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  1. Cobalt-60 production in CANDU power reactors

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    therapy machines. Today the majority of the cancer therapy cobalt-60 sources used in the world are manufactured using material from the NRU reactor in Chalk River. The same technology that was used for producing cobalt-60 in a research reactor was then adapted and transferred for use in a CANDU power reactor. In the early 1970s, in co-operation with Ontario Power Generation (formerly Ontario Hydro), bulk cobalt-60 production was initiated in the four Pickering A CANDU reactors located east of Toronto. This was the first full scale production of millions of curies of cobalt-60 per year. As the demand and acceptance of sterilization of medical products grew, MDS Nordion expanded its bulk supply by installing the proprietary Canadian technology in additional CANDUs. Over the years MDS Nordion has partnered with CANDU reactor owners to produce cobalt-60 at various sites. CANDU reactors that have, or are still producing cobalt-60, include Pickering A, Pickering B, Gentilly 2, Embalse in Argentina, and Bruce B. In conclusion, the technology for cobalt-60 production in CANDU reactors, designed and developed by MDS Nordion and Atomic Energy of Canada, has been safely, economically and successfully employed in CANDU reactors with over 195 reactor years of production. Today over forty percent of the world's disposable medical supplies are made safer through sterilization using cobalt-60 sources from MDS Nordion. Over the past 40 years, MDS Nordion with its CANDU reactor owner partners, has safely and reliably shipped more than 500 million curies of cobalt-60 sources to customers around the world. MDS Nordion is presently adding three more CANDU power reactors to its supply chain. These three additional cobalt producing CANDU's will help supplement the ability of the health care industry to provide safe, sterile, medical disposable products to people around the world. As new applications for cobalt-60 are identified, and the demand for bulk cobalt-60 increases, MDS Nordion and AECL

  2. Cobalt-60 production in CANDU power reactors

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    The technology for cobalt-60 production in CANDU reactors, designed and developed by MDS Nordion and AECL, has been safely,economically and successfully employed in CANDU reactors with over 195 reactor years of production. Today over forty percent of the world's disposable medical supplies are made safer through sterilization using cobalt-60 sources from MDS Nordion. Over the past 40 years, MDS Nordion with its CANDU reactor owner partners, has safely and reliably shipped more than 500 million curies of cobalt-60 sources to customers around the world

  3. Nuclear Archeology for CANDU Power Reactors

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    Broadhead, Bryan L [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this work is the development of so-called 'nuclear archeology' techniques to predict the irradiation history of both fuel-related and non-fuel-related materials irradiated in the CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) family of nuclear reactors. In this application to CANDU-type reactors, two different scenarios for the collection of the appropriate data for use in these procedures will be assumed: the first scenario is the removal of the pressure tubes, calandria tubes, or fuel cladding and destructive analysis of the activation products contained in these structural materials; the second scenario is the nondestructive analysis (NDA) of the same hardware items via high-resolution gamma ray scans. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages for each approach; however, the NDA approach is the central focus of this work because of its simplicity and lack of invasiveness. The use of these techniques along with a previously developed inverse capability is expected to allow for the prediction of average flux levels and irradiation time, and the total fluence for samples where the values of selected isotopes can be measured.

  4. Power coefficient of reactivity in CANDU 6 Reactors

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    The Power Coefficient of Reactivity (PCR) measures the change in reactor core reactivity per unit change in reactor power and is an integral quantity which captures the contributions of the fuel temperature, coolant void and coolant temperature reactivity feedbacks. All nuclear reactor designs provide a balance between the inherent nuclear characteristics and the engineered reactivity control features, to ensure that changes in reactivity in all operating conditions are maintained within a safe range. The CANDU reactor design takes advantage of the inherent nuclear characteristics of small reactivity coefficient, minimal excess reactivity and very long prompt neutron lifetime to mitigate the magnitude of the demand on the engineered systems for controlling reactivity. In particular, CANDU reactors have always taken advantage of the small value of the PCR associated with its design characteristics, such that the overall design of the reactor does not depend on the sign of the PCR. This is a contrast to other reactor design concepts which are dependent on a PCR which is both large and negative in the design of their engineered systems for controlling reactivity. It will be demonstrated that during a Loss of Regulation Control (LORC) event, the impact of having a positive power coefficient, or of hypothesizing a PCR larger than that estimated for CANDU, has no significant impact on the reactor safety. Since the CANDU 6 PCR is small, its role in the operation or safety of the reactor is not significant

  5. A CANDU-type small/medium power reactor

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    This presentation reviews some of the main factors that will govern the design and operation of reactors in remote Northern Canadian communities, as applied to a small CANDU-type power plant. The central advantage of the CANDU is the fact that it is modular at the level of a single fuel channel. Examining each of the main features of this SMR plant on a hypothetical site in the Canadian Arctic reveals some of the unique characteristics that will be either desirable or mandatory for any such power plant applied to service in this remote region. (author)

  6. The pressure tubes in the CANDU power reactor

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    Nuclear power reactors using zirconium alloy pressure tubes generate electricity in several countries. In Ontario CANDU reactors generate about 30 percent of the electricity produced in the province. The pressure tubes of the first five CANDU reactors were made of cold-worked Zircaloy-2, an alloy of zirconium and tin developed by the US Navy. In 1958 the USSR published information on a Zr-2.5 wt percent Nb alloy, in which the Nb promotes stabilization of the β phase, thus presenting opportunities of exploiting metallurgically strong pressure tubes analogous to the heat-treatable α-β titanium alloys. After two reactors using Zr-2.5 wt percent Nb in a quenched and aged condition were constructed, an extensive development program on cold-worked Zr-2.5 wt percent Nb pressure tubes resulted in their becoming the reference tubes for all future CANDU reactors. Pressure tubes of Zr-3.3 wt percent Sn-0.8 wt percent Nb-0.8 wt percent Mo (Excel) are in an advanced state of development. These tubes will be used in an annealed condition; projections show that they will have improved dimensional stability over the lifetime of the reactors. These improvements result from experimental programs leading to an understanding of the relationship between microstructures and fabrication variables and effects of the environment during service in nuclear reactors. (author)

  7. CANDU nuclear reactor technology

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    AECL has over 40 years of experience in the nuclear field. Over the past 20 years, this unique Canadian nuclear technology has made a worldwide presence, In addition to 22 CANDU reactors in Canada, there are also two in India, one in Pakistan, one in Argentina, four in Korea and five in Romania. CANDU advancements are based on evolutionary plant improvements. They consist of system performance improvements, design technology improvements and research and development in support of advanced nuclear power. Given the good performance of CANOU plants, it is important that this CANDU operating experience be incorporated into new and repeat designs

  8. A CANDU-type small/medium power reactor

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    The assembly known as a CANDU power reactor consists of a number of standardized fuel channels or 'power modules'. Each of these channels produces about 5 thermal megawatts on average. Within practical limitations on fuel enrichment and ultimately on economics, the number of these channels is variable between about 50 and approximately 700. Small reactors suffer from inevitable disadvantages in terms of specific cost of design/construction as well as operating cost. Their natural 'niche' for application is in remote off-grid locations. At the same time this niche application imposes new and strict requirements for staff complement, power system reliability, and so on. The distinct advantage of small reactors arises if the market requires installation of several units in a coordinated installation program - a feature well suited to power requirements in Canada's far North. This paper examines several of the performance requirements and constraints for installation of these plants and presents means for designers to overcome the consequent negative feasibility factors.

  9. Power distribution control of CANDU reactors based on modal representation of reactor kinetics

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    Xia, Lingzhi, E-mail: lxia4@uwo.ca [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B9 (Canada); Jiang, Jin, E-mail: jjiang@eng.uwo.ca [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B9 (Canada); Luxat, John C., E-mail: luxatj@mcmaster.ca [Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7 (Canada)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Linearization of the modal synthesis model of neutronic kinetic equations for CANDU reactors. • Validation of the linearized dynamic model through closed-loop simulations by using the reactor regulating system. • Design of a LQR state feedback controller for CANDU core power distribution control. • Comparison of the results of this new controller against those of the conventional reactor regulation system. - Abstract: Modal synthesis representation of a neutronic kinetic model for a CANDU reactor core has been utilized in the analysis and synthesis for reactor control systems. Among all the mode shapes, the fundamental mode of the power distribution, which also coincides with the desired reactor power distribution during operation, is used in the control system design. The nonlinear modal models are linearized around desired operating points. Based on the linearized model, linear quadratic regulator (LQR) control approach is used to synthesize a state feedback controller. The performance of this controller has been evaluated by using the original nonlinear models under load-following conditions. It has been demonstrated that the proposed reactor control system can produce more uniform power distribution than the traditional reactor regulation systems (RRS); in particular, it is more effective in compensating the Xenon induced transients.

  10. Enhanced CANDU 6 Reactor

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    Full text: The CANDU 6 power reactor is visionary in its approach, remarkable for its on-power refuelling capability and proven over years of safe, economical and reliable power production. Developed by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, the CANDU 6 design offers excellent performance utilizing state-of-the-art technology. The first CANDU 6 plants went into service in the early 1980's as leading edge technology and the design has been continuously advanced to maintain superior performance with an outstanding safety record. The first CANDU 6 plants- Gentilly 2 and Point Lepreau in Canada, Embalse in Argentina and Wolsong- Unit 1 in Korea have been in service for more than 21 years and are still producing electricity at peak performance and to the end of 2004, their average lifetime Capacity Factor was 83.2%. The newer CANDU 6 units in Romania (Cernavoda 1), Korea (Wolsong-Units 2, 3 and 4) and Qinshan (Phase III- Units 1 and 2) have also been performing at outstanding levels. The average lifetime Capacity Factor of the 10 CANDU 6 operating units around the world has been 87% to the end of 2004. Building on these successes, AECL is committed to the further development of this highly successful design, now focussing on meeting customer's needs for reduced costs, further improvements to plant operation and performance, enhanced safety and incorporating up-to-date technology as warranted. This has resulted in AECL embarking on improving the CANDU 6 design through an upgraded product termed as the 'Enhanced CANDU 6' (EC6)- which incorporates several attractive but proven features that will make the CANDU 6 reactor even more economical, safer and easier to operate. Some of the key features that will be incorporated in the EC6 include increasing the plant's power output, shortening the overall project schedule, decreasing the capital cost, dealing with obsolescence issues, optimizing maintenance outages and incorporating lessons learnt through feedback obtained from the

