium and the eutectic lead-lithium alloy, two candidate liquid metal breeder materials for self-cooled blankets

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    Liquid metals are attractive candidates for both near-term and long-term fusion applications. The subjects of this comparison are the differences between the two candidate liquid metal breeder materials Li and LiPb for use in breeding blankets in the areas of neutronics, magnetohydrodynamics, tritium control, compatibility with structural materials, heat extraction system, safety and required research and development program. Both candidates appear to be promising for use in self-cooled breeding blankets which have inherent simplicity with the liquid metal serving as both breeder and coolant. Each liquid metal breeder has advantages and concerns associated with it, and further development is needed to resolve these concerns. The remaining feasibility question for both breeder materials is the electrical insulation between the liquid metal and the duct walls. Different ceramic coatings are required for the two breeders, and their crucial issues, namely self-healing of insulator cracks and tolerance to radiation-induced electrical degradation, have not yet been demonstrated. (orig.)

  2. Accident analysis of heavy water cooled thorium breeder reactor

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    Yulianti, Yanti [Department of Physics, University of Lampung Jl. Sumantri Brojonegoro No.1 Bandar Lampung, Indonesia Email: y-yanti@unila.ac.id (Indonesia); Su’ud, Zaki [Department of Physics, Bandung Institute of Technology Jl. Ganesha 10 Bandung, Indonesia Email: szaki@fi.itb.ac.id (Indonesia); Takaki, Naoyuki [Department of Nuclear Safety Engineering Cooperative Major in Nuclear Energy (Graduate School) 1-28-1 Tamazutsumi,Setagayaku, Tokyo158-8557, Japan Email: ntakaki@tcu.ac.jp (Japan)

    2015-04-16

    Thorium has lately attracted considerable attention because it is accumulating as a by-product of large scale rare earth mining. The objective of research is to analyze transient behavior of a heavy water cooled thorium breeder that is designed by Tokai University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. That is oxide fueled, PWR type reactor with heavy water as primary coolant. An example of the optimized core has relatively small moderator to fuel volume ratio (MFR) of 0.6 and the characteristics of the core are burn-up of 67 GWd/t, breeding ratio of 1.08, burn-up reactivity loss during cycles of < 0.2% dk/k, and negative coolant reactivity coefficient. One of the nuclear reactor accidents types examined here is Unprotected Transient over Power (UTOP) due to withdrawing of the control rod that result in the positive reactivity insertion so that the reactor power will increase rapidly. Another accident type is Unprotected Loss of Flow (ULOF) that caused by failure of coolant pumps. To analyze the reactor accidents, neutron distribution calculation in the nuclear reactor is the most important factor. The best expression for the neutron distribution is the Boltzmann transport equation. However, solving this equation is very difficult so that the space-time diffusion equation is commonly used. Usually, space-time diffusion equation is solved by employing a point kinetics approach. However, this approach is less accurate for a spatially heterogeneous nuclear reactor and the nuclear reactor with quite large reactivity input. Direct method is therefore used to solve space-time diffusion equation which consider spatial factor in detail during nuclear reactor accident simulation. Set of equations that obtained from full implicit finite-difference method is solved by using iterative methods. The indication of UTOP accident is decreasing macroscopic absorption cross-section that results large external reactivity, and ULOF accident is indicated by decreasing coolant flow. The

  3. Accident analysis of heavy water cooled thorium breeder reactor

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    Thorium has lately attracted considerable attention because it is accumulating as a by-product of large scale rare earth mining. The objective of research is to analyze transient behavior of a heavy water cooled thorium breeder that is designed by Tokai University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. That is oxide fueled, PWR type reactor with heavy water as primary coolant. An example of the optimized core has relatively small moderator to fuel volume ratio (MFR) of 0.6 and the characteristics of the core are burn-up of 67 GWd/t, breeding ratio of 1.08, burn-up reactivity loss during cycles of < 0.2% dk/k, and negative coolant reactivity coefficient. One of the nuclear reactor accidents types examined here is Unprotected Transient over Power (UTOP) due to withdrawing of the control rod that result in the positive reactivity insertion so that the reactor power will increase rapidly. Another accident type is Unprotected Loss of Flow (ULOF) that caused by failure of coolant pumps. To analyze the reactor accidents, neutron distribution calculation in the nuclear reactor is the most important factor. The best expression for the neutron distribution is the Boltzmann transport equation. However, solving this equation is very difficult so that the space-time diffusion equation is commonly used. Usually, space-time diffusion equation is solved by employing a point kinetics approach. However, this approach is less accurate for a spatially heterogeneous nuclear reactor and the nuclear reactor with quite large reactivity input. Direct method is therefore used to solve space-time diffusion equation which consider spatial factor in detail during nuclear reactor accident simulation. Set of equations that obtained from full implicit finite-difference method is solved by using iterative methods. The indication of UTOP accident is decreasing macroscopic absorption cross-section that results large external reactivity, and ULOF accident is indicated by decreasing coolant flow. The

  4. Accident analysis of heavy water cooled thorium breeder reactor

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    Yulianti, Yanti; Su'ud, Zaki; Takaki, Naoyuki

    2015-04-01

    Thorium has lately attracted considerable attention because it is accumulating as a by-product of large scale rare earth mining. The objective of research is to analyze transient behavior of a heavy water cooled thorium breeder that is designed by Tokai University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. That is oxide fueled, PWR type reactor with heavy water as primary coolant. An example of the optimized core has relatively small moderator to fuel volume ratio (MFR) of 0.6 and the characteristics of the core are burn-up of 67 GWd/t, breeding ratio of 1.08, burn-up reactivity loss during cycles of coolant reactivity coefficient. One of the nuclear reactor accidents types examined here is Unprotected Transient over Power (UTOP) due to withdrawing of the control rod that result in the positive reactivity insertion so that the reactor power will increase rapidly. Another accident type is Unprotected Loss of Flow (ULOF) that caused by failure of coolant pumps. To analyze the reactor accidents, neutron distribution calculation in the nuclear reactor is the most important factor. The best expression for the neutron distribution is the Boltzmann transport equation. However, solving this equation is very difficult so that the space-time diffusion equation is commonly used. Usually, space-time diffusion equation is solved by employing a point kinetics approach. However, this approach is less accurate for a spatially heterogeneous nuclear reactor and the nuclear reactor with quite large reactivity input. Direct method is therefore used to solve space-time diffusion equation which consider spatial factor in detail during nuclear reactor accident simulation. Set of equations that obtained from full implicit finite-difference method is solved by using iterative methods. The indication of UTOP accident is decreasing macroscopic absorption cross-section that results large external reactivity, and ULOF accident is indicated by decreasing coolant flow. The power reactor has a peak value

  5. Special topics reports for the reference tandem mirror fusion breeder: liquid metal MHD pressure drop effects in the packed bed blanket. Vol. 1

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    Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) effects which result from the use of liquid metal coolants in magnetic fusion reactors include the modification of flow profiles (including the suppression of turbulence) and increases in the primary loop pressure drop and the hydrostatic pressure at the first wall of the blanket. In the reference fission-suppressed tandem mirror fusion breeder design concept, flow profile modification is a relatively minor concern, but the MHD pressure drop in flowing the liquid lithium coolant through an annular packed bed of beryllium/thorium pebbles is directly related to the required first wall structure thickness. As such, it is a major concern which directly impacts fissile breeding efficiency. Consequently, an improved model for the packed bed pressure drop has been developed. By considering spacial averages of electric fields, currents, and fluid flow velocities the general equations have been reduced to simple expressions for the pressure drop. The averaging approach results in expressions for the pressure drop involving a constant which reflects details of the flow around the pebbles. Such details are difficult to assess analytically, and the constant may eventually have to be evaluated by experiment. However, an energy approach has been used in this study to bound the possible values of the constant, and thus the pressure drop. In anticipation that an experimental facility might be established to evaluate the undetermined constant as well as to address other uncertainties, a survey of existing facilities is presented

  6. Status of fast breeder reactor development in Germany

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    The KNK, the sodium cooled compact reactor is an experimental nuclear power plant of 20 MW electric power. Since 1977, it has been operated with fast reactor cores as KNK II. The KNK II/3 core was designed. The core fabrication has been largely completed. In 1990, the KNK II plant achieved a time availability of 56%. On January 8, 1991 KNK II was shut down for inspection. Since pre-nuclear commissioning was completed the Kalkar Nuclear Power Station SNR 300 has been operated in a mode similar to that of a power station. In March 1991 the financing partners decided not to prolong the standby phase because they do not think that the last construction permit and the operation permit will be issued within a definite period of time. The partners were convinced that the lack of progress in the licensing procedure was not caused by basic safety deficiencies of the project but by the way the licensing procedure was executed. The German fast breeder programme is now concentrated on contributions to the European Fast Reactor. (author)

  7. Conceptual design of a pool type molten salt breeder reactor

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    The renewed interest in molten salt coolant technology is backed by the 50 years history of molten salt nuclear technology development, mainly in Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In Indian context MSBR is found to be one of the options for sustainable nuclear energy generation, especially in the third stage of the nuclear programme. The system can be operated at high temperature which makes high efficiency power conversion and efficient hydrogen generation through thermo-chemical reactions possible. At present development is in progress in BARC on two molten salt reactor concepts, one is pool type and the other is loop type. Here the design of pool type concept with 850MWe power is described. The core is designed to operate in the fast spectrum region so the conversion of 233U breeding is possible from thorium. Preliminary thermal hydraulic analysis is carried out with LiF-ThF4-UF4 as the primary fuel and coolant. The blanket material is also a molten salt, LiF-ThF4. Reactor physics calculations are also carried out for the feasibility studies of the core design of the reactor. FLiNaK is used as the secondary coolant for the calculations. Both forced circulation and natural circulation options are evaluated. (author)

  8. Comparative assessment of nuclear fuel cycles. Light-water reactor once-through, classical fast breeder reactor, and symbiotic fast breeder reactor cycles

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    The object of the Alternative Nuclear Fuel Cycle Study is to perform comparative assessments of nuclear power systems. There are two important features of this study. First, this evaluation attempts to encompass the complete, integrated fuel cycle from mining of uranium ore to disposal of waste rather than isolated components. Second, it compares several aspects of each cycle - energy use, economics, technological status, proliferation, public safety, and commercial potential - instead of concentrating on one or two assessment areas. This report presents assessment results for three fuel cycles. These are the light-water reactor once-through cycle, the fast breeder reactor on the classical plutonium cycle, and the fast breeder reactor on a symbiotic cycle using plutonium and 233U as fissile fuels. The report also contains a description of the methodology used in this assessment. Subsequent reports will present results for additional fuel cycles

  9. Studies of a self-cooled lead lithium blanket for HiPER reactor

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    Within the frame of the HiPER reactor, we propose and study a Self Cooled Lead Lithium blanket with two different cooling arrangements of the system First Wall - Blanket for the HiPER reactor: Integrated First Wall Blanket and Separated First Wall Blanket. We compare the two arrangements in terms of power cycle efficiency, operation flexibility in out-off-normal situations and proper cooling and acceptable corrosion. The Separated First Wall Blanket arrangement is superior in all of them, and it is selected as the advantageous proposal for the HiPER reactor blanket. However, it still has to be improved from the standpoint of proper cooling and corrosion rates. (authors)

  10. Safety and core design of large liquid-metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    Qvist, Staffan Alexander

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    In light of the scientific evidence for changes in the climate caused by greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities, the world is in ever more desperate need of new, inexhaustible, safe and clean primary energy sources. A viable solution to this problem is the widespread adoption of nuclear breeder reactor technology. Innovative breeder reactor concepts using liquid-metal coolants such as sodium or lead will be able to utilize the waste produced by the current light water reactor fuel cyc...

  11. U.S. technical report for the ITER blanket/shield: A. blanket: Topical report, July 1990--November 1990

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    Three solid-breeder water-cooled blanket concepts have been developed for ITER based on a multilayer configuration. The primary difference among the concepts is in the fabricated form of breeder and multiplier. All the concepts have beryllium for neutron multiplication and solid-breeder temperature control. The blanket design does not use helium gaps or insulator material to control the solid breeder temperature. Lithium oxide (Li{sub 2}O) and lithium zirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) are the primary and the backup breeder materials, respectively. The lithium-6 enrichment is 95%. The use of high lithium-6 enrichment reduces the solid breeder volume required in the blanket and consequently the total tritium inventory in the solid breeder material. Also, it increases the blanket capability to accommodate power variation. The multilayer blanket configuration can accommodate up to a factor of two change in the neutron wall loading without violating the different design guidelines. The blanket material forms are sintered products and packed bed of small pebbles. The first concept has a sintered product material (blocks) for both the beryllium multiplier and the solid breeder. The second concept, the common ITER blanket, uses a packed bed breeder and beryllium blocks. The last concept is similar to the first except for the first and the last beryllium zones. Two small layers of beryllium pebbles are located behind the first wall and the back of the last beryllium zone to reduce the total inventory of the beryllium material and to improve the blanket performance. The design philosophy adopted for the blanket is to produce the necessary tritium required for the ITER operation and to operate at power reactor conditions as much as possible. Also, the reliability and the safety aspects of the blanket are enhanced by using low-pressure water coolant and the separation of the tritium purge flow from the coolant system by several barriers.

  12. U.S. technical report for the ITER blanket/shield: A. blanket: Topical report, July 1990--November 1990

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    Three solid-breeder water-cooled blanket concepts have been developed for ITER based on a multilayer configuration. The primary difference among the concepts is in the fabricated form of breeder and multiplier. All the concepts have beryllium for neutron multiplication and solid-breeder temperature control. The blanket design does not use helium gaps or insulator material to control the solid breeder temperature. Lithium oxide (Li2O) and lithium zirconate (Li2ZrO3) are the primary and the backup breeder materials, respectively. The lithium-6 enrichment is 95%. The use of high lithium-6 enrichment reduces the solid breeder volume required in the blanket and consequently the total tritium inventory in the solid breeder material. Also, it increases the blanket capability to accommodate power variation. The multilayer blanket configuration can accommodate up to a factor of two change in the neutron wall loading without violating the different design guidelines. The blanket material forms are sintered products and packed bed of small pebbles. The first concept has a sintered product material (blocks) for both the beryllium multiplier and the solid breeder. The second concept, the common ITER blanket, uses a packed bed breeder and beryllium blocks. The last concept is similar to the first except for the first and the last beryllium zones. Two small layers of beryllium pebbles are located behind the first wall and the back of the last beryllium zone to reduce the total inventory of the beryllium material and to improve the blanket performance. The design philosophy adopted for the blanket is to produce the necessary tritium required for the ITER operation and to operate at power reactor conditions as much as possible. Also, the reliability and the safety aspects of the blanket are enhanced by using low-pressure water coolant and the separation of the tritium purge flow from the coolant system by several barriers

  13. Anticipated transients without scram for light water reactors: implications for liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    In the design of light water reactors (LWRs), protection against anticipated transients (e.g., loss of normal electric power and control rod withdrawal) is provided by a highly reliable scram, or shutdown system. If this system should become inoperable, however, the transient could lead to a core meltdown. The Nuclar Regulatory Commission (NRC) has proposed, in NUREG-0460 [1], new requirements (or acceptance criteria) for anticipated transients without scram (ATWS) events and the manner in which they could be considered in the design and safety evaluation of LWRs. This note assesses the potential impact of the proposed LWR-ATWS criteria on the liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) safety program as represented by the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant

  14. The current status of fusion reactor blanket thermodynamics

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    The available thermodynamic information is reviewed for three categories of materials that meet essential criteria for use as breeding blankets in D-T fuelled fusion reactors: liquid lithium, solid lithium alloys, and lithium-containing ceramics. The leading candidate, liquid lithium, which also has potential for use as a coolant, has been studied more extensively than have the solid alloys or ceramics. Recent studies of liquid lithium have concentrated on its sorption characteristics for hydrogen isotopes and its interaction with common impurity elements. Hydrogen isotope sorption data (P-C-T relations, activity coefficients, Sieverts' constants, plateau pressures, isotope effects, free energies of formation, phase boundaries, etc.) are presented in a tabular form that can be conveniently used to extract thermodynamic information for the α-phases of the Li-LiH, Li-LiD and Li-LiT systems and to construct complete phase diagrams. Recent solubility data for Li3N, Li2O, and Li2C2 in liquid lithium are discussed with emphasis on the prospects for removing these species by cold-trapping methods. Current studies on the sorption of hydrogen in solid lithium alloys (e.g. Li-Al and Li-Pb), made using a new technique (the hydrogen titration method), have shown that these alloys should lead to smaller blanket-tritium inventories than are attainable with liquid lithium and that the P-C-T relationships for hydrogen in Li-M alloys can be estimated from lithium activity data for these alloys. There is essentially no refined thermodynamic information on the prospective ceramic blanket materials. The kinetics of tritium release from these materials is briefly discussed. Research areas are pointed out where additional thermodynamic information is needed for all three material categories. (author)

  15. High-temperature and breeder reactors - economic nuclear reactors of the future

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    The thesis begins with a review of the theory of nuclear fission and sections on the basic technology of nuclear reactors and the development of the first generation of gas-cooled reactors applied to electricity generation. It then deals in some detail with currently available and suggested types of high temperature reactor and with some related subsidiary issues such as the coupling of different reactor systems and various schemes for combining nuclear reactors with chemical processes (hydrogenation, hydrogen production, etc.), going on to discuss breeder reactors and their application. Further sections deal with questions of cost, comparison of nuclear with coal- and oil-fired stations, system analysis of reactor systems and the effect of nuclear generation on electricity supply. (C.J.O.G.)

  16. Molten Salt Breeder Reactor Analysis Based on Unit Cell Model

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    Contemporary computer codes like the MCNP6 or SCALE are only good for solving a fixed solid fuel reactor. However, due to the molten-salt fuel, MSR analysis needs some functions such as online reprocessing and refueling, and circulating fuel. J. J. Power of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) suggested in 2013 a method for simulating the Molten Salt Breeder Reactor (MSBR) with SCALE, which does not support continuous material processing. In order to simulate MSR characteristics, the method proposes dividing a depletion time into short time intervals and batchwise reprocessing and refueling at each step. We are applying this method by using the MCNP6 and PYTHON and NEWT-TRITON-PYTHON and PYTHON code systems to MSBR. This paper contains various parameters to analyze the MSBR unit cell model such as the multiplication factor, breeding ratio, change of amount of fuel, amount of fuel feeding, and neutron flux distribution. The result of MCNP6 and NEWT module in SCALE show some difference in depletion analysis, but it still seems that they can be used to analyze MSBR. Using these two computer code system, it is possible to analyze various parameters for the MSBR unit cells such as the multiplication factor, breeding ratio, amount of material, total feeding, and neutron flux distribution. Furthermore, the two code systems will be able to be used for analyzing other MSR model or whole core models of MSR

  17. Flow induced vibrations in liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    Flow induced vibrations are well known phenomena in industry. Engineers have to estimate their destructive effects on structures. In the nuclear industry, flow induced vibrations are assessed early in the design process, and the results are incorporated in the design procedures. In many cases, model testing is used to supplement the design process to ensure that detrimental behaviour due to flow induced vibrations will not occur in the component in question. While these procedures attempt to minimize the probability of adverse performance of the various components, there is a problem in the extrapolation of analytical design techniques and/or model testing to actual plant operation. Therefore, sodium tests or vibrational measurements of components in the reactor system are used to provide additional assurance. This report is a general survey of experimental and calculational methods in this area of structural mechanics. The report is addressed to specialists and institutions in industrialized and developing countries who are responsible for the design and operation of liquid metal fast breeder reactors. 92 refs, 90 figs, 8 tabs

  18. Achievements of the water cooled solid breeder test blanket module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, Water Cooled Solid Breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. Six TBMs will be tested in ITER simultaneously, under the leadership of different countries. To ensure the installation of reliable TBMs, it is necessary to show feasibility on the TBM milestones for installation in ITER. This paper shows the recent achievements toward the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, that consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, it is necessary to show the consistency with ITER design on time with ITER design progress, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012. Structure design of the interfacing components between the WCSB TBM structure and the interfacing components (Common Frame and Backside Shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER has been developed. The design work also consists of procedures of fabrication and replacement of TBM, the consistency with ITER port structure and TBM interface structure, and the layouts of the auxiliary systems of TBMs including the tritium extraction system and water cooling system. As for the module qualification, it is necessary to show fabrication capability and the integrity of prototypical size mockup in corresponding operation condition before the delivery of the TBM to ITER. A real scale first wall mock-up was successfully fabricated by using Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H. High heat flux test with real cooling water condition is planned using this mock-up. Other essential R and Ds for the WCSB TBM also showed steady progress on investigation of mechanical behavior of breeder pebble beds, development of advanced breeder/multiplier pebble, neutron measurement technology for TBM and purge gas tritium recovery technology. As for safety milestones

  19. Nitriding treatment of reduced activation ferritic steel as functional layer for liquid breeder blanket

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    The development of functional layers such as a tritium permeation barrier and an anti-corrosion layer is the essential technology for the development of a molten salt type self cooled fusion blanket. In the present study, the characteristics of a nitriding treatment on a reduced activation ferritic steel, JLF-1 (Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C) as the functional layer were investigated. The steel surface was nitrided by an ion nitriding treatment or a radical nitriding treatment. The nitridation characteristic of the steel surface was made clear based on the thermodynamic stability. The thermal diffusivity, the hydrogen permeability and the chemical stability in the molten salt Flinak were investigated. The results indicated that the nitriding treatment can improve the compatibility in the Flinak without the decrease of the thermal diffusivity, though there was little improvement as the hydrogen permeation barrier. (author)

  20. Neutronic analysis of alternative structural materials for fusion reactor blankets

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    The neutronic performance of the International Tokamak Reactor (INTOR) blanket was studied when several alternative structural materials were used instead of the INTOR reference structural material, type 316 stainless steel. The alternative structural materials included: ferritic-, vanadium-, titanium-, long range ordered-, manganese austenitic-, and nimonic-alloys. All were treated both with and without a first-wall coating of beryllium or graphite. The tritium breeding ratio, the nuclear heating, and the gas (hydrogen and helium) production rates in the structural materials were calclated for the possible combinations of structural material and first-wall coating. These parameters were compared with those obtained by using SS-316. The nimonic alloy was the only one with worse neutronic performance than the SS-316. (orig.)

  1. Cosmetic wastewater treatment by upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor

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    Anaerobic treatment of pre-settled cosmetic wastewater in batch and continuous experiments has been investigated. Biodegradability tests showed high COD and solid removal efficiencies (about 70%), being the hydrolysis of solids the limiting step of the process. Continuous treatment was carried out in an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. High COD and TSS removal efficiencies (up to 95% and 85%, respectively) were achieved over a wide range of organic load rate (from 1.8 to 9.2 g TCOD L-1 day-1). Methanogenesis inhibition was observed in batch assays, which can be predicted by means of a Haldane-based inhibition model. Both COD and solid removal were modelled by Monod and pseudo-first order models, respectively.

  2. Manufacturing of prototype fast breeder reactor components: challenges and achievements

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    In the presentation, three components of 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), viz. grid plate, roof slab and fuel handling systems, are focused, which have been responsible for the considerable delay of the project schedule. The manufacturing challenges of grid plate mainly originated from large number of sleeves resulting in higher self weight and hard facing of large diameter sleeves. Machining of large diameter plates and shell assembly to the required tight tolerances on dimensions, hard facing with nickel based cobalt free hard facing material on continuous, large diameter (6.7 m) annular tracks, heat treatment of large austenitic stainless steel parts at 1050℃ with controlled rates of cooling and heating together with control on temperature gradient across the parts, complex assembly of a large number of parts (∼14900) meeting the important requirements on verticality of sleeve assemblies (Ø0.1 mm) and delicate handling and transportation are truly challenging activities in the manufacturing technology. In case of roof slab, complex manufacturing process, especially welding between the shell and stiffeners caused lamellar tearing problems and extensive testing time. Inclined fuel transfer machine, multiple repairs, heavy weight and testing strategy resulted in long manufacturing and testing time. Some general lessons learnt are also brought out in this presentation. Technology development prior to start of construction is essential for long delivery components. Judicious choice of tolerances, number and location of welds and inspections has to be made. Robust criteria need to be applied for the acceptance of manufacturing deviations and material compositions. Indigenous materials should be used after qualifications of manufacturing process of direct relevance apart from routine standards. From the rich experience gained through the manufacture and erection of reactor assembly components of PFBR, important guidelines and approaches were derived

  3. Progress report on fast breeder reactor development in Japan

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    In the power increase performance test of the experimental fast reactor ''Joyo'', which was in progress since April, the first stage of the rated thermal output of 50 MW has been accomplished on July 5. Thereafter, the continuous opeation test at 50 MW for 100 hours was performed for the verification of its overall operational performance from August 13 to 16. The safety evaluation for power increase up to 75 MW and 100 MW, which was under way since September, last year, was completed, and the power increase was licensed on September 20. Concerning the design of the prototype fast breeder reactor ''Monju'', the studies on the specifications of the Construction Preliminary Design (2) have been finished. In respect of the analysis and preparation of materials for the Safety Licensing by the Committee, the developments of the analytical codes for rupture propagation in the heat transfer tubes of steam generators and for decay heat have been conducted. In the construction site surveys, the third geological structure survey and beach deformation survey have all ended, while the meteorological and seismic observations, the prediction of the diffusion of drained warm water, the survey of river flow, etc. are now under way. A report on the survey conducted on the construction site in Shiraki was received by the Fukui prefectural government in July, and the copies of a report on the assessment of environmental effect were submitted in August to both the national government and the Fukui prefectural government. The situations of progress of the research and development works on reactor physics, structural components, instrumentation and control, sodium technology, fuel materials, structural materials, safety and steam generators are reported. (Nakai, Y.)

  4. Reactor shutdown system of prototype fast breeder reactor

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    Full text: The shutdown system of PFBR is designed to assure a very high reliability by employing well known principles of redundancy, diversity and independence. The failure probability of the shutdown system limited to -6/ ry. Salient features of the shutdown system are: Two independent shutdown systems, each of them able to accommodate an additional single failure and made up of a trip system and an associated absorber rod group. Diversity between trip systems, rods and mechanisms. Initiation of SCRAM by two diverse physical parameters of the two shutdown systems for design events leading potentially to unacceptable conditions is the core. The first group of nine rods called control and safety rods (CSR) is used for both shutdown as well as power regulation. The second group consisting of three rods known as diverse safety rods (DSR) is used only for shutdown. Diversity between the two groups is ensured by varying the operating conditions of the electromagnets and the configurations of the mobile parts. The reactivity worth of the absorber rods have been chosen such that each group of rods would ensure cold shutdown on SCRAM even when the most reactive rod of the group fails to drop. Together the two groups ensure a shutdown margin of 5000 pcm. The speed and individual rod worth of the CSR is chosen from operational and safety considerations during reactor start up and raising of power. Required drop time of rods during SCRAM depends on the incident considered. For a severe reactivity incident of 3 $/s this has to be limited to 1s and is ensured by limiting electromagnet response time and facilitating drop by gravity. Design safety limits for core components have been determined and SCRAM parameters have been identified by plant dynamic analysis to restrict the temperatures of core components within the limits. The SCRAM parameters are distributed between the two systems appropriately. Fault tree analysis of the system has been carried out to determine the

  5. An Evaluation of liquid metal leak detection methods for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant

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    Morris, C.J.; Doctor, S.R.

    1977-12-01

    This report documents an independent review and evaluation of sodium leak detection methods described in the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Preliminary Safety Analysis Report. Only information in publicly available documents was used in making the assessments.

  6. Health physics experiences in the operation of Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR)

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    This paper presents the health physics experience gained with the operation of the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), which was made critical in October 1985. Major operations that were carried out and the associated health physics surveillance are highlighted. (author)

  7. Reflections on the introduction of fast breeder reactors in the DeBeNeLux states

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    This report gives a survey of the impact of introducing sodium-cooled fast breeder reactors in the Federal Republic of Germany and the BeNeLux countries (DeBeNeLux region). The supply situation with respect to electric and thermal energy is studied in particular, together with aspects of economy and environmental impact. The potential and consequences of a breeder economy, the present status and future r+d work are discussed. In addition to sodium-cooled fast breeder reactors with oxide or carbide fuel, alternative solutions are touched: 1) light water and high temperature reactors, 2) helium-cooled fast breeder reactors, 3) geothermal energy, solar energy and fusion energy. (orig.)