  11. Assessment of LOCA with loss of class IV power for CANDU-6 reactors using RELAP-CANDU/SCAN coupled code system

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    Recently, there is an effort to improve the accuracy and reality in the transient simulation of nuclear power plants. In the prediction of the system transient, the system code simulates the system transient using the power transient curve predicted from the reactor core physics code. However, the pre-calculated power curve could not adequately predict the behavior of power distribution during transient since the coolant density change has influence on the power shape due to the change of the void reactivity. Therefore, the consolidation between the reactor core physics code and the system thermal-hydraulic code takes into consideration to predict more accurate and realistic for the transient simulation. In this regard, there are two codes are developed to assess the safety of CANDU reactor. RELAP-CANDU is a thermal-hydraulic system code for CANDU reactors developed on the basis of RELAP5/MOD3 in such a way to modify inside model for simulating the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of horizontal type reactors. SCAN (SNU CANDU-PHWR Neutronics) is a three dimensional neutronics nodal code to simulate the core physics characteristics for CANDU reactors. To couple SCAN code with RELAP-CANDU code, SCAN code was improved as a spatial kinetics calculation module in such a way to generate a SCAN DLL (dynamic linked library version of SCAN). The coupled code system, RELAP-CANDU/SCAN, enables real-time feedback calculations between thermal-hydraulic variables of RELAP-CANDU and reactor powers of SCAN. To verify the reliability of RELAP-CANDU/SCAN coupled code system, an assessment of 40% reactor inlet header (RIH) break loss of coolant accident (LOCA) with loss of Class IV power (LOP) for Wolsong Unit 2 conducted using RELAP/CANDU-SCAN coupled system. The LOCA with LOP is one of GAI (Generic Action Items) for CANDU reactors issued by CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)

  12. CANDU: The fuel conserving reactor

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    Because of their high neutron economy and unique design features, CANDU heavy water moderated reactors are the only established commercial reactors able to use directly low fissile content fuels such as natural uranium or uranium recovered from spent light water reactor fuel (RU). These features also help them to achieve the highest fuel utilization of all commercially available reactors, whether the fuel is based on natural uranium or mixed oxides of plutonium, uranium or thorium. As nuclear capacity growth increases demands on the world's finite uranium resources, AECL envisages near term use in CANDU reactors of a fuel incorporating RU and fuels containing thorium, with either plutonium or low enriched uranium (LEU) as the fissile 'driver' fuel. In the long term, AECL proposes the use of future 'Generation X' CANDU reactors with enhanced neutron economy to achieve a near-Self-Sufficient Equilibrium Thorium (SSET) fuel cycle. This CANDU SSET would have a conversion ratio of unity and be able to produce power indefinitely, with the need for little additional fissile material once equilibrium is reached (the amount of 233U needed in the fresh fuel is the same as is present in the discharged fuel, including processing losses.) This would also enable a CANDU-Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) synergism that would allow each fuel-generating, though expensive, FBR to supply the initial fissile requirements of several less-expensive, CANDU SSET reactors operating on the thorium cycle. The closer the approach to an SSET that CANDUs can achieve, the higher the ratio of CANDUs to breeders in an economically optimized reactor fleet. CANDU reactors thereby become natural partners of both light water-cooled thermal reactors and fast breeder reactors, in both cases making optimum use of their spent fuel components and enhancing the overall sustainability of nuclear power. (authors)

  13. Enhancing the seismic capability of the on-power refueling system of the CANDU reactor

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    The CANDU reactor assembly includes several hundred horizontal fuel channels, each containing twelve fuel bundles, arranged in a square lattice, and supported by the reactor structures. CANDU operates on natural uranium or other low fissile content fuel, and is refueled on-power, with either four or eight fuel bundles in a channel being replaced during each refueling operation. The fueling machines clamp onto the opposite ends of the fuel channel to be refueled. The seismic capacity of this refueling system is evaluated in terms of its dynamic response during an earthquake. This paper describes the approach adopted to enhance the seismic capability of the fueling machine and calandria assembly for earthquakes of O.3g ground acceleration covering a broad range of soil conditions ranging from soft to hard. A detailed, 3-D finite element seismic model of the fueling machine and calandria assembly system is developed to calculate the seismic responses of the structure. Some relatively simple hardware design changes have been considered to increase the seismic capacity of the CANDU 6 reactor. These changes in the fueling machine and calandria assembly of the CANDU 6 reactor are briefly described. They have been incorporated into the finite element seismic model of the system. Most of these design changes have already been considered and implemented in other CANDU reactor projects. The current CANDU 6 reactor design fully meets the requirements of seismic qualification for sites with potential for O.2g ground acceleration where the seismic loads need to be combined with the other design loads for the support and pressure boundary components to demonstrate compliance with the applicable Code requirements. In the present study it is demonstrated that, with relatively simple hardware changes, the fueling machine and calandria assembly of the CANDU 6 reactor can withstand earthquakes of O.3g ground acceleration. Based on the current study and some preliminary analysis of the

  14. The Impact of Power Coefficient of Reactivity on CANDU 6 Reactors

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    The combined effects of reactivity coefficients, along with other core nuclear characteristics, determine reactor core behavior in normal operation and accident conditions. The Power Coefficient of Reactivity (PCR) is an aggregate indicator representing the change in reactor core reactivity per unit change in reactor power. It is an integral quantity which captures the contributions of the fuel temperature, coolant void, and coolant temperature reactivity feedbacks. All nuclear reactor designs provide a balance between their inherent nuclear characteristics and the engineered reactivity control features, to ensure that changes in reactivity under all operating conditions are maintained within a safe range. The CANDU reactor design takes advantage of its inherent nuclear characteristics, namely a small magnitude of reactivity coefficients, minimal excess reactivity, and very long prompt neutron lifetime, to mitigate the demand on the engineered systems for controlling reactivity and responding to accidents. In particular, CANDU reactors have always taken advantage of the small value of the PCR associated with their design characteristics, such that the overall design and safety characteristics of the reactor are not sensitive to the value of the PCR. For other reactor design concepts a PCR which is both large and negative is an important aspect in the design of their engineered systems for controlling reactivity. It will be demonstrated that during Loss of Regulation Control (LORC) and Large Break Loss of Coolant Accident (LBLOCA) events, the impact of variations in power coefficient, including a hypothesized larger than estimated PCR, has no safety-significance for CANDU reactor design. Since the CANDU 6 PCR is small, variations in the range of values for PCR on the performance or safety of the reactor are not significant

  15. CANDU nuclear power system

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    This report provides a summary of the components that make up a CANDU reactor. Major emphasis is placed on the CANDU 600 MW(e) design. The reasons for CANDU's performance and the inherent safety of the system are also discussed

  16. Enhanced candu 6 reactor: status

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    The CANDU 6 power reactor is visionary in its approach, renowned for its on-power refuelling capability and proven over years of safe, economical and reliable power production. Developed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), the CANDU 6 design offers excellent performance utilizing state-of-the-art technology. The first CANDU 6 plants went into service in the early 1980s as leading edge technology and the design has been continuously advanced to maintain superior performance with an outstanding safety record. The first set of CANDU 6 plants - Gentilly 2 and Point Lepreau in Canada, Embalse in Argentina and Wolsong- Unit 1 in Korea - have been in service for more than 22 years and are still producing electricity at peak performance; to the end of 2004, their average Lifetime Capacity Factor was 83.2%. The newer CANDU 6 units in Romania (Cernavoda 1), Korea (Wolsong-Units 2, 3 and 4) and Qinshan (Phase III- Units 1 and 2) have also been performing at outstanding levels. The average lifetime Capacity Factor of the 10 CANDU 6 operating units around the world has been 87% to the end of 2004. Building on these successes, AECL is committed to the further development of this highly successful design, now focussing on meeting customers' needs for reduced costs, further improvements to plant operation and performance, enhanced safety and incorporating up-to-date technology, as warranted. This has resulted in AECL embarking on improving the CANDU 6 design through an upgraded product termed the ''Enhanced CANDU 6'' (EC6), which incorporates several attractive but proven features that make the CANDU 6 reactor even more economical, safer and easier to operate. Some of the key features that are being incorporated into the EC6 include increasing the plant's power output, shortening the overall project schedule, decreasing the capital cost, dealing with obsolescence issues, optimizing maintenance outages and incorporating lessons learnt through feedback obtained from the

  17. Study of advanced nuclear fuel cycles in Candu type power reactors

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    The fuel burn up can be increased to a large extent, up to 14, 0000 MWD/te, by using the slightly enriched uranium or Pu mixed fuel in CANDU type power reactors. In the present study, the previous work was extended to compare the isotopic inventories and corresponding activities of important nuclides for different fuel cycles of a CANDU 600 type power reactor. The detail can be found in our studies. The calculations were performed using the computer code WIMSD4. The isotopic inventories and corresponding activities were calculated versus the fuel burn-up for the natural UO/sub 2/ fuel, 1.2 % enriched UO/sub 2/ fuel and 0.45 % PuO/sub 2/-UO/sub 2/ fuel. It was found that 1.2 % enriched uranium fuel has the lowest activity as compared to other two fuel cycles. It means that improvement in the fuel cycle technology of CANDU type power reactors can lead to high burn up which results in the reduction of actinide content in the spent fuel, and hence has a good environmental impact. (orig./A.B.)

  18. Reactor physics and economic aspects of the CANDU reactor system

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    A history of the development of the CANDU system is given along with a fairly detailed description of the 600 MW(e) CANDU reactor. Reactor physics calculation methods are described, as well as comparisons between calculated reactor physics parameters and those measured in research and power reactors. An examination of the economics of CANDU in the Ontario Hydro system and a comparison between fossil fuelled and light water reactors is presented. Some physics, economics and resources aspects are given for both low enriched uranium and thorium-fuelled CANDU reactors. Finally the RβD program in Advanced Fuel Cycles is briefly described

  19. Fuel for advanced CANDU reactors

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    The CANDU reactor system has proven itself to be a world leader in terms of station availability and low total unit energy cost. In 1985 for example, four of the top ten reactor units in the world were CANDU reactors operating in South Korea and Canada. This excellent operating record requires an equivalent performance record of the low-cost, natural uranium fuel. Future CANDU reactors will be an evolution of the present design. Engineering work is under way to refine the existing CANDU 600 and to incorporate state-of-the-art technology, reducing the capital cost and construction schedule. In addition, a smaller CANDU 300 plant has been designed using proven CANDU 600 technology and components but with an innovative new plant layout that makes it cost competitive with coal fired plants. For the long term, work on advanced fuel cycles and major system improvements is underway ensuring that CANDU plants will stay competitive well into the next century

  20. Optimization of the self-sufficient thorium fuel cycle for CANDU power reactors

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    Bergelson Boris R.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of optimization calculations for CANDU reactors operating in the thorium cycle are presented in this paper. Calculations were performed to validate the feasibility of operating a heavy-water thermal neutron power reactor in a self-sufficient thorium cycle. Two modes of operation were considered in the paper: the mode of preliminary accumulation of 233U in the reactor itself and the mode of operation in a self-sufficient cycle. For the mode of accumulation of 233U, it was assumed that enriched uranium or plutonium was used as additional fissile material to provide neutrons for 233U production. In the self-sufficient mode of operation, the mass and isotopic composition of heavy nuclei unloaded from the reactor should provide (after the removal of fission products the value of the multiplication factor of the cell in the following cycle K>1. Additionally, the task was to determine the geometry and composition of the cell for an acceptable burn up of 233U. The results obtained demonstrate that the realization of a self-sufficient thorium mode for a CANDU reactor is possible without using new technologies. The main features of the reactor ensuring a self-sufficient mode of operation are a good neutron balance and moving of fuel through the active core.