  8. Integrated-blanket-coil (IBC) concept applied to the poloidal field and blanket systems of a tokamak reactor

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    A novel concept is proposed for combining the blanket and coil functions of a fusion reactor into a single component. This concept, designated the integrated-blanket-coil (IBC) concept, is applied to the poloidal field and blanket systems of a Tokamak reactor. An examination of resistive power losses in the IBC suggests that these losses can be limited to less than or equal to 10% of the fusion thermal power. By assuming a sandwich construction for the IBC walls, MHD-induced pressure drops and associated pressure stresses are shown to be modest and well below design limits. For the stainless steel reference case examined in this paper, the MHD-induced pressure drop was estimated to be approx. 1/3 MPa and the associated primary membrane stress was estimated to be approx. 47 MPa. The preliminary analyses presented in this paper indicate that the IBC concept offers promise as a means for making fusion reactors more compact by combining blanket and coils functions in a single component

  9. Oxidation behavior of SiC/SiC composites for helium cooled solid breeder blanket

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    In order to evaluate the oxidation behavior and mechanism of SiC/SiC composites with conventional pyrolitic graphite interface (PyC-SiC/SiC) and advanced multilayer interface (ML-SiC/SiC) in a HCSB blanket environment, a thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) in He + O2 environment at 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C was performed. The PyC-SiC/SiC at 1200 deg. C and the ML-SiC/SiC at 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C showed relatively smaller weight change during oxidation because SiO2 formed on the SiC-matrix and SiC-fiber sealed the specimen surface before the PyC interface recession by gasification of graphite due to relatively high SiO2 formation rate. While the PyC-SiC/SiC at 1000 deg. C showed significant weight loss because the specimen surface was not sealed by SiO2 and significant PyC interface recession occurred due to relatively slow SiO2 formation

  10. Fabrication and quality control of MOX fuel for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR)

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    Full text: Uranium-Plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for both thermal and fast reactors have been fabricated by Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility (AFFF), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tarapur, India. MOX fuel bundles fabricated by AFFF have been loaded in Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) and have been discharged after successful irradiation. An experimental fuel subassembly containing 37 MOX pins is being irradiated in Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at Kalpakkam near Chennai and has seen a burn up of more than 80000 MWD/T. MOX fuel pins containing 44% Pu02 have been recently loaded as a part of the hybrid core of FBTR. AFFF has now taken up the manufacture of MOX fuel pins for the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (BHAVINI) coming up at Kalpakkam. The core consists of 181 sub assemblies containing 217 MOX fuel pins each. It is required to fabricate nearly 40,000 MOX fuel pins (3 meter long) for the first core. The Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor is designed with two different fissile enrichment zones to be loaded with MOX subassemblies with a nominal composition of 21% and 28% of PuO2. The fuel pellets of required composition are made using conventional powder metallurgy processes. The pellets are annular with an inner hole of 1.8mm diameter and outside diameter of 5.5mm. AFFF has developed the technology of making annular MOX fuel pellets for PFBR and optimized conditions of fabrication. Multistation rotary presses have been used for compaction of the pellets. The fuel pin consists of a MOX stack of 1000mm and axial blanket of deeply depleted uranium dioxide of length 300mm on either side. New techniques have been used at different stages of fabrication of the fuel pins namely pelletisation, welding and wire wrapping. Studies have been made to use laser welding technique for welding of endplugs. Automation has been introduced in a number of process steps in the fabrication line. A detailed quality control plan is prepared

  11. Fabrication and quality control of MOX fuel for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR)

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    Uranium-Plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for both thermal and fast reactors have been fabricated by Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility (AFFF), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tarapur, India. MOX fuel bundles fabricated by AFFF have been loaded in Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) and Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) and have been discharged after successful irradiation. An experimental fuel subassemby containing 37 MOX pins is being irradiated in Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at Kalpakkam near Chennai and has seen a burn up of more than 92000 MWd/t. MOX fuel pins containing 44% PuO2 have been recently loaded as a part of the hybrid core of FBTR. AFFF has now taken up the manufacture of MOX fuel pins for the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) coming up at Kalpakkam . The core consists of 181 sub assemblies containing 217 MOX fuel pins each. Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor is designed with two different fissile enrichment zones to be loaded with MOX subassemblies with a nominal composition of 21% and 28% of PuO2.The fuel pellets of required composition are made using conventional powder metallurgy processes. The pellets are annular with an inner hole of 1.8 mm diameter and outside diameter of 5.5 mm. AFFF has developed the technology of making annular MOX fuel pellets for PFBR and optimized conditions of fabrication. Multistaion rotary presses have been used for compaction of the pellets. The fuel pin consists of a MOX stack of 1000 mm and axial blanket of deeply depleted uranium dioxide of length 300 mm on either side. New techniques have been used at different stages of fabrication of the fuel pins namely pelletisation, welding and wire wrapping. Studies have been made to use laser welding technique for welding of endplugs. Automation has been introduced in a number of process steps in the fabrication line. A detailed quality control plan is prepared based on the specifications and advanced process and quality control procedures have been incorporated to

  12. Development of Genetic Algorithm based Neural Network model for parameter estimation of Fast Breeder Reactor Subsystem

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    Subhra Rani Patra; R. Jehadeesan; Rajeswari, S.

    2012-01-01

    This work provides the construction of Genetic Algorithm based Neural Network for parameter estimation of Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) Subsystem. The parameter estimated here is temperature of Intermediate Heat Exchanger of Fast Breeder Test Reactor. Genetic Algorithm based Neural Network is a global search algorithm having less probability of being trapped in local minimum problem as compared to Standard Back Propagation algorithm which is a local search algorithm. The various developmen...

  13. Decay Heat Removal for the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor

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    The functional and reliability requirements of the decay heat removal systems are described. The reliability requirement and its rationale as adequate assurance that public health and safety are safeguarded are presented. The means by which the reliability of the decay heat removal systems are established to meet their requirement are identified. The heat removal systems and their operating characteristics are described. The discussion includes the overflow heat removal service and its role in decay heat removal if needed. The details of the systems are described to demonstrate the elements of redundancy and diversity in the systems design. The quantitative reliability assessment is presented, including the reliability model, the most important assumptions on which the analysis is based, sources of failure data, and the preliminary numerical results. Finally, the qualitative analyses and administrative controls will be discussed which ensure reliability attainment in design, fabrication, and operation, including minimization of common mode failures. A component test program is planned to provide reliability data on selected critical heat removal system equipment. This test plan is described including a definition of the test parameters of greatest interest and the motivation for the test article selection. A long range plan is also in place to collect plant operational data and the broad outlines of this plan are described. The paper closes with a statement of the high reliability of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant decay heat removal systems and a summary of the supporting arguments. (author)

  14. Development of chemical sensors for Fast Breeder Reactor Technology

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    Fast breeder reactors use liquid sodium as heat transfer medium and generate high pressure steam at the steam generator to run the turbine. This high pressure steam is separated from sodium coolant by ferritic steel tubes of 4 to 5 mm wall thickness. Development of any material defect in these heat exchanger tubes during their service would result in the ingress of high pressure steam into the sodium circuit leading to sodium-water reactions. A high temperature electrochemical hydrogen sensor based on CaBr2-CaHBr solid electrolyte and capable of measuring ppb levels of dissolved hydrogen in sodium has been developed at the laboratory. A very sensitive system, using thermal conductivity detector and semiconducting oxide based sensor has also been developed for continuous monitoring of hydrogen levels in argon cover gas. An electrochemical carbon sensor using a molten carbonate electrolyte and an oxygen sensor based on yttria doped thoria oxide electrolyte are also under advanced stage of development for measuring carbon and oxygen levels in sodium. Materials chemistry issues involved in developing these sensors and their operational experience in sodium system are highlighted in this presentation

  15. Feasibility studies on commercialized fast breeder reactor cycle system

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    JNC (Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute) and the electric utilities in Japan have established a new organization to develop a commercialized fast breeder reactor (FBR) cycle system since July 1, 1999, feasibility studies (F/S) have been undertaken in order to determine the promising concepts and to define the necessary R and D tasks. In the first two-year phase, a number of candidate concepts will be selected from various options, featuring innovative technologies. In the F/S, the options are evaluated and conceptual designs are examined considering the attainable perspectives for following: 1) ensuring safety, 2) economic competitiveness to future LWRs, 3) efficient utilization of resources, 4) reduction of environmental burden and 5) enhancement of nuclear non-proliferation. The F/S should also guide the necessary R and D to commercialize FBR cycle system. In particular enhanced technologies should be integrated in order to ensure nuclear non-proliferation. In the second five-year phase of the F/S, scaled engineering tests will be conducted. Based on the test data, a comprehensive evaluation will be conducted to confirm the technical attainability of candidate concepts. A few proposals for the commercialization of the FBR cycle system will be proposed. (author)

  16. Method of advancing research and development of fast breeder reactors

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    In the long term plan of atomic energy development and utilization, fast breeder reactors are to be developed as the main of the future nuclear power generation in Japan, and when their development is advanced, it has been decided to positively aim at building up the plutonium utilization system using FBRs superior to the uranium utilization system using LWRs. Also it has been decided that the development of FBRs requires to exert incessant efforts for a considerable long period under the proper cooperation system of government and people, and as for its concrete development, hereafter the deliberation is to be carried out in succession by the expert subcommittee on FBR development projects of the Atomic Energy Commission. The subcommittee was founded in May, 1986, to deliberate on the long term promotion measures for FBR development, the measures for promoting the research and development, the examination of the basic specification of a demonstration FBR, the measures for promoting international cooperation, and other important matters. As the results of investigation, the situation around the development of FBRs, the fundamentals at the time of promoting the research and development, the subjects of the research and development and so on are reported. (Kako, I.)

  17. Thermodynamics of ceramic breeder materials for fusion reactors

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    Based on known or deduced phase relationships in ternary lithium oxygen systems such as Li-Al-O, Li-Si-O and Li-Zr-O, the unknown free enthalpy of formation values of ternary compounds are calculated starting from the known data of the compounds of the binary border systems. Criterion for the data assessment is interconsistency of the data of all the compounds within a given multi-component system. With the help of these data the development of partial pressures during the breeding process can be calculated for all the compounds of interest. In order to facilitate a compatibility assessment the quaternary systems Cr-Li-Si-O, Fe-Li-Si-O and Be-Li-Si-O were also investigated and thermodynamic data of pertinent ternary and quaternary compounds determined. Both the partial pressure development and the compatibility behaviour of a lithium containing compound are criteria for its qualification as a breeder material for a fusion reactor. (orig.)

  18. Fusion breeder neutronics. Final report

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    Research efforts in fusion breeder neutronics have been focused on two tasks that are strongly related. Efforts in Task 1 concentrate on examining the required conditions to sustain fuel self-sufficiency in fusion reactors operated on a D-T fuel cycle. In this respect, in-depth and detailed engineering analyses have been performed on various blanket and reactor concepts to verify the potential of each blanket concept to exhibit a tritium breeding ratio (TBR) in excess of unity by a margin that compensates for losses, radioactive decay and other inventory requirements. Efforts in Task 2 concentrate on evaluating the overall uncertainties (both experimental and analytical) associated with the TBR

  19. Installation of the Light-Water Breeder Reactor at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station (LWBR Development Program)

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    This report summarizes the refueling operations performed to install a Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) core into the existing pressurized water reactor vessel at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Detailed descriptions of the major installation operations (e.g., primary system preconditioning, fuel installation, pressure boundary seal welding) are included as appendices to this report; these operations are of technical interest to any reactor servicing operation, whether the reactor is a breeder or a conventional light water non-breeder core

  20. Installation of the Light-Water Breeder Reactor at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station (LWBR Development Program)

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    Massimino, R.J.; Williams, D.A.

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    This report summarizes the refueling operations performed to install a Light Water Breeder Reactor (LWBR) core into the existing pressurized water reactor vessel at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Detailed descriptions of the major installation operations (e.g., primary system preconditioning, fuel installation, pressure boundary seal welding) are included as appendices to this report; these operations are of technical interest to any reactor servicing operation, whether the reactor is a breeder or a conventional light water non-breeder core.

  1. Defect assessment procedure: A french approach for fast breeder reactors

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    As a result of a collaborative effort between Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Electricite de France, and NOVATOME to produce and improve rules for fast breeder reactors, RCC-MR, an interim defect assessment procedure is now available in the first draft version (appendix A16). This procedure addresses defects detected during in-service inspection for reactor components operating at moderate or high temperature conditions. Three stages have been considered: initiation, propagation under cyclic loading with or without holdtime and crack instability by ductile and creep rupture. For each of these topics, procedures and rules based on fracture mechanics are proposed. Prediction of initiation is obtained by a simplified method named σd method which relies on the evaluation of the real stress-strain history on a small distance d (d = 0.05 mm for 316L(N) austenitic steel) close to the crack front and material characteristics (limiting stresses) that are available in nuclear codes. This method has been developed for fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue conditions. Defect growth assessment is performed for fatigue and creep-fatigue conditions. For creep-fatigue conditions, fatigue and creep crack growth per cycle are calculated separately and the total crack extension is taken as the sum of the two contributions. Extensive use of simplified method for estimating J (Js method) is made and developed when mechanical and thermal loadings are specified. On the final defect size, assessment may be made in order to avoid crack instability by ductile and creep rupture and collapse load on the remaining. The organization and contents of the present version of this appendix A16 is described. An overview of each specific rule is given

  2. A low-risk aqueous lithium salt blanket for engineering test reactors

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    A simple blanket concept is proposed based on 1-3 wt.% lithium dissolved as a salt in low temperature (80 degrees C) and low pressure (0.1 MPa) water. This concept can provide, for example, a 0.5 tritium breeding ratio with 60% steel structure and 70% coverage. The use of neutron multipliers, other structural materials (especially zirconium alloys), higher coverage and higher lithium salt concentrations allows tritium breeding ratios over unity if necessary. Other advantages of this concept include the simple shield-like geometry, substantial structural volume for mechanical strength, excellent heat transfer ability of water coolant, efficient neutron and gamma shielding through the combination of high-Z structure and low-Z water, and conventional tritium recovery and control technology. This concept could initially provide the shielding needs for an engineering test reactor and later, by the addition of lithium salt and tritium recovery systems, also provide tritium breeding. This staged operation and liquid breeder/coolant allows control over the tritium inventory in the device without machine disassembly. 14 refs

  3. European reference design of the water-cooled lithium-lead blanket for a demonstration reactor

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    The water-cooled Pb-17Li blankets represent one of the blanket lines selected within the European Union for DEMO-relevant design and R ampersand D activities. This paper gives a presentation of the reference conceptual design for water-cooled Pb-17Li DEMO blankets and an overview on the results of its performance assessments. Moreover, a critical discussion about the technical aspects requiring further improvements and/or modifications is performed taking into account the present status of the associated R ampersand D. This concept appears to be a very promising candidate for a DEMO reactor breeding blanket

  4. Improving proliferation resistance of high breeding gain generation 4 reactors using blankets composed of light water reactor waste

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    Hellesen, C.; Grape, S.; Haakanson, A.; Jacobson Svaerd, S.; Jansson, P. [Division of Applied Nuclear Physics, Uppsala University, Aangstroemlaboratoriet Laegerhyddsvaegen 1, 751 20 Uppsala (Sweden)

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    Fertile blankets can be used in fast reactors to enhance the breeding gain as well as the passive safety characteristics. However, such blankets typically result in the production of weapons grade plutonium. For this reason they are often excluded from Generation IV reactor designs. In this paper we demonstrate that using blankets manufactured directly from spent light water (LWR) reactor fuel it is possible to produce a plutonium product with non-proliferation characteristics on a par with spent LWR fuel of 30-50 MWd/kg burnup. The beneficial breeding and safety characteristics are retained. (authors)

  5. Multiple recycling of fuel in prototype fast breeder reactor in a closed fuel cycle with pressurized heavy-water reactor external feed

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    G Pandikumar; A John Arul; P Puthiyavinayagam; P Chellapandi

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    A fast breeder reactor (FBR) closed fuel cycle involves recycling of the discharged fuel, after reprocessing and refabrication, in order to utilize the unburnt fuel and the bred fissile material. Our previous study in this regard for the prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR) indicated the possibility of multiple recycling with self-sufficiency. It was found that the change in Pu composition becomes negligible (less than 1%) after a few cycles. The core-1 Pu increases by 3% from the beginning of cycle-0 to that of recycle-1, the Pu increase from the beginning of the 9th cycle to that of the 10th by only 0.3%. In this work, the possibility of multiple recycling of PFBR fuel with external plutonium feed from pressurized heavy-water reactor (PHWR) is examined. Modified in-core cooling and reprocessing periods are considered. The impact of multiple recycling on PFBR core physics parameters due to the changes in the fuel composition has been brought out. Instead of separate recovery considered for the core and axial blankets in the earlier studies, combined fuel recovery is considered in this study. With these modifications and also with PHWR Pu as external feed, the study on PFBR fuel recycling is repeated. It is observed that the core-1 initial Pu inventory increases by 3.5% from cycle-0 to that of recycle-1, the Pu increase from the beginning of the 9th cycle to that of the 10th is only 0.35%. A comparison of the studies done with different external plutonium options viz., PHWR and PFBR radial blanket has also been made.

  6. The present status of the fast breeder reactor industrialization in western Europe

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    The development of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor in Europe started in the mid-fifties, after the successful operation of EBR-1 at ARCO, Idaho, in 1951. A more and more integrated development among the countries of the European Community culminated in 1986 with the beginning to power of the 1200 MWe SUPERPHENIX plant at Creys-Malville, France. The road is now open towards the full industrialization of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor at the moment, in 2005, when the first European thermal neutron power reactor station will have to be decommissioned and replaced. The European programme aims at providing the utilities at that time with a clear choice between thermal neutron reactors and fast breeder reactors, both economical but very different in their use of the limited natural resource that uranium is. (author)

  7. Present status of the fast breeder reactor industrialization in western Europe

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    The development of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor in Europe started in the mid-fifties, after the successful operation of EBR-1 at ARCO, Idaho, in 1951. A more and more integrated development among the countries of the European Community culminated in 1986 with the startup of the 1200 MWe SUPERPHENIX plant at Creys-Malville, France. The road is now open towards the full industrialization of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor at the moment, in 2005, when the first European thermal neutron power reactor station will have to be decommissioned and replaced. The European programme aims at providing the utilities at that time with a clear choice between thermal neutron reactors and fast breeder reactors, both economical but very different in their use of the limited natural resources that uranium

  8. Resonance self-shielding in the blanket of a hybrid reactor

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    Three sets of energy group cross sections were obtained using various approximations for resonance self shielding. The three models used in obtaining the cross sections were: (a) infinitely dilute model, (b) homogeneous-medium resonance self shielding, and (c) heterogeneous-medium resonance self shielding. The effects on the blanket performance of fusion--fission hybrid reactors, and in particular, on the performance of the current reference Westinghouse Demonstration Tokamak Hybrid Reactor blanket, were compared and analyzed for a variety of fuel-coolant combinations. It has been concluded that (1) the infinitely dilute cross sections can be used to produce preliminary crude estimates for beginning-of-life (BOL) only, (2) the resonance absorber finite dilution should be considered for BOL, poorly moderated blankets and well moderated blankets with low fissile material content situations, and (3) the spacial details should be considered in high fissile content, well moderated blanket situations

  9. Water-cooled blanket concepts for the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study

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    The primary goal of the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS) was to select a limited number of blanket concepts for fusion power reactors, to serve as the focus for the U.S. Department of Energy blanket research and development program. The concepts considered most seriously by the BCSS can be grouped for discussion purposes by coolant: liquid metals and alloys, pressurized water, helium, and nitrate salts. Concepts using pressurized water as the coolant are discussed. Water-cooled concepts using liquid breeders-lithium and 17Li-83Pb (LiPb)-have severe fundamental safety problems. The use of lithium and water in the blanket was considered unacceptable. Initial results of tests at Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory using steam injected into molten LiPb indicate that use of LiPb and water together in a blanket is a very serious concern from the safety standpoint. Key issues for water-cooled blankets with solid tritium breeders (Li2O, or a ternary oxide such as LiAlO2) were identified and examined: reliability against leaks, control of tritium permeation into the coolant, retention of breeder physical integrity, breeder temperature predictability, determination of allowable temperature limits for breeders, and 6Li burnup effects (for LiAlO2). The BCSS's final rankings and associated rationale for all water-cooled concepts are examined. Key issues and factors for tokamak and tandem mirror reactor versions of water-cooled solid breeder concepts are discussed. The reference design for the top-ranked concept-LiAlO2 breeder, ferritic steel structure, and beryllium neutron multiplier-is presented. Finally, some general conclusions for water-cooled blanket concepts are drawn based on the study's results

  10. Network Representation of Design Knowledge of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    A method of design knowledge representation was studied for the Japanese fast breeder reactor Monju, aiming at enhanced understanding of engineering considerations with mutual relations. Taking over design knowledge of Monju to next generation designers/engineers to be in charge of design of future FRs is by no means easy, in contrast with operation and maintenance knowledge which can be acquired in the real plant operation and maintenance. Specifications of the as-is Monju contains only a small part of the entire design knowledge, mainly by two reasons. Firstly, reasons for selecting the as-is specifications can not be understood until reaching proper knowledge source. Secondly, there are many rejected options on the design specifications. Design specifications are selected along with technical dependencies among a huge number and diversified specification items. Decisions design are made basically along with these dependencies which can hardly be traced in the currently available database or document libraries. Reasons for the rejections of options need to be profoundly understood, because those are not certainly due to technical inferiority. Some of rejected options can be worth reconsidering in the future, possibly by technical advances in materials, high-precision prediction software tools, rationalized standards/code, etc. The authors propose a new design knowledge representation approach based on networking of knowledge nodes along with the mutual dependencies. A prototype software has been developed and a basic performance test was made to visualize the dependency network. An additional function to enable design case studies on hypothetical adoptions of rejected options is now under consideration. (author)

  11. Argon entrainment into liquid sodium in fast breeder reactor

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    Highlights: ► In the present work, different types of entrainment mechanisms have been studied. ► Onset of entrainment could be characterized with turbulent intensities. ► For vortex type entrainment, a correlation has been proposed. - Abstract: Gas entrainment in pool type sodium cooled fast breeder reactors has been a subject of great interest for a quite long time now. The issue of entrainment of argon cover gas in LMFBR's is being addressed by fundamental studies. Present work focuses on characterization of onset of shear type entrainment and liquid fall type entrainment based on mean velocity and turbulent kinetic energy at liquid surface. Study also includes characterization of onset of vortex type entrainment based on mean velocities (time averaged) in the outlet pipe. Experiments were carried out to characterize shear type entrainment in stirred tank with different impeller geometries with air–water and xylene–water systems. Onset of liquid fall type entrainment was studied with cylindrical tank with a nozzle whose input angle varied. Mean and r.m.s. velocity profiles near the liquid surface were measured with the help of ultrasonic velocity profiler (UVP). The results are compared with other literature. It is observed that the onset of entrainment can be characterized by the turbulent kinetic energy near the free liquid surface. Re-submergence angle was measured and r.m.s. velocities found to be in the same range as in case of shear type of entrainment. Cylindrical tank with tangential inlet and bottom outlet was used to study onset of vortex formation. Effect of different parameters like outlet diameter, tank diameter and liquid height in the tank on critical velocity was studied and correlation has been proposed.

  12. Breeding zone models of DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket test module for testing in IVV-2M reactor

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    The goal of DEMO ceramic helium cooled blanket test module (CHC BTM) is to demonstrate a breeding capability that would lead to tritium self-sufficiency in ITER reactor and to extract a high-grade heat suitable for electricity generation. Experimental validation of all the adopted design solutions is main important problem at design and calculation works carrying out in order to develop the CHC BTM. One important task for breeding zones feasibility validation is in-pile tests. Two models were developed and fabricated for testing in the fission IVV-2M reactor. Breeding zone is based on poloidal BIT-conception. The models structural material is ferrito-martensitic steel. Breeder material is lithium orthosilicate in pebble beds and pellet forms. Multiplier material is beryllium in pebble beds and porosity forms. The cooling is provided by helium at 10 MPa. The tritium produced in the breeder material is purged by the helium flow at 0.1-0.2 MPa. Designs of model description and experimental channel, results of neutronic and thermo-hydraulic calculations are presented in the paper. (orig.)

  13. Development of high nitrogen electrodes for fast breeder reactor applications

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    Austenitic stainless steels of AISI type 316 (316 SS) and its variants are used extensively as structural material for the components of fast reactors operating at temperature up to 823 K. SS 316LN has been chosen as the major structural material for the construction of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) with a targeted service life of 40 years. To reduce the risk of sensitization in SS 316LN, the carbon content has been reduced to less than 0.03 wt%, and the nitrogen content has been specified as 0.08 wt% to compensate the loss in strength due to the reduced carbon content. An improved version of this alloy with nitrogen content of 0.14 wt% in a frilly austenite matrix has been developed for the future FBRs, to enhance the service life of the structural components up to 60 years. Indigenously developed modified E3 16-1 5 electrodes were used for the fabrication of PFBR components to enhance the structural reliability of the components. The modifications from AWS/ASME SFA 5.4 include stringent composition limits, narrow range of ferrite content, and impact toughness after aging at 1023K for 100h, tensile properties at elevated (service) temperatures and intergranular corrosion (IGC) test as per ASTM A262 Practice E. Since the improved version alloy is rich in nitrogen content than the existing alloy, it has become necessary to develop a welding consumable with reasonably good weldability that is suitable for the fabrication of future FBR components. At present there are no commercially available welding consumables to weld these steels and the development is under way. In this work, a matching consumable methodology was adopted to develop the welding consumable. However, as per specification targeting the chemistry, solidification mode and delta ferrite was challenging, since the solidification mode of the weld metal shifts to fully austenitic region due to dilution of nitrogen from the base metal, which may increase the risk of hot cracking susceptibility

  14. A hybrid blanket for a reversed-field pinch reactor

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    A hybrid blanket for a reversed-field pinch (RFP) reactor is presented for breeding 233U from thorium. This study focuses on the shellblanket design and assumes a plasma like that used by Culham Laboratory (CL) in its designs. The 233U bred helps the important neutron economy and allows the tritium breeding ratio to be 0.96 at beginning of life for a mean of 1.06 for a 9 MW . yrm2 burnup. A thick conducting shell is assumed for discharge stability and field reversal. This need for a good conductor requires that only pure copper or aluminum or alloys thereof be used. Two designs were investigated, one with a pure copper first wallshell, the other with an aluminum alloy. In these designs 3.4% of the thorium is converted to 233U. In both designs the low metallurgic temperature limit means the large amount of power deposited on and in the shell is not attractive thermodynamically. The resulting large temperature differences in the shell cause high mechanical stresses. The design as it stands is not feasible from the point of view of radiation damage to materials

  15. Neutronic study on seed-blanket type reduced-moderation water reactor fuel assembly

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    Parametric studies have been done for a PWR-type reduced-moderation water reactor (RMWR) with seed-blanket fuel assemblies to achieve a high conversion ratio, a negative void reactivity coefficient and a high burnup by using MOX, metal (Pu+U+Zr) or T-MOX (PuO2+ThO2) fuels. From the result of the assembly burnup calculation, it has been seen that 50% to 60% of seed in a seed-blanket (MOX-UO2) assembly has higher conversion ratio compared to the other combinations of seeds and blankets. And the recommended number of seed-blanket layers is 20, in which the number of seed layers is 15 (S15) and that of blanket layers is 5 (B5). It was found that the conversion ratio of a seed-blanket assembly decreases, when seed and blanket are arranged so as to look like a flower shape (Hanagara). By the optimization of different parameters, the S15B5 fuel assembly with the height of seed of 1,000x2 mm, internal blanket of 150 mm and axial blanket of 400x2 mm is recommended for a high conversion ratio. In this assembly, the gap of seed fuel rod is 1.0 mm and that of blanket fuel rod is 0.4 mm. In the S15B5 assembly, the conversion ratio is 1.0 and the average burnup in (seed + internal blanket + outer blanket) region is 38 GWd/t. The cycle length of the core is 16.5 effective full power in month (EFPM) by 6 batches refuelling scheme and the enrichment of fissile Pu is 14.6 wt%. The void coefficient is +22 pcm/%void, though, it is expected that the void coefficient will be negative if the radial neutron leakage is taken into account in the calculation. It is also possible to use the S15B5 fuel assembly as a high burnup reactor to achieve 45 GWd/t in (seed + internal blanket + outer blanket) region, but, it is necessary to decrease the height of seed to 500x2 mm to improve the void coefficient. In this reactor, the conversion ratio is 0.97 and void coefficient is +21 pcm/%void. The fuel temperature coefficient is negative for both of the cases. It is possible to improve the conversion

  16. Development of metallic fuels for Indian Fast Breeder Reactors

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    The neutronic performance of metal fuel based on binary U-Pu alloy or ternary U-Pu-Zr alloys are better than conventional uranium plutonium mixed oxide or high density carbide ceramic fuel. The growing energy demand in India needs faster growth of nuclear power and warrants introduction of fast reactors based on metallic fuels in future. Physics calculation showed that fast reactor based on metallic fuels results in higher breeding ratio and lower doubling time compare to mixed oxide or carbide fuels. Moreover inclusion of pyro-processing of the fuel in the fuel cycle is expected to make metal fuel option more economical. As part of metal fuel development programme for future FBR's in India, capsule irradiation of metal fuel based on sodium bonded U-Pu-Zr alloy and metal (Zircaloy) bonded binary U-Pu (Pu ∼ 15 %) alloy are being actively pursued. For this purpose two design concepts have been proposed : one based on sodium bonded ternary alloy fuel of U-Pu-Zr (2-10 wt%) in modified T91 cladding material and the other is U-Pu binary alloy mechanically bonded to modified T91 cladding material with 'Zircaloy' as a liner between the fuel alloy and the clad. The Zircaloy liner act as a barrier in reducing the fuel clad chemical interaction. It also helps in transfer of heat from the fuel to the clad. The smear density of metal bonded pin will be between 70% - 85% and that for sodium bonded pin will be ∼ 70%. In metal bonded fuel pin design two/four semi-circular grooves of diameter ∼1.0 mm, will be provided in diametrically opposite directions in the fuel cross section to accommodate fuel swelling. A comparison has been made on the relative merits and demerits of these two fuel pin designs. The material for the axial blanket will be 'U' or U-Zr (Zr upto 10wt %) alloy based on the results of the out-of-pile thermal cycling behavior and irradiation performance. In the present investigation out-of-pile experiments have been carried out to address some of the issues of

  17. Blanket Cooling Concepts and Heat Conversion Cycles for Controlled Thermonuclear Reactors

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    The neutron energy generated in fusion plasmas produces heat in solid and liquid blanket regions which confine the fusion plasma. This heat has to be removed by cooling the blanket, and is then converted into electric energy by thermodynamic processes. Blanket cooling can directly be achieved by cycling the liquid blanket material through an outside cooler, or indirectly by leading gaseous or liquid coolants through pipes in the blanket. For the conversion of heat into electricity, single Rankine or Brayton cycles can be applied as well as binary Rankine cycles using potassium and steam as cycle fluid. In this paper, the special features of different systems for blanket cooling and for heat conversion are described and discussed. The thermodynamic requirements for favourable operation of the different heat conversion cycles, and those for the heat removal system from the CTR ate pointed out. Also the pumping power in magnetically or unmagnetically coolant flows is considered. Selected solutions for combining the systems of blanket cooling and of heat conversion are compared with respect to plant efficiency, lost-volume fraction in the lithium blanket region, and the expected constructional and safety features. The comparisons are made for thermal powers of the reactor between 5000 and 10 000 MW and toroidal reactor configurations. Solutions to be preferred are pointed out. (author)

  18. Fast breeder reactors insertion in a D2O - natural U nuclear power plants park

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    A model for the evolution of Argentine's installed nuclear power for the next 40 years is presented. The consequences of fast breeder reactors' introduction are studied in both autarchic Pu cycle and a limited reprocessing system. The passage of a reactor park like the national, of natural U - heavy water to one of fast breeder reactors, can only be obtained in a very long term due, fundamentally, to the need of Pu produced for those to feed the last ones. (M.E.L.)

  19. Current status of development of Demonstration Fast Breeder Reactor and prospect of FBR commercialization

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    The Demonstration Fast Breeder Reactor (DFBR) is the next step of FBR development following the prototype fast breeder reactor 'MONJU'. The DFBR is now under development by The Japan Atomic Power Co. (JAPC) under the sponsorship of 9 Japanese electric power companies and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. The JAPC has been performing the design study and R and D for DFBR in cooperation with Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. (PNC), Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). This report describes the prospect of FBR commercialization and the current status of new technology for DFBR and innovative technology FBR commercialization. (author)

  20. Y2K issues for real time computer systems for fast breeder test reactor

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    Presentation shows the classification of real time systems related to operation, control and monitoring of the fast breeder test reactor. Software life cycle includes software requirement specification, software design description, coding, commissioning, operation and management. A software scheme in supervisory computer of fast breeder test rector is described with the twenty years of experience in design, development, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of computer based supervision control system for nuclear installation with a particular emphasis on solving the Y2K problem

  1. Approaches to measurement of thermal-hydraulic parameters in liquid-metal-cooled fast breeder reactors

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    This lecture considers instrumentation for liquid-metal-cooled fast breeder reactors (LMFBR's). Included is instrumentation to measure sodium flow, pressure, temperature, acoustic noise, and sodium purity. It is divided into three major parts: (1) measurement requirements for sodium cooled reactor systems, (2) in-core and out-of-core measurements in liquid metal systems, and (3) performance measurements of water steam generators

  2. Calculations of two-phase flows in the liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    Mathematical models used for the safety analysis of liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors are considered. Models, taking into account sodium boiling in reactor channels (one-dimensional and many-dimensional approaches), fuel cladding melting, and movement of molten materials during loss of coolant, accidents are described

  3. On the development of fast breeder reactors and the use of thorium in Brazil

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    This work presents a discussion on the possibility of construction of fast breeder reactors in Brazil. It is specially concerned with the use of thorium which is abundant in our country. The main advantages of this projects are: develop fuel and reactor technology in Brazil, increase thorium research, demonstrate the safety of LMFBR and promote its public acceptance. (A.C.A.S.)

  4. Laser fusion driven breeder design study. Final report

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    The results of the Laser Fusion Breeder Design Study are given. This information primarily relates to the conceptual design of an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) breeder reactor (or fusion-fission hybrid) based upon the HYLIFE liquid metal wall protection concept developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The blanket design for this breeder is optimized to both reduce fissions and maximize the production of fissile fuel for subsequent use in conventional light water reactors (LWRs). When the suppressed fission blanket is compared with its fast fission counterparts, a minimal fission rate in the blanket results in a unique reactor safety advantage for this concept with respect to reduced radioactive inventory and reduced fission product decay afterheat in the event of a loss-of-coolant-accident

  5. Demonstration Tokamak Hybrid Reactor (DTHR) blanket design study, December 1978

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    This work represents only the second iteration of the conceptual design of a DTHR blanket; consequently, a number of issues important to a detailed blanket design have not yet been evaluated. The most critical issues identified are those of two-phase flow maldistribution, flow instabilities, flow stratification for horizontal radial inflow of boiling water, fuel rod vibrations, corrosion of clad and structural materials by high quality steam, fretting and cyclic loads. Approaches to minimizing these problems are discussed and experimental testing with flow mock-ups is recommended. These implications on a commercial blanket design are discussed and critical data needs are identified

  6. Design evaluation system for class 1 component of fast breeder reactor plants

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    The development of a new type of nuclear power plant called Fast Breeder Reactor has been greatly promoted of late by the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation (PNC) and others in hopes of replacing Light Water Reactors so far prevailing in Japan. Fast Breeder Reactor, unlike Light Water Reactor, is subjected to elevated temperature within the creep temperature range for long duration, thus requiring higher structural standards for reliability as well as for safety. In this connection, PNC has been conducting many years' research and development to establish reliable design methods based on an advanced analysis taking into consideration elevated temperature properties of materials, and finally worked out Structural Design Guide for Class 1 Components of the prototype of Fast Breeder Reactor in elevated temperature service. The POST-DS system in this paper has been developed as an design evaluation system based on the above design guide, by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. since 1979 in accordance with a commission given by PNC. Using the results of the heat transfer analysis and stress analysis for Class 1 Components of Fast Breeder Reactor, this system can evaluate the following factors. 1) Primary stress limit, 2) Strain limit, 3) Creep Fatigue damage. (author)

  7. Economic evaluation of the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study

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    The economic impact of employing the highly ranked blankets in the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS) was evaluated in the context of both a tokamak and a tandem mirror power reactor (TMR). The economic evaluation criterion was determined to be the cost of electricity. The influencing factors that were considered are the direct cost of the blankets and related systems; the annual cost of blanket replacement; and the performance of the blanket, heat transfer, and energy conversion systems. The technical and cost bases for comparison were those of the STARFIRE and Mirror Advanced Reactor Study conceptual design power plants. The economic evaluation results indicated that the nitrate-salt-cooled blanket concept is an economically attractive concept for either reactor type. The water-cooled, solid breeder blanket is attractive for the tokamak and somewhat less attractive for the TMR. The helium-cooled, liquidlithium breeder blanket is the least economically desirable of higher ranked concepts. The remaining self-cooled liquid-metal and the helium-cooled blanket concepts represent moderately attractive concepts from an economic standpoint. These results are not in concert with those found in the other BCSS evaluation areas (engineering feasibility, safety, and research and development (R and D) requirements). The blankets faring well economically had generally lower cost components, lower pumping power requirements, and good power production capability. On the other hand, helium- and lithium-cooled systems were preferred from the standpoints of safety, engineering feasibility, and R and D requirements

  8. An option for the Brazilian nuclear project: necessity of fast breeder reactors and core design for an experimental fast reactor

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    Aiming to assure the continued utilization of fission energy, the development of fast breeder reactors (FBRs) is a necessity. Binary fueled LMFBRs are proposed, as the best type for the Brazilian nuclear system in the future. The inherent safety characteristics are superior to current fast breeder reactors and an efficient utilization of thorium can be realized. The construction and operation of an experimental fast reactor is the first step and a basic tool for the development of FBRs technologies. A serie of core design for an 90 MW FBR is studied and the possible options and sizes of the main parameters are identified. (E.G.)

  9. Design of test blanket system for ITER module testing

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    Test blanket systems to be installed in ITER for developing demo blankets have been investigated. One of the main engineering goals of ITER is to test tritium breeding blankets relevant to a power reactor. The test foreseen on modules include the demonstration of a breeding capability that would lead to tritium self-sufficiency in a reactor and extraction of a high grade heat suitable for electricity generation. To accomplish these goals, several ITER equatorial ports are available to test the test blanket systems, both in the basic performance phase (BPP) and the enhanced performance phase (EPP). Test blanket systems for water-cooled and helium-cooled type DEMO blankets with ceramic breeders, developed in Japan have been designed. The design activities include the neutronics, thermal and hydraulic analyses, and mechanical configuration considering port sharing, cooling systems and tritium recovery systems, and test blanket system compatible with the current ITER design has been developed. (author)

  10. IAEA note on multi-national fuel cycle centres as related to fast breeder reactors

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    The significant aspects of associating fast breeder reactor fuel cycles with the concept of regional fuel cycle centres, as studied earlier by the IAEA, are identified. The results of the RFCC Study Project are presented, and how in particular non-proliferation and safeguards, radioactive waste management and economic considerations would be effected by inclusion of fast breeder reactor fuel cycle facilities and possibly fast breeder reactors as well in such centres, are discussed. The current effort of the IAEA to develop a computer programme which models the material flows in the nuclear fuel cycle which could be applied to the analysis of alternative siting strategies for FBR and its fuel cycle facilities is discussed

  11. Development of the breeding blanket and shield model for the fusion power reactors system SYCOMORE

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    SYCOMORE, a fusion reactor system code based on a modular approach is under development at CEA. Within this framework, this paper describes the relevant sub-modules which have been implemented to model the main outputs of the breeding blanket and shield block of the system code: tritium breeding ratio, peak energy deposition in toroidal field coils, reactor layout and power deposition, blanket pressure drops and materials inventory. Blanket and shield requirements are calculated by several sub-modules: the blanket assembly and layout sub-module, the neutronic sub-module, the blanket design sub-module (thermal hydraulic and thermo-mechanic pre-design tool). A power flow module has also been developed which is directly linked to the blanket thermo-dynamic performances, which is not described in this paper. For the blanket assembly and layout and the blanket module design sub-modules, explicit analytic models have been developed and implemented; for the neutronic sub-module neural networks that replicate the results of appropriate simplified 1D and 2D neutronic simulations have been built. Presently, relevant model for the Helium Cooled Lithium Lead is available. Sub-modules have been built in a way that they can run separately or coupled into the breeding blanket and shield module in order to be integrated in SYCOMORE. In the paper, the objective and main input/output parameters of each sub-module are reported and relevant models discussed. The application to previous studied reactor models (PPCS model AB, DEMO-HCLL 2006–2007 studies) is also presented

  12. Development of the breeding blanket and shield model for the fusion power reactors system SYCOMORE

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    Li-Puma, Antonella, E-mail: antonella.lipuma@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, Saclay, DM2S, SERMA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Jaboulay, Jean-Charles, E-mail: Jean-Charles.jaboulay@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, Saclay, DM2S, SERMA, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Martin, Brunella, E-mail: brunella.martin@gmail.com [Incka, 19-21 Rue du 8 mai 1945, F-94110 Arcueil (France)

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    SYCOMORE, a fusion reactor system code based on a modular approach is under development at CEA. Within this framework, this paper describes the relevant sub-modules which have been implemented to model the main outputs of the breeding blanket and shield block of the system code: tritium breeding ratio, peak energy deposition in toroidal field coils, reactor layout and power deposition, blanket pressure drops and materials inventory. Blanket and shield requirements are calculated by several sub-modules: the blanket assembly and layout sub-module, the neutronic sub-module, the blanket design sub-module (thermal hydraulic and thermo-mechanic pre-design tool). A power flow module has also been developed which is directly linked to the blanket thermo-dynamic performances, which is not described in this paper. For the blanket assembly and layout and the blanket module design sub-modules, explicit analytic models have been developed and implemented; for the neutronic sub-module neural networks that replicate the results of appropriate simplified 1D and 2D neutronic simulations have been built. Presently, relevant model for the Helium Cooled Lithium Lead is available. Sub-modules have been built in a way that they can run separately or coupled into the breeding blanket and shield module in order to be integrated in SYCOMORE. In the paper, the objective and main input/output parameters of each sub-module are reported and relevant models discussed. The application to previous studied reactor models (PPCS model AB, DEMO-HCLL 2006–2007 studies) is also presented.

  13. Reactor physics and reactor strategy investigations into the fissionable material economy of the thorium and uranium cycle in fast breeder reactors and high temperature reactors

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    In this work the properties governing the fissionable material economy of the uranium and thorium cycles are investigated for the advanced reactor types currently under development - the fast breeder reactor (FBR) and the high temperature reactor (HTR) - from the point of view of the optimum utilization of the available nuclear fuel reserves and the continuance of supply of these reserves. For this purpose, the two reactor types are first of all considered individually and are subsequently discussed as a complementary overall system

  14. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the United States of America - April 1984

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    The Breeder Technology program continues to produce viable information on fuel performance, nuclear systems technology, and power conversion technology. The unique testing capabilities design into the FFTF have resulted in well-validated materials and fuels irradiation information that has confirmed and extended previous data bases. Current directions for the research and development program are to improve the technology for power conversion systems, components, instrumentation, and materials technology to the point where cost reduction and reliability potentials are realized. Operation of the breeder test facility complex at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory (HEDL), the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC), and the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) continues to provide the experience base and test capability for the breeder R and D effort. International cooperation will be even more important in the future than in the past for several reasons. Significant new investments still have to be made in breeder R and D to improve designs, achieve economic competitiveness and to develop practical breeder fuel cycle capabilities. Progress can be accelerated, redundancies avoided, and economics achieved if nations coordinate their programs, and where possible, divide up the work. In addition, there is clear mutual benefit in encouraging the countries involved in breeder development to harmonize standards and regulations related to safety. It is also important that the advanced nations work together closely in assuring that adequate international safeguards, export controls, and national physical security measures keep pace with breeder reactor and fuel cycle developments

  15. Limitations on blanket performance

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    The limitations on the performance of breeding blankets in a fusion power plant are evaluated. The breeding blankets will be key components of a plant and their limitations with regard to power density, thermal efficiency and lifetime could determine to a large degree the attractiveness of a power plant. The performance of two rather well known blanket concepts under development in the frame of the European Blanket Programme is assessed and their limitations are compared with more advanced (and more speculative) concepts. An important issue is the question of which material (structure, breeder, multiplier, coatings) will limit the performance and what improvement would be possible with a 'better' structural material. This evaluation is based on the premise that the performance of the power plant will be limited by the blankets (including first wall) and not by other components, e.g. divertors, or the plasma itself. However, the justness of this premise remains to be seen. It is shown that the different blanket concepts cover a large range of allowable power densities and achievable thermal efficiencies, and it is concluded that there is a high incentive to go for better performance in spite of possibly higher blanket cost. However, such high performance blankets are usually based on materials and technologies not yet developed and there is a rather high risk that the development could fail. Therefore, it is explained that a part of the development effort should be devoted to concepts where the materials and technologies are more or less in hand in order to ensure that blankets for a DEMO reactor can be developed and tested in a given time frame. (orig.)

  16. Research and development status of ceramic breeder materials

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    The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction, both of which are critical to development of fusion power. The lithium ceramics continue to show promise as candidate breeder materials. This promise was also recognized by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design team in its selection of ceramics as the first option breeder material. Blanket design studies have indicated areas in the properties data base that need further investigation. Current studies are focusing on issues such as tritium release behavior at high burnup, changes in thermophysical properties with burnup, compatibility between ceramic breeder and beryllium multiplier, and phase changes with burnup. Laboratory and in-reactor tests are underway, some as part of an international collaboration for development of ceramic breeder materials. 36 refs

  17. Fabrication, properties, and tritium recovery from solid breeder materials

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    The breeding blanket is a key component of the fusion reactor because it directly involves tritium breeding and energy extraction, both of which are critical to development of fusion power. The lithium ceramics continue to show promise as candidate breeder materials. This promise was recognized by the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design team in its selection of ceramics as the first option for the ITER breeder material. Blanket design studies have indicated properties in the candidate materials data base that need further investigation. Current studies are focusing on tritium release behavior at high burnup, changes in thermophysical properties with burnup, compatibility between the ceramic breeder and beryllium multiplier, and phase changes with burnup. Laboratory and in-reactor tests, some as part of an international collaboration for development of ceramic breeder materials, are underway. 133 refs., 1 fig

  18. The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?

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    Dittmar, Michael

    2009-01-01

    The accumulated knowledge and the prospects for commercial energy production from fission breeder and fusion reactors are analyzed in this report. The publicly available data from past experimental breeder reactors indicate that a large number of unsolved technological problems exist and that the amount of "created" fissile material, either from the U238 --> Pu239 or from the Th232 --> U233 cycle, is still far below the breeder requirements and optimistic theoretical expectations. Thus huge e...

  19. Operation and maintenance experience with control rod and their drive mechanisms of fast breeder test reactor

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    This paper explains the functional and construction features of Control Rod Drive Mechanism (CRDM) and control rod used in Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) which is a 40 MWt loop type sodium cooled fast reactor. It discusses all safety related incidents and failures encountered during its service in reactor, the solutions evolved and modifications carried out to prevent recurrence. It also details the maintenance activities and periodical surveillance carried out. The results of a reliability analysis done are also discussed. (author)

  20. Super-Phenix: first step in the commercial development of breeder reactors

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    Super-Phenix is an indispensable step in a program for the development of the breeder reactors. Its power and technical options are recalled. The administrative directives -particularly concerning safety- are in agreement with the regulation enforced in France relative to nuclear power stations and work has begun on the Creys-Malville site within the international framework where the development of breeders in Europe now finds its place. The saving in uranium due to breeders is certain, but their cost prices remain to be proved. The construction of Super-Phenix is the proof that it is possible to rely on the breeders in the final energetic results for the future, but it is of a type which can still be modified to a considerable extent, especially in order to reduce investments

  1. Quality assurance in technology development for The Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project

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    The Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant Project is the nation's first large-scale demonstration of the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) concept. The Project has established an overall program of plans and actions to assure that the plant will perform as required. The program has been established and is being implemented in accordance with Department of Energy Standard RDT F 2-2. It is being applied to all parts of the plant, including the development of technology supporting its design and licensing activity. A discussion of the program as it is applied to development is presented

  2. Vibration analysis of reactor assembly internals for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    Vibration analysis of the reactor assembly components of 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is presented. The vibration response of primary pump as well as dynamic forces developed at its supports are predicted numerically. The stiffness properties of hydrostatic bearing are determined by formulating and solving governing fluid and structural mechanics equations. The dynamic forces exerted by pump are used as input data for the dynamic response of reactor assembly components, mainly inner vessel, thermal baffle and control plug. Dynamic response of reactor assembly components is also predicted for the pressure fluctuations caused by sodium free level oscillations. Thermal baffle (weir shell) which is subjected to fluid forces developed at the associated sodium free levels is analysed by formulating and solving a set of non-linear equations for fluids, structures and fluid structure interaction (FSI). The control rod drive mechanism is analysed for response under flow induced forces on the parts subjected to cross flow in the zone just above the core top, taking into account FSI between sheaths of control and safety rod and absorber pin bundle. Based on the analysis results, it is concluded that the reactor assembly internals are free from any risk of mechanical as well as flow induced vibrations. (author)

  3. Plutonium breeding in liquid-metal fast breeder reactors and light water reactors

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    The possibilities of breeding in liquid-metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs) and light water reactors (LWRs) are compared in two ways. The feasibility of breeding has been demonstrated in the Phenix reactor with a measured gain of 0.14. The gain in Superphenix will amount to about0.20. The studies show that while maintaining the performance of commercial reactors their breeding gain can be further increased either by the concept of heterogeneous cores or by using carbide or nitride fuel (breeding gain about0.35). Recently, the old idea of breeding in advanced pressurized water reactors (PWRs) has been taken up again with the objective of attaining a gain of 0.05. Unfortunately, these objectives had to be limited to a conversion ratio of 0.9 for safety reasons, and it is not certain whether operation will be rewarding economically. The strategy of substituting PWRs is examined using the French example. By gradually introducing LMFBRs, the cumulated uranium supplies in France can be kept within reasonable limits, which means that they attain three to four times the home resources. This is not possible with advanced LWRs, which can be considered only as a possible backup solution for plutonium recycling into PWRs

  4. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors. Eighteenth annual meeting, Vienna, Austria, 16-19 April 1985

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    The Eighteenth Annual Meeting on the Status of National Programmes in Member States of the IAEA on Fast Breeder Reactors had been held in April 1985. The representatives of the Member States and international organizations reported status and activities in the field of fast breeder reactors development and operation. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 12 presentations of the meeting

  5. Remote fabrication of pellet fuels for United States breeder reactors

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    Goal of the program is to demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating breeder fuel in a remotely operated and maintained mode by 1985. Development for pellet fuel fabrication is in the engineering stage with much of the equipment for ceramic unit operations in final design or currently under testing. Results to date confirm that remote fabrication of pellet fuels is feasible. Several of the processes and equipment items are described in this report

  6. Network representation of design knowledge of prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    A method of design knowledge representation was studied for the Japanese fast breeder reactor Monju, aiming at enhanced understanding of engineering considerations with mutual relations. Taking over design knowledge of Monju to next generation designers/engineers to be in charge of design of future FRs is by no means easy, in contrast with operation and maintenance knowledge which can be acquired in the real plant operation and maintenance. Specifications of the as-is Monju contains only a small part of the entire design knowledge, mainly by two reasons. Firstly, reasons for selecting the as-is specifications can not be understood until reaching proper knowledge source. Secondly, there are many passed-over options on the design specifications. Reasons for passing-over these options are not always technical inferiority. A large part of the current specifications are selected because the worst possible technical value can be foreseeable or guaranteed to be acceptable within limited R and D period and resource, not because the expected value is estimated to be the lower. In other words, in the future where new materials with improved properties, faster and more accurate analysis/prediction methods, rationalized technical standards or regulatory requirements, and/or some other environment for thorough comparison among specification options are available, these passed-over options are likely to be worth reconsidering. There are a huge number of technical documents on diversified engineering studies, such as calculation of maximum possible temperature gradient of important structures, necessary sodium flow rate in particular sub-assemblies, etc. for validation of each decision making in design. A large part of these documents are scanned and stored in a data base with each catalogue data for electronic browse. The authors propose a network representation of these items of design decision making, where the items are mutually connected by directed arcs, where nodes stand

  7. Upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor--a review.

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    Bal, A S; Dhagat, N N

    2001-04-01

    . Concentrated waste (usually sewage sludge) can be added continuously or periodically (semi-batch operation), where it is mixed with the contents of the reactor. Theoretically, the conventional digester is operated as a once-through, completely mixed, reactor. In this particular mode of operation the hydraulic retention time (HRT) is equal to the solids retention time (SRT). Basically, the required process efficiency is related to the sludge retention time (SRT), and hence longer SRT provided, results in satisfactory population (by reproduction) for further waste stabilization. By reducing the hydraulic retention time (HRT) in the conventional mode reactor, the quantity of biological solids within the reactor is also decreased as the solids escape with the effluent. The limiting HRT is reached when the bacteria are removed from the reactor faster than they can grow. Methanogenic bacteria are slow growers and are considered the rate-limiting component in the anaerobic digestion process. The first anaerobic process developed, which separated the SRT from the HRT was the anaerobic contact process. In 1963, Young and McCarty (1968) began work, which eventually led to the development of the anaerobic upflow filter (AF) process. The anaerobic filter represented a significant advance in anaerobic waste treatment, since the filter can trap and maintain a high concentration of biological solids. By trapping these solids, long SRT's could be obtained at large waste flows, necessary to anaerobically treat low strength wastes at nominal temperatures economically. Another anaerobic process which relies on the development of biomass on the surfaces of a media is an expanded bed upflow reactor. The primary concept of the process consists of passing wastewater up through a bed of inert sand sized particles at sufficient velocities to fluidize and partially expand the sand bed. One of the more interesting new processes is the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket process (UASB), which was developed

  8. Treatment of domestic wastewater in an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor followed by moving bed biofilm reactor

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    Tawfik, A.; El-Gohary, F.; Temmink, B.G.

    2010-01-01

    The performance of a laboratory-scale sewage treatment system composed of an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor and a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) at a temperature of (22-35 A degrees C) was evaluated. The entire treatment system was operated at different hydraulic retention times

  9. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands

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    The results of activities carried out by the DeBeNe partners in 1988 have been compiled in this report. The 1989 KNK II experimental program will focus on the management of fuel element failures. This includes in particular post-irradiation examinations in the hot cells and the THIBO experiments (thermally induced fuel rod oscillation). For this program, nine permits were received in 1988 for the installation and operation of test systems, including a new facility for localizing failed fuel elements. Increasing the purity of sodium is the purpose of a cesium trap recently installed, and of modifications to an oxygen probe operated for test purposes. The SNR 300 project is being continued within the framework of the ''holding phase''. The objective of this phase of operation is to keep the reactor plant in the loading and operational states and execute planning within the licensing procedure necessary to obtain the next partial permit. R and D work was concentrated on fuel and materials development, safety, physics, and components development. Materials for fuel, blanket, and absorber elements were studied and further developed with a view to very high burnup. In the sector of physics, the engineering design and the nuclear design of large breeders call for a reduction of the margins of uncertainty in reliable predictions of the major reactor parameters. The development of the joint European cell code, ECCO (European Cell Code) has progressed far enough in the meantime to allow the criticality parameter, keff, of a cell arrangement to be calculated with ECCO for the first time at UKAEA Winfrith, the central agency for carrying out the development work. One of the major aspects covered in safety studies is the complex of fuel rod failures, loss of coolant flow, and power transients as possible causes of accidents. Studies conducted into the management of credible accident consequences were concentrated, among other topics, on the behaviour of aerosols, sodium fires

  10. Plutonium bearing oxide fuels for recycling in thermal reactors and fast breeder reactors

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    Programs carried out in the past two decades have established the technical feasibility of using plutonium as a fuel material in both water-cooled power reactors and sodium-cooled fast breeder reactors. The problem facing the technical community is basically one of demonstrating plutonium fuel recycle under strict conditions of public safety, accountability, personnel exposure, waste management, transportation and diversion or theft which are still evolving. In this paper only technical and economic aspects of high volume production and the demonstration program required are discussed. This paper discusses the role of mixed oxide fuels in light water reactors and the objectives of the LMFBR required for continual growth of nuclear power during the next century. The results of studies showing the impact of using plutonium on uranium requirements, power costs, and the market share of nuclear power are presented. The influence of doubling time and the introduction date of LMFBRs on the benefits to be derived by its commercial use are discussed. Advanced fuel development programs scoped to meet future commerical LMFBR fuel requirements are described. Programs designed to provide the basic technology required for using plutonium fuels in a manner which will satisfy all requirements for public acceptance are described. Included are the high exposure plutonium fabrication development program centered around the High Performance Fuels Laboratory being built at the Hanford Engineering Development Laboratory and the program to confirm the technology required for the production of mixed oxide fuels for light water reactors which is being coordinated by Savannah River Laboratories

  11. Annular core liquid-salt cooled reactor with multiple fuel and blanket zones

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    Peterson, Per F.

    2013-05-14

    A liquid fluoride salt cooled, high temperature reactor having a reactor vessel with a pebble-bed reactor core. The reactor core comprises a pebble injection inlet located at a bottom end of the reactor core and a pebble defueling outlet located at a top end of the reactor core, an inner reflector, outer reflector, and an annular pebble-bed region disposed in between the inner reflector and outer reflector. The annular pebble-bed region comprises an annular channel configured for receiving pebble fuel at the pebble injection inlet, the pebble fuel comprising a combination of seed and blanket pebbles having a density lower than the coolant such that the pebbles have positive buoyancy and migrate upward in said annular pebble-bed region toward the defueling outlet. The annular pebble-bed region comprises alternating radial layers of seed pebbles and blanket pebbles.

  12. Compilation of data and descriptions for United States and foreign liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    This document is a compilation of design and engineering information pertaining to liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactors which have operated, are operating, or are currently under construction, in the United States and abroad. All data has been taken from publicly available documents, journals, and books

  13. Recommendations concerning models and parameters best suited to breeder reactor environmental radiological assessments

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    Recommendations are presented concerning the models and parameters best suited for assessing the impact of radionuclide releases to the environment by breeder reactor facilities. These recommendations are based on the model and parameter evaluations performed during this project to date. Seven different areas are covered in separate sections

  14. Nuclear Engineering Computer Modules, Thermal-Hydraulics, TH-2: Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors.

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    Reihman, Thomas C.

    This learning module is concerned with the temperature field, the heat transfer rates, and the coolant pressure drop in typical liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) fuel assemblies. As in all of the modules of this series, emphasis is placed on developing the theory and demonstrating the use with a simplified model. The heart of the module is…

  15. Engineering review of the core support structure of the Gas Cooled Fast Breeder Reactor

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    1978-09-01

    The review of the core support structure of the gas cooled fast breeder reactor (GCFR) covered such areas as the design criteria, the design and analysis of the concepts, the development plan, and the projected manufacturing costs. Recommendations are provided to establish a basis for future work on the GCFR core support structure.

  16. Atoms in Appalachia. Historical report on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor site

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    Schaffer, D

    1982-01-01

    The background information concerning the acquisition of the land for siting the Clinch River Breeder Reactor is presented. Historical information is also presented concerning the land acquisition for the Oak Ridge facilities known as the Manhattan Project during World War II.