  1. Detailed Monte Carlo Evaluation of the Power Coefficient of Reactivity of CANDU Reactor

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    The value of FTC can even be positive due to the 239Pu buildup during the fuel depletion and also the neutron up-scattering by the oxygen atoms in the fuel. Unlike the pressurized light water reactor, CANDU-6 has a positive coolant void reactivity (CVR) and coolant temperature coefficient (CTC). As a result the power coefficient of reactivity (PCR) is known to be slightly positive during full power operation. To improve the inherent stability and the generic safety features, a negative PCR is essential. Due to the small value of the FTC and PCR of CANDU, high-fidelity physics approaches are necessary for the precise estimation of the safety parameters. During the reactor analysis, the asymptotic scattering kernel has been used and neglects the thermal motion of nuclides such as U-238. However, it is well accepted that in a scattering reaction, the thermal movement of the target can affect the scattering reaction in the vicinity of scattering resonance and enhance neutron capture by the capture resonance. Some recent works have revealed that the thermal motion of U-238 affects the scattering reaction and that the resulting Doppler broadening of the scattering resonance enhances the FTC of the thermal reactor including PWRs by 10-15%. In order to observe the impacts of the Doppler broadening of the scattering resonances on the criticality and FTC, a recent investigation was done for a clean and fresh CANDU fuel lattice using Monte Carlo code MCNPX for analysis. In ref. 3 the so-called DBRC (Doppler Broadened Rejection Correction) method was adopted to consider the thermal movement of U-238. In this study, the safety parameter of CANDU-6 is re-evaluated by using the continuous energy Monte Carlo code SERPENT 2 which uses the DBRC method to simulate the thermal motion of U-238. The analysis is performed for a full 3-D CANDU-6 core and the PCR is evaluated near equilibrium burnup. For a high-fidelity Monte Carlo calculation, an extremely large number of neutron

  2. Power pulse tests on CANDU type fuel elements in TRIGA reactor of INR Pitesti

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    Pulse irradiation tests on short fuel elements have been carried out in TRIGA Annular Core Pulse Reactor (TRIGA ACPR) of INR Pitesti to investigate aspects related to the thermal and mechanical behavior of CANDU type fuel elements under short duration and large amplitude power pulse conditions. Short test fuel elements were instrumented with thermocouples for cladding surface temperature measurements and pressure sensor for element internal pressure measurement. Transient histories of reactor power, cooling water pressure, fuel element internal pressure and cladding temperature were recorded during tests. The fuel elements were subjected to total energy deposition from 70 to 280cal g-1 UO2. Rapid fuel pellet expansion due to a power excursion caused radial and longitudinal deformation of the cladding. Cladding failure mechanism and the failure threshold have been established. This paper presents some recent results obtained from these power pulse tests performed in TRIGA ACPR of INR Pitesti. (author)

  3. Behavior of CANDU fuel under power pulse conditions at the TRIGA reactor of INR Pitesti

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    Pulse irradiation tests on short fuel elements have been carried out in TRIGA Annular Core Pulse Reactor (TRIGA ACPR) of INR Pitesti to investigate aspects related to the thermal and mechanical behavior of CANDU type fuel elements under short duration and large amplitude power pulse conditions. Short test fuel elements were instrumented with thermocouples for cladding surface temperature measurements and pressure sensors for element internal pressure measurement. Transient histories of reactor power, cooling water pressure, fuel element internal pressure and cladding temperature were recorded during tests. The fuel elements were subjected to total energy deposition from 70 to 280 cal g-1 UO2. Rapid fuel pellet expansion due to a power excursion caused radial and longitudinal deformation of the cladding. Cladding failure mechanism and the failure threshold have been established. This paper presents some recent results obtained from these power pulse tests performed in TRIGA ACPR of INR Pitesti. (orig.)

  4. Behavior of CANDU fuel under power pulse conditions at the TRIGA reactor of INR Pitesti

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    Horhoianu, G.; Dobrea, D.; Parvan, M.; Stefan, V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania)

    2009-04-15

    Pulse irradiation tests on short fuel elements have been carried out in TRIGA Annular Core Pulse Reactor (TRIGA ACPR) of INR Pitesti to investigate aspects related to the thermal and mechanical behavior of CANDU type fuel elements under short duration and large amplitude power pulse conditions. Short test fuel elements were instrumented with thermocouples for cladding surface temperature measurements and pressure sensors for element internal pressure measurement. Transient histories of reactor power, cooling water pressure, fuel element internal pressure and cladding temperature were recorded during tests. The fuel elements were subjected to total energy deposition from 70 to 280 cal g{sup -1} UO{sub 2}. Rapid fuel pellet expansion due to a power excursion caused radial and longitudinal deformation of the cladding. Cladding failure mechanism and the failure threshold have been established. This paper presents some recent results obtained from these power pulse tests performed in TRIGA ACPR of INR Pitesti. (orig.)

  5. Power pulse tests on CANDU type fuel elements in TRIGA reactor of INR Pitesti

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    Horhoianu, G.; Ionescu, D.; Olteanu, G. [Inst. for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania)

    2008-07-01

    Pulse irradiation tests on short fuel elements have been carried out in TRIGA Annular Core Pulse Reactor (TRIGA ACPR) of INR Pitesti to investigate aspects related to the thermal and mechanical behavior of CANDU type fuel elements under short duration and large amplitude power pulse conditions. Short test fuel elements were instrumented with thermocouples for cladding surface temperature measurements and pressure sensor for element internal pressure measurement. Transient histories of reactor power, cooling water pressure, fuel element internal pressure and cladding temperature were recorded during tests. The fuel elements were subjected to total energy deposition from 70 to 280cal g{sup -1} UO{sub 2}. Rapid fuel pellet expansion due to a power excursion caused radial and longitudinal deformation of the cladding. Cladding failure mechanism and the failure threshold have been established. This paper presents some recent results obtained from these power pulse tests performed in TRIGA ACPR of INR Pitesti. (author)

  6. Future fuel cycle development for CANDU reactors

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    The CANDU reactor has proven to be safe and economical and has demonstrated outstanding performance with natural uranium fuel. The use of on-power fuelling, coupled with excellent neutron economy, leads to a very flexible reactor system with can utilize a wide variety of fuels. The spectrum of fuel cycles ranges from natural uranium, through slightly enriched uranium, to plutonium and ultimately thorium fuels which offer many of the advantages of the fast breeder reactor system. CANDU can also burn the recycled uranium and/or the plutonium from fuel discharged from light water reactors. This synergistic relationship could obviate the need to re-enrich the reprocessed uranium and allow a simpler reprocessing scheme. Fule management strategies that will permit future fuel cycles to be used in existing CANDU reactors have been identified. Evolutionary design changes will lead to an even greater flexibility, which will guarantee the continued success of the CANDU system. (author)

  7. Thorium utilization in Candu reactors

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    In this study, means of thorium utilization in a CANDU reactor are considered. A once through thorium-DUPIC cycle is analyzed in detail. CANDU has the best neutron economy among the commercially available power reactors, which makes it suitable for many different fuel cycle options. A review of the available fuel cycles is also done in the scope of this study to select an economically viable cycle which does not impose profound changes in the neutronic properties of the core that require remodeling of core and related systems. To create a good model ot the CANDU core for the necessary calculations, the steady state properties of CANDU reactor are analyzed. It is assumed that approximation ot refueling as moving the bundles at a constant velocity is valid. This approximation leads to a corollary; The average cross sections of two adjacent bidirectionally refueled channels are independent of axial location. This is also veritied. A result of this corollary the CANDU core can be modeled only in radial direction in cylindirical geometry. The steady state CANDU core model is prepared using the actual power values and these values are sought in the results. The control systems which effect the neutron flux shape are introduced into the model later in the form of additional absorption cross section and lower diffusion coefficient. The results are in good agreement with the actual values. Several different thorium-DUPIC fuel bundle configurations are considered and the one with 12 Th02 elements in the third ring is found to have similar burnup dependent cross-sections and location infinite multiplication factors. Using the model created, the bundle is tested also in the tull core model and it is tound that this bundle configuration complies with the current refueling scheme. That is, no changes are necessary in the refuelind rate or the control systems. A higher conversion ratio of 0.82 is attained, while the excess reactivity of the core is found to decrease by 0.01 Ak

  8. CAE advanced reactor demonstrators for CANDU, PWR and BWR nuclear power plants

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    CAE, a private Canadian company specializing in full scope flight, industrial, and nuclear plant simulators, will provide a license to IAEA for a suite of nuclear power plant demonstrators. This suite will consist of CANDU, PWR and BWR demonstrators, and will operate on a 486 or higher level PC. The suite of demonstrators will be provided to IAEA at no cost to IAEA. The IAEA has agreed to make the CAE suite of nuclear power plant demonstrators available to all member states at no charge under a sub-license agreement, and to sponsor training courses that will provide basic training on the reactor types covered, and on the operation of the demonstrator suite, to all those who obtain the demonstrator suite. The suite of demonstrators will be available to the IAEA by March 1997. (author)