  17. Recommendations concerning models and parameters best suited to breeder reactor environmental radiological assessments

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    Miller, C.W.; Baes, C.F. III; Dunning, D.E. Jr.

    1980-05-01

    Recommendations are presented concerning the models and parameters best suited for assessing the impact of radionuclide releases to the environment by breeder reactor facilities. These recommendations are based on the model and parameter evaluations performed during this project to date. Seven different areas are covered in separate sections.

  18. First-wall/blanket materials selection for STARFIRE tokamak reactor

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    The development of the reference STARFIRE first-wall/blanket design involved numerous trade-offs in the materials selection process for the breeding material, coolant structure, neutron multiplier, and reflector. The major parameters and properties that impact materials selection and design criteria are reviewed

  19. ORIGEN2 model and results for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor

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    Croff, A G; Bjerke, M A

    1982-06-01

    Reactor physics calculations and literature information acquisition have led to the development of a Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) model for the ORIGEN2 computer code. The model is based on cross sections taken directly from physics codes. Details are presented concerning the physical description of the fuel assemblies, the fuel management scheme, irradiation parameters, and initial material compositions. The ORIGEN2 model for the CRBR has been implemented, resulting in the production of graphical and tabular characteristics (radioactivity, thermal power, and toxicity) of CRBR spent fuel, high-level waste, and fuel-assembly structural material waste as a function of decay time. Characteristics for pressurized water reactors (PWRs), commercial liquid-metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs), and the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) have also been included in this report for comparison with the CRBR data.

  20. Fuel pins and core response under liquid-metal fast breeder reactor transient overpower accident conditions

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    Since the earlier liquid-metal fast breeder reactor transient overpower assessments were done (1975), new experimental data and modeling improvements have occurred that indicate later failures and more molten fuel squirted into the channel with a higher propensity for plugging. An initial sweepout still occurs, and an analysis shows that even if coherent instead of the expected stochastic failures occur, the blockages are partial, the reactor is strongly shut down, and a coolable geometry exists. Hence, the overall consequences would be benign

  1. Tritium transport and release from lithium ceramic breeder materials

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    In an operating fusion reactor,, the tritium breeding blanket will reach a condition in which the tritium release rate equals the production rate. The tritium release rate must be fast enough that the tritium inventory in the blanket does not become excessive. Slow tritium release will result in a large tritium inventory, which is unacceptable from both economic and safety viewpoints As a consequence, considerable effort has been devoted to understanding the tritium release mechanism from ceramic breeders and beryllium neutron multipliers through theoretical, laboratory, and in-reactor studies. This information is being applied to the development of models for predicting tritium release for various blanket operating conditions

  2. Effect of increasing nitrobenzene loading rates on the performance of anaerobic migrating blanket reactor and sequential anaerobic migrating blanket reactor/completely stirred tank reactor system

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    A laboratory scale anaerobic migrating blanket reactor (AMBR) reactor was operated at nitrobenzene (NB) loading rates increasing from 3.33 to 66.67 g NB/m3 day and at a constant hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 6 days to observe the effects of increasing NB concentrations on chemical oxygen demand (COD), NB removal efficiencies, bicarbonate alkalinity, volatile fatty acid (VFA) accumulation and methane gas percentage. Moreover, the effect of an aerobic completely stirred tank reactor (CSTR) reactor, following the anaerobic reactor, on treatment efficiencies was also investigated. Approximately 91-94% COD removal efficiencies were observed up to a NB loading rate of 30.00 g/m3 day in the AMBR reactor. The COD removal efficiencies decreased from 91% to 85% at a NB loading rate of 66.67 g/m3 day. NB removal efficiencies were approximately 100% at all NB loading rates. The maximum total gas, methane gas productions and methane percentage were found to be 4.1, 2.6 l/day and 59%, respectively, at a NB loading rate of 30.00 g/m3 day. The optimum pH values were found to be between 7.2 and 8.4 for maximum methanogenesis. The total volatile fatty acid (TVFA) concentrations in the effluent were 110 and 70 mg/l in the first and second compartments at NB loading rates as high as 66.67 and 6.67 g/m3 day, respectively, while they were measured as zero in the effluent of the AMBR reactor. In this study, from 180 mg/l NB 66 mg/l aniline was produced in the anaerobic reactor while aniline was completely removed and transformed to 2 mg/l of cathechol in the aerobic CSTR reactor. Overall COD removal efficiencies were found to be 95% and 99% for NB loading rates of 3.33 and 66.67 g/m3 day in the sequential anaerobic AMBR/aerobic CSTR reactor system, respectively. The toxicity tests performed with Photobacterium phosphoreum (LCK 480, LUMIStox) and Daphnia magna showed that the toxicity decreased with anaerobic/aerobic sequential reactor system from the influent, anaerobic and to

  3. Status of National Programmes on Fast Breeder Reactors. International Working Group on Fast Reactors Twenty-First Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, 9-12 May 1988

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    The following papers on the status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors are presented in this report: Fast breeder reactor development in France during 1987; Status of fast breeder reactor development in the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands; A review of the Indian fast reactor programme; A review of the Italian fast reactor programme; A review of the fast reactor programme in Japan; Status of fast reactor activities in the USSR; A review of the United Kingdom fast reactor programme; Status of liquid metal reactor development in the United States of America; Review of activities of the Commission of European Communities relating to fast reactors in 1987; European co-operation in the field of fast reactor research and development — 1987 progress report; A review of fast reactor activities in Switzerland

  4. Lithium-cooled blankets for advanced tokamaks

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    The main objective of the Tokamak Power System Studies (TPSS) at Argonne National Lab. during fiscal year 1985 was to explore innovative design concepts that have the potential for significant enhancement of the attractiveness of a tokamak-based power plant. Activities in the area of plasma engineering resulted in a reference reactor concept, which served as a model for the impurity control and first-wall/blanket/shield studies. The liquid-metal-cooled first-wall/blanket/shield design activity was centered around the vanadium alloy structure and liquid-lithium coolant leading blanket concept as identified by the Blanket Comparison and Selection Study (BCSS). A ferritic steel structure and a LiPb breeder were considered as backup options. The magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) effects associated with self-cooled liquid-metal blanket/first-wall systems are substantially reduced by the lower magnetic fields required for higher plasmas, the lower neutron wall loading resulting from reduced power output, and the smaller reactor size of the TPSS model reactor. Therefore, improved performance characteristics of self-cooled liquid-metal blanket concepts are achievable mainly because the design constraints are more relaxed compared to the BCSS guidelines. Key aspects of the designs evaluated in the current study include the following: (1) design simplicity; (2) use of the first wall as an impurity control device; (3) modular first-wall/blanket/reflector/shield construction; and (4) integrated first-wall/blanket/reflector/shield

  5. Investigation of tritium inventory and permeation behaviour in the liquid breeder blanket concept of Demo as a function of design and material parameters

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    A numerical code has been used to estimate the time dependence of tritium inventory and of tritium transport into the coolant, into the first wall boxes and through the liquid breeder in the Pb-17Li blanket concept of DEMO. Several issues in both design and material parameters have been considered and the effect on inventory and permeation of coatings with low surface recombination coefficient and/or low diffusivity at various surfaces of the structural material has been studied. TiC has been chosen as reference material for these calculations and a general database on coating efficiency as a function of its properties has also been produced on the basis of TiC data

  6. Helium Leak Detection of Vessels in Fuel Transfer Cell (FTC) of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR)

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    Dutta, N. G.

    2012-11-01

    Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (BHAVINI) is engaged in construction of 500MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpak am, Chennai. In this very important and prestigious national programme Special Product Division (SPD) of M/s Kay Bouvet Engg.pvt. ltd. (M/s KBEPL) Satara is contributing in a major way by supplying many important sub-assemblies like- Under Water trolley (UWT), Airlocks (PAL, EAL) Container and Storage Rack (CSR) Vessels in Fuel Transfer Cell (FTC) etc for PFBR. SPD of KBEPL caters to the requirements of Government departments like - Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), BARC, Defense, and Government undertakings like NPCIL, BHAVINI, BHEL etc. and other precision Heavy Engg. Industries. SPD is equipped with large size Horizontal Boring Machines, Vertical Boring Machines, Planno milling, Vertical Turret Lathe (VTL) & Radial drilling Machine, different types of welding machines etc. PFBR is 500 MWE sodium cooled pool type reactor in which energy is produced by fissions of mixed oxides of Uranium and Plutonium pellets by fast neutrons and it also breeds uranium by conversion of thorium, put along with fuel rod in the reactor. In the long run, the breeder reactor produces more fuel then it consumes. India has taken the lead to go ahead with Fast Breeder Reactor Programme to produce electricity primarily because India has large reserve of Thorium. To use Thorium as further fuel in future, thorium has to be converted in Uranium by PFBR Technology.

  7. Helium Leak Detection of Vessels in Fuel Transfer Cell (FTC) of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR)

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    Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (BHAVINI) is engaged in construction of 500MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpak am, Chennai. In this very important and prestigious national programme Special Product Division (SPD) of M/s Kay Bouvet Engg.pvt. ltd. (M/s KBEPL) Satara is contributing in a major way by supplying many important sub-assemblies like- Under Water trolley (UWT), Airlocks (PAL, EAL) Container and Storage Rack (CSR) Vessels in Fuel Transfer Cell (FTC) etc for PFBR. SPD of KBEPL caters to the requirements of Government departments like – Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), BARC, Defense, and Government undertakings like NPCIL, BHAVINI, BHEL etc. and other precision Heavy Engg. Industries. SPD is equipped with large size Horizontal Boring Machines, Vertical Boring Machines, Planno milling, Vertical Turret Lathe (VTL) and Radial drilling Machine, different types of welding machines etc. PFBR is 500 MWE sodium cooled pool type reactor in which energy is produced by fissions of mixed oxides of Uranium and Plutonium pellets by fast neutrons and it also breeds uranium by conversion of thorium, put along with fuel rod in the reactor. In the long run, the breeder reactor produces more fuel then it consumes. India has taken the lead to go ahead with Fast Breeder Reactor Programme to produce electricity primarily because India has large reserve of Thorium. To use Thorium as further fuel in future, thorium has to be converted in Uranium by PFBR Technology.

  8. Overview of pool hydraulic design of Indian prototype fast breeder reactor

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    K Velusamy; P Chellapandi; S C Chetal; Baldev Raj

    2010-04-01

    Thermal hydraulics plays an important role in the design of liquid metal cooled fast breeder reactor components, where thermal loads are dominant. Detailed thermal hydraulic investigations of reactor components considering multi-physics heat transfer are essential for choosing optimum designs among the various possibilities. Pool hydraulics is multi-dimensional in nature and simple one-dimensional treatment for the same is often inadequate. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) plays a critical role in the design of pool type reactors and becomes an increasingly popular tool, thanks to the advancements in computing technology. In this paper, thermal hydraulic characteristics of a fast breeder reactor, design limits and challenging thermal hydraulic investigations carried out towards successful design of Indian Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) that is under construction, are highlighted. Special attention is paid to phenomena like thermal stratification, thermal stripping, gas entrainment, inter-wrapper flow in decay heat removal and multiphysics cellular convection. The issues in these phenomena and the design solutions to address them satisfactorily are elaborated. Experiments performed for special phenomena, which are not amenable for CFD treatment and experiments carried out for validation of the computer codes have also been described.

  9. Advanced sodium cooled reactor cores having thorium blankets for effective burning of transuranic nuclides

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    In this paper, a design concept of 400 MWe sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR) cores having thorium blankets for effective burning of TRU (Transuranics) from LWR spent fuel is described. Specifically, we considered two recycling options of thorium blankets : 1) no recycling and 2) fully recycling. The thorium blankets are loaded in the axially central regions of the core regions and their axial heights are adjusted so as to increase TRU burning rate and to reduce burnup reactivity swing. Also, we analyzed the performances of the cores having different fuel management batch sizes and different recycling options for the searched core configuration. The results show that the axial thorium blankets with no recycling option can be effectively used to increase TRU burning rate with a significant reduction of burnup reactivity swing in comparison with typical SFR burner cores having no blankets while the recycling of thorium blanket degrades TRU burning rate and burnup reactivity swing but it leads to a reduction of sodium void worth and more negative Doppler coefficient. (author)

  10. Simplification of blanket system for SlimCS fusion DEMO reactor

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    Simplification of blanket system is necessary for a fusion DEMO reactor. Although the conceptual design of a tritium-breeding blanket for SlimCS has been studied in the past several years, the structure of the previous blanket seems to be complex and difficult to manufacture from the viewpoint of engineering. In this paper, we proposed simplification of blanket structure without decreasing the net Tritium Breeding Ratio (TBR). In the proposed concept, the blanket is filled with the mixture of Li4SiO4 pebbles or Li2O pebbles for the tritium breeding and Be12Ti pebbles for the neutron multiplication. To confirm the effectiveness of this concept, an ANIHEAT code with the nuclear library FENDL-2.0 was used for calculations of the neutronic and thermal analyses. The result indicated that, under the constraint of the blanket thickness being less than 0.5 m, the mixture of Li2O pebbles and Be12Ti ones is the most effective and that the TBR is expected to be greater than 1.05.

  11. Blanket comparison and selection study. Volume II

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    This volume contains extensive data for the following chapters: (1) solid breeder tritium recovery, (2) solid breeder blanket designs, (3) alternate blanket concept screening, and (4) safety analysis. The following appendices are also included: (1) blanket design guidelines, (2) power conversion systems, (3) helium-cooled, vanadium alloy structure blanket design, (4) high wall loading study, and (5) molten salt safety studies

  12. Blanket comparison and selection study. Volume II

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    This volume contains extensive data for the following chapters: (1) solid breeder tritium recovery, (2) solid breeder blanket designs, (3) alternate blanket concept screening, and (4) safety analysis. The following appendices are also included: (1) blanket design guidelines, (2) power conversion systems, (3) helium-cooled, vanadium alloy structure blanket design, (4) high wall loading study, and (5) molten salt safety studies. (MOW)

  13. Neutronics analysis of water-cooled energy production blanket for a fusion-fission hybrid reactor

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    Neutronics calculations were performed to analyse the parameters of blanket energy multiplication factor (M) and tritium breeding ratio (TBR) in a fusion-fission hybrid reactor for energy production named FDS (Fusion-Driven hybrid System)-EM (Energy Multiplier) blanket. The most significant and main goal of the FDS-EM blanket is to achieve the energy gain of about 1 GWe with self-sustaining tritium, i.e. the M factor is expected to be ∼90. Four different fission materials were taken into account to evaluate M in subcritical blanket: (i) depleted uranium, (ii) natural uranium, (iii) enriched uranium, and (iv) Nuclear Waste (transuranic from 33 000 MWD/MTU PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor) and depleted uranium) oxide. These calculations and analyses were performed using nuclear data library HENDL (Hybrid Evaluated Nuclear Data Library) and a home-developed code VisualBUS. The results showed that the performance of the blanket loaded with Nuclear Waste was most attractive and it could be promising to effectively obtain tritium self-sufficiency and a high-energy multiplication.

  14. Operating safety experience of fast breeder test reactor

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    Full text: Operational safety criteria for nuclear reactors are very stringent and it is essential to incorporate adequate inherent and engineered safety features in the design to ensure safe operation of the reactor. Commissioning and operation of FBTR, being first of its kind in India based on nuclear chain reaction maintained by fast neutrons and use of high temperature liquid sodium as coolant, was a challenging task. Safe operation of the reactor for the past 17 years with good performance of sodium systems and the indigenous plutonium rich carbide fuel, touching a burn up level of 100 GWd/t has underlined the high level of design and operation competence achieved

  15. Safety and core design of large liquid-metal cooled fast breeder reactors

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    Qvist, Staffan Alexander

    In light of the scientific evidence for changes in the climate caused by greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities, the world is in ever more desperate need of new, inexhaustible, safe and clean primary energy sources. A viable solution to this problem is the widespread adoption of nuclear breeder reactor technology. Innovative breeder reactor concepts using liquid-metal coolants such as sodium or lead will be able to utilize the waste produced by the current light water reactor fuel cycle to power the entire world for several centuries to come. Breed & burn (B&B) type fast reactor cores can unlock the energy potential of readily available fertile material such as depleted uranium without the need for chemical reprocessing. Using B&B technology, nuclear waste generation, uranium mining needs and proliferation concerns can be greatly reduced, and after a transitional period, enrichment facilities may no longer be needed. In this dissertation, new passively operating safety systems for fast reactors cores are presented. New analysis and optimization methods for B&B core design have been developed, along with a comprehensive computer code that couples neutronics, thermal-hydraulics and structural mechanics and enables a completely automated and optimized fast reactor core design process. In addition, an experiment that expands the knowledge-base of corrosion issues of lead-based coolants in nuclear reactors was designed and built. The motivation behind the work presented in this thesis is to help facilitate the widespread adoption of safe and efficient fast reactor technology.

  16. Blanket concept of water-cooled lithium lead with beryllium for the SlimCS fusion DEMO reactor

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    As an advanced option for SlimCS blanket, conceptual design study of water-cooled lithium lead (WCLL) blanket was performed. In SlimCS, the net tritium breeding ratio (TBR) supplied from WCLL blanket was not enough because the thickness of blanket in SlimCS was limited to about 0.5 m so as to allocate the conducting shell position near the plasma for high beta access and vertical stability of plasma. Therefore, the beryllium (Be) pebble bed was adopted as additional multiplier to reach a required TBR (≥ 1.05). Considering the operating temperature of blanket materials, a double pipe structure was adopted. The nuclear and thermal analysis were carried out by a nuclear-thermal-coupled code, ANIHEAT and DOHEAT so that blanket materials were appropriately arranged to satisfy the acceptable operation temperatures. The temperatures of materials were kept in appropriate range for the neutron wall load Pn = 5 MW/m2. It was found that the local TBR of WCLL with Be blanket was comparable with that of solid breeder blanket. (author)

  17. Control rod calibration methods for fast breeder reactors applied to Phenix

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    The control and the emergency shutdown of a fast breeder reactor depends essentially on control rods. For this reason, it is imperative to know exactly how much anti reactivity is introduced with the rods in the reactor core. Different methods have been compared in order to see if they are compatible with Phenix reactor. Their limits have been studied. The shadow and anti shadow effects that can the rods make one to the other and then their effective weight of the rods screen have been clarified. (N.C.)

  18. Preliminary physics design of accelerator-driven thorium cycle fast breeder reactor

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    A preliminary reactor physics design of a lead cooled fast accelerator-driven system has been explored as a thorium-uranium cycle breeder reactor. The sub-critical reactor core operates at an effective neutron multiplication factor of 0.95 and when driven by 1 GeV proton beams of intensity 30 mA, produces about ∼ 900 MWth power. Variation of total thermal power, 233U inventory, Keff, radial and axial power distribution through the operating cycle as well as breeding ratio and doubling time are presented. (author)

  19. Methodical study of cost-benefit analyses of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor

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    Six American cost-benefit analyses (CBA) of nuclear energy and, in particular, of the Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) were analysed under the aspect of their methodical difficulties. Two different methodical approaches can be discerned which are related to two completely different applications, according to which the advantages and disadvantages of the breeder reactor are estimated in line with the basic concept of cost-benefit analysis. The analytical methods used to justify the continuation of the breeder-related research programme reveal that the specific energy-related technological and economic conditions of the geographic region considered have to be taken into account. The results of a CBA performed for the USA can therefore not be transferred to the Federal Republic of Germany. Due to the in part strongly differing quantitative results the analyses reviewed do not suggest a clear and final decision in favour of the continuation of the American LMFBR research programme to the extent envisaged. In addition, neither by a positive nor by a negative overall result of the analysis can it be concluded that no other advanced electricity generating technology would have a more favourable cost-benefit ratio, or that the breeder-related research activities, which have been pursued for several years already, should be discontinued. (orig.)

  20. World energy resources, demand and supply of energy, and the prospects for the fast breeder reactor

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    In the past it was taken for granted that the prime role of fast breeder reactors was to complement light water reactors, mainly because of their similar and compatible fuel cycles. In particular, the plutonium converted in LWRs is most intelligently disposed of and used in FBRs. Evaluation of the time horizon of such reactor strategies generally extended only to the year 2000. It is important to realize, however, that the salient task in the breeder field after 2000 - besides electricity generation - will be to substitute for conventional ''cheap'' oil. Electricity today makes up only 10% to 12% of the total secondary energy, while liquids essentially command up to about 50%. Thus the future application of the FBR technology will have to be geared more to the production of a liquid secondary energy carrier than to electricity. A new yardstick for all these considerations is the strongly rising energy prices. They may double, for example, leading to an oil price of US 24/bbl. Under these circumstances it is prudent to generalize the scope for future fast breeders. The key element of such a new fast breeder strategy would be the production of hydrogen by electrolysis or thermolysis or a combination of both. For example, methanol synthesized from hydrogen and residual fossil fuels would thus become economically attractive. The FBR breeding gain, on the other hand, would be used for the continued supply of LWRs generating electricity. The paper identifies order-of-magnitude considerations most important for such a fast breeder application against a global energy demand scenario for the year 2030. (author)

  1. Annular seed-blanket thorium fuel core concepts for heavy water moderated reactors

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    New reactor concepts to implement thorium-based fuel cycles have been explored to achieve maximum resource utilization. Pressure tube heavy water reactors (PT-HWR) are highly advantageous for implementing the use of thorium-based fuels because of their high neutron economy and on-line re-fuelling capability. The use of heterogeneous seed-blanket core concepts in a PT-HWR where higher-fissile-content seed fuel bundles are physically separate from lower-fissile-content blanket bundles allows more flexibility and control in fuel management to maximize the fissile utilization and conversion of fertile fuel. The lattice concept chosen is a 35-element bundle made with a homogeneous mixture of reactor grade Pu and Th, and with a central zirconia rod to help reduce coolant void reactivity. Several annular heterogeneous seed-blanket core concepts with plutonium-thorium-based fuels in a 700-MWe-class PT-HWR were analyzed, using a once-through thorium (OTT) cycle. Different combinations of seed and blanket fuel were tested to determine the impact on core-average burnup, fissile utilization, power distributions, and other performance parameters. It was found that the various core concepts can achieve a fissile utilization that is up to 30% higher than is currently achieved in a PT-HWR using conventional natural uranium fuel bundles. Up to 67% of the Pu is consumed; up to 43% of the energy is produced from thorium, and up to 363 kg/year of U-233 is produced. Seed-blanket cores with ∼50% content of low-power blanket bundles may require power de-rating (∼58% to 65%) to avoid exceeding maximum limits for peak channel power, bundle power and linear element ratings. (authors)

  2. Core design of heavy water cooled thorium breeder reactor with negative void reactivity and improved breeding performance

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    A core of heavy water cooled thorium breeder reactor that produces 3.5 GWt energy using Th-233U oxide fuel has been studied to depict a concrete design specification. In order to improve the breeding performance compared to that of our previous study, one of key parameters in core design: moderator to fuel volume ratio (MFR) is re-surveyed. By reducing MFR from 1.0 to 0.6, the swing of keff during a cycle is considerably flattened, keeping negative void coefficient. The batch number is 3 and the refueling scheme employs out-in method to limit the radial power peaking factor less than 1.3. Due to efficient internal conversion, the reactivity of the core slightly increases with burnup, so that the cycle length is extended up to 1,300 days. Consequently, high averaged burnup of 80 GWd/t and breeding ratio of 1.07 at middle of cycle is achieved without any blankets. The number of control rods made of B4C is 19 and the total reactivity worth is -6.5% dk/k. The present core uses Zircaloy-4 as cladding material, the fast neutron fluence at EOC (End Of Cycle), however, exceeds its limit due to hard spectrum and long cycle length. As a part of future study, design will be further explored considering cladding integrity. (authors)

  3. Gas core reactors for actinide transmutation and breeder applications. Annual report

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    This work consists of design power plant studies for four types of reactor systems: uranium plasma core breeder, uranium plasma core actinide transmuter, UF6 breeder and UF6 actinide transmuter. The plasma core systems can be coupled to MHD generators to obtain high efficiency electrical power generation. A 1074 MWt UF6 breeder reactor was designed with a breeding ratio of 1.002 to guard against diversion of fuel. Using molten salt technology and a superheated steam cycle, an efficiency of 39.2% was obtained for the plant and the U233 inventory in the core and heat exchangers was limited to 105 Kg. It was found that the UF6 reactor can produce high fluxes (10 to the 14th power n/sq cm-sec) necessary for efficient burnup of actinide. However, the buildup of fissile isotopes posed severe heat transfer problems. Therefore, the flux in the actinide region must be decreased with time. Consequently, only beginning-of-life conditions were considered for the power plant design. A 577 MWt UF6 actinide transmutation reactor power plant was designed to operate with 39.3% efficiency and 102 Kg of U233 in the core and heat exchanger for beginning-of-life conditions

  4. The Last Twenty Years of Experience with Fast Breeder Reactors: Lessons Learnt and Perspectives

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    India has made significant achievements in the design and development of sodium cooled fast breeder reactors over the last twenty years. Attaining a maximum burnup of 165 GW.d/t for the plutonium-rich carbide fuel without any cladding failure, coupled with excellent performance of sodium components, including primary pumps, heat exchangers and steam generators over the last 24 years, reprocessing of carbide fuel with a burnup of 150 GW.d/t and engineering tests performed for validating the plant dynamics computer codes, are the achievements from the successful operation of the 40 MW(th) capacity loop type fast breeder test reactor. Indigenous design of the 500 MW(e) Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), executing high quality multidisciplinary R and D and successful manufacturing and erection of large dimensioned thin walled shell structures are the achievements in PFBR development. These achievements, apart from providing confidence in the PFBR project, are instrumental for the design of innovative future reactors. National and international collaboration established with R and D establishments and academic institutions would go a long way towards helping India to attain world leadership by 2020. (author)

  5. Laboratory analysis of sodium and related materials in the United States Breeder Reactor Program

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    Keough, R.F.; Ebersole, E.R.

    1978-04-01

    It is essential for the long term operation of a Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) to control the levels of some sodium and cover gas impurities and to monitor the levels of many others. Chemical analyses are the means of confirming that specific impurities are within established limits. Changes in impurity levels can be most useful in evaluating purification systems and detecting problems such as leaks or excessive corrosion. Extensive analyses are also required with experimental sodium systems related to the Breeder Reactor Program (BRP) since reactor quality sodium is needed to insure relevancy of test data. All of the laboratories use the same procedures for sodium and cover gas analysis. Each year the representatives of the eight laboratories meet to discuss problems they may have and to suggest improvements they would like to see in the methods. Many of these methods are described and their application related to the operation of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) and Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF).

  6. Activation Analysis for a He/LiPb dual Coolant Blanket for DEMO Reactor

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    Catalán, J.P.; Ogando Serrano, Francisco; Sanz Gonzalo, Javier

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the Spanish national project TECNO_FUS is to generate a conceptual design of a DCLL (Dual-Coolant Lithium-Lead) blanket for the DEMO fusion reactor. The dually-cooled breeding zone is composed of He/Pb-15.7 6Li and SiC as liquid metal flow channel inserts. Structural materials are ferritic-martensitic steel (Eurofer-97) for the blanket and austenitic steel (316LN) for the Vacuum Vessel (VV). The goal of this work is to analyze the radioactive waste production by the neutron-i...

  7. Fast breeder reactor reference system classification for the ENEA data bank

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    This report contains the Reference System Classification (RSC) of fast breeder reactors: it provides a functional system breakdown of the reactor. For each system the following important characteristics are reported: the main function, the mode of operation, its location in the reactor, the main interface system, its main components and the component working environment (fluid and/or atmosphere type). The RSC represent a basic step in organizing the ENEA data bank for the registration and processing of reliability data on typical fast reactor components; it provides a functional component breakdown and represent a plant-unique identification in the process of omogenization of event-data coming from different reactors. In this report it was tried to take into account different generations of nuclear power plants, different plant layouts and solutions: in particular loop and pool reactors are separately treated

  8. Liquid-metal fast breeder reactor structural materials design considerations

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    This paper gives a brief overview of the LMFBR, to describe its key components, addresses two key structural problems, reviews high-temperature materials utilized, and places bounds on expected operating conditions. The current status of materials utilization in the LMFBR is summarized as follows: with the exception of the reactor upper internals, design needs for the LMFBR can be met with currently approved Code materials; Inconel 718 can potentially solve the thermal striping problems in the reactor upper internals; temperature, stress-strain levels, and design lifetime of the LMFBR push currently approved Code materials toward their limits of usefulness

  9. Applicability of three dimensional diffusion theory programmes based on coarse mesh methods to calculating nuclear characteristics of fast breeder reactors

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    Hexagonal coarse mesh methods in three dimensional diffusion theory programme have been examined for calculating in detail nuclear characteristics of fast breeder reactors composed of hexagonal fuel assemblies, comparing with more accurate triangular fine mesh method. The fast breeder reactors considered here are LMFBRs with different core configurations including heterogeneous core and GCFRs in different burnup states. The nuclear characteristics investigated in the comparative study are effective multiplication factor, power and neutron flux distributions, breeding ratio, reactivity effects and control rod reactivity worth. The comparative study indicates that the conventional coarse mesh method is not adeguate to detailed evaluation on nuclear characteristics of fast breeder reactors, and that the improved coarse mesh method developed by T. Takeda et al. is very useful for this purpose, though some problems exists in evaluation of power distribution and breeding ratio of the extremely composite fast breeder reactors, such as the radially heterogeneous core LMFBR. (author)

  10. A neutronic study on advanced sodium cooled fast reactor cores with thorium blankets for effective burning of transuranic nuclides

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    Highlights: • SFR burner core configurations are explored and analyzed for effective use of thorium blankets. • Thorium blankets can significantly improve SFR burner core performances. • No recycling or partial recycling of Th blankets with multi-batches is very effective. - Abstract: In this paper, new design concepts of sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR) cores having thorium blanket are suggested for pursuing effective burning of TRU (transuranics) nuclides from LWR spent fuels and their neutronic performances are analyzed. Several core configurations having different arrangements of thorium blankets are explored to improve the core performances and safety-related parameters including sodium void worth which is one of main concerns on safety of SFR cores. Specifically, axial and radial thorium blankets are considered for two type cores. The first one is the typical annular type cores having two different fuel regions where axial thorium blankets are placed in the axially central regions while the second one is the single fuel region cores having central non-fuel region where the axial blanket and radial blankets are considered. Also, the effects of the recycling options and fuel management schemes of the used thorium blanket on the core performances are analyzed. The core performance analyses show that thorium blankets with no recycling option and multi-batch fuel management schemes are very effective to improve the core performances including burnup reactivity swing, sodium void worth and TRU consumption rate

  11. In-reactor experiments in fast breeder test reactor for assessment of core structural materials

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, India is a sodium cooled reactor with neutron flux level of the order of 1015 n/cm2/s and temperature of coolant in the range of 650-790K (380-520oC). This reactor is being used as a test bed for the development of fuel and structural materials required for Indian Fast Reactor Programme. FBTR is also used as a test facility to carry out accelerated irradiation tests on thermal reactor structural materials. In-reactor experiments on core structural materials are being carried out by subjecting prefabricated specimens to desired conditions of temperature and neutron fluence levels in FBTR. Non-instrumented irradiation capsules that can be loaded at any location of FBTR core are used for the experiments. Pressurised capsules of zirconium alloys have been developed and subjected to irradiation in FBTR to determine the irradiation creep rate of indigenously developed zirconium alloys (Zircaloy-2 and Zr-2.5%Nb alloy) for life assessment of pressure tubes of Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs). Technology development of pressurised capsules was carried out at IGCAR. These pressurised capsules were filled with argon and a small fraction of helium at a high pressure (5.0-6.5 MPa at room temperature) in such a way that the target stresses were attained in the walls of the pressurised capsules at the desired temperature of irradiation in the reactor. FBTR was operated at a low power of 8 MWt during this irradiation campaign to have an inlet temperature of about 579 K (306oC) which was close to the temperature of pressure tubes at full power in PHWR. Irradiation of thirty pressurised capsules was carried out in FBTR using six irradiation capsules for different durations (upto 79 days). The fluence levels attained by the pressurised capsules were up to 1.1 x 1021 n/cm2 (E> 1 MeV) at temperatures of 579 to 592 K. Post-irradiation increase in diameter of the pressurised

  12. Tritium solubility and permeation in high retention fusion reactor breeder elements

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    As an alternative to the current philosophy of reducing the tritium inventory to a minimum by continuously extracting tritium from the breeder of a fusion reactor, an alternative design philosophy is examined in which tritium is contained within high retention breeder elements which can remain in the reactor for a substantial time. To prevent tritium diffusion through the clad of the element it is necessary to maintain a low tritium pressure within the element. Pressures of between 104 Pa and 1 Pa appear possible with an element containing a high solubility material provided it is kept below about 4000C. This should lead to a leakage into the coolant of between 10 Ci day-1 and 104 Ci day-1 which is considerably less than the 107 Ci day-1 in present designs. (author)

  13. Liquid-metal pumps for large-scale breeder-reactor plant (prototype pump)

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    Lindsay, M. (comp.)

    1976-07-01

    This report presents the recommended pump design for use in Large Scale Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor plants. The base design for the pump will circulate 127,000 GPM of liquid sodium at temperatures up to 850/sup 0/F and with a total discharge head at the design point of 500 feet Na with an impeller that is 40 feet below the sodium seal. The pump design is predicated on developing an impeller design which will have a suction specific speed (S/sub n/) of about 20,000 with 20 feet NPSH available, which will result in a pump speed of 530 RPM at design conditions. The design is based on the technology developed in the design and fabrication of FFTF pumps, the design efforts for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Pump design study and other technology.

  14. Tube sheet structural analysis of intermediate heat exchanger for fast breeder reactor 'Monju'

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    The Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor 'Monju' is the first power generating fast breeder reactor in Japan. We have been designing the components of the plant for manufacturing. Among these is the intermediate heat exchanger (IHX) which exchanges heat between primary and secondary sodium loop. The tube sheet of IHX (shell to ligament junction) is a difficult area from the view point of structural strength design under elevated temperature. To validate the structural integrity of tube sheet we performed the series of inelastic analysis and tube sheet thermal shock test using test pieces and half scale model of actual design. The results of inelastic analyses showed there is little progressive deformation around shell to ligament structural discontinuous junction. Furthermore, thermal shock tests showed no increase of an accumulative deformation. By these analyses and experiments, structural reliability of tube sheet could be shown. (author)

  15. Internal fluid flow management analysis for Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant sodium pumps

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    The Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP) sodium pumps are currently being designed and the prototype unit is being fabricated. In the design of these large-scale pumps for elevated temperature Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) service, one major design consideration is the response of the critical parts to severe thermal transients. A detailed internal fluid flow distribution analysis has been performed using a computer code HAFMAT, which solves a network of fluid flow paths. The results of the analytical approach are then compared to the test data obtained on a half-scale pump model which was tested in water. The details are presented of pump internal hydraulic analysis, and test and evaluation of the half-scale model test results

  16. Status of the fast breeder reactor technology in China

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    According to the Chinese long-term energy strategy the FBR development is strongly supported. In the near term nuclear programme it is intended to build the experimental First Fast Reactor (FFR) in the year 2000. Design work is in progress. (author). 1 ref., 6 figs, 8 tabs

  17. Present status and problems of development of fast breeder reactors

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    The development of FBRs in Japan now reached the stage to conclude on the development organization for a demonstration reactor positioning one step before a practical reactor. FBRs can be operated while converting uranium-238 existing in natural uranium by 99.3% to fissile plutonium-239, as the result, the nuclear fuel more than that consumed can be produced. However, there are various technical difficulties in FBRs, and the construction cost is estimated to be considerably higher as compared with that of LWRs. Also the plutonium obtained by reprocessing spent fuel is used for FBRs, accordingly, the development of FBRs is inseparable from the establishment of nuclear fuel cycle. In order to get rid of the burden of enormous development cost for FBRs, the trend of international joint development is conspicuous. The Superphenix with 1200 MWe output under construction centering around SERENA is expected to attain the criticality in the spring of 1985. For the development of a demonstration reactor, it is necessary to increase the role of private businesses, and the smooth transfer of know-how accumulated in Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. to civilian side is an important problem. (Kako, I.)

  18. Application of microprocessor based controller in the Breeder Reactor Program

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    This paper treats Argonne National Laboratory's experience using microprocessor based controllers presently in use on several control loops within the EBR-II reactor facility as well as tests being performed by these controllers. Also included is a discussion of the expandability, modularity, range of capabilities and higher level functions possible using such equipment

  19. Progress report on fast breeder reactor development in Japan

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    As for the experimental fast reactor ''Joyo'', the power increase test has been carried out since April, and the power output was raised stepwise up to 40 MW. The power output, core behavior, plant characteristics as well as shielding integrity were measured at each power level. The examination for licensing the power increase to 75 and 100 MW is still continued by the Committee No. 130. The preparation of various codes required for the core characteristic analysis is in progress. As for the development of the prototype fast reactor ''Monju'', the Construction Preliminary Design (1) was evaluated, and the studies on the specifications of the Construction Preliminary Design (2) are carried out. In respect to the analysis for the Safety Licensing, the analysis of decay heat, the development of an analytical code regarding the rupture propagation in heat transfer tubes for steam generators and others are under way. Technological investigation is carried out to obtain the overseas informations on the safety standards for FBRs and LMFBR technologies. The technical specifications for the preliminary design of the demonstration fast reactor are being prepared. The researches and developments of reactor physics, the structural components of ''Joyo'' and ''monju'', instrumentation and control, sodium technology, fuel materials, structural materials, safety and steam generators are reported, respectively. (Kako, I.)

  20. Fast Breeder Reactor Development in France During 1987

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    On March 8, 1987, a ''sodium leak'' alarm signal was received in the Creys-Malville control room. By the end of March, it had been established beyond all doubt that sodium was, in fact, leaking into the fuel storage drum inter-vessel gap. The reactor has been shut down since May 26. The origin of the leak was located on September 5, after complete drainage of the main tank. Despite the fact that the leak was confined, had had no radiological consequences and cast no doubts on the safe operation of the reactor, the impact of this incident on public opinion, both in France and in the neighbouring European states, was considerable. Two facts would appear to have been decisive. The first was that the reactor had not been shut down immediately, the second was that the leak was only detected and localized in September: it was difficult for people to understand that before its exact position could be determined, certain operations (transfer of a few subassemblies to the reactor core, unloading of the fuel storage drum) had to be performed

  1. Analysis of principle possibilities of intermediare storage of fast breeder reactor fuel elements

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    The principle possibilities of intermediate storage of fast breeder reactor fuel elements were analyzed and compared on the basis of 4 different concepts of storage. The SNR-2 fuel element was chosen as reference. Only the pool (wet) storage could be used to store fuel elements of less than 18 months precooling time. The other concepts (dry storage and container storage) have distinct advantages at precooling times longer than 18 months. (orig./HP) With 22 tabs., 8 figs

  2. Seismic parametric studies in a large scale prototype breeder reactor plant

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    Seismic parametric studies were conducted for a large scale prototype breeder reactor plant (135C MW). The effects of plant configuration, soil stiffness and deep embedment were evaluated. Nuclear island interconnected structures on a common foundation mat with a symmetrical arrangement resulted in lower seismic responses. All other conditions being equal, soft sites are preferable to stiff sites. Deep embedment of the nuclear island could, in certain sites, result in a reduction of seismic responses. (orig.)

  3. Conceptual design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor spent-fuel shipping cask

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    Details of a baseline conceptual design of a spent fuel shipping cask for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) are presented including an assessment of shielding, structural, thermal, fabrication and cask/plant interfacing problems. A basis for continued cask development and for new technological development is established. Alternates to the baseline design are briefly presented. Estimates of development schedules, cask utilization and cost schedules, and of personnel dose commitments during CRBR in-plant handling of the cask are also presented

  4. Accident consequence studies for large fast breeder reactor containments built of concrete or steel

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    A numerical analysis of accident consequences in a fast breeder reactor of commercial size after complete loss-of-heat-sink was performed, using the CONTAIN code. Two containment types were studied, which differ in the material used for shielding, support and confinement structures. It was found that the replacement of concrete as principal construction material by steel offers a significant potential for consequence mitigation in terms of thermal and pressure loads and of retention capability

  5. Conceptual design of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor spent-fuel shipping cask

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    Pope, R B; Diggs, J M [eds.

    1982-04-01

    Details of a baseline conceptual design of a spent fuel shipping cask for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR) are presented including an assessment of shielding, structural, thermal, fabrication and cask/plant interfacing problems. A basis for continued cask development and for new technological development is established. Alternates to the baseline design are briefly presented. Estimates of development schedules, cask utilization and cost schedules, and of personnel dose commitments during CRBR in-plant handling of the cask are also presented.

  6. Present day design challenges exemplified by the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant

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    The present day design challenges faced by the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant engineer result from two causes. The first cause is aspiration to achieve a design that will operate at conditions which are desirable for future LMFBRs in order for them to achieve low power costs and good breeding. The second cause is the licensing impact. Although licensing the CRBRP won't eliminate future licensing effort, many licensing questions will have been resolved and precedents set for the future LMFBR industry

  7. Application of mass-predictions to isotope-abundances in breeder-reactor cores

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    The decay-heat and isotope composition of breeder reactor-cores is calculated at normal shut-down, and a core disintegration event. Using the ORIGRN-code, the influence of the most neutron-rich fission-yield nuclei is studied. Their abundances depend on the assumption about the nuclear data (mass and half-lives). The total decay-heat is not changed from any technically view-point. (orig.)

  8. Thermal insulation system design and fabrication specification (nuclear) for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor plant

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    This specification defines the design, analysis, fabrication, testing, shipping, and quality requirements of the Insulation System for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP), near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Insulation System includes all supports, convection barriers, jacketing, insulation, penetrations, fasteners, or other insulation support material or devices required to insulate the piping and equipment cryogenic and other special applications excluded. Site storage, handling and installation of the Insulation System are under the cognizance of the Purchaser

  9. Application of mass-predictions to isotope-abundances in breeder-reactor cores

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    Kirchner, G

    1981-01-01

    The decay-heat and isotope composition of breeder reactor-cores is calculated at normal shut-down, and a core disintegration event. Using the ORIGEN-code, the influence of the most neutron-rich fission-yield nuclei is studied. Their abundances depend on the assumption about the nuclear data (mass and half-lives). The total decay-heat is not changed from any technical viewpoint. (15 refs).

  10. Research and developments on nondestructive testing in fabrications of fast breeder reactor structural components in Japan

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    Research and developments (R and D) have been conducted on the nondestructive testing techniques necessary for the construction of fast breeder reactor (FBR). Radiographic tests have been made on tube-tube plate welds and small-diameter tube welds, etc. Ultrasonic tests have been conducted on austenitic stainless steel welds. In the penetrant tests and magnetic particle tests, the investigations have been performed on the effects of various test factors on the test results

  11. Fast breeder reactor. The past, the present and the future. (7) History of fast reactor development in Japan - 2

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    History and present state of fast breeder reactor was reviewed in series. As a history of fast reactor development in Japan - 2, this seventh lecture presented the development of the prototype FBR (MONJU) and design studies of the demonstration reactor. The MONJU started operation in 1994, but a sodium leakage in its secondary heat transfer system occurred during performance tests in 1995. It has not operated since and activities for restart are conducted. Since 1997 design studies of the demonstration FBR have been conducted to reflect the MONJU sodium leakage accident and also establish its economic competitiveness with advanced LWR. (T. Tanaka)

  12. Status of national programmes on fast breeder reactors. Nineteenth annual meeting, Kalpakkam, India, 11-14 March 1986

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    The Nineteenth Annual Meeting on the Status of National Programmes in Member States of the IAEA on Fast Breeder Reactors had been held in March 1986. The representatives of the Member States and international organizations reported status and activities in the field of fast breeder reactors development and operation. A report on uranium supply and demand was also presented by the NEA/OECD. A separate abstract was prepared for each of the 11 presentations of the meeting

  13. Status of fast breeder reactor development in the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands

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    Problems of public acceptance of nuclear power have affected the development of fast breeder reactors in the Federal Republic of Germany. Besides cooperation with UK, USA and Japan, the most outstanding event in the field of international fast breeder cooperation was a set of the agreements between Germany and France. These agreements opened the possibility of joint fast breeder development by Germany together with Belgium and the Netherlands. Most activities on the site of Compact Sodium Cooled Nuclear Reactor KNK-II were concerned with commissioning of the plant and final construction work. Criticality was achieved in Oct. 1977 and low-power tests performed. This paper includes a description of the status of construction of SNR-300 reactor and the results of research and development programmes performed. These were concerned with fuel elements development and results of irradiation experiments; development of cladding materials and core element structural materials; interaction between fuel and cladding; sodium tests; development and verification of computer codes; experiments in fast critical assemblies; fast rector safety; core disruptive accidents; development of instrumentation; thermodynamics od fuel assemblies; fluid dynamics

  14. End-of-life destructive examination of light water breeder reactor fuel rods (LWBR Development Program)

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    Destructive examination of 12 representative Light Water Breeder Reactor fuel rods was performed following successful operation in the Shippingport Atomic Power Station for 29,047 effective full power hours, about five years. Light Water Breeder Reactor fuel rods were unique in that the thorium oxide and uranium-233 oxide fuel was contained within Zircaloy-4 cladding. Destructive examinations included analysis of released fission gas; chemical analysis of the fuel to determine depletion, iodine, and cesium levels; chemical analysis of the cladding to determine hydrogen, iodine, and cesium levels; metallographic examination of the cladding, fuel, and other rod components to determine microstructural features and cladding corrosion features; and tensile testing of the irradiated cladding to determine mechanical strength. The examinations confirmed that Light Water Breeder Reactor fuel rod performance was excellent. No evidence of fuel rod failure was observed, and the fuel operating temperature was low (below 25800F at which an increased percentage of fission gas is released). 21 refs., 80 figs., 20 tabs

  15. Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor Core Designs for the TRU burning with Thorium blanket

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    In this study, the SFR(Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor) burner cores are designed with thorium blanket to have smaller burnup reactivity swing but higher TRU burning capability than the typical SFR burner cores using the TRU-U-10Zr fuel. Furthermore, we expect the SFR burner cores using thorium blanket have smaller coolant void reactivity because of the fact that the η-value increases much less with energy for 233U than for 239Pu and 232Th is less fissile than 238U. From the results, it is found that use of the thorium blanket both in inner and outer cores gives several desirable features such as the reduction of sodium void worth, small burnup reactivity swing but less negative Doppler coefficient and reduced control rod worth and that the use of thorium blanket only in the inner core gives much smaller sodium void worth but larger burnup reactivity swing than the cores using thorium blanket both in the inner and outer cores

  16. Physics calculations for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor

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    Kalimullah; Kier, P.H.; Hummel, H.H.

    1977-06-01

    Calculations of distributions of power and sodium void reactivity, unvoided and voided Doppler coefficients and steel and fuel worths have been performed using diffusion theory and first-order perturbation theory for the LWR discharge Pu-fueled CRBR at BOL, the FFTF-grade Pu-fueled CRBR at BOL and for the beginning and end of equilibrium cycle of the LWR-Pu-fueled CRBR. The results of the burnup and breeding ratio calculations performed for obtaining the reactor compositions during the equilibrium cycle are also reported. Effects of sodium and steel contents on the distributions of sodium void reactivity and steel worth have also been studied. Errors and uncertainties in the reactivity coefficients due to cross-sections and the two-dimensional geometric representations of the reactor used in the calculations have also been estimated. Comparisons of the results with those in the CRBR PSAR are also discussed.

  17. Contained fissionly vaporized imploded fission explosive breeder reactor

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    Disclosed is a nuclear reactor system which produces useful thermal power and breeds fissile isotopes wherein large spherical complex slugs containing fissile and fertile isotopes as well as vaporizing and tamping materials are exploded seriatim in a large containing chamber having walls protected from the effects of the explosion by about two thousand tons of slurry of fissile and fertile isotopes in molten alkali metal. The slug which is slightly sub-critical prior to its entry into the centroid portion of the chamber, then becomes slightly more than prompt-critical because of the near proximity of neutron-reflecting atoms and of fissioning atoms within the slurry. The slurry is heated by explosion of the slugs and serves as a working fluid for extraction of heat energy from the reactor. Explosive debris is precipitated from the slurry and used for the fabrication of new slugs

  18. Conceptual design of loop-in-tank type Indian molten salt breeder reactor concept

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    The third stage of Indian nuclear power programme envisages use of thorium as fertile material with 233U, which is proposed to be obtained from reprocessing of spent fuel of Pu/Th based fast reactors in the later part of the second stage of the programme. In India, thorium based reactors have been designed in many configurations, from light water cooled designs to high temperature liquid metal and molten salt cooled options. Another option, which holds promise, is the molten salt-fuelled reactor, which can be configured to give significant breeding ratios. A crucial part for achieving reasonable breeding in such reactors is the need to reprocess the salt continuously, either online or in batch mode. India has recently started carrying out fundamental studies so as to arrive at a conceptual design of Indian Molten Salt Breeder Reactor (IMSBR). (author)

  19. Neutronic and thermomechanical analysis of the water-cooled lithium-lead blanket design for a DEMONET reactor

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    Within the framework of the European DEMO blanket study programme, CEA and the JRC of Ispra are jointly developing a water-cooled lithium-lead blanket concept. The new DEMONET reactor configuration released in Spring 1990 and currently specified in the EC programme is the basis of neutronic and thermomechanical studies for the proposed box-shaped blanket concept. Considering the high blanket coverage, it is now possible to reach tritium self-sufficiency without making use of beryllium (neutronic calculations indicate a global tritium breeding ratio of the order of 1.16). (orig.)

  20. The frontiers of research on fusion blanket technology

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    Current topics concerning blanket technology are reviewed. In the chemical engineering/chemistry area, the qualitative and quantitative effects of mass transfer steps of tritium is important in the understanding of the behavior of bred tritium in the solid breeder blanket system. Such phenomena as adsorption, isotope exchange reactions, and water formation reaction at the grain surface produce profound effects on the behavior of the bred tritium in the blanket. Regarding the liquid system, the physical or chemical properties of Li, Li17Pb83 and Flibe as liquid blanket materials were compared. Some recent studies were introduced regarding tritium recovery from the liquid blanket materials, impurity removal from salts, ceramic coating of structural materials, and the vapor pressure of mixtures of metals or salts. Thermal hydraulic topics in relation to several candidate power reactor concepts are summarized. Emphasis is laid on the simultaneous removal of heat and tritium from the blanket and some aspects of forming effective power cycles are developed. (author)

  1. Checkerboard seed-blanket thorium fuel core concepts for heavy water moderated reactors

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    New reactor concepts to implement thorium-based fuel cycles have been explored to achieve maximum resource utilization. Pressure tube heavy water reactors (PT-HWR) are highly advantageous for implementing the use of thorium-based fuels because of their high neutron economy and on-line re-fuelling capability. The use of heterogeneous seed-blanket core concepts in a PT-HWR where higher-fissile-content seed fuel bundles are physically separate from lower-fissile-content blanket bundles allows more flexibility and control in fuel management to maximize the fissile utilization and conversion of fertile fuel. The lattice concept chosen was a 35-element bundle made with a homogeneous mixture of reactor grade Pu (about 67 wt% fissile) and Th, and with a central zirconia rod to help reduce coolant void reactivity. Several checkerboard heterogeneous seed-blanket core concepts with plutonium-thorium-based fuels in a 700-MWe-class PT-HWR were analyzed, using a once-through thorium (OTT) cycle. Different combinations of seed and blanket fuel were tested to determine the impact on core-average burnup, fissile utilization, power distributions, and other performance parameters. It was found that various checkerboard core concepts can achieve a fissile utilization that is up to 26% higher than that achieved in a PT-HWR using more conventional natural uranium fuel bundles. Up to 60% of the Pu is consumed; up to 43% of the energy is produced from thorium, and up to 303 kg/year of Pa-233/U-233/U-235 are produced. Checkerboard cores with about 50% of low-power blanket bundles may require power de-rating (65% to 74%) to avoid exceeding maximum limits for channel and bundle powers and linear element ratings. (authors)

  2. Fast breeder reactor fuel reprocessing R and D: technological development for a commercial plant

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    The technological developments undertaken by the CEA are applied to a plant project of a 50 t/y capacity, having to reprocess in particular the SUPERPHENIX 1 reactor fuel. French experience on fast breeder reactor fuel reprocessing is presented, then the 50 t/y capacity plant project and the research and development installations. The R and D programs are described, concerning: head-end operations, solvent extractions, Pu02 conversion and storage, out-of-specification Pu02 redissolution, fission products solution vitrification, conditioning of stainless steel hulls by melting, development of remote operation equipments, study of corrosion and analytical problems

  3. Studies of the restructuring of fast breeder test reactor fuel by out-of-pile simulation

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    The fast breeder test reactor (FBTR) at Kalpakkam, India, currently employs a mixed carbide of uranium and plutonium with a Pu/(Pu + U) ratio of 0.70 as fuel. The behavior of this fuel in a thermal gradient is investigated. An out-of-pile simulation facility is designed, set up, and commissioned. Experiments are conducted on FBTR fuel pellets to study the restructuring of the fuel at various levels of linear power and its cracking behavior in a thermal gradient. The results are discussed in terms of their significance for reactor operation

  4. Status of fast breeder reactor development in India

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    The energy scenario and economic conditions in India are presented. India needs considerable energy for its rapid industrialisation with the liberal economic policy. Nuclear energy with FBR is the only large scale energy resource other than coal, available in the country. The present economic constraints have delayed the construction of new NPPs. The performance of operating reactors has improved considerably during the year. Operating experience of FBTR has been detailed particularly the reactivity incident and its investigations. Updated design of 500 MWe PFBR is presented. Various R and D works in support of FBR in the engineering, metallurgy, chemistry, reprocessing, safety etc. are detailed. (author)

  5. Seismic analysis of liquid metal fast breeder reactors

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    This report is a general survey of the recent methods to predict the seismic structural behaviour of LMFBRs. It shall put into evidence the impact of seismic analysis on the design of the different structures of the reactor. This report is addressed to specialists and institutions of governmental organizations in industrialized and developing countries responsible for the design and operation of LMFBRs. The information presented should enable specialists in the R and D institutions and industries likely to be involved, to establish the correct course of the design and operation of LMFBRs. Also, the safety aspect of seismic risk are emphasized in the report. Refs and figs

  6. Report to the Congress: liquid metal fast breeder reactor program--past, present, and future, Energy Research and Development Administration

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    The past, present, and future of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) program, the Nation's highest priority energy program, are studied. ERDA anticipates that the operation of the first large commercial breeder will start in 1987, and that 186 commercial-size breeders will be in operation by the year 2000. The breeder program is made up of six major areas, each dealing with an important element of technology: reactor physics; fuels and materials; fuel recycle; safety; component development; plant experience; and facilities used in the LMFBR program. ERDA is implementing a new system for administering, managing, and controlling the breeder program that will provide increased program visibility and control. Federal funding for breeder development was $168 million in FY 1971, accounting for 40% of the total Federal R and D energy budget; in FY 1976 Federal funding for this program will be $474 million, only 26% of total Federal funding for energy research. Besides Federal funds, over half a billion dollars have been or will be invested by industry over the next 5 to 10 years to develop the breeder and to build a demonstration plant. Five other nations--the United Kingdom, France, Japan, West Germany, and the Soviet Union--have a high priority national energy program for developing the LMFBR. These foreign breeder programs could contribute important data and information to the U.S. program

  7. Nondestructive testing of ampoules with lithium ceramics designed for blanket of thermonuclear reactor

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    Full text: There are carried out prolonged radiation tests on research reactor WWR-K of ceramic materials made of lithium titanate Li2Ti03 with enrichment 36Li to 90 % manufactured in the form of sintered small balls and cylinder tablets put in experimental assembles (ampoules). At the present time tritium titanate is considered as one of the possible candidates of tritium production zone for demonstration international thermonuclear reactor blanket. Before feeding into the reactor experimental assemblages with Li2TiO3 were exposed to nondestructive control on horizontal channel of reactor with 'Agava' plant use by the neutron radiography method. The purpose of this work is on the one hand feeding quality control of tablets and small balls of lithium ceramics into experimental assembles, on the other hand the efficiency test of neutron radiography plant work after long stoppage of WWR-K reactor and the geometry change of irradiative channels and active zone of reactor

  8. Civilian nuclear power on the drawing board: the development of Experimental Breeder Reactor-II

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    On September 28, 2001 a symposium was held at Argonne National Laboratory as part of the festivities to mark the 100th birthday of Enrico Fermi. The symposium celebrated Fermi's ''contribution to the development of nuclear power'' and focused on one particular ''line of development'' resulting from Fermi's interest in power reactors: Argonne's fast reactor program. Symposium participants made many references to the ways in which the program was linked to Fermi, who led the team which created the world's first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. For example, one presentation featured an April, 1944 memo that described a meeting attended by Fermi and others. The memo came from the time when research on plutonium and the nuclear chain reaction at Chicago's WWII Metallurgical Laboratory was nearing its end. Even as other parts of the Manhattan Engineering Project were building on this effort to create the bombs that would end the war, Fermi and his colleagues were taking the first steps to plan the use of nuclear energy in the postwar era. After noting that Fermi ''viewed the use of [nuclear] power for the heating of cities with sympathy,'' the group outlined several power reactor designs. In the course of discussion, Fermi and his colleagues took the first steps in conjuring the vision that would later be brought to life with Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) and Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), the celebrated achievements of the Argonne fast reactor program. Group members considered various schemes for a breeder reactor in which the relatively abundant U-238 would be placed near a core of fissionable material. The reactor would be a fast reactor; that is, neutrons would not be moderated, as were most wartime reactors. Thus, the large number of neutrons emitted in fast neutron fission would hit the U-238 and create ''extra'' fissionable material, that is, more than ''invested,'' and at the same time produce power. The group identified the problem of

  9. Civilian nuclear power on the drawing board: the development of Experimental Breeder Reactor-II.

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    On September 28, 2001 a symposium was held at Argonne National Laboratory as part of the festivities to mark the 100th birthday of Enrico Fermi. The symposium celebrated Fermi's ''contribution to the development of nuclear power'' and focused on one particular ''line of development'' resulting from Fermi's interest in power reactors: Argonne's fast reactor program. Symposium participants made many references to the ways in which the program was linked to Fermi, who led the team which created the world's first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. For example, one presentation featured an April, 1944 memo that described a meeting attended by Fermi and others. The memo came from the time when research on plutonium and the nuclear chain reaction at Chicago's WWII Metallurgical Laboratory was nearing its end. Even as other parts of the Manhattan Engineering Project were building on this effort to create the bombs that would end the war, Fermi and his colleagues were taking the first steps to plan the use of nuclear energy in the postwar era. After noting that Fermi ''viewed the use of [nuclear] power for the heating of cities with sympathy,'' the group outlined several power reactor designs. In the course of discussion, Fermi and his colleagues took the first steps in conjuring the vision that would later be brought to life with Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) and Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), the celebrated achievements of the Argonne fast reactor program. Group members considered various schemes for a breeder reactor in which the relatively abundant U-238 would be placed near a core of fissionable material. The reactor would be a fast reactor; that is, neutrons would not be moderated, as were most wartime reactors. Thus, the large number of neutrons emitted in fast neutron fission would hit the U-238 and create ''extra'' fissionable material