  9. Status of advanced technologies for CANDU reactors

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    The future development of the CANDU reactor is a continuation of a successful series of reactors, the most recent of which are nine CANDU 6 Mk 1* units and four Darlington units. There are three projects underway that continue the development of the CANDU reactor. These new design projects flow from the original reactor designs and are a natural progression of the CANDU 6 Mk 1, two units of which are operating successfully in Canada, one each in Argentina and Korea, with five more being built in Rumania. These new design projects are known as: CANDU 6 Mk 2, an improved version of CANDU 6 Mk 1; CANDU 3, a small, advanced version of the CANDU 6 Mk 1; CANDU 6 Mk 3, a series of advanced CANDU reactors. A short description of modified versions of CANDU reactors is given in this paper. 5 figs

  10. fuel management in candu reactors: RFSP code

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    The objective of in-core fuel management is to determine the required refuelling strategies for safe and reliable operation of the reactor with minimum total energy cost. CANDU reactors use natural uranium fuel and rely on semi-continuous on-power refuelling. For the purpose of fuel management, the CANDU core with 380 fuel channels is modelled dividing into inner-and outer core. Refuelling rate in the CANDU reactors is evaluated in three periods for the whole operating life: 1)From the initial core to refuelling onset (100-150 EFPD), 2) the intermediate period (400-500 EFPD), and 3)the equilibrium period (approximately 30 years). A channel in the CANDU-6 reactor contains 12 bundles, in the refuelling operation some bundles do not discharged, but are shifted to other place in the same channel. One of the methods used for selection the channel and determination the bundles to be discharged is simulation method one of which is the RFSP (reactor fuelling simulating program). RFSP is a computer programme to do neutronic calculations for CANDU reactors. It can calculate both static and time-dependent neutron flux and power distributions in the core. It is a modular program containing a lot of modules. RFSP can perform fuel-management calculations and simulate a reactor operating history at specified intervals, taking burnup steps and channel refuelling into account

  11. Operation of CANDU power reactor in thorium self-sufficient fuel cycle

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    B R Bergelson; A S Gerasimov; G V Tikhomirov

    2007-02-01

    This paper presents the results of calculations for CANDU reactor operation in thorium fuel cycle. Calculations are performed to estimate the feasibility of operation of heavy-water thermal neutron power reactor in self-sufficient thorium cycle. Parameters of active core and scheme of fuel reloading were considered to be the same as for standard operation in uranium cycle. Two modes of operations are discussed in the paper: mode of preliminary accumulation of 233U and mode of operation in self-sufficient cycle. For the mode of accumulation of 233U it was assumed for calculations that plutonium can be used as additional fissile material to provide neutrons for 233U production. Plutonium was placed in fuel channels, while 232Th was located in target channels. Maximum content of 233U in target channels was estimated to be ∼ 13 kg/t of ThO2. This was achieved by irradiation for six years. The start of the reactor operation in the self-sufficient mode requires 233U content to be not less than 12 kg/t. For the mode of operation in self-sufficient cycle, it was assumed that all channels were loaded with identical fuel assemblies containing ThO2 and certain amount of 233U. It is shown that nonuniform distribution of 233U in fuel assembly is preferable.

  12. The mode of operation of CANDU power reactor in thorium self-sufficient fuel cycle

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    Bergelson Boris R.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of calculations for CANDU reactor operation in the thorium fuel cycle. The calculations were performed to estimate feasibility of operation of a heavy-water thermal neutron power reactor in the self-sufficient thorium cycle. The parameters of the active core and the scheme of fuel reloading were considered to be the same as for the standard operation in the uranium cycle. Two modes of operation are discussed in the paper: the mode of preliminary accumulation of 233U and the mode of operation in the self-sufficient cycle. For calculations for the mode of accumulation of 233U, it was assumed that plutonium was used as the additional fissile material to provide neutrons for 233U production. Plutonium was placed in fuel channels, while 232Th was located in target channels. The maximum content of 233U in the target channels was about 13 kg/t of ThO2. This was achieved by six year irradiation. The start of reactor operation in the self-sufficient mode requires content of 233U not less than 12 kg/t. For the mode of operation in the self-sufficient cycle, it was assumed that all the channels were loaded with the identical fuel assemblies containing ThO2 and a certain amount of 233U. It was shown that the non-uniform distribution of 233U in a fuel assembly is preferable.

  13. ROP margin improvement options for CANDU reactors

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    Highlights: • ROP aging challenge related to power derating is addressed. • ROP detector layout optimization and HSP re-classification are the options explored to mitigate power derating challenge. • Significant improvement in the ROP TSP value for an aged CANDU reactor can be realized from implementing these options. - Abstract: Over the past few years, Candu Energy Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc., which acquired the assets of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s Commercial Reactor Division) has been continuously developing and evaluating various options to improve the regional overpower protection (ROP) margin in aged CANDU 600 MW (CANDU 6®) reactors. This paper presents results from applying a couple of margin improvement options to a generic aged CANDU 6 reactor, namely ROP detector layout optimization and application of a revised handswitch position designation. Application of these options requires no change to the ROP analysis methodology, statistical approach or acceptance criterion. As such, any increase in ROP margin associated with these options carries little or no licensing risk and are not expected to require more than one standard outage to implement

  14. The CANDU Reactor System: An Appropriate Technology.

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    Robertson, J A

    1978-02-10

    CANDU power reactors are characterized by the combination of heavy water as moderator and pressure tubes to contain the fuel and coolant. Their excellent neutron economy provides the simplicity and low costs of once-through natural-uranium fueling. Future benefits include the prospect of a near-breeder thorium fuel cycle to provide security of fuel supply without the need to develop a new reactor such as the fast breeder. These and other features make the CANDU system an appropriate technology for countries, like Canada, of intermediate economic and industrial capacity. PMID:17788102

  15. CANDU 9 nuclear power plant design description

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    Atomic Energy of Canada limited (AECL) has make significant design improvements in the latest CANDU nuclear power plant (NPP)-the CANDU 9. The CANDU 9 operates with the energy efficient heavy water moderated reactor and natural uranium fuel and utilizes proven technology. The CANDU 9 NPP design is similar to the world leading CANDU 6 but is based upon the single unit adaptation of the 900 MWe class reactors currently operating in Canada (as multiunit configurations). The CANDU 9 NPP was developed as part of the comprehensive AECL product development program which addresses all aspects of CANDU technology including such disciplines as safety, reactor systems and components, constructability, instrumentation and control, health and environment, fuel and fuel cycles and heavy water systems. This paper will provide an overview for some of the key features of the CANDU 9 NPP such as plant layout, safety enhancements and operability improvements implemented in this design as well as outlining some of the advantages that can be expected by the operating utility

  16. Candu reactors with thorium fuel cycles

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    Over the last decade and a half AECL has established a strong record of delivering CANDU 6 nuclear power plants on time and at budget. Inherently flexible features of the CANDU type reactors, such as on-power fuelling, high neutron economy, fuel channel based heat transport system, simple fuel bundle configuration, two independent shut down systems, a cool moderator and a defence-in-depth based safety philosophy provides an evolutionary path to further improvements in design. The immediate milestone on this path is the Advanced CANDU ReactorTM** (ACRTM**), in the form of the ACR-1000TM**. This effort is being followed by the Super Critical Water Reactor (SCWR) design that will allow water-cooled reactors to attain high efficiencies by increasing the coolant temperature above 5500C. Adaptability of the CANDU design to different fuel cycles is another technology advantage that offers an additional avenue for design evolution. Thorium is one of the potential fuels for future reactors due to relative abundance, neutronics advantage as a fertile material in thermal reactors and proliferation resistance. The Thorium fuel cycle is also of interest to China, India, and Turkey due to local abundance that can ensure sustainable energy independence over the long term. AECL has performed an assessment of both CANDU 6 and ACR-1000 designs to identify systems, components, safety features and operational processes that may need to be modified to replace the NU or SEU fuel cycles with one based on Thorium. The paper reviews some of these requirements and the associated practical design solutions. These modifications can either be incorporated into the design prior to construction or, for currently operational reactors, during a refurbishment outage. In parallel with reactor modifications, various Thorium fuel cycles, either based on mixed bundles (homogeneous) or mixed channels (heterogeneous) have been assessed for technical and economic viability. Potential applications of a

  17. Development situation about the Canadian CANDU Nuclear Power Generating Stations

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    The CANDU reactor is the most versatile commercial power reactor in the world. The acronym 'CANDU', a registered trademark of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, stands for 'CANada Deuterium Uranium'. CANDU uses heavy water as moderator and uranium (originally, natural uranium) as fuel. All current power reactors in Canada are of the CANDU type. Canada exports CANDU type reactor in abroad. CANDU type is used as the nuclear power plants to produce electrical. Today, there are 41 CANDU reactors in use around the world, and the design has continuously evolved to maintain into unique technology and performance. The CANDU-6 power reactor offers a combination of proven, superior and state-of-the-art technology. CANDU-6 was designed specifically for electricity production, unlike other major reactor types. One of its characteristics is a very high operating and fuel efficiency. Canada Nuclear Power Generating Stations were succeeded in a commercial reactor of which the successful application of heavy water reactor, natural uranium method and that on-power fuelling could be achieved. It was achieved through the joint development of a major project by strong support of the federal government, public utilities and private enterprises. The potential for customization to any country's needs, with competitive development and within any level of domestic industrial infrastructure, gives CANDU technology strategic importance in the 21st century

  18. ACR-1000TM - advanced Candu reactor design

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has developed the Advanced CANDU ReactorTM- 1000 (ACR-1000TM) as an evolutionary advancement of the current CANDU 6TM reactor. This evolutionary advancement is based on AECL's in-depth knowledge of CANDU structures, systems, components and materials, gained during 50 years of continuous construction, engineering and commissioning, as well as on the experience and feedback received from operators of CANDU plants. The ACR design retains the proven strengths and features of CANDU reactors, while incorporating innovations and state-of-the-art technology. These innovations improve economics, inherent safety characteristics, and performance, while retaining the proven benefits of the CANDU family of nuclear power plants. The Canadian nuclear reactor design evolution that has reached today's stage represented by the ACR-1000, has a long history dating back to the early 1950's. In this regard, Canada is in a unique situation, shared only by a very few other countries, where original nuclear power technology has been invented and further developed. The ACR design has been reviewed by domestic and international regulatory bodies, and has been given a positive regulatory opinion about its licensability. The Canadian regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) completed the Phase 1 and Phase 2 pre-project design reviews in December 2008 and August 2009, respectively, and concluded that there are no fundamental barriers to licensing the ACR-1000 design in Canada. The final stage of the ACR-1000 design is currently underway and will be completed by fall of 2011, along with the final elements of the safety analyses and probabilistic safety analyses supporting the finalized design. The generic Preliminary Safety Analysis Report (PSAR) for the ACR-1000 was completed in September 2009. The PSAR demonstrates ACR-1000 safety case and compliance with Canadian and international regulatory requirements and expectations. (authors)

  19. Build your own Candu reactor

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    The author discusses the marketing of Candu reactors, particularly the export trade. Future sales will probably be of the nuclear side of a station only, thus striking a compromise between licensing and 'turnkey' sales. It is suggested that AECL might have made more money in the past had it not given the right to manufacture Candu fuel away to Canadian industry. Future sales to certain potential customers may be limited by the requirement of strict safeguards, which will almost certainly never be relaxed. (N.D.H.)