  10. Status of R&D on Tritium Permeation Barrier Coatings for Tritium Breeding Blanket of Fusion Reactor

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    The paper overviewed the recent progress in the application of several typical tritium permeation barrier (TPB) coatings and their corresponding fabrication technologies for tritium breeding blanket of fusion reactor. According to the design requirements of

  11. Programme and status of the development of the fast breeder reactor system in France

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    The fundamental justification for fast breeder reactors is based on their breeding ability, and the development of this reactor line is a matter of national importance because there is no reasonable and adequate alternative that could both cover the increasing future energy requirements and provide energy independence for France. The 250MW(e) Phenix power plant has been satisfactorily operated as a demonstration plant for two years now. This proof of the validity of the system was necessary. It underlined its reliability and confirmed the value of the process to the constructors and to the domestic utility, EDF, who confidently decided on industrial and commercial commitment to the new reactor line. This attitude is demonstrated in the following actions in France: (a) the construction by Nersa of the Super-Phenix power plant, a 1200MW(e) prototype commercial power plant which will provide experience in building and operating large fast-neutron power plants; (b) the firm intention of EDF to proceed and bring breeders into operation in the 1990s, representing about 8000MW(e); (c) the creation of a strong industrial organization: the creation in France of the Novatome Company corresponds to this objective - Novatome is now responsible for the industrial development of fast breeder reactors with Creusot-Loire as industrial basis and with all the know-how owned by CEA; (d) the Compagnie generale des matieres nucleaires, Cogema, a CEA subsidiary, is reviewing the actions necessary to reach industrial levels for the cost of the whole fuel cycle. On the other hand, the negotiation of international agreements adds the knowledge and experience gained in the R and D programmes of the various countries concerned. They improve the value and the technical, industrial and commercial basis of this new type of reactor, thus enlarging the prospects of development and commercialization. (author)

  12. Cladding and wrapper development for fast breeder reactor high performance

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    In order to ensure economic performance, of both the existing reactors and the future EFR, much recent research has been carried out within the framework of the European R and D agreement to examine the properties of various wrapper and cladding alloys. This paper reviews the status of the European research and development programmes on these steels and highlights the most striking results. For the cladding alloys, results on dimensional stability and tensile properties for fuel pin cladding irradiated in PFR or Phenix will be given. As for wrappers the presently available results of those wrappers irradiated in Phenix and PFR show that both ferritic steels are very good candidates and that on the basis of our present knowledge most of the properties are satisfactory for wrapper applications

  13. Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program (LMFBR): facility profiles

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    A description is presented of the experimental test facilities involved in the conduct of the LMFBR research and development program. Existing facilities and those under construction or authorized as of October 1975 are described. Each profile presents brief descriptions of the overall facility and its test area and data relating to its experimental and testing capability. Introductory material for each section includes site and facility maps and an alphabetical list of the profiles contained in the section. A glossary of acronyms and letter designations in common usage to describe organizations, reactor and test facilities, components, etc. involved in the LMFBR program is included. Alphabetical, organizational, and programmatic indexes are provided as a convenient method of identifying the facilities with their locations and with their principal uses in the LMFBR program

  14. Integrated-blanket-coil (IBC) applications to the TITAN reversed-field pinch reactor

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    The Integrated-Blanket-Coil (IBC) concept has been adopted for use in the toroidal field and divertor coil systems of the TITAN-I lithium/vanadium design. The IBC approach combines the breeding and energy recovery functions of the blanket with the magnetic field production of the coils into a single component. This is accomplished by passing the current through the liquid metal coolant, lithium, which flows poloidally around the plasma. A reversed-field pinch (RFP) reactor offers an attractive context for IBC coils since the low toroidal field at the plasma surface (-- 0.36 T) leads to relatively low coil currents. Examination of nuclear, magnetic, thermal-hydraulic, electrical and design integration issues indicates that the IBC coils are a viable and attractive option for the TITAN reactor

  15. Experience in the maintenance of sodium systems of fast breeder test reactor

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    The fast breeder test reactor (FBTR) is a loop type sodium cooled fast reactor located at Kalpakkam in India and that has been operating for 25 years. The reactor has been operated up to a power level of 18.6 MWt with a sodium outlet temperature of 482 C. degrees. Several modifications were carried out in the sodium systems to improve the plant performance. During the course of operation of the reactor, a number of sodium laden components like pumps, valves, cold traps, rupture disks, level probes, shielding plugs, control rod drive mechanisms, experimental assemblies, piping... were removed for various maintenance, modification and replacement jobs which has given the operators a valuable experience in handling large scale sodium systems. This paper details the special procedures followed during the handling of active and inactive sodium laden components

  16. Safety requirements expected to the prototype fast breeder reactor 'Monju'

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    In July 2013, Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has enforced new regulatory requirements in consideration of severe accidents for the commercial light water reactors (LWR) and also prototype power generation reactors such as the sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFR) of 'Monju' based on TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident (hereinafter referred to as '1F accident') occurred in March 2011. Although the regulatory requirements for SFR will be revised by NRA with consideration for public comments, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) set up 'Advisory Committee on Monju Safety Requirements' consisting of fast breeder reactor (FBR) and safety assessment experts in order to establish original safety requirements expected to the prototype FBR 'Monju' considering severe accidents with knowledge from JAEA as well as scientific and technical insights from the experts. This report summarizes the safety requirements expected to Monju discussed by the committee. (author)

  17. Lessons learned from the licensing process for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant

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    This paper presents the experience of licensing a specific liquid-metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR), the Clinch River Breader Reactor Plant (CRBRP). It was a success story in that the licensing process was accomplished in a very short time span. The actions of the applicant and the actions of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in response are presented and discussed to provide guidance to future efforts to license unconventional reactors. The history is told from the perspective of the authors. As such, some of the reasons given for success or lack of success are subjective interpretations. Nevertheless, the authors' positions provided them an excellent viewpoint to make these judgements. During the second phase of the licensing process, they were the CRBRP Technical Director and the Licensing Manager, respectively, for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, the prime contractor for the reactor plant

  18. Effects of nuclear island connected buildings on seismic behaviour of reactor internals in a pool type fast breeder reactor

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    The seismic analysis of reactor assembly housing the primary circuit of a typical 500 MWe capacity pool type fast breeder reactor (PFBR) is reported. The reactor assembly is supported on the reactor vault within the nuclear island connected buildings (NICB). The seismic responses, viz. critical displacements, sloshing heights, stresses and strain energy values in the vessels are determined for the reactor assembly by detailed finite element analysis including the fluid-structure interaction and sloshing effects. Analysis is carried out to quantify the effects of inter-connection of the reactor vault with the adjacent buildings under the assumptions that the reactor vault along with reactor assembly is: (1) an isolated structural system from the adjacent buildings within reactor containment building (RCB) and (2) connected with the adjacent civil structures through floor slabs. Analysis indicates that, by inter-connecting the vault with the NICB, there are overall increases of all the governing parameters which decide the seismic design criteria. The significant effects are increases of: (1) radial and axial displacements of core top and absorber rods and vertical accelerations of core subassemblies which are of concern to reactor safety, (2) primary membrane stress intensities for the inner vessel and (3) strain energies developed at the critical portions which can enhance the buckling risks of main vessel, inner vessel and thermal baffles. Hence, it is preferable to isolate the reactor vault, directly constructing from the base raft without inter-connecting it with the NICB, from the seismic loading considerations

  19. Study of MHD Corrosion and Transport of Corrosion Products of Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in the Flowing PbLi and its Application to Fusion Blanket

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    Saeidi, Sheida

    2014-01-01

    Two important components of a liquid breeder blanket of a fusion power reactor are the liquid breeder/coolant and the steel structure that the liquid is enclosed in. One candidate combination for such components is Lead-Lithium (PbLi) eutectic alloy and advanced Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steel. Implementation of RAFM steel and PbLi in blanket applications still requires material compatibility studies as many questions related to physical/chemical interactions in the RAFM...

  20. Integral neutronics experiments in analytical mockups for blanket of a hybrid reactor

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    Liu, Rong, E-mail: liurongzy@163.com; Zhu, Tonghua; Lu, Xinxin; Wang, Xinhua; Yan, Xiaosong; Feng, Song; Yang, Yiwei; Wang, Mei; Jiang, Li

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • For checking property of the hybrid blanket by integral experiments, three mockups are established. • In spherical mockup with depleted uranium and cubic mockup with natural uranium, the plutonium production rates and uranium fission rates are measured. • In spherical mockup with depleted uranium and LiPb, tritium production rates are measured. • The measured results are compared to the calculated ones with MCNP-4B code and ENDF/B-VI library data. - Abstract: The paper describes recent progress in integral neutronics experiments in the analytical mockups for the blanket in a fusion-fission hybrid energy reactor. A conceptual blanket of the hybrid reactor is mainly loaded with natural uranium and lithium material. In the fission fuel region, uranium material and light water are arranged alternately. The mockups of the conceptual blanket are designed and used for checking neutron property of the blanket by integral experiments. Based on materials available, the spherical fission mockup for fission research and plutonium production consists of three layers of depleted uranium shells and several layers of polyethylene and graphite shells. The spherical lithium mockup for tritium production consists of depleted uranium and LiPb alloy shells. The cubic mockup consists of natural uranium and polyethylene and its structure is basically consistent with one of the fuel region. In the mockups with the D-T neutron source, the plutonium production rates, uranium fission rates and tritium production rates are measured, separately. The measured results are compared to the calculated ones with MCNP-4B code and ENDF/B-VI library data.

  1. Fast breeder reactor. The past, the present and the future. (6) History of fast reactor development in Japan - 1

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    History and present state of fast breeder reactor was reviewed in series. As a history of fast reactor development in Japan - 1, this sixth lecture presented the start of FBR development, and construction and operation of the experimental FBR (JOYO). The JOYO began operation in 1977 and now is being operated at 140 MWt after two times of upgraded modification. The JOYO is aimed at (1) advancement of technology through and experiment, (2) conducting irradiation tests on fuels and materials and (3) validation of innovative technology for development of a future FBR. (T. Tanaka)

  2. Neutronic design analyses for a dual-coolant blanket concept: Optimization for a fusion reactor DEMO

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    Highlights: ► Dual-Coolant He/Pb15.7Li breeding blanket for a DEMO fusion reactor is studied. ► An iterative process optimizes neutronic responses minimizing reactor dimension. ► A 3D toroidally symmetric geometry has been generated from the CAD model. ► Overall TBR values support the feasibility of the conceptual model considered. ► Power density in TF coils is below load limit for quenching. - Abstract: The generation of design specifications for a DEMO reactor, including breeding blanket (BB), vacuum vessel (VV) and magnetic field coils (MFC), requires a consistent neutronic optimization of structures between plasma and MFC. This work targets iteratively to generate these neutronic specifications for a Dual-Coolant He/Pb15.7Li breeding blanket design. The iteration process focuses on the optimization of allowable space between plasma scrapped-off-layer and VV in order to generate a MFC/VV/BB/plasma sustainable configuration with minimum global system volumes. Two VV designs have been considered: (1) a double-walled option with light-weight stiffeners and (2) a thick massive one. The optimization process also involves VV materials, looking to warrant radiation impact operational limits on the MFC. The resulting nuclear responses: peak nuclear heating in toroidal field (TF) coil, tritium breeding ratio (TBR), power amplification factor and helium production in the structural material are provided.

  3. Integrated-blanket-coil applications in the TITAN-I reversed-field pinch reactor

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    The TITAN-I Reversed-Field Pinch reactor incorporates the Integrated-Blanket-Coil (IBC) concept for the toroidal field and divertor field coil systems. The IBC approach combines the breeding and energy recovery functions of the blanket with the magnetic field production of the coils in a single component. This is accomplished by passing the current through the liquid metal coolant, lithium, which flows poloidally around the plasma. A reversed-field pinch reactor offers an attractive context for IBC coils since the low toroidal field at the plasma surface (∼0.36 T) leads to relatively low coil currents. Design of IBC components addresses four areas: (1) Neutronics, including tritium breeding and blanket energy multiplication; (2) thermal hydraulics, including magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pressure drops; (3) magnetics, including field magnitude and topology; and (4) electrical engineering of the circuit determining the power supply requirements. The TF-IBC approach, in comparison to copper coils, offers several advantages for a compact RFP reactor: Increased access for coolant and auxiliary services, improved viability for single-piece maintenance, and reduced magnetic ripple in the toroidal magnetic field. In the divertor system, improved magnetic coupling and additional energy recovery and tritium breeding enhance the attractiveness of the IBC relative to copper coils. (orig.)

  4. Energy production from distillery wastewater using single and double-phase upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor

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    Muyodi, F.J.; Rubindamayugi, M.S.T. [Univ. of Dar es Salaam, Applied Microbiology Unit (Tanzania, United Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    A Single-phase (SP) and Double-phase (DP) Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactors treating distillery wastewater were operated in parallel. The DP UASB reactor showed better performance than the SP UASB reactor in terms of maximum methane production rate, methane content and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) removal efficiency. (au) 20 refs.

  5. Analysis for mechanical consequences of a core disruptive accident in Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    The mechanical consequences of a core disruptive accident (CDA) in a fast breeder reactor are described. The consequences are development of deformations and strains in the vessels, intermediate heat exchangers (IHX) and decay heat exchangers (DHX), impact of sodium slug on the bottom surface of the top shield, sodium release to reactor containment building through top shield penetrations, sodium fire and consequent temperature and pressure rise in reactor containment building (RCB). These are quantified for 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) for a CDA with 100 MJ work potential. The results are validated by conducting a series of experiments on 1/30 and 1/13 scaled down models with increasing complexities. Mechanical energy release due to nuclear excursion is simulated by chemical explosion of specially developed low density explosive charge. Based on these studies, structural integrity of primary containment, IHX and DHX is demonstrated. The sodium release to RCB is 350 kg which causes pressure rise of 12 kPa in RCB. (author)

  6. Tentative design-philosophy for bellows in sodium cooled fast breeder reactors pipings

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    Expansion joints have proved to be reliable components, when properly designed and realized, in normal industrial equipment. But nevertheless bellows have not been employed widely in nuclear reactors and almost not in sodium cooled fast breeder reactors, where use of expansion-joints could considerably shorten the length of pipelines and, in consequence, lower the cost of the power plant. In the framework of its research and development program on fast reactors the French Atomic Energy.Commission, in cooperation with the industry, develops guidelines, backed up by experiments, to allow a safe design of pipe-lines and compensating-devices. The main points of these guidelines are discussed in this paper with the understanding, that they are tentative rules subject to changes. The guidelines are a complement to existing rules, like ASME - Code III, Code Case 1481, standards of the EJMA Preliminary Draft for Code Case Class I, Expansion Joints in Piping systems and suppliers' rules for the special case of application to sodium cooled fast breeder reactors. Relatively small diameters and easily accessible expansion joints, on control rods and valves for example, are not concerned. These guidelines do not apply to the bellows which are used as an integral part of a component

  7. Sodium and steam generator leak detection for prototype fast breeder reactor (PFBR)

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    The construction of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) a 500 MWe pool type sodium cooled breeder reactor with MOX fuel has started at Kalpakkam. The Instrumentation and Control of PFBR is designed for safe, reliable and economic operation of the plant. Special feature of breeder reactors is sodium instrumentation. Leaks in sodium systems have the possibility of being exceptionally hazardous due to the reaction of liquid sodium with oxygen and water vapour in the air. In addition, leakage from primary systems can cause radioactive contamination. Potential regions of leakage are near welds and high stress areas. Sodium also reacts with concrete releasing hydrogen and leading to damage and loss of strength of concrete structures. Leaking sodium catches fire depending on its temperature. Sodium temperature in the plant ranges from 423 K at filling condition to 820 K at reactor nominal power operating condition. Leak detectors are provided on pipelines, tanks and other capacities. Sodium leak detection systems are designed to meet requirements of ASME section XI- division 3 which specifies that sodium leak at the rate of 100 g/h are to be detected in 20 h for air filled vaults and 250 h for inert vaults. Diverse leak detection methods are employed for active and non-active sodium equipment and pipes. For detection of water leaks into Sodium in steam generators, Hydrogen in Sodium Detectors (HSD) are used. Hydrogen in Argon Detectors (HAD) are used for sodium temperatures below 623 K as HSD is not effective below this temperature due to non-dissolution of hydrogen formed. Choice and challenges posed in implementation of above leak detection requirements are discussed in this paper. (authors)

  8. Design analysis of a thorium fueled reactor with seed-blanket assembly configuration

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    Recently, thorium is receiving increasing attention as an important fertile material for the expanding nuclear power programs around the world. The superior nuclear and physical properties of thorium-based fuels could lead to very low fuel cycle cost and make thorium reactors economically attractive. In addition, the use of thorium in reactors would permit more efficient utilization of low cost uranium reserves and reduction of nuclear wastes. In this work, the nuclear characteristics of a new type of thorium fueled reactor (Radkowsky Thorium Reactor) consisting of seed-blanket assemblies are addressed and compared with those of typical assemblies of a PWR (CE type). Also, an assessment on several advantages of thorium fueled reactors is provided. All these results are based on the HELIOS code calculation

  9. Hybrid fusion-fission reactor with a thorium blanket: Its potential in the fuel cycle of nuclear reactors

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    Shmelev, A. N.; Kulikov, G. G.; Kurnaev, V. A.; Salahutdinov, G. H.; Kulikov, E. G.; Apse, V. A.

    2015-12-01

    Discussions are currently going on as to whether it is suitable to employ thorium in the nuclear fuel cycle. This work demonstrates that the 231Pa-232U-233U-Th composition to be produced in the thorium blanket of a hybrid thermonuclear reactor (HTR) as a fuel for light-water reactors opens up the possibility of achieving high, up to 30% of heavy metals (HM), or even ultrahigh fuel burnup. This is because the above fuel composition is able to stabilize its neutron-multiplying properties in the process of high fuel burnup. In addition, it allows the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) to be better protected against unauthorized proliferation of fissile materials owing to an unprecedentedly large fraction of 232U (several percent!) in the uranium bred from the Th blanket, which will substantially hamper the use of fissile materials in a closed NFC for purposes other than power production.

  10. Hybrid fusion–fission reactor with a thorium blanket: Its potential in the fuel cycle of nuclear reactors

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    Discussions are currently going on as to whether it is suitable to employ thorium in the nuclear fuel cycle. This work demonstrates that the 231Pa–232U–233U–Th composition to be produced in the thorium blanket of a hybrid thermonuclear reactor (HTR) as a fuel for light-water reactors opens up the possibility of achieving high, up to 30% of heavy metals (HM), or even ultrahigh fuel burnup. This is because the above fuel composition is able to stabilize its neutron-multiplying properties in the process of high fuel burnup. In addition, it allows the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) to be better protected against unauthorized proliferation of fissile materials owing to an unprecedentedly large fraction of 232U (several percent!) in the uranium bred from the Th blanket, which will substantially hamper the use of fissile materials in a closed NFC for purposes other than power production

  11. Hybrid fusion–fission reactor with a thorium blanket: Its potential in the fuel cycle of nuclear reactors

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    Shmelev, A. N., E-mail: shmelan@mail.ru; Kulikov, G. G., E-mail: ggkulikov@mephi.ru; Kurnaev, V. A., E-mail: kurnaev@yandex.ru; Salahutdinov, G. H., E-mail: saip07@mail.ru; Kulikov, E. G., E-mail: egkulikov@mephi.ru; Apse, V. A., E-mail: apseva@mail.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    Discussions are currently going on as to whether it is suitable to employ thorium in the nuclear fuel cycle. This work demonstrates that the {sup 231}Pa–{sup 232}U–{sup 233}U–Th composition to be produced in the thorium blanket of a hybrid thermonuclear reactor (HTR) as a fuel for light-water reactors opens up the possibility of achieving high, up to 30% of heavy metals (HM), or even ultrahigh fuel burnup. This is because the above fuel composition is able to stabilize its neutron-multiplying properties in the process of high fuel burnup. In addition, it allows the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) to be better protected against unauthorized proliferation of fissile materials owing to an unprecedentedly large fraction of {sup 232}U (several percent!) in the uranium bred from the Th blanket, which will substantially hamper the use of fissile materials in a closed NFC for purposes other than power production.

  12. Numerical simulation of turbulent flow of coolant in a test blanket module of nuclear fusion reactor

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    Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been performing the research, development and design of a test blanket module with a water-cooled solid breeder for ITER. For our design, the TBM is mainly composed of a first wall, two side walls, a back wall and membrane panels of bulkhead sections for pebbles. The temperature of a coolant pressurized up to 15 MPa is designed as 553 K and 598 K in an inlet and an outlet of the test blanket module, respectively. Establishment of estimation methods of the flow phenomena is important for designs of the channel network and predictions of the material corrosion and erosion. A purpose of our research is to establish and verify the method for the prediction of the flow phenomena. In this study, the Large-eddy simulation and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes simulation have been performed to predict the flow rates in the channels of the side wall. It results the inhomogeneous flow rates in each channel. At viewpoint of the heat removal capability, however, the smallest flow-rates near the first wall are evaluated with satisfying acceptance criteria. Moreover, the results of the numerical simulation correspond with those of experiment performed for the real size mockup. (author)

  13. Extracellular Polymers in Granular Sludge from Different Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) Reactors

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    Schmidt, Jens Ejbye; Ahring, Birgitte Kiær

    1994-01-01

    Thermal extraction was used to quantify extracellular polymers (ECP) in granules from anaerobic upflow reactors. The optimal time for extraction was determined as the time needed before the intracellular material gives a significant contribution to the extracted extracellular material due to cell...... of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor from a sugar-containing waste-water to a synthetic waste-water containing acetate, propionate and butyrate resulted in a decrease in both the protein and polysaccharide content and an increase in the lipid content of the extracellular material. Furthermore...

  14. Analysis on tritium management in FLiBe blanket for force-free helical reactor FFHR2

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    In FFHR2 design, FLiBe has been selected as a self-cooling tritium breeder for low reactivity with oxygen and water and lower conductivity. Considering the fugacity of the tritium, particular care and adequate mitigation measures should be applied for the effectively extract tritium from breeder and control the tritium release to the environment. In this paper, a tritium analysis model of the FLiBe blanket system was developed and the preliminary analysis on tritium permeation and extraction for FLiBe blanket system were done. The factors which affected tritium extraction and permeation were calculated and evaluated, such as the heat exchanger material, tritium permeation reduction factor (TPRF) in blanket, proportion of FLiBe flow in tritium recover system (TRS) and efficiency of TRS etc. The results of the analysis showed that further R and D efforts were required for FFHR2 tritium system to guarantee the tritium self-sufficient and safety, for example reasonable quality of tritium permeation barriers on blanket, requirement for the TRS and fabrication technology of the heat exchanger etc.. (author)

  15. Achievements in the development of the Water Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    Tsuru, Daigo; Tanigawa, Hisashi; Hirose, Takanori; Mohri, Kensuke; Seki, Yohji; Enoeda, Mikio; Ezato, Koichiro; Suzuki, Satoshi; Nishi, Hiroshi; Akiba, Masato

    2009-06-01

    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, a water cooled solid breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. This paper shows the recent achievements towards the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, which consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012, structure designs of the WCSB TBM and the interfacing components (common frame and backside shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER and the layout of the cooling system are presented. As for the module qualification, a real-scale first wall mock-up fabricated by using the hot isostatic pressing method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H, and flow and irradiation test of the mock-up are presented. As for safety milestones, the contents of the preliminary safety report in 2008 consisting of source term identification, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) and identification of postulated initiating events (PIEs) and safety analyses are presented.

  16. Achievements in the development of the Water Cooled Solid Breeder Test Blanket Module of Japan to the milestones for installation in ITER

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    As the primary candidate of ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) to be tested under the leadership of Japan, a water cooled solid breeder (WCSB) TBM is being developed. This paper shows the recent achievements towards the milestones of ITER TBMs prior to the installation, which consist of design integration in ITER, module qualification and safety assessment. With respect to the design integration, targeting the detailed design final report in 2012, structure designs of the WCSB TBM and the interfacing components (common frame and backside shielding) that are placed in a test port of ITER and the layout of the cooling system are presented. As for the module qualification, a real-scale first wall mock-up fabricated by using the hot isostatic pressing method by structural material of reduced activation martensitic ferritic steel, F82H, and flow and irradiation test of the mock-up are presented. As for safety milestones, the contents of the preliminary safety report in 2008 consisting of source term identification, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) and identification of postulated initiating events (PIEs) and safety analyses are presented.

  17. Beryllium and lithium resource requirements for solid blanket designs for fusion reactors

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    The lithium and beryllium requirements are analyzed for an economy of 106 MW(e) CTR3 capacity using solid blanket fusion reactors. The total lithium inventory in fusion reactors is only approximately 0.2 percent of projected U. S. resources. The lithium inventory in the fusion reactors is almost entirely 6Li, which must be extracted from natural lithium. Approximately 5 percent of natural lithium can be extracted as 6Li. Thus the total feed of natural lithium required is approximately 20 times that actually used in fusion reactors, or approximately 4 percent of U. S. resources. Almost all of this feed is returned to the U. S. resource base after 6Li is extracted, however. The beryllium requirements are on the order of 10 percent of projected U. S. resources. Further, the present cost of lithium and the cost of beryllium extraction could both be increased tenfold with only minor effects on CTR capital cost. Such an increase should substantially multiply the economically recoverable resources of lithium and beryllium. It is concluded that there are no lithium or beryllium resource limitations preventing large-scale implementation of solid blanket fusion reactors. (U.S.)

  18. Thermochemical study of material compatibility for sodium cooled fast breeder reactor application

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    In fast breeder reactors, liquid sodium is preferred as a coolant due to its high thermal conductivity, high specific heat, low viscosity, wide liquid range, remarkable thermal stability. However, it must be in the pure form to be compatible with structural materials in which chemical compounds of Austenitic stainless used include carbon, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, iron, niobium, zirconium and so on. Traces of impurities play an important role in corrosion, mass transport loops of the reactor. Corrosion of structural materials in liquid sodium is deeply affected by the oxygen concentration. Some of these corrosion products which find their way into sodium can cause risk when they deposit on parts like heat exchangers and pumps, which have to be periodically maintained. Thus one must not only control and monitor the oxygen impurity level, but also understand the mechanism of the chemical reaction in the reactor. In this way, thermodynamic approach is obtained by analyzing compatibility of chemical compounds of structural materials with liquid sodium

  19. Implementation of multivariable control techniques with application to Experimental Breeder Reactor II

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    After several successful applications to aerospace industry, the modern control theory methods have recently attracted many control engineers from other engineering disciplines. For advanced nuclear reactors, the modern control theory may provide major advantages in safety, availability, and economic aspects. This report is intended to illustrate the feasibility of applying the linear quadratic Gaussian (LQG) compensator in nuclear reactor applications. The LQG design is compared with the existing classical control schemes. Both approaches are tested using the Experimental Breeder Reactor 2 (EBR-2) as the system. The experiments are performed using a mathematical model of the EBR-2 plant. Despite the fact that the controller and plant models do not include all known physical constraints, the results are encouraging. This preliminary study provides an informative, introductory picture for future considerations of using modern control theory methods in nuclear industry. 10 refs., 25 figs

  20. The fast breeder reactor Rapsodie (1962); Le reacteur rapide surregenerateur rapsodie (1962)

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    Vautrey, L.; Zaleski, C.P. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Cadarache (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1962-07-01

    In this report, the authors describe the Rapsodie project, the French fast breeder reactor, as it stands at construction actual start-up. The paper provides informations about: the principal neutronic and thermal characteristics, the reactor and its cooling circuits, the main handling devices of radioactive or contaminated assemblies, the principles and means governing reactor operation, the purposes and locations of miscellaneous buildings. Rapsodie is expected to be critical by 1964. (authors) [French] Dans ce rapport, les auteurs font le point du projet RAPSODIE (reacteur francais surregenerateur a neutrons rapides), au moment du debut effectif de sa construction. On y trouvera decrits: les principales caracteristiques neutroniques et thermiques, le bloc pile et les circuits de refroidissement, les principaux moyens de manutention des ensembles actifs ou contamines, les principes et les moyens qui regissent la conduite du reacteur, les fonctions et l'implantation des divers batiments. La divergence de RAPSODIE est prevue pour 1964. (auteurs)

  1. Conjugate heat transfer analysis of multiple enclosures in prototype fast breeder reactor

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    Velusamy, K.; Balaubramanian, V.; Vaidyanathan, G.; Chetal, S.C. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India)

    1995-09-01

    Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is a 500 MWe sodium cooled reactor under design. The main vessel of the reactor serves as the primary boundary. It is surrounded by a safety vessel which in turn is surrounded by biological shield. The gaps between them are filled with nitrogen. Knowledge of temperature distribution prevailing under various operating conditions is essential for the assessment of structural integrity. Due to the presence of cover gas over sodium free level within the main vessel, there are sharp gradients in temperatures. Also cover gas height reduces during station blackout conditions due to sodium level rise in main vessel caused by temperature rise. This paper describes the model used to analyse the natural convection in nitrogen, conduction in structures and radiation interaction among them. Results obtained from parametric studies for PFBR are also presented.