  20. Remote metallurgical investigations on pressure tubes removed from CANDU power reactors

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    As part of the periodic in-service inspection program for CANDU reactors, pressure tubes are periodically removed for destructive examination. The procedures, equipment, and facilities used to perform metallurgical examinations on these highly irradiated components are described. The initial examinations of the tubes from the generating station are performed underwater in inspection bays. Detailed visual examination and metallography are subsequently performed in shielded hot-cell facilities; a description of the remote metallographic equipment and preparation techniques used is given. Examinations of two recently removed Zr-2.5%Nb pressure tubes containing fretting-wear flaws and a lamination flaw are used to highlight the techniques employed

  1. Fuel condition in Canadian CANDU 6 reactors

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    The cornerstone of the CANDU concept is its natural uranium fuel, and the success of its reactor operation hinges on the fuel condition in the reactor. Neutron economy, on power refuelling, and simple fuel design are among the unique characteristics of CANDU fuel. In Canadian CANDU 6 reactors (Gentilly 2 and Point Lepreau), the 37-element fuel has provided an enviable record of safe, economic and reliable plant operation for 29 reactor years to date. The fuelling cost is among the lowest in the world - a corollary of high neutron economy, simple fuel design, and judicial fuelling scheme. The reliability of fuel is high: only 21 of the 60000 bundles discharged from Gentilly 2 were confirmed defective and the five-year period from March 1992 to February 1997 saw no defect at all at Gentilly-2. Also, thanks to the inherent on-power refuelling capability and an effective defect detection and removal system, the primary coolant loops are kept extremely clean (very low activity level) - benefiting both maintenance and safety. Moreover, the inventories of fission products in the core and in the channel are maintained within the safety analysis envelope, due to on-power fuelling and sophisticated fuel management. In this paper, CANDU 6 fuel performance is reviewed against the feedback from post-irradiation examinations, and the findings from our ongoing R and D program. The results suggest that the fuel behavior m reactor are basically as originally anticipated, despite an evolutionary 3% increase in bundle uranium mass in the 1980's. For operating conditions within the CANDU 6 37-element experience, the average strains are typically 0.09%; and fission gas release, 2.7%. The UO2 fuel remains stoichiometric after irradiation. In-core measurements of pressure tube fitting are generally low. All these observations are consistent with the excellent fuel performance statistics coming out of the two Canadian CANDU 6 reactors. Additionally, this paper will briefly discuss our

  2. Luncheon address: Development of the CANDU reactor

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    The paper is a highlight of the some of the achievements in the development of the CANDU Reactor, taken from the book Canada Enters the Nuclear Age. The CANDU reactor is one of Canada's greatest scientific/engineering achievements, that started in the 1940's and bore fruit with the reactors of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. The Government decided in the 1950's to proceed with a demonstration nuclear power reactor (NPD), AECL invited 7 Canadian corporations to bid on a contract to design and construct the NPD plant. General Electric was selected. A utility was also essential for participation and Ontario Hydro was chosen. In May 1957 it was concluded that the minimum commercial size would be about 200MWe and it should use horizontal pressure tubes to contain the fuel and pressurized heavy water coolant. The book also talks of standard out-reactor components such as pumps, valves, steam generators and piping. A major in-reactor component of interest was the fuel, fuel channels and pressure tubes. A very high level of cooperation was required for the success of the CANDU program

  3. Using Advanced Fuel Bundles in CANDU Reactors

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    Improving the exit fuel burnup in CANDU reactors was a long-time challenge for both bundle designers and performance analysts. Therefore, the 43-element design together with several fuel compositions was studied, in the aim of assessing new reliable, economic and proliferation-resistant solutions. Recovered Uranium (RU) fuel is intended to be used in CANDU reactors, given the important amount of slightly enriched Uranium (~0.96% w/o U235) that might be provided by the spent LWR fuel recovery plants. Though this fuel has a far too small U235 enrichment to be used in LWR's, it can be still used to fuel CANDU reactors. Plutonium based mixtures are also considered, with both natural and depleted Uranium, either for peacefully using the military grade dispositioned Plutonium or for better using Plutonium from LWR reprocessing plants. The proposed Thorium-LEU mixtures are intended to reduce the Uranium consumption per produced MW. The positive void reactivity is a major concern of any CANDU safety assessment, therefore reducing it was also a task for the present analysis. Using the 43-element bundle with a certain amount of burnable poison (e.g. Dysprosium) dissolved in the 8 innermost elements may lead to significantly reducing the void reactivity. The expected outcomes of these design improvements are: higher exit burnup, smooth/uniform radial bundle power distribution and reduced void reactivity. Since the improved fuel bundles are intended to be loaded in existing CANDU reactors, we found interesting to estimate the local reactivity effects of a mechanical control absorber (MCA) on the surrounding fuel cells. Cell parameters and neutron flux distributions, as well as macroscopic cross-sections were estimated using the transport code DRAGON and a 172-group updated nuclear data library. (author)

  4. The advanced carrier bundle - comprehensive irradiation of materials in CANDU power reactors

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    Improved methods of measuring element profiles on new CANDU fuel bundles were developed at the Sheridan Park Engineering Laboratory, and have now been applied in the hot cells at Whiteshell Laboratories. For the first time, the outer element profiles have been compared between new, out-reactor tested, and irradiated fuel elements. The comparison shows that irradiated element deformation is similar to that observed on elements in out-reactor tested bundles. In addition to the restraints applied to the element via appendages, the element profile appears to be strongly influenced by gravity and the end loads applied by local deformation of the endplate. Irradiation creep in the direction of gravity also tends to be a dominant factor. (author)

  5. Investigation of the Power Coefficient of Reactivity of 3D CANDU Reactor through Detailed Monte Carlo Analysis

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    , an extremely large number of neutron histories are used in this investigation. A detailed 3D CANDU-6 core has been modelled to re-evaluate the power coefficient of reactivity (PCR). The continuous-energy Monte Carlo code SERPENT2 code has been used to take into account the impact of the Doppler broadened elastic scattering resonance on the fuel temperature coefficient and the PCR. For the PCR evaluation as a function of power level, two inlet temperatures (design and operating conditions) were considered for a wide range of reactor power, 60 - 120% power. From the current study, the PCR is found to be slightly negative up to 90% power level for both operating and design condition, the PCR is found to be slightly negative up to -95% in the design condition

  6. Integrated evolution of the medium power CANDU{sup MD} reactors; Evolution integree des reacteurs CANDU{sup MD} de moyenne puissance

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    Nuzzo, F. [AECL Accelerators, Kanata, ON (Canada)

    2002-07-01

    The aim of this document is the main improvements of the CANDU reactors in the economic, safety and performance domains. The presentation proposes also other applications as the hydrogen production, the freshening of water sea and the bituminous sands exploitation. (A.L.B.)

  7. Simulation-based reactor control design methodology for CANDU 9

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    Kattan, M.K.; MacBeth, M.J. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada); Chan, W.F.; Lam, K.Y. [Cassiopeia Technologies Inc., Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

    1996-07-01

    The next generation of CANDU nuclear power plant being designed by AECL is the 900 MWe CANDU 9 station. This design is based upon the Darlington CANDU nuclear power plant located in Ontario which is among the world leading nuclear power stations for highest capacity factor with the lowest operation, maintenance and administration costs in North America. Canadian-designed CANDU pressurized heavy water nuclear reactors have traditionally been world leaders in electrical power generation capacity performance. This paper introduces the CANDU 9 design initiative to use plant simulation during the design stage of the plant distributed control system (DCS), plant display system (PDS) and the control centre panels. This paper also introduces some details of the CANDU 9 DCS reactor regulating system (RRS) control application, a typical DCS partition configuration, and the interfacing of some of the software design processes that are being followed from conceptual design to final integrated design validation. A description is given of the reactor model developed specifically for use in the simulator. The CANDU 9 reactor model is a synthesis of 14 micro point-kinetic reactor models to facilitate 14 liquid zone controllers for bulk power error control, as well as zone flux tilt control. (author)

  8. Advanced CANDU reactor, evolution and innovation

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has developed the ACRTM (Advanced CANDU(1) ReactorTM) to meet today's market challenges. It is a light water tube type pressurized water reactor and is the latest evolution of CANDU technology. The design was launched to be cost-competitive with other generating sources, while building on the unique safety and operational advantages of the CANDU design. The ACR is an evolutionary design that retains the proven CANDU features delivered at Qinshan Phase III, while incorporating a set of innovative features and proven state-of-the-art technologies that have emerged from AECL's ongoing Research, Development and Demonstration programs. This approach ensures that key design parameters are well supported by existing reactor experience and R and D. The result is a design that delivers a new threshold in safety, performance and economics while retaining ample design margin. AECL has developed the enabling technologies and components for the ACR design, and has applied them to two plant sizes, ACR-700 and ACR-1000. The ACR integrates hallmark characteristics of traditional CANDU plants (e.g. horizontal pressure tubes, on power fuelling, automated reactor control systems, and dual independent shutdown systems), new innovations (e.g. state-of-the- art control room, extensive use of modular construction techniques, smaller reactor core, enriched uranium fuel), and certain PWR features (e.g. light water coolant, negative void reactivity). The ACR is designed for a high capacity factor and low operation and maintenance costs. It fully exploits the construction techniques that contributed to the impressive schedule accomplishments at Qinshan Phase III and therefore features a very short construction schedule, 40 months construction schedule (First Concrete to Fuel Loading ) for the first unit with improvements to 36 months for later units. The ACR is a true Gen-III plus product with a broad application. It has been proven to be an ideal

  9. New flux detectors for CANDU 6 reactors

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    CANDU reactors utilize large numbers of in-core self-powered detectors for control and protection. In the original design, the detectors (coaxial cables) were wound on carrier tubes and immersed in the heavy water moderator. Failures occurred due to corrosion and other factors, and replacement was very costly because the assemblies were not designed with maintenance in mind. A new design was conceived based on straight detectors, of larger diameter, in a sealed package of individual 'well' tubes. This protected the detectors from hostile environments and enabled individual failed sensors to be replaced by inserting spares in vacant neighbouring tubes. The new design was made retrofittable to older CANDU reactors. Provision was made for on-line scanning of the core with a miniature fission chamber. The modified detectors were tested in a lengthy development program and found to exhibit superior performance to that of the original detectors. Most of the CANDU reactors have now adopted the new design. In the case of the Gentilly-2 and Point Lepreau reactors, advantage was taken of the opportunity to redesign the detector layout (using better codes and the increased flexibility in positioning detectors) to achieve better coverage of abnormal events, leading to higher trip setpoints and wider operating margins

  10. Assessment of RELAP5/CANDU+ code for regulatory auditing analysis of CANDU reactors

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    Bang, Young Seok; Kim, Hho Jung; Yang, Chae Yong

    2001-12-15

    The objectives of this study are to undertake the verification and validation of RELAP5/CANDU+ code, which is developed in this project, by simulating the B8711 test of RD-14 facility, and to examine the properties of this code by doing the sensitivity analysis for experimental prediction modes about thermal-hydraulics phenomena in CANDU reactor systems added to this code. The B8711 test was an experiment of a 45% ROH break for simulating large LOCA. Also, in this study, the methods for making input cards related to CANDU options are described, so that some users can use the RELAP5/CANDU+ code with easy. RELAP/CANDU+ code can choose the options of Henry-Fauske mode, Ransom-Trapp model, and Moody model for prediction of the critical mass flow. It is examined that Henry-Fauske model and Ransom-Trapp model are considered properly, but Moody model is still required to be improved. Heat transfer correlations available in RELAP5/CANDU+ code for CANDU-type reactors are a horizontal stratified model, a fuel heat-up model and D2O/H2O CHF correlations, and these models take an important role to improve the predictability of the experimental procedures. It is concluded that RELAP5/CANDU+ code is useful for the auditing of the accident analysis of CANDU reactors, and the results of the sensitivity analysis for thermal-hydraulic models examined in this study are valuable for the actual auditing of real CANDU-type power plants.

  11. Thorium utilization in ACR (Advanced CANDU) and CANDU-6 reactors

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    It is the main objective of this study to investigate fuel composition options for CANDU type of reactors that are capable of using a mixture of U-Th as fuel. A homogenous mixture of (U-Th)O2 was used in all elements of fuel bundles. The core of CANDU-6 and ACR (Advanced CANDU) were modeled using MCNP5. In equilibrium core, using MONTEBURNS2 code (coupled with MCNP5 and ORIGENS) for once-through uranium and once-through uranium-thorium fuel cycle of CANDU-6 and ACR, discharge burnups and spent fuel compositions were computed. For various enrichments of uranium and different fractions of thorium in a uranium-thorium fuel mixture, performing burnup calculations, relevant relations were derived; in addition, conversion ratio, fuel requirement, uranium resource utilization, and natural uranium savings were determined, and their changes with burnup were observed. Appropriate fuel compositions were discussed.

  12. Operator companion for CANDU reactors

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    As CANDU nuclear power plants become more complex, and are operated under tighter constraints and for longer periods between outages, plant operations staff will have to absorb more information to correctly and rapidly respond to upsets. A development program is underway at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to use expert systems and interactive media tools to assist operations staff of existing and future CANDU plants. The complete system for plant information access and display, on-line advice and diagnosis, and interactive operating procedures is called the Operator Companion. A prototype, consisting of operator consoles, expert systems and simulation modules in a distributed architecture, is currently being developed to demonstrate the concepts of the Operator Companion. (author). 5 refs, 2 figs

  13. Fuel for CANDU pressurized heavy water reactors

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    Unique properties, performance and evolution of CANDU fuel are described. The manufacturing conditions, uranium requirements, and fuel costs are discussed. The in-service performance of the fuel has been excellent and defect mechanisms and operating criterion are described. Evolutionary improvements in CANDU fuel and new fuel cycles such as plutonium and thorium are being explored to insure that the CANDU reactor remains competitive in the future. (author)

  14. Thermochemical modelling of advanced CANDU reactor fuel

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    Corcoran, Emily Catherine

    2009-04-01

    With an aging fleet of nuclear generating facilities, the imperative to limit the use of non-renewal fossil fuels and the inevitable need for additional electricity to power Canada's economy, a renaissance in the use of nuclear technology in Canada is at hand. The experience and knowledge of over 40 years of CANDU research, development and operation in Ontario and elsewhere has been applied to a new generation of CANDU, the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR). Improved fuel design allows for an extended burnup, which is a significant improvement, enhancing the safety and the economies of the ACR. The use of a Burnable Neutron Absorber (BNA) material and Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel has created a need to understand better these novel materials and fuel types. This thesis documents a work to advance the scientific and technological knowledge of the ACR fuel design with respect to thermodynamic phase stability and fuel oxidation modelling. For the BNA material, a new (BNA) model is created based on the fundamental first principles of Gibbs energy minimization applied to material phase stability. For LEU fuel, the methodology used for the BNA model is applied to the oxidation of irradiated fuel. The pertinent knowledge base for uranium, oxygen and the major fission products is reviewed, updated and integrated to create a model that is applicable to current and future CANDU fuel designs. As part of this thesis, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Coulombic Titration (CT) experiments are compared to the BNA and LEU models, respectively. From the analysis of the CT results, a number of improvements are proposed to enhance the LEU model and provide confidence in its application to ACR fuel. A number of applications for the potential use of these models are proposed and discussed. Keywords: CANDU Fuel, Gibbs Energy Mimimization, Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Fuel, Burnable Neutron Absorber (BNA) Material, Coulometric Titration, X-Ray Diffraction

  15. Operational support analysis for CANDU reactors

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    Enormous supporting analyses are required for each reactor power plant. Most supporting analyses are routine but some are urgent when dealing with unanticipated events. The operational support analysis involves assessment of trip parameters, defining the safety operating envelop, providing information for updating operational manuals and procedures, or investigating the causes of abnormal transients when plant data are not available to provide the information. The modules in the TUF code dealing with reactor controllers, thermal-hydraulics, reactor physics, heat conduction and heat transfer, system components and other auxiliary models for CANDU reactors are discussed. To qualify TUF as an analytical tool for operational support analysis, plant data have been used to validate TUF. To illustrate that, simulation of a Class IV power failure event at Darlington NGS is presented

  16. A generalized perturbation program for CANDU reactor

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    Kim, Do Heon; Kim, Jong Kyung [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Hang Bok; Roh, Gyu Hong [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Won Sik [Chosun University, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    A generalized perturbation program has been developed for the purpose of estimating zonal power variation of a CANDU reactor upon refueling operation. The forward and adjoint calculation modules of RFSP code were used to construct the generalized perturbation program. The numerical algorithm for the generalized adjoint flux calculation was verified by comparing the zone power estimates upon refueling with those of forward calculation. It was, however, noticed that the truncation error from the iteration process of the generalized adjoint flux is not negligible. 2 refs., 1 figs., 1 tab. (Author)

  17. Conceptual Study on Dismantling of CANDU Nuclear Reactor

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    Jeong, Woo-Tae; Lee, Sang-Guk [KHNP-CRI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    In this paper, we reviewed 3D design model of the CANDU type reactor and suggested feasible cutting scheme. The structure of CANDU nuclear reactor, the calandria assembly was reviewed using 3-D CAD model for future decommissioning. Through the schematic diagram of CANDU nuclear power plant, we identified the differences between PWR and CANDU reactor assembly. Method of dismantling the fuel channels from the calandria assembly was suggested. Custom made cutter is recommended to cut all the fuel channels. The calandria vessel is recommended to be cut by band saw or plasma torch. After removal of the fuel channels, it was assumed that radiation level near the calandria vessel is not very high. For cutting of the end shields, various methods such as band saw, plasma torch, CAMC could be used. The choice of a specific method is largely dependent on radiological environment. Finally, method of cutting the embedment rings is considered. As we assume that operators could cut the rings without much radiation exposure, various industrial cutting methods are suggested to be applied. From the above reviews, we could conclude that decommissioning of CANDU reactor is relatively easy compared to that of PWR reactor. Technologies developed from PWR reactor decommissioning could be applied to CANDU reactor dismantling.

  18. Thorium fuel-cycle studies for CANDU reactors

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    The high neutron economy of the CANDU reactor, its ability to be refuelled while operating at full power, its fuel channel design, and its simple fuel bundle provide an evolutionary path for allowing full exploitation of the energy potential of thorium fuel cycles in existing reactors. AECL has done considerable work on many aspects of thorium fuel cycles, including fuel-cycle analysis, reactor physics measurements and analysis, fuel fabrication, irradiation and PIE studies, and waste management studies. Use of the thorium fuel cycle in CANDU reactors ensures long-term supplies of nuclear fuel, using a proven, reliable reactor technology. (author)

  19. The enhanced CANDU 6 reactor - Generation III CANDU medium size global reactor

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    Full text: The Enhanced CANDU 6TM (EC6TM) is a Generation III 700 class, heavy water moderated pressure tube reactor, designed to provide safe, reliable, nuclear power. The EC6TM has evolved from the proven CANDU 6 plants licensed and operating in five countries (four continents) with over 150 reactor years of safe operation around the world. In recent years. this global CANDU 6 fleet, with over 92% average gross capacity factor has ranked in the world's top performing reactors. The EC6 reactor builds on this success of the CANDU 6 fleet by using the operation, experience and project feedback to upgrade the design and construction techniques. A key objective of the EC6 has been to review and incorporate design improvements in the CANDU 6 to meet current safety standards. The key characteristics of the highly successful CANDU 6 reactor design include: - Powered by natural Uranium; - Ease of installation with modular, horizontal fuel channel core; - Separate low-temperature, low-pressure moderator providing inherently passive heat sinks; Reactor vault filled with light water surrounding the core; - Two independent safety shutdown systems; - On-power fuelling; - The CANDU 6 plant has a highly automated control system, with plant control computers that adjust and maintain the reactor power for plant stability (which is particularly beneficial in less developed power grids-where fluctuations occur regularly and capacities are limited). The major improvements incorporated in the EC6 design include, - More robust containment and increased passive features e.g., thicker walls, steel liner; - Enhanced severe accident management with additional emergency heat removal systems; - Improved shutdown performance for improved Large LOCA margins; - Upgraded fire protection systems to meet current Canadian and International standards; - Additional design features to improve environmental protection for workers and public- ALARA principle; - Automated and unitized back-up standby