  2. Review of ORNL-TSF shielding experiments for the gas-cooled Fast Breeder Reactor Program

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    Abbott, L.S.; Ingersoll, D.T.; Muckenthaler, F.J.; Slater, C.O.

    1982-01-01

    During the period between 1975 and 1980 a series of experiments was performed at the ORNL Tower Shielding Facility in support of the shield design for a 300-MW(e) Gas Cooled Fast Breeder Demonstration Plant. This report reviews the experiments and calculations, which included studies of: (1) neutron streaming in the helium coolant passageways in the GCFR core; (2) the effectiveness of the shield designed to protect the reactor grid plate from radiation damage; (3) the adequacy of the radial shield in protecting the PCRV (prestressed concrete reactor vessel) from radiation damage; (4) neutron streaming between abutting sections of the radial shield; and (5) the effectiveness of the exit shield in reducing the neutron fluxes in the upper plenum region of the reactor.

  3. Burnup calculations of light water-cooled pressure tube blanket for a fusion-fission hybrid reactor

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    Zu, Tiejun, E-mail: tiejun@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Wu, Hongchun; Zheng, Youqi; Cao, Liangzhi

    2014-06-15

    Highlights: • Detailed burnup calculations are performed on pressurized water cooled blankets with pressure tube assemblies. • The blanket is fueled with simple fuel, namely spent nuclear fuel discharged from light water reactors or natural uranium oxide. • The refueling strategies are proposed, and the uranium resource utilization rate can reach 5–6%. - Abstract: A fusion-fission hybrid reactor (FFHR) with pressure tube blanket has recently been proposed based on an ITER-type tokamak fusion neutron source and the well-developed pressurized water cooling technologies. In this paper, detailed burnup calculations are carried out on an updated blanket. Two different blankets respectively fueled with the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) discharged from light water reactors (LWRs) or natural uranium oxide is investigated. In the first case, a three-batch out-to-in refueling strategy is designed. In the second case, some SNF assemblies are loaded into the blanket to help achieve tritium self-sufficiency. And a three-batch in-to-out refueling strategies is adopted to realize direct use of natural uranium oxide fuel in the blanket. The results show that only about 80 tonnes of SNF or natural uranium are needed every 1500 EFPD (Equivalent Full Power Day) with a 3000 MWth output and tritium self-sufficiency (TBR > 1.15), while the required maximum fusion powers are lower than 500 MW for both the two cases. Based on the proposed refueling strategies, the uranium utilization rate can reach about 4.0%.

  4. Burnup calculations of light water-cooled pressure tube blanket for a fusion-fission hybrid reactor

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    Highlights: • Detailed burnup calculations are performed on pressurized water cooled blankets with pressure tube assemblies. • The blanket is fueled with simple fuel, namely spent nuclear fuel discharged from light water reactors or natural uranium oxide. • The refueling strategies are proposed, and the uranium resource utilization rate can reach 5–6%. - Abstract: A fusion-fission hybrid reactor (FFHR) with pressure tube blanket has recently been proposed based on an ITER-type tokamak fusion neutron source and the well-developed pressurized water cooling technologies. In this paper, detailed burnup calculations are carried out on an updated blanket. Two different blankets respectively fueled with the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) discharged from light water reactors (LWRs) or natural uranium oxide is investigated. In the first case, a three-batch out-to-in refueling strategy is designed. In the second case, some SNF assemblies are loaded into the blanket to help achieve tritium self-sufficiency. And a three-batch in-to-out refueling strategies is adopted to realize direct use of natural uranium oxide fuel in the blanket. The results show that only about 80 tonnes of SNF or natural uranium are needed every 1500 EFPD (Equivalent Full Power Day) with a 3000 MWth output and tritium self-sufficiency (TBR > 1.15), while the required maximum fusion powers are lower than 500 MW for both the two cases. Based on the proposed refueling strategies, the uranium utilization rate can reach about 4.0%

  5. Steady-state thermal-hydraulic of pebble bed blanket on hybrid reactor

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    This paper gives thermal-hydraulic studies of pebble bed blanket on Hybrid Reactor. The concept of whole pebble bed blanket and the cooling methods are presented. The thermal-hydraulic characteristics of pebble bed are summarized. The theoretical model and code for solving heat transfer and flowing are presented. By using this code the calculation and analysis of thermal hydraulic of pebble bed Blanket of Hybrid Reactor are also given. In order to improve the flexibility, safety and economy, the authors select pebble beds not only to breed Tritium, but also to breed fission material and to multiply neutron. 5 MPa Helium is used as coolant and 0.05 MPa-0.1 MPa Helium is used as Purge gas. The heat transfer mechanisms of pebble bed are very complicated which include conduction, convection and radiation. In order to study the thermal-hydraulic of the bed, the authors just simply consider it as homogeneous and continuous binary phase medium as that used in the porous medium at the condition that the size of the bed is much greater than that of the balls. The coolant or the purge gas flowing through the bed is just considered existing a cooling source in the bed. It also significantly influences the effective conductivity's of the bed. Porous fraction, the main factor of the bed depends on the geometry position and parameters. From this model, one can obtain the thermal-hydraulic governing equations of the bed

  6. Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant steam generator: FEW tube test model post test examination

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    The Steam Generator Few Tube Test (FTT) is part of an extensive testing program being carried out in support of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP) steam generator design. The testing of full-length seven-tube evaporator and three-tube superheater models of the CRBRP design was conducted to provide steady-state thermal/hydraulic performance data to full power per tube and to verify the absence of multi-year endurance problems. The problems encountered with the mechanical features of the FTT model design which led to premature test termination and the results of the post-test examination are described

  7. A supercritical steam cooled fast breeder reactor with negative reactivity characteristics against voiding and flooding

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    The steam cooled fast breeder reactor with negative reactivity characteristic against voiding and flooding is feasible under the supercritical pressure. The breeding ratio is 1.04. A flat core with the zirconium hydride layer is adopted for mitigating the void reactivity. The thermal efficiency of the indirect cycle system is improved 9 % relatively from the current PWR's. The core should be cooled in 10 seconds after the large break loss of coolant accident (LOCA). The coast down time should be larger than 30 seconds to overcome the loss of flow (LOF) by the trip of all blowers. (author)

  8. It is now time to proceed with a gas-cooled breeder reactor (GBR) demonstration plant

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    Since 1969, the GBRA has been making studies to provide evidence on questions which were not clear regarding the Gas-cooled Breeder Reactor: design feasibility and performance, safety, strategy and economics, and R and D necessary for a demonstration plant. Studies were carried out on a 1200-MW(e) commercial reference design with pin fuel, which was also used as a basis for a definition of the GBR demonstration plant. During the six years, a great deal of information has been generated at GBRA and it confirms the forecasts of the promoters of the Gas-cooled Breeder Reactor that the GBR is an excellent reactor from all points of view: design - the reactor can be engineered without major difficulty, using present techniques. As far as fuel is concerned, LMFBR fuel technology is applicable plus limited specific development effort. Performance - the GBR is the best breeder with oxide fuel and using conventional techniques. The strategy studies carried out at GBRA have clearly shown that a high performance breeder such as the GBR is absolutely required in large quantities by the turn of the century in order to avoid dependence on natural uranium resources. Regarding safety, a major step forward has been made when an ad hoc group on GBR safety, sponsored by the EEC, concluded that no major difficulties were anticipated which would prevent the GBR reaching adequate safety standards. Detailed economic assessments performed on an item-to-item basis have shown that the cost of a GBR with its high safety standard is about the same as that of an HTR. One can therefore conclude that, with the present cost of natural uranium, the GBR is competitive with the LWRs. Owing to the very limited R and D effort necessary and the obvious safety, economic and strategic advantages of the concept, it is concluded that the development and construction of a GBR demonstration plant must be started now if one wants to secure an adequate energy supply past the turn of the century. (author)

  9. Description of a materials/coolant laboratory for support of the Breeder Reactor Technology Shipping Program

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    A description of a facility devoted to evaluating the environmental compatibility and mechanical response of materials suitable for a breeder reactor spent-fuel shipping cask is given. The facility presently consists of a closed-loop servo-controlled hydraulic, horizontal test system coupled to an environmental chamber, generalized mechanical test equipment and high-rate mechanical behavior apparatus. Future plans include the procurement of real-time computer control equipment which will be used to assess the effects of complex load-time histories on spent-fuel shipping cask materials

  10. Compendium of computer codes for the safety analysis of fast breeder reactors

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    The objective of the compendium is to provide the reader with a guide which briefly describes many of the computer codes used for liquid metal fast breeder reactor safety analyses, since it is for this system that most of the codes have been developed. The compendium is designed to address the following frequently asked questions from individuals in licensing and research and development activities: (1) What does the code do. (2) To what safety problems has it been applied. (3) What are the code's limitations. (4) What is being done to remove these limitations. (5) How does the code compare with experimental observations and other code predictions. (6) What reference documents are available

  11. Large scale breeder reactor plant prototype mechanical pump conceptual design study

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    This final report is a complete conceptual design study of a mechanical pump for a large scale breeder reactor plant. The pumps are located in the cold leg side of the loops. This makes the net positive suction head available - NPSHA - low, and is, in fact, a major influencing factor in the design. Where possible, experience gained from the Clinch River Project and the FFTF is used in this study. Experience gained in the design, manufacturer, and testing of pumps in general and sodium pumps in particular is reflected in this report. The report includes estimated cost and time schedule for design, manufacture, and testing. It also includes a recommendation for development needs.

  12. Comparison of diffusion and transport theory analysis with experimental results in fast breeder test reactor

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    A systematic analysis has been performed by 3 dimensional diffusion and transport methods to calculate the measured control rod worths and subassembly wise power distribution in fast breeder test reactor. Geometry corrections (rectangular to hexagonal and diffusion to transport corrections are estimated for multiplication factors and control rod worths. Calculated control rod worths by diffusion and transport theory are nearly the same and 10% above measured values. Power distribution in the core periphery is over predicted (15%) by diffusion theory. But, this over prediction reduces to 8% by use of the SN method. (authors). 9 refs., 4 tabs., 3 fig

  13. Hydraulics of laboratory and full-scale upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors.

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    Batstone, D J; Hernandez, J L A; Schmidt, J E

    2005-08-01

    Laboratory-scale upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors are often used as test platforms to evaluate full-scale applications. However, for a given volume specific hydraulic loading rate and geometry, the gas and liquid flows increase proportionally with the cube root of volume. In this communication, we demonstrate that a laboratory-scale reactor had plug-flow hydraulics, while a full-scale reactor had mixed flow hydraulics. The laboratory-scale reactor could be modeled using an existing biochemical model, and parameters identified, but because of computational speed with plug-flow hydraulics, mixed systems are instead recommended for parameter identification studies. Because of the scaling issues identified, operational data should not be directly projected from laboratory-scale results to the full-scale design. PMID:15977253

  14. Prototype fast breeder reactor main and safety vessel surfaces in-service inspection mobile robot

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    Periodic inspection of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) main vessel and safety vessel is important to assess their structural integrity and to take remedial measures, if needed. PFBR is a pool type reactor and a safety vessel is provided in the design, which envelops the main reactor vessel. As the reactor inside is inaccessible, inspection can only be performed from outside the main vessel. Division of Remote Handling and Robotics, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) is working on the design of a proto-type mobile robot that would do the inspection of reactor vessel surfaces through the annular gap using friction grip when the reactor is in shutdown condition. This mobile robot will be inserted through the access holes at the top of the reactor vault leading to the annular space and moves around the vessel, carrying visual camera, lighting system and ultrasonic testing modules as accessories and also positions and orients them to do ISI of main and safety vessel surfaces. The details of the configuration of the VENTURE, method of achieving mobility around the vessel for coverage and adaptation to the variation in annular gap and other salient design features required to perform the ISI are briefed in this paper. (author)

  15. Implications of nuclear physics in the development of Fast Breeder Reactors

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    The purpose of this paper is to point out the involved aspects of nuclear physics in the calculation and design of the fast reactors. After a brief description of the advantages of using the fast reactors in the national economy, the national programs concerning this activity are presented. The structure and operation conditions of the liquid metal fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) are also reviewed. Then, the methods aimed to calculate the core, the burn-up, the reactor dynamics, the analysis of accidents, the shielding, as well as, the materials required in the fast reactor calculation, are shortly given. Further on, it deals with the nuclear data types connected to the fast reactor calculations, with accuracy requirements for nuclear data, as well as, with the present stage of nuclear data for fissile, fertile and structural materials. The requirements for new differential data measurements, new integral data and benchmark experiments are presented. Data adjustement methods are also summarized. Some aspects of the structural material behaviour in intense gamma radiation and neutron fields existing into a fast reactor are also presented in the last part of this paper. The concluding remarks are mentioned at the end of the paper. (author)

  16. Treatment of domestic wastewater in an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor followed by moving bed biofilm reactor

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    Tawfik, A.; El-Gohary, F.; Temmink, B.G.

    2010-01-01

    The performance of a laboratory-scale sewage treatment system composed of an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor and a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) at a temperature of (22-35 A degrees C) was evaluated. The entire treatment system was operated at different hydraulic retention times (HRT's) of 13.3, 10 and 5.0 h. An overall reduction of 80-86% for CODtotal; 51-73% for CODcolloidal and 20-55% for CODsoluble was found at a total HRT of 5-10 h, respectively. By prolonging the HRT...

  17. Efficient COD removal and nitrification in an upflow microaerobic sludge blanket reactor for domestic wastewater.

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    Zheng, Shaokui; Cui, Cancan

    2012-03-01

    The treatment performance of an upflow microaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UMSB) for synthetic domestic wastewater was investigated at two dissolved oxygen (DO) levels, 0.3-0.5 and 0.7-0.9 mg l(-1), focusing on nitrification performance. The higher DO level induced complete nitrification of ammonia nitrogen (NH(3)-N), achieving chemical oxygen demand and NH(3)-N removals of 97 and 92%, respectively. There were consistently significantly higher nitrate nitrogen (NO(3)-N) and nitrite nitrogen (NO(2)-N) levels in the effluent, with ~66% of newly-produced oxidised nitrogen as NO(2)-N. Despite the high nitrification efficiency, only about 23% of the removed NH(3)-N amount from the influent was ultimately transformed into oxidised nitrogen due to the simultaneous nitrification-denitrification. Sludge blanket development and granulation occurred simultaneously in the UMSB. PMID:22105554

  18. Benchmark experiment on the model of fusion reactor blanket with uranium neutron multiplier

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    Benchmark experiment on the model of thermonuclear reactor blanket with 14 MeV neutron source is described. The model design corresponds to the known concept of the fast hybrid blanket with 238U neutron multiplier and main tritium production on 6Li. Detailed measurements of the following process velocities were carried out: tritium production on lithium isotopes; reactions modelling tritium production; (n, γ) and (n, 2n) processes for 238U; fission reactions for 235,238U, 239Pu, 237Np. Neutron flux integral measurements were performed by a set of threshold detectors on the basic of the 115In(n, n'), 204Pb(n, n'), 64Zn(n, p), 27Al(n, p), 56Fe(n, p), 107Ag(n, 2n), 63Cu(n, 2n) and 64(n, 2n) reactions

  19. ITER [International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor] shield and blanket work package report

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    This report summarizes nuclear-related work in support of the US effort for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Study. The purpose of this work was to prepare for the first international ITER workshop devoted to defining a basic ITER concept that will serve as a basis for an indepth conceptual design activity over the next 2-1/2 years. Primary tasks carried out during the past year included: design improvements of the inboard shield developed for the TIBER concept, scoping studies of a variety of tritium breeding blanket options, development of necessary design guidelines and evaluation criteria for the blanket options, further safety considerations related to nuclear components and issues regarding structural materials for an ITER device. 44 refs., 31 figs., 29 tabs

  20. Two-dimensional TBR calculations for conceptual compact reversed-field pinch reactor blanket

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    A detailed two-dimensional nucleonic analysis was performed for a conceptual first wall, blanket, and shield design for the Compact Reversed-Field Pinch Reactor. The design includes significant two-dimensional aspects presented by the limiter, vacuum ducts, and coolant manifolds; these aspects seriously degrade the tritium-breeding reaction (TBR) predicted by one-dimensional calculations. A range of design change to increase the TBR were investigated within the two-dimensional analysis. The results of this investigation indicated that an adequate TBR could be achieved with a thinner copper first wall, a 6Li enrichment near 90%, the proper selection of reflector, and a small addition to the blanket thickness, determined by the one-dimensional analysis

  1. Applications of the Integrated-Blanket-Coil concept to the compact reversed-field pinch reactor

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    A design of a compact fusion reactor is proposed based on the reversed field pinch and utilizing the ''Integrated-Blanket-Coil'' (IBC) concept. The IBC is applied to the toroidal field and divertor systems, with liquid metal used for cooling both the first wall and blanket. This simplifies the overall design by requiring only a single coolant cycle. In addition, safety is increased by eliminating any possible lithium-water interaction in the fusion power core. Finally, replacing conventional copper divertor coils with IBC components enhances tritium breeding and energy recovery. A generic problem with liquid metal coolants is their reduced heat transfer capabilities in magnetic fields. In this context, the use of liquid metal coolants may limit the allowable neutron wall loading to a value of 10 MW/m/sup 2/. Above this value it may be necessary to use water cooling for the first wall and divertor surfaces

  2. Design and evaluation of a thorium fueled reactor with seed-blanket assembly configuration

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    Recently, thorium fuel cycle is receiving increasing attention as one of possible ways to solve the problems of existing reactor design. In particular, a competitive thorium fuel cycle for pressurized water reactors of current technology, Radkowsky Thorium Reactor (RTR), was suggested by Radkowsky, et al. Main design concept of RTR is to replace the fuel assemblies of existing reactors with new thorium fueled assemblies with seed-blanket configuration. Except for the use of Seed-Blanket Units (SBUs), RTR has almost the same hardware components with existing PWR technology. With minor modification, RTR concepts may be adopted to PWR. In this thesis, we designed a thorium fueled reactor according to the design features of RTR and carried out the assessment of its overall performance. For numerical estimation, we used the cell code system HELIOS and the 2-group diffusion nodal code system AFEN. The link of these two code systems was done for depletion calculation. To compare its performance with existing PWRs, the ABB/CE type SYSTEM 80+ core was also modeled and calculated. From the preliminary results of performance analysis of an RTR-type thorium reactor, and comparison with the ABB/CE type reactor, we could ascertain some advantages and problems. Although some technical problems still remain, i.e., the need of extensive use of burnable absorbers and other thermo-mechanical problems, we conclude that RTR-type thorium reactor may is one of the effective ways to solve the two main problems of existing nuclear technology, i.e., possible diversion of the spent fuel for weapons and the storage and disposal of the spent fuel (discharged fuel is less in amount and poor in fissile plutonium quality). From RTR-type thorium fuel cycle, we can also achieve economical benefits because it requires much less uranium and thorium than existing PWR to produce the same amount of energy

  3. Requirements for a helium-cooled blanket heat removal system development facility for fusion reactor research

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    Existing and potential design problems associated with the helium-cooled blanket assemblies of experimental, demonstration and hybrid reactor designs considered in the Magnetic Fusion Energy (MFE) Program were assessed. It was observed that a balanced program of design, analysis and experimentation would be required to develop, verify and qualify these designs and those of related hardware and equipment. To respond to the potential experimental requirements of the first-generation reactors (the EPRs and possibly the hybrid concept), the need for a helium test facility was identified. It was determined that this facility should have the capacity for recirculating 100,000 kg/hr of helium at 70 atm and 6000C and should have 3 MW of electrical power available for simulating neutron heating. No radioactive material or processes should be used to facilitate ''hands-on'' experimentation and development. The general types of testing anticipated in this facility would include: (1) thermal and coolant flow performance of the blanket and other components in the primary cooling circuit; (2) structural adequacy of the blanket and first wall including vibration considerations; (3) capability for accommodating safety/off-normal conditions. Existing facilities worldwide were surveyed. It was determined that a number of facilities exist in foreign nations for performing the anticipated experiments. However, no large helium gas flow loop exists within the USA. Consequently, it is recommended that a helium thermal-hydraulic blanket test facility be planned and build on a schedule that will meet the unique design development and verification needs of the fusion program. This report provides the rationale and preliminary scoping of the operational characteristics and requirements for such a facility

  4. Application of the integrated blanket-coil concept (IBC) to fusion reactors

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    A novel concept is proposed for combining the blanket and coil functions of a fusion reactor into a single component and several unique applications to fusion reactor embodiments are identified. The proposed concept takes advantage of the fact that lithium is a good electrical conductor in addition to being a unique tritium-breeding material capable of energy recovery and transport at high temperatures. This concept, designated the ''integrated-blanket-coil (IBC) concept'' has the potential for: allowing fusion reactor embodiments which are easier to maintain; making fusion reactors more compact with an intrinsic ultra-high mass power density (net kW/sub E//metric tonne); and enhancing the tritium breeding potential for special coil applications such as ohmic heating and bean identation. By assuming a sandwich construction for the IBC walls (i.e., a layered combination of a thin wall of structural material, insulator and structural materials) the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD)-induced pressure drops and associated pressure stresses are modest and well below design limits. Possible unique applications of the IBC concept have been investigated and include the IBC concept applied to the poloidal field (PF) coils, toroidal field (TF) coils, divertor coils, ohmic heating (OH) coils, and identation coils for bean shaping

  5. The long-term future for civilian nuclear power generation in France: The case for breeder reactors. Breeder reactors: The physical and physical chemistry parameters, associate material thermodynamics and mechanical engineering: Novelties and issues

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    The author gives a summary overview of the knowledge base acquired since the first breeder reactors became operational in the fifties. Neutron transport theory, thermal phenomena, reactor core cooling, various coolants used and envisioned for this function, fuel fabrication from separated materials, main equipment (pumps, valves, heat exchanges...) have now attained maturity, sufficient to implement sodium cooling circuits. However, the use of metallic sodium still raises certain severe questions in terms of safe handling and security considerations. The structural components, both inside the reactor core and outside (i.e. heat exchangers) are undergoing in-depth research so as to last longer. The fuel cycle, notably the re-fabrication of fuel elements and fertile elements, the case of transuranic elements, etc., call for studies into radiation induced phenomena, chemistry separation, separate or otherwise treatments for materials that have different radioactive, physical, thermodynamical, chemical and biological properties. The concerns that surround the definitive disposal of certain radioactive wastes could be qualitatively improved with respect to the pressurized water reactors (PWRs) in service today. Lastly, the author notes that breeder reactors eliminate the need for an isotope separation facility, and this constitutes a significant contribution to contain nuclear proliferation. France was in the forefront of nuclear breeder power generation science, technological research and also in the knowledge base related to breeder reactors. It is in the country's interest to pursue these efforts. (author)

  6. Reactivity control system of a passively safe thorium breeder pebble bed reactor

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    Highlights: • A worth of over 15,000 pcm ensures achieving long-term cold shutdown in thorium PBR. • Control rod worth in side reflector is insufficient due to low-power breeder zone. • 20 control rods, just outside the driver zone, can achieve long-term cold shutdown. • BF3 gas can be inserted for reactor shutdown, but only in case of emergency. • Perturbation theory accurately predicts absorber gas worth for many concentrations. - Abstract: This work investigates the neutronic design of the reactivity control system for a 100 MWth passively safe thorium breeder pebble bed reactor (PBR), a conceptual design introduced previously by the authors. The thorium PBR consists of a central driver zone of 100 cm radius, surrounded by a breeder zone with 300 cm outer radius. The fissile content of the breeder zone is low, leading to low fluxes in the radial reflector region. Therefore, a significant decrease of the control rod worth at this position is anticipated. The reactivity worth of control rods in the side reflector and at alternative in-core positions is calculated using different techniques, being 2D neutron diffusion, perturbation theory and more accurate 3D Monte Carlo models. Sensitivity coefficients from perturbation theory provide a first indication of effective control rod positions, while the 2D diffusion models provide an upper limit on the reactivity worth achievable at a certain radial position due to the homogeneous spreading of the absorber material over the azimuthal domain. Three dimensional forward calculations, e.g. in KENO, are needed for an accurate calculation of the total control rod worth. The two dimensional homogeneous calculations indicate that the reactivity worth in the radial reflector is by far insufficient to achieve cold reactor shutdown, which requires a control rod worth of over 15 000 pcm. Three dimensional heterogeneous KENO calculations show that placing 20 control rods just outside the driver channel, between 100 cm and

  7. Current status of experimental breeder reactor-II [EBR-II] shutdown planning

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    The Experimental Breeder Reactor--II (EBR-II) at Argonne National Laboratory--West (ANL-W) in Idaho, was shutdown in September, 1994 as mandated by the US Department of Energy. This sodium cooled reactor had been in service since 1964, and was to be placed in an industrially and radiologically safe condition for ultimate decommissioning. The deactivation of a liquid metal reactor presents unique concerns. The first major task associated with the project was the removal of all fueled assemblies. In addition, sodium must be drained from systems and processed for ultimate disposal. Residual quantities of sodium remaining in systems must be deactivated or inerted to preclude future hazards associated with pyrophoricity and generation of potentially explosive hydrogen gas. A Sodium Process Facility was designed and constructed to react the elemental sodium from the EBR-II primary and secondary systems to sodium hydroxide for disposal. This facility has a design capacity to allow the reaction of the complete inventory of sodium at ANL-W in less than two years. Additional quantities of sodium from the Fermi-1 reactor are also being treated at the Sodium Process Facility. The sodium environment and the EBR-II configuration, combined with the radiation and contamination associated with thirty years of reactor operation, posed problems specific to liquid metal reactor deactivation. The methods being developed and implemented at EBR-II can be applied to other similar situations in the US and abroad

  8. STARTUP OF UPELOW ANAEROBIC SLUDGE BLANKET REACTOR FOR INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT

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    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available Up flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB reactors have been increasingly used for industrial wastewater treatment. Because of existing problems in startup step of these reactors, in this research the startup of a UASB in pilot scale and room temperature condition was studied. The total height of UASB reactor was 270 cm and effective height was 240 cm. Diameter of the reactor in lower part was 20 cm (reaction zone and 40 cm in upper part (solid-gas-liquid separator five sampling ports with interval of 32 cm were provided and the effective volume of the reactor was 100 liters. Septic tank digested sludge and cow manure were used for the seeding of UASB reactor. In the startup step of the reactor, volumetric loading was increased step by step. After 155 days granule formation was observed and after 215 days of the study the removal rate increased to 4.62 kg COD/m/ day. More than 98% of soluble COD removal was achieved in lower 160 cm of reactor.

  9. Review of uncertainty estimates associated with models for assessing the impact of breeder reactor radioactivity releases

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    The purpose is to summarize estimates based on currently available data of the uncertainty associated with radiological assessment models. The models being examined herein are those recommended previously for use in breeder reactor assessments. Uncertainty estimates are presented for models of atmospheric and hydrologic transport, terrestrial and aquatic food-chain bioaccumulation, and internal and external dosimetry. Both long-term and short-term release conditions are discussed. The uncertainty estimates presented in this report indicate that, for many sites, generic models and representative parameter values may be used to calculate doses from annual average radionuclide releases when these calculated doses are on the order of one-tenth or less of a relevant dose limit. For short-term, accidental releases, especially those from breeder reactors located in sites dominated by complex terrain and/or coastal meteorology, the uncertainty in the dose calculations may be much larger than an order of magnitude. As a result, it may be necessary to incorporate site-specific information into the dose calculation under these circumstances to reduce this uncertainty. However, even using site-specific information, natural variability and the uncertainties in the dose conversion factor will likely result in an overall uncertainty of greater than an order of magnitude for predictions of dose or concentration in environmental media following shortterm releases

  10. Status of Fast Breeder Reactor Development in the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands

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    In 1967 and 1968, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands (''DeBeNe'') agreed to develop breeder reactors in a joint program. The following research organizations have taken part in this effort: - Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK) - Interatom, Bergisch Gladbach Alkem, Hanau - SCK/CEN, Mol - Belgonucleaire, Brussels - ECN, Petten - TNO, Apeldoorn - Neratoom, The Hague. The first three institutions mentioned above have been associated in the Entwicklungsgemeinschaft Schneller Brüter since 1977. KfK, INTERATOM, and the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique entered into contracts in 1977 about close cooperation in the fast breeder field, to which the Belgian and Dutch partners acceded. The results of activities carried out by the DeBeNe partners in 1987 have been compiled in this report. The report begins with a survey of the fast reactor plants, which is followed by an R&D summary. In an additional chapter, a survey is given of international cooperation in 1987

  11. Numerical simulation of convection of argon gas in fast breeder reactor

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    Highlights: • Turbulent convective motion of Argon gas in the annulus of fast breeder reactor. • Circumferential temperature difference (CTD) is proportional to the Rayleigh Number. • A pair of ascending and descending rolls that move azimuthally in the annulus. • Observed flow reversals. • Temperature fluctuations decrease with the height of the annulus. - Abstract: In this paper, we present the results of numerical simulations of the turbulent convection in the Argon gas present in the annulus of a fast breeder reactor. We employ RANS scheme with k–∊ model and solve the equations using an open-source software OpenFOAM. The Rayleigh numbers Ra of our simulations lie in the range of 108 to 1010. We observe a pair of rolls with a hot plume rising from one end, and a cold plume descending from the opposite end of the annulus. This feature results because the aspect ratio of the geometry is near unity. We also find that the circumferential temperature difference (CTD) is proportional to Ra

  12. Review of uncertainty estimates associated with models for assessing the impact of breeder reactor radioactivity releases

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    Miller, C.; Little, C.A.