  20. Systems analysis of the CANDU 3 Reactor

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    This report presents the results of a systems failure analysis study of the CANDU 3 reactor design; the study was performed for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As part of the study a review of the CANDU 3 design documentation was performed, a plant assessment methodology was developed, representative plant initiating events were identified for detailed analysis, and a plant assessment was performed. The results of the plant assessment included classification of the CANDU 3 event sequences that were analyzed, determination of CANDU 3 systems that are ''significant to safety,'' and identification of key operator actions for the analyzed events

  1. Overpressure protection requirements for primary heat transport systems in CANDU power reactors fitted with two shutdown systems

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    The overpressure protection requirements of Article NB 7000 of Section III of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (ASME Code) are incorporated in the National Standard of Canada N285.1. These requirements do not, however, refer to a particular nuclear system design. This is recognized in paragraphs NCA-2141 and NB-7120 of the ASME Code which make reference to the requirements of the appropriate regulatory authority for guidance. For CANDU power reactors fitted with two shutdown systems, some guidance is given in the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) Regulatory Document R-10, but this does not address overpressure protection as a specific topic and further clarification is required. This document seeks to provide such clarification

  2. Advanced fuel cycles for CANDU reactors

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    The current natural uranium-fuelled CANDU system is a world leader, both in terms of overall performance and uranium utilization. Moreover, the CANDU reactor is capable of using many different advanced fuel cycles, with improved uranium utilization relative to the natural uranium one-through cycle. This versatility would enable CANDU to maintain its competitive edge in uranium utilization as improvements are made by the competition. Several CANDU fuel cycles are symbiotic with LWRs, providing an economical vehicle for the recycle of uranium and/or plutonium from discharges LWR fuel. The slightly enriched uranium (SEU) fuel cycle is economically attractive now, and this economic benefit will increase with anticipated increases in the cost of natural uranium, and decreases in the cost of fuel enrichment. The CANFLEX fuel bundle, an advanced 43-element design, will ensure that the full benefits of SEU, and other advanced fuel cycles, can be achieved in the CANDU reactor. 25 refs

  3. ASTEC code adaptability to CANDU type reactors

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    ASTEC integral code is dedicated for severe accident (SA) analysis, mainly for PWR type reactors. In the last years, in the FP-6 NoE SARNET project framework, important efforts were focused on the extension of the ASTEC use to other reactors: WWER, RBMK, BWR and CANDU. The use of ASTEC at CANDU type reactors introduces many difficulties especially for the core degradation phenomena. The paper shows some results obtained in exploratory calculation with the modules SOPHAEROS, CPA, IODE, CESAR and DIVA in order to investigate the possibility to use or to adapt the models at CANDU type reactors. An important part of the paper is focused on the models for CANDU core degradation to be implemented in DIVAC module. (authors)

  4. Thermalhydraulic safety analysis of the Candu reactor

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    The thermalhydraulic analysis requirements for the safety and licensing of the CANDU reactor are outlined. The unique features of the CANDU design are first described, and the specialized analysis requirements for the reactor are identified. Thermalhydraulic codes used to perform the analysis are presented and the experimental test programs used to validate the codes are described. The paper concludes with future plans for the experimental test programs, code development, and code validation. (authors). 11 figs., 1 tab., 19 refs

  5. Assessment and management of ageing of major nuclear power plant components important to safety: CANDU reactor assemblies

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    At present, there are over four hundred operational nuclear power plants (NPPs) in IAEA Member States. Operating experience has shown that ineffective control of the ageing degradation of the major NPP components (e.g. caused by unanticipated phenomena and by operating, maintenance, design or manufacturing errors) can jeopardize plant safety and also plant life. Ageing in these NPPs must therefore be effectively managed to ensure the availability of design functions throughout the plant service life. From the safety perspective, this means controlling within acceptable limits the ageing degradation and wearout of plant components important to safety so that adequate safety margins remain, i.e. integrity and functional capability in excess of normal operating requirements. This TECDOC is one in a series of reports on the assessment and management of ageing of the major NPP components important to safety. The reports are based on experience and practices of NPP operators, regulators, designers, manufacturers, and technical support organizations and a widely accepted Methodology for the Management of Ageing of NPP Components Important to Safety which was issued by the IAEA in 1992. The current practices for the assessment of safety margins (fitness for service) and the inspection, monitoring, and mitigation of ageing degradation of selected components of Canada deuterium-uranium (CANDU) reactors, boiling water reactors (BWRs), pressurized water reactors (PWRs) including the Soviet designed water moderated and water cooled energy reactors (WWERs), are documented in the reports. These practices are intended to help all involved directly and indirectly in ensuring the safe operation of NPPs and also to provide a common technical basis for dialogue between plant operators and regulators when dealing with age-related licensing issues. Since the reports are written from a safety perspective, they do not address life or life-cycle management of the plant components, which

  6. The Enhanced CANDU 6TM Reactor - Generation III CANDU Medium Size Global Reactor

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    The Enhanced CANDU 6TM (EC6TM) is a 740 MWe class heavy water moderated pressure tube reactor, designed to provide safe, reliable, nuclear power. The EC6TM has evolved from the proven eleven (11) CANDU 6 plants licensed and operating in five countries (four continents) with over 150 reactor years of safe operation around the world. In recent years, this global CANDU 6 fleet has ranked in the world's top performing reactors. The EC6 reactor builds on this success of the CANDU 6 fleet by using the operation, experience and project feedback to upgrade the design and incorporate design improvements to meet current safety standards.The key characteristics of the highly successful CANDU 6 reactor design include: Powered by natural Uranium; Ease of installation with modular, horizontal fuel channel core; Separate low-temperature, low-pressure moderator providing inherently passive heat sinks; Reactor vault filled with light water surrounding the core; Two independent safety shutdown systems; On-power fuelling; The CANDU 6 plant has a highly automated control system, with plant control computers that adjust and maintain the reactor power for plant stability (which is particularly beneficial in less developed power grids-where fluctuations occur regularly and capacities are limited). The major improvements incorporated in the EC6 design include: More robust containment and increased passive features e.g., thicker walls, steel liner; Enhanced severe accident management with additional emergency heat removal systems; Improved shutdown performance for improved Large LOCA margins; Upgraded fire protection systems to meet current Canadian and International standards; Additional design features to improve environmental protection for workers and public-ALARA principle; Automated and unitized back-up standby power and water systems; Other improvements to meet higher safety goals consistent with Canadian and International standards based on PSA studies; Additional reactor trip

  7. Advancing the CANDU reactor: From generation to generation

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    Emphasizing safety, reliability and economics, the CANDU reactor development strategy is one of continuous improvement, offering value and assured support to customers worldwide. The Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR-1000) generation, designed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), meets the new economic expectation for low-cost power generation with high capacity factors. The ACR is designed to meet customer needs for reduced capital cost, shorter construction schedule, high plant capacity factor, low operating cost, increased operating life, simple component replacement, enhanced safety features, and low environmental impact. The ACR-1000 design evolved from the internationally successful medium-sized pressure tube reactor (PTR) CANDU 6 and incorporates operational feedback from eight utilities that operate 31 CANDU units. This technical paper provides a brief description of the main features of the ACR-1000, and its major role in the development path of the generations of the pressure tube reactor concept. The motivation, philosophy and design approach being taken for future generation of CANDU pressure tube reactors are described

  8. CANDU 9 nuclear power plant simulator

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    Simulators are playing, an important role in the design and operations of CANDU reactors. They are used to analyze operating procedures under standard and upset conditions. The CANDU 9 nuclear power plant simulator is a low fidelity, near full scope capability simulator. It is designed to play an integral part in the design and verification of the control centre mock-up located in the AECL design office. It will also provide CANDU plant process dynamic data to the plant display system (PDS), distributed control system (DCS) and to the mock-up panel devices. The simulator model employs dynamic mathematical models of the various process and control components that make up a nuclear power plant. It provides the flexibility to add, remove or update user supplied component models. A block oriented process input is provided with the simulator. Individual blocks which represent independent algorithms of the model are linked together to generate the required overall plant model. As a design tool the simulator will be used for control strategy development, human factors studies (information access, readability, graphical display design, operability), analysis of overall plant control performance, tuning estimates for major control loops and commissioning strategy development. As a design evaluation tool, the simulator will be used to perform routine and non-routine procedures, practice 'what if' scenarios for operational strategy development, practice malfunction recovery procedures and verify human factors activities. This paper will describe the CANDU 9 plant simulator and demonstrate its implementation and proposed utility as a tool in the control system and control centre design of a CANDU 9 nuclear power plant. (author). 2 figs

  9. Neutronic parameters calculations of a CANDU reactor

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    Neutronic calculations that reproduce in a simplified way some aspects of a CANDU reactor design were performed. Starting from some prefixed reactor parameters, cylindrical and uniform iron adjuster rods were designed. An appropriate refueling scheme was established, defininig in a 2 zones model their dimensions and exit burnups. The calculations have been done using the codes WIMS-D4 (cell), SNOD (reactivity device simulations) and PUMA (reactor). Comparing with similar calculations done with codes and models usually employed for CANDU design, it is concluded that the models and methods used are appropriate. (Author)

  10. Development of Regulatory Requirements and Inspection Guides for CANDU Reactors

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    Kim, M. W.; Kim, K.; Ryu, Y. H. [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ro, H. Y.; Jin, T. E. [Korea Power Engineering Co., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-05-15

    The first domestic CANDU power reactor, Wolsong unit 1, has been operated for about twenty years since commercial operation in 1983, and has been raised common aging issues of CANDU reactors in pressure tubes, calandria tubes, feeder pipes, etc. To solve these aging issues, utility is promoting the refurbishment activities for these major components. Therefore, confirmation and improvement for insufficient requirements considering the CNSC regulatory documents, regulatory principles between regulatory body and utilities related with refurbishment activities are required. These review contents are described herein, and representative review results are presented.

  11. Exporting apocalypse: CANDU reactors and nuclear proliferation

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    The author believes that the peaceful use of nuclear technology leads inevitably to the production of nuclear weapons, and that CANDU reactors are being bought by countries that are likely to build bombs. He states that exports of reactors and nuclear materials cannot be defended and must be stopped

  12. Investigation of CANDU reactors as a thorium burner

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    Large quantities of plutonium have been accumulated in the nuclear waste of civilian LWRs and CANDU reactors. Reactor grade plutonium can be used as a booster fissile fuel material in the form of mixed ThO2/PuO2 fuel in a CANDU fuel bundle in order to assure reactor criticality. The paper investigates the prospects of exploiting the rich world thorium reserves in CANDU reactors. Two different fuel compositions have been selected for investigations: (1) 96% thoria (ThO2) + 4% PuO2 and (2) 91% ThO2 + 5% UO2 + 4% PuO2. The latter is used for the purpose of denaturing the new 233U fuel with 238U. The behavior of the reactor criticality k ∞ and the burn-up values of the reactor have been pursued by full power operation for >∼8 years. The reactor starts with k ∞ = ∼1.39 and decreases asymptotically to values of k ∞ > 1.06, which is still tolerable and useable in a CANDU reactor. The reactor criticality k ∞ remains nearly constant between the 4th year and the 7th year of plant operation, and then, a slight increase is observed thereafter, along with a continuous depletion of the thorium fuel. After the 2nd year, the CANDU reactor begins to operate practically as a thorium burner. Very high burn-up can be achieved with the same fuel (>160,000 MW D/MT). The reactor criticality would be sufficient until a great fraction of the thorium fuel is burned up, provided that the fuel rods could be fabricated to withstand such high burn-up levels. Fuel fabrication costs and nuclear waste mass for final disposal per unit energy could be reduced drastically

  13. Simulation of a power pulse during loss of coolant accident in a CANDU-6 reactor by coupling the neutronic code PUMA and the thermalhydraulic code CATHENA

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    In the frame of the safety analysis for a joint feasibility study (between Nucleoelectrica Argentina and Atomic Energy of Canada) of using slightly enriched uranium fuel (0.9 w% U235), Loss of Coolant Accidents (LOCAs) simulations were performed for Embalse NPP, a CANDU-6 type reactor (648. MWe gross). Being a reactor with a positive void reactivity coefficient, the void generation during the first seconds of LOCAs leads to an initial power increase, which is larger in the half of the reactor affected by the break. In order to simulate the power transient, which has a strong spatial variation in the flux and power distributions due to CANDU reactor features, two computer codes were used: the 3 dimensional diffusion, spatial kinetics neutronic program PUMA (developed in Argentina) and the thermal-hydraulics program CATHENA (developed in Atomic Energy of Canada). The codes were coupled by an iterative methodology: the CATHENA thermal-hydraulic simulation results (mainly temperatures of fuel and temperatures and densities of coolant) were used as input of the PUMA neutronic calculation, then the time dependent power distribution calculated by PUMA was applied as input for a new CATHENA calculation. The process was repeated up to convergence, which was obtained in a short number of iterations due to the relative minor effect of the power pulse and the strong influence of the break on the thermal-hydraulics Plant behavior during the analyzed time period. The method was utilized to simulate different accidental scenarios (break size and location, and initial conditions). (author)

  14. Thorium fuel studies for CANDU reactors

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    Applying the once-through Thorium (OTT) cycle in existing and advanced CANDU reactors might be seen as an evolved concept for the sustainable development both from the economic and waste management points of view. Using the Canadian proposed scheme - loading mixed ThO2-SEU CANFLEX bundles in CANDU 6 reactors - simulated at lattice cell level led to promising conclusions on higher burnup, lesser actinide inventory and proliferation resistance. The calculations were performed using the lattice codes WIMS and DRAGON (together with the corresponding nuclear data library based on ENDF/B-VII). (authors)

  15. Mathematical models and computer code ELESIM used for CANDU reactors

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    Candu reactors are used in many countries all over the world for power generation. This is because the reactors use natural uranium fuel, with simple design, which permits local manufacturing of the reactor components, in addition to safety in operation. The operation of Candu reactors is accompanied by highly sensitive automatic control loops, which in turn are accompanied by using a set of computer codes to simulate the components of the reactor. One of those codes is ELESIM, which is a computer program for simulating the behaviour of fuel element under the normal operating conditions. In this report, the most important phenomena modelled in ELESIM are manipulated in accordance to their dependence on each other. When necessary the mathematical model used in each item is given, while the equations used in the code is represented in appendix. 6 FIG

  16. Pre-licensing of the Advanced CANDU Reactor

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) developed the Advanced CANDU Reactor-700 (ACR-700) as an evolutionary advancement of the current CANDU 6 reactor. As further advancement of the ACR design, AECL is currently developing the ACR-1000 for the Canadian and international market. The ACR-1000 is aimed at producing electrical power for a capital cost and a unit-energy cost significantly less than that of the current generation of operating nuclear plants, while achieving shorter construction schedule, high plant capacity factor, improved operations and maintenance, increased operating life, and enhanced safety features. The reference ACR-1000 plant design is based on an integrated two-unit plant, using enriched fuel and light-water coolant, with each unit having a nominal gross electrical output of 1165 MWe. The ACR-1000 design has evolved from AECL's in-depth knowledge of CANDU systems, components, and materials, as well as the experience and feedback received from owners and operators of CANDU plants. The ACR design retains the proven strengths and features of CANDU reactors, while incorporating innovations and state-of-the-art technology. It also features major improvements in economics, inherent safety characteristics, and performance, while retaining the proven benefits of the CANDU family of nuclear power plants. The CANDU system is ideally suited to this evolutionary approach since the modular fuel channel reactor design can be modified, through a series of incremental changes in the reactor core design, to increase the power output and improve the overall safety, economics, and performance. The safety enhancements made in ACR-1000 encompass improved safety margins, performance and reliability of safety related systems. In particular, the use of the CANFLEX-ACR fuel bundle, with lower linear rating and higher critical heat flux, provides increased operating and safety margins. Safety features draw from those of the existing CANDU plants (e.g., the two

  17. Thermalhydraulic characteristics for fuel channels using burnable poison in the CANDU reactor

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    The power coefficient is one of the most important physics parameters governing nuclear reactor safety and operational stability, and its sign and magnitude have a significant effect on the safety and control characteristics of the power reactor. Recently, for an equilibrium CANDU core, the power coefficient was reported to be slightly positive when newly developed Industry Standard Tool set reactor physics codes were used. Therefore, it is required to find a new way to effectively decrease the positive power coefficient of CANDU reactor without seriously compromising the economy. In order to make the power coefficient of the CANDU reactor negative at the operating power, Roh et al. have evaluated the various burnable poison (BP) materials and its loading scheme in terms of the fuel performance and reactor safety characteristics. It was shown that reactor safety characteristics can be greatly improved by the use of the BP in the CANDU reactor. However, the previous study has mainly focused on the safety characteristics by evaluating the power coefficient for the fuel channel using BP in the CANDU reactor. Together with the safety characteristics, the economic performance is also important in order to apply the newly designed fuel channel to the power plant. In this study, the economic performance has been evaluated by analyzing the thermal hydraulic characteristics for the fuel channel using BP in the CANDU reactor

  18. On-line power monitoring in CANDU using PMFD

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    The use of digital computers in the on-line control of the spatial power distribution has been well established in CANDU reactors. The instantaneous spatial power distribution in a CANDU reactor is calculated on-line, once every two minutes, by the Flux mapping program. This program synthesizes the global reactor power distribution using a least-squares fit to a set of measured flux detector readings to find amplitudes for a subsequent expansion of a precalculated set of flux harmonics. The reactor control program compares the mapped power shape with the reference power shape. The difference between these two power shapes is minimized by the appropriate deployment of the zone control system. The higher fissile content and the higher fuel burnup of SEU reactors can result in higher power ripples than those in the CANDU natural uranium reactors. Also, concerns of fuel performance at high burnup require accurate on-line monitoring of individual rippled channel and bundle powers. The present Flux Mapping program cannot meet the requirements of Highly Advanced CANDU reactors. The power mapping finite difference (PMFD) program is specifically designed to supplement or replace the Flux Mapping program in the spatial control system of CANDU SEU reactors. It solves the system of three-dimensional, two-energy group neutron diffusion equations on-line. A unique feature of PMFD is its ability to use measured detector fluxes as internal boundary conditions in the flux solution. The resulting flux shape satisfies both the distribution of material properties and the measured flux values

  19. Heavy water cycle in the CANDU reactor

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    Hydrogen atom has two isotopes: deuterium 1H2 and tritium 1H3. The deuterium oxide D2O is called heavy water due to its density of 1105.2 Kg/m3. Another important physical property of the heavy water is the low neutron capture section, suitable to moderate the neutrons into natural uranium fission reactor as CANDU. Due to the fact that into this reactor the fuel is cooled into the pressure tubes surrounded by a moderator, the usage of D2O as primary heat transport (PHT) agent is mandatory. Therefore a large amount of heavy water (approx. 500 tons) is used in a CANDU reactor. Being a costly resource - it represents 20% of the initial plant capital cost, D2O management is required to preserve it. (author)

  20. Candu reactors - experience and innovation

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    The title of this paper highlights two key considerations which must be properly balanced through good management in the evolution of any engineering product. Excessive reliance on experience will lead to product stagnation; excessive reliance on innovation will often lead to an unsatisfactory product, at least in the first generation of this product. To illustrate this balancing process, the paper reviews CANDU evolution and experience and the balance between proveness and innovation achieved through management of the evolution process from early prototypes to today's large-scale commercial units. A forecast of continuing evolutionary directions is included

  1. CANDU reactors. Experience and innovation

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    The title of this paper highlights two key considerations which must be properly balanced through good management in the evolution of any engineering product. Excessive reliance on experience will lead to product stagnation; excessive reliance on innovation will often lead to an unsatisfactory product, at least in the first generation of this product. To illustrate this balancing process, the paper reviews CANDU evolution and experience and the balance between proveness and innovation achieved through management of the evolution process from early prototypes to today's large-scale commercial units. A forecast of continuing evolutionary directions is included

  2. Reactor Physics Analysis Models for a CANDU Reactor

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    Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU) reactor physics analysis is typically performed in three steps. At first, macroscopic cross-sections of the reference lattice is produced by modeling the reference fuel channel. Secondly macroscopic cross-sections of reactivity devices in the reactor are generated. The macroscopic cross-sections of a reactivity device are calculated as incremental cross-sections by subtracting macroscopic cross-sections of a three-dimensional lattice without reactivity device from those of a three-dimensional lattice with a reactivity device. Using the macroscopic cross-sections of the reference lattice and incremental cross-sections of the reactivity devices, reactor physics calculations are performed. This report summarizes input data of typical CANDU reactor physics codes, which can be utilized for the future CANDU reactor physics analysis.

  3. Drift effects