    1982-08-01

    The purpose is to summarize estimates based on currently available data of the uncertainty associated with radiological assessment models. The models being examined herein are those recommended previously for use in breeder reactor assessments. Uncertainty estimates are presented for models of atmospheric and hydrologic transport, terrestrial and aquatic food-chain bioaccumulation, and internal and external dosimetry. Both long-term and short-term release conditions are discussed. The uncertainty estimates presented in this report indicate that, for many sites, generic models and representative parameter values may be used to calculate doses from annual average radionuclide releases when these calculated doses are on the order of one-tenth or less of a relevant dose limit. For short-term, accidental releases, especially those from breeder reactors located in sites dominated by complex terrain and/or coastal meteorology, the uncertainty in the dose calculations may be much larger than an order of magnitude. As a result, it may be necessary to incorporate site-specific information into the dose calculation under these circumstances to reduce this uncertainty. However, even using site-specific information, natural variability and the uncertainties in the dose conversion factor will likely result in an overall uncertainty of greater than an order of magnitude for predictions of dose or concentration in environmental media following shortterm releases.

  13. Comparison of material property specifications of austenitic steels in fast breeder reactor technology

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    Austenitic stainless steels are very widely used in components for European Fast Breeder Reactors. The Activity Group Nr.3 ''Materials'', within Working Group ''Codes and Standards'' of the Fast Reactor Co-Ordination Committee of the European Communities, has decided to initiate a study to compare the material property specifications of the austenitic stainless steel used in the European Fast Breeder Technology. Hence, this study would allow one to view rapidly the designation of a particular steel grade in different European countries and to compare given property values for a same grade. There were dissimilarities, differences or voids appear, it could lead to an attempt to complete and/or to uniformize the nationally given values, so that on a practical level interchangeability, availability and use ease design and construction work. A selection of the materials and of their properties has been made by the Working Group. Materials examined are Stainless Steel AISI 304, 304 L, 304 LN, 316, 316 L, 316 LN, 316''Ti stab.'', 316''Nb stab''., 321, 347

  14. Preliminary design of a Binary Breeder Reactor; Diseno preliminar de un reactor esferico de quema/cria

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    Garcia C, E. Y.; Francois, J. L.; Lopez S, R. C., E-mail: eliasgarcerv@hotmail.com [UNAM, Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Sistemas Energeticos, Paseo Cuauhnahuac No. 8532, 62550 Jiutepec, Morelos (Mexico)

    2014-10-15

    A binary breeder reactor (BBR) is a reactor that by means of the transmutation and fission process can operates through the depleted uranium burning with a small quantity of fissile material. The advantages of a BBR with relation to other nuclear reactor types are numerous, taking into account their capacity to operate for a long time without requiring fuel reload or re-arrangement. In this work four different simulations are shown carried out with the MCNPX code with libraries Jeff-3.1 to 1200 K. The objective of this study is to compare two different models of BBR: a spherical reactor and a cylindrical one, using two fuel cycles for each one of them (U-Pu and Th-U) and different reflectors for the two different geometries. For all the models a super-criticality state was obtained at least 10.9 years without carrying out some fuel re-arrangement or reload. The plutonium-239 production was achieved in the models where natural uranium was used in the breeding area, while the production of uranium-233 was observed in the cases where thorium was used in the fertile area. Finally, a behavior of stationary wave reactor was observed inside the models of spherical reactor when contemplating the power uniform increment in the breeding area, while inside the cylindrical models was observed the behavior of a traveling wave reactor when registering the displacement of the burnt wave along the cylindrical model. (Author)

  15. Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant. License application, statement of general information

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    Application is made for a reactor facility consisting of a liquid metal cooled reactor and steam generator system, a steam turbine driven electric generating system, electrical switchyard, and related auxiliaries and supporting structures. The primary system is located in an inert atmosphere in shielded vaults within a containment structure. Sodium coolant is used to remove heat from the core and radial blanket. Heat from the primary sodium is transferred in heat exchangers to non radioactive sodium which is used to convert feed-water into steam which is superheated to drive a tandem-compound generator. A single shaft multi-stage turbine generator produces 380 MW(e) with steam conditions of 1450 psig at 9000F. Fuel is sintered ceramic pellets of mixed uranium-plutonium oxides encapsulated in stainless steel. There are 198 fuel assemblies with each assembly consisting of 217 fuel rods placed in a hexagonal channel. Plutonium enrichment ranges from 1817 to 32.0 percent by weight. Axial blanket sections contain depleted UO2 with 99.8 percent 238U and 0.2 percent 235U by weight. The proposed location of the plant is within the corporate limits of the city of Oak Ridge in Roane County, Tennessee. (U.S.)

  16. Shippingport operations with the Light Water Breeder Reactor core. (LWBR Development Program)

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    Budd, W.A. (ed.)

    1986-03-01

    This report describes the operation of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station during the LWBR (Light Water Breeder Reactor) Core lifetime. It also summarizes the plant-oriented operations during the period preceding LWBR startup, which include the defueling of The Pressurized Water Reactor Core 2 (PWR-2) and the installation of the LWBR Core, and the operations associated with the defueling of LWBR. The intent of this report is to examine LWBR experience in retrospect and present pertinent and significant aspects of LWBR operations that relate primarily to the nuclear portion of the Station. The nonnuclear portion of the Station is discussed only as it relates to overall plant operation or to unusual problems which result from the use of conventional equipment in radioactive environments. 30 refs., 69 figs., 27 tabs.

  17. Liquid metal seal (LMS) - challenges for fast breeder test reactor (FBTR)

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    In Fast Breeder Test reactor (FBTR), Liquid Metal Seal (LMS) is being used to maintain leak tightness between reactor vessel and rotating plugs. It is a eutectic mixture of 42% tin and 58% bismuth. This paper describes measurements of melting point of LMS using Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), Make: Setaram; Model- 131 evo. The instrument was calibrated using Indium as standard with different heating rates, 5 °C/min, 10 °C/min, 15°C/min and 20 °C/min. The observed value of melting point was found to be in agreement with the literature value. The melting point of as received and used LMS (LMSH8, LMSH10 and LMSH12) from three locations of FBTR were studied using DSC with different heating rates as above. The results are presented and it can be clearly seen that LMS has undergone some modifications during the continuous usage in FBTR

  18. Low-order dynamic modeling of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II

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    This report describes the development of a low-order, linear model of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), including the primary system, intermediate heat exchanger, and steam generator subsystems. The linear model is developed to represent full-power steady state dynamics for low-level perturbations. Transient simulations are performed using model building and simulation capabilities of the computer software Matrixx. The inherently safe characteristics of the EBR-II are verified through the simulation studies. The results presented in this report also indicate an agreement between the linear model and the actual dynamics of the plant for several transients. Such models play a major role in the learning and in the improvement of nuclear reactor dynamics for control and signal validation studies. This research and development is sponsored by the Advanced Controls Program in the Instrumentation and Controls Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 17 refs., 67 figs., 15 tabs

  19. Single assembly preliminary analysis for horizontal seismic analysis on fast breeder reactor core

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    Seismic analysis is one of important parts of fast breeder reactor (FBR) core design. It is necessary for structural integrity assessment and analysis of variation of reactivity under the earthquake. Moreover some important data for qualification of the scram capability of the control rods during the earthquake. Moreover some important data for qualification of the scram capability of the control rods during the earthquake could be provided. In the paper, FINAS, one finite element code developed by Japanese engineers, was used. The calculation model and method were studied on single assembly in China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR), as an example. Some preliminary analyses were carried out, which prepare for the seismic analysis on multiple assemblies in FBR core. (authors)

  20. Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), instrumentation for core surveillance

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    The paper describes the Experimental Breeder Reactor-2 (EBR-2), thermal-hydraulic testing on the facility, and features of EBR-2 subassembly design. It is reported that during 25 years of EBR-2 operation, several of original, non-replaceable flow-sensors and thermocouples have failed in the primary system, and that this has led to the development of new sensors. The conclusion is made that from test series of measurements of temperature and flow in subassemblies, EBR-2 calculations showed that the core could withstand a loss-of-flow without scram accident and a loss-of-heat sink without scram accident from full reactor power without core damage. 11 refs, 9 figs

  1. Theory, design, and operation of liquid metal fast breeder reactors, including operational health physics

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    Adams, S.R.

    1985-10-01

    A comprehensive evaluation was conducted of the radiation protection practices and programs at prototype LMFBRs with long operational experience. Installations evaluated were the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), Richland, Washington; Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), Idaho Falls, Idaho; Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) Dounreay, Scotland; Phenix, Marcoule, France; and Kompakte Natriumgekuhlte Kernreak Toranlange (KNK II), Karlsruhe, Federal Republic of Germany. The evaluation included external and internal exposure control, respiratory protection procedures, radiation surveillance practices, radioactive waste management, and engineering controls for confining radiation contamination. The theory, design, and operating experience at LMFBRs is described. Aspects of LMFBR health physics different from the LWR experience in the United States are identified. Suggestions are made for modifications to the NRC Standard Review Plan based on the differences.

  2. Steam condenser optimization using Real-parameter Genetic Algorithm for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    Highlights: → We model design optimization of a vital reactor component using Genetic Algorithm. → Real-parameter Genetic Algorithm is used for steam condenser optimization study. → Comparison analysis done with various Genetic Algorithm related mechanisms. → The results obtained are validated with the reference study results. - Abstract: This work explores the use of Real-parameter Genetic Algorithm and analyses its performance in the steam condenser (or Circulating Water System) optimization study of a 500 MW fast breeder nuclear reactor. Choice of optimum design parameters for condenser for a power plant from among a large number of technically viable combination is a complex task. This is primarily due to the conflicting nature of the economic implications of the different system parameters for maximizing the capitalized profit. In order to find the optimum design parameters a Real-parameter Genetic Algorithm model is developed and applied. The results obtained are validated with the reference study results.

  3. Shippingport operations with the Light Water Breeder Reactor core. (LWBR Development Program)

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    This report describes the operation of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station during the LWBR (Light Water Breeder Reactor) Core lifetime. It also summarizes the plant-oriented operations during the period preceding LWBR startup, which include the defueling of The Pressurized Water Reactor Core 2 (PWR-2) and the installation of the LWBR Core, and the operations associated with the defueling of LWBR. The intent of this report is to examine LWBR experience in retrospect and present pertinent and significant aspects of LWBR operations that relate primarily to the nuclear portion of the Station. The nonnuclear portion of the Station is discussed only as it relates to overall plant operation or to unusual problems which result from the use of conventional equipment in radioactive environments. 30 refs., 69 figs., 27 tabs

  4. Theory, design, and operation of liquid metal fast breeder reactors, including operational health physics

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    A comprehensive evaluation was conducted of the radiation protection practices and programs at prototype LMFBRs with long operational experience. Installations evaluated were the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), Richland, Washington; Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II), Idaho Falls, Idaho; Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) Dounreay, Scotland; Phenix, Marcoule, France; and Kompakte Natriumgekuhlte Kernreak Toranlange (KNK II), Karlsruhe, Federal Republic of Germany. The evaluation included external and internal exposure control, respiratory protection procedures, radiation surveillance practices, radioactive waste management, and engineering controls for confining radiation contamination. The theory, design, and operating experience at LMFBRs is described. Aspects of LMFBR health physics different from the LWR experience in the United States are identified. Suggestions are made for modifications to the NRC Standard Review Plan based on the differences

  5. Experience of secondary cooling system modification at prototype fast breeder reactor MONJU (Translated document)

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    The prototype fast breeder reactor MONJU has been shut down since the secondary sodium leak accident that occurred in December 1995. After the accident, an investigation into the cause and a comprehensive safety review of the plant were conducted, and various countermeasures for sodium leak were examined. Modification work commenced in September 2005. Since sodium, a chemically active material, is used as coolant in MONJU, the modification work required work methods suitable for the handling of sodium. From this perspective, the use of a plastic bag when opening the sodium boundary, oxygen concentration control in a plastic bag, slightly-positive pressure control of cover gas in the systems, pressing and cutting with a roller cutter to prevent the incorporation of metal fillings, etc. were adopted, with careful consideration given to experience and findings from previous modification work at the experimental fast reactor JOYO and plants abroad. Owing to these work methods, the modification work proceeded close to schedule without incident. (author)

  6. Design of Central Sub Assembly Temperature Monitoring System for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    The Central Sub Assembly Temperature Monitoring (CSATM) System for 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is a safety critical system. It is an independent, standalone, hardwired and diversified system to neutronic parameters. The detection of integrity of the subassembly plays a major role, because of high power density and compact core structure of PFBR fuel. To achieve this, CSATM system is provided for the measurement and detection of overshoot for Central Sub Assembly temperature. It protects the reactor from various incidents such as transient overpower at low power and high power, blockage of coolant, pipe rupture etc. CSATM system with triple modular redundancy is employed to measure the central sub-assembly outlet temperature (θCSA) and safety action will be initiated if temperature reaches beyond SCRAM threshold level. (author)

  7. Equipment cell liners for liquid-metal-cooled fast breeder reactors

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    Concepts and practices used in the design of equipment cell liners for liquid-metal-cooled fast breeder reactor (LMFBR) systems were surveyed to ascertain the manner by which the functional requirements were satisfied, the severity of sodium spills the liners were designed to accommodate, and the problems encountered in design and construction. The survey was limited to ''loop-type'' LMFBRs, with primary interest on recently constructed plants. Steel-lined concrete structures are discussed; cell-liner designs used in several LMFBR plants are described with particular emphasis on the Southwest Experimental Fast Oxide Reactor (SEFOR), which uses a fixed liner, and the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), which uses a free-floating liner; and research and development work believed necessary to permit a rational and thorough assessment of cell-liner design concept is identified

  8. Significance of the SNR 300 fast breeder reactor in terms of research policy

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    The publication consists of the following documents: (1) Compact version of the expert opinion on the benefit to be gained for the research policy of the FRG from the FBR prototype reactor station SNR 300. (2) Speech of the Federal Minister for Research and Technology, Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber, in the German Bundestag (September 22, 1988). (3) Survey of fast breeder reactor development and of the SNR 300. (4) Statement concerning the proposal to use the Kalkar nuclear power station (SNR 300) as a 'waste management facility' for plutonium and other actinides. (5) Reply of the Federal Government to an interpellation filed by the deputies Mr Wetzel, Mr Stratmann, Mrs Tauber, Dr. Daniels (Regensburg), and the parliamentary party of the Greens. (orig./UA)

  9. Fast current pulse amplifier for neutron flux monitoring system of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

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    The neutron flux monitoring system (NFMS) for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) measures the neutron power and the reactivity changes in the core in all the states such as shut down, fuel handling, reactor startup, intermediate and power ranges using high temperature cylindrical fission chambers, four section fission counter and high temperature boron coated counter. Fast Current Pulse Amplifier has been developed to use in NFMS of PFBR that amplifies single/four numbers of input current pulses independently, discriminates and electronically wire - OR them to give differential pulse output along with the Campbell output. The paper describes the design, development of integrated single/Quad channel fast current pulse amplifier based on in-house developed ASIC, Hybrid IC, in built test features, LV and HV supplies. (author)

  10. Nuclear Performance Analyses for HCPB Test Blanket Modules in ITER

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    The Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) blanket is one of two breeder blanket concepts developed in the framework of the European Fusion Technology Programme for performance tests in ITER. The related efforts currently focus on the design optimisation of suitable Test Blanket Modules (TBM) and associated R-and-D activities. Four different HCPB TBM types are considered for addressing issues related to (i) electromagnetic transients (EM), (ii) neutronics and Tritium (NT), (iii) thermo-mechanical properties of the pebble beds (TM), and (iv) the integral performance of the blanket module (Plant Integration, PI). The lay-out of the NT and the PI modules has been entirely revised to represent the latest HCPB breeder blanket concept for fusion power reactors. A HCPB TBM consists of a steel box with an internal stiffening grid and small breeder units. The stiffening grid forms radially running open cells accommodating the breeder units (BU). The BU consists of a back plate with attached breeder canisters providing space for the breeder pebble beds. The space between the canisters and the stiffening plates is filled with Beryllium pebbles for the neutron multiplication. The latest design assumes two vertically arranged breeder containers per BU with a toroidal bed height of 10 and 24 mm, for NT and PI modules, respectively. Li4SiO4 is assumed as breeder material at 6Li enrichment levels between 40 at % (NT) and 90 at % (PI). This work is devoted to the neutronic, shielding and activation analyses performed recently for NT and PI variants of the HCPB TBM in ITER. The analyses are based on three-dimensional neutronic and activation calculations making use of a 20 degree torus sector model of ITER developed for Monte Carlo calculations with the MCNP code. The model includes a proper representation of the horizontal ITER test blanket port, the water cooled support frame with two integrated HCPB blanket test modules, the radiation shield and the port environment. Monte Carlo

  11. Design optimization of backup seal for sodium cooled fast breeder reactor

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    Highlights: ► Design arrived from fourteen geometric options by finite element analysis. ► Seal geometry, size, compression, contact pressure, stress and compression load optimized. ► Effects of reduced fluoroelastomer strength at 110 °C, strain rate and stress-softening incorporated. ► Ageing, friction, tolerances, batch-to-batch/production variations in fluoroelastomer considered. ► Procedure applicable to other elastomeric seals of Fast Breeder Reactors. -- Abstract: Design optimization of static, fluoroelastomer backup seals for the 500 MWe, Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is depicted. 14 geometric variations of a solid trapezoidal cross-section were studied by finite element analysis (FEA) to arrive at a design with hollowness and double o-ring contours on the sealing face. The seal design with squeeze of 5 mm assures failsafe operation for at least 10 years under a differential pressure of 25 kPa and ageing influences of fluid (air), temperature (110 °C) and γ radiation (23 mGy/h) in reactor. Hybrid elements of 1 mm length, regular integration, Mooney–Rivlin material model and Poisson’s ratio of 0.493 were used in axisymmetric analysis scheme. Possible effects of reduced fluoroelastomer strength at 110 °C, ageing, friction, tolerances in reactor scale, testing conditions during FEA data generation and batch-to-batch/production variations in seal material were considered to ensure adequate safety margin at the end of design life. The safety margin and numerical prediction accuracy could be improved further by using properties of specimens extracted from seal. The approach is applicable to other low pressure, moderate temperature elastomeric sealing applications of PFBR, mostly operating under maximum strain of 50%.

  12. Biological nutrient removal by internal circulation upflow sludge blanket reactor after landfill leachate pretreatment.

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    Abood, Alkhafaji R; Bao, Jianguo; Abudi, Zaidun N

    2013-10-01

    The removal of biological nutrient from mature landfill leachate with a high nitrogen load by an internal circulation upflow sludge blanket (ICUSB) reactor was studied. The reactor is a set of anaerobic-anoxic-aerobic (A2/O) bioreactors, developed on the basis of an expended granular sludge blanket (EGSB), granular sequencing batch reactor (GSBR) and intermittent cycle extended aeration system (ICEAS). Leachate was subjected to stripping by agitation process and poly ferric sulfate coagulation as a pretreatment process, in order to reduce both ammonia toxicity to microorganisms and the organic contents. The reactor was operated under three different operating systems, consisting of recycling sludge with air (A2/O), recycling sludge without air (low oxygen) and a combination of both (A2/O and low oxygen). The lowest effluent nutrient levels were realised by the combined system of A2/O and low oxygen, which resulted in effluent of chemical oxygen demand (COD), NH3-N and biological oxygen demand (BOD5) concentrations of 98.20, 13.50 and 22.50 mg/L. The optimal operating conditions for the efficient removal of biological nutrient using the ICUSB reactor were examined to evaluate the influence of the parameters on its performance. The results showed that average removal efficiencies of COD and NH3-N of 96.49% and 99.39%, respectively were achieved under the condition of a hydraulic retention time of 12 hr, including 4 hr of pumping air into the reactor, with dissolved oxygen at an rate of 4 mg/L and an upflow velocity 2 m/hr. These combined processes were successfully employed and effectively decreased pollutant loading. PMID:24494501

  13. Application of the Integrated-Blanket-Coil concept to a compact reversed-field pinch reactor

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    The Integrated-Blanket-Coil (IBC) concept has been examined in the context of a compact reversed-field pinch (RFP) fusion reactor. The IBC approach is novel in that the functions of the blanket (tritium breeding and energy recovery) and the coil (magnetic field production) are fulfilled in a single component. This combination of functions is accomplished by using lithium metal as the coolant, breeding medium, and electrical conductor. Economics and physics modeling indicates that the toroidal field and divertor coil systems are appropriate applications for IBC components. Conceptual designs for the TF-IBC and IBC divertor systems are developed, based on parameters generated by the TITAN RFP Reactor Design Study. Design of the IBC divertor is similar to the TF-IBC, but with the added concern for proper mapping of the field lines. Improved magnetic coupling and additional energy recovery and tritium breeding enhance the attractiveness of the IBC divertor relative to copper coils. Both the TF and divertor IBC systems are capable of operating compatibly with the Oscillating Field Current Drive (OFCD). The conceptual design process indicates that the TF-IBC and IBC divertor are technically feasible. As such, they represent viable alternatives for a compact RFP reactor

  14. Hydrodynamic and elastoplastic structural analysis of fast breeder reactor core accident

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    This paper describes the principles and examples of applications of an explicit Lagrangian coupled finite difference-finite element code HEMP-ESI developed in order to calculate the structural consequences of hypothetical core disruptive accidents (HCDA) in nuclear reactors. The explicit solution algorithm of the finite difference scheme used to discretize the hydrodynamic fluid domains is shown to be very similar to that used for the solution of the finite element discretized shell structures, hence permitting an easy and efficient coupling. Two examples of simulation show the applicability of the method to nuclear reactor core safety analysis (test problem). Core explosion in a loop-type reactor including a shell containment: the calculation shows the energy absorbing function of the shell and enables the evaluation of the forces acting on the reactor containment. Hypothetical Core Disruptive Accident in a fast breeder reactor: the calculation shows the main features of this accident: lifting of the liquid sodium above the explosion and impact on the cover head inducing upward deformations; radial outflow of the sodium which induces large deformations of the inner and outer shell; zones of compressive circumferential stresses in the main shell at the junction of the spherical head and the cylindrical part

  15. Development of remotely controlled in-service inspection equipment for fast breeder reactor vessels

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    For the operation of fast breeder reactors, one of the most important aspects is the need to control the functioning of the components. It is a characteristic of FBRs that the reactor vessel and in particular the guard vessel operate under very severe conditions. Therefore, an improved remotely controlled inspection system would be needed. On the basis of its experience with light water reactors, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has developed versatile systems for in-service inspection (ISI) of the reactor vessel and its ancillary components. The paper describes what could become the most important part of the ISI system, namely a special mobile vehicle or robot, called the MOLE (Mitsubishi Original LocomobilE). This vehicle can run freely over the annulus sections of the reactor vessel and its guard vessel and can carry out various tests. The results so far have been satisfactory and have encouraged MHI to make further tests in order to confirm that the access to the vessel is sufficient for performing the necessary inspections. (author)

  16. Development of sodium facilities for NSRR fast breeder reactor fuel tests. 2. Sodium capsule

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    In order to commercialize fast reactors, which are expected to be long-term transmutes of plutonium and long half life radioactive wastes (such as americium) from light water reactors, safety research under accident conditions and establishment of the safety guidelines are essential. Sodium facilities, such as, (1) Purification/charging loop and test loop, and (2) Proto-type Sodium capsule, were developed and fabricated in order to pulse irradiate fast breeder reactor fuels in the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR) of JAERI for investigation on fuel behavior under transient over-power conditions. This report presents the purpose, outlines, specifications, capabilities and operation results of the proto-type sodium capsule. Two kinds of capsule, i.e., the stagnant sodium capsule and the sodium loop, were designed to pulse irradiate Fast Reactor (FR) fuels in the NSRR under sodium cooling conditions with and without flow, respectively. Because the capsules have to safely contain chemically active sodium at high temperature and stand the pressure pulses by the sodium hummer which might be generated at fuel failure, the development of the capsule is essential for realizing the research. Thus, proto-type sodium loop, which consisted of doubly sealed container, sodium pump and flow meter, was developed. In addition, two type of flange structure for the stagnant capsule and loop was leak tested at high pressures, in order to confirm its sealing capability at room and high temperature conditions. (author)

  17. INDRA: a program system for calculating the neutronics and photonics characteristics of a fusion reactor blanket

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    INDRA is a program system for calculating the neutronics and photonics characteristics of fusion reactor blankets. It incorporates a total of 19 different codes and 5 large data libraries. 10 of the codes are available from the code distribution organizations. Some of them, however, have been slightly modified in order to permit a convenient transfer of information from one program module to the next. The remaining 9 programs have been prepared by the authors to complete the system with respect to flexibility and to facilitate the handling of the results. (orig./WBU)

  18. Basic principles of lead and lead-bismuth eutectic application in blanket of fusion reactors

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    Full text: One of the main requirements of advanced nuclear-power engineering is inherent safety of power installations. It initiates R and D of heavy liquid metals (lead, lead- bismuth eutectic) application in fission reactors as substitute of sodium. The same requirement makes advisable R and D of the lead and lead-bismuth eutectic application in blanket of fusion reactors as substitute of lithium. High magnetohydrodynamic pressure drop is an important issue for liquid metal blanket concepts. To decrease MHD-resistance authors propose to form electro-insulating coatings on internal surface of blanket ducts at any moment of fusion reactor exploitation. It may be achieved easily if lead or lead-bismuth eutectic is used and technology of oxidative potential handling is applied. A number of experiments carried out in NNSTU show the availability of the proposed technology. It bases on formation of the insulating coatings that consist of the oxides of components of the structural materials and of the coolant components. In-situ value of the electro-insulating coatings characteristics rd (r - specific resistance of coatings, d - thickness) is ∼ 10-5Ω·m2 for steels and 5, 0x10-6 - 5, 0x10-5Ω·m2 for vanadium alloys. Thermal cycling is possible during exploitation of a blanket. The experimental research of the insulating coatings properties during thermal cycling have shown that the coatings formed into the lead and lead-bismuth coolants save there electro-insulating properties. Experience of many years is an undoubted advantage of the lead-bismuth coolant and less of the lead coolant in comparison with lithium. Russian Federation possesses of experience of exploitation of the research and industrial facilities, of experience of creation of the pumps, steam generators and another equipment with heavy liquid metal coolants. The unique experience of designing, assembling and exploitation of the fission reactors with lead-bismuth coolant is also available. The problem

  19. Design requirements for SiC/SiC composites structural material in fusion power reactor blankets

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    This paper recalls the main features of the TAURO blanket, a self-cooled Pb-17Li concept using SiC/SiC composites as structural material, developed for FPR. The objective of this design activity is to compare the characteristics of present-day industrial SiC-SiC composites with those required for a fusion power reactor blanket (FPR) and to evaluate the main needs of further R and D. The performed analyses indicated that the TAURO blanket would need the availability of SiC/SiC composites approximately 10 mm thick with a thermal conductivity through the thickness of approximately 15 Wm-1K-1 at 1000 C and a low electrical conductivity. A preliminary MHD analysis has indicated that the electrical conductivity should not be greater than 500 Ω-1m-1. Irradiation effects should be included in these figures. Under these conditions, the calculated pressure drop due to the high Pb-17Li velocity (approximately 1 m s-1) is much lower then 0.1 MPa. The characteristics and data base of the recently developed 3D-SiC/SiC composite, Cerasep trademark N3-1, are reported and discussed in relation to the identified blanket design requirements. The progress on joining techniques is briefly reported. For the time being, the best results have been obtained using Si-based brazing systems initially developed for SiC ceramics and whose major issue is the higher porosity of the SiC/SiC composites. (orig.)

  20. Grey water treatment in upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor at different temperatures.

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    Elmitwalli, Tarek; Otterpohl, Ralf

    2011-01-01

    The treatment of grey water in two upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors, operated at different hydraulic retention times (HRTs) and temperatures, was investigated. The first reactor (UASB-A) was operated at ambient temperature (14-25 degrees C) and HRT of 20, 12 and 8 h, while the second reactor (UASB-30) was operated at controlled temperature of 30 degrees C and HRT of 16, 10 and 6 h. The two reactors were fed with grey water from 'Flintenbreite' settlement in Luebeck, Germany. When the grey water was treated in the UASB reactor at 30 degrees C, total chemical oxygen demand (CODt) removal of 52-64% was achieved at HRT between 6 and 16 h, while at lower temperature lower removal (31-41%) was obtained at HRT between 8 and 20 h. Total nitrogen and phosphorous removal in the UASB reactors were limited (22-36 and 10-24%, respectively) at all operational conditions. The results showed that at increasing temperature or decreasing HRT of the reactors, maximum specific methanogenic activity of the sludge in the reactors improved. As the UASB reactor showed a significantly higher COD removal (31-64%) than the septic tank (11-14%) even at low temperature, it is recommended to use UASB reactor instead of septic tank (the most common system) for grey water pre-treatment. Based on the achieved results and due to high peak flow factor, a HRT between 8 and 12 h can be considered the suitable HRT for the UASB reactor treating grey water at temperature 20-30 degrees C, while a HRT of 12-24 h can be applied at temperature lower than 20 degrees C. PMID:22097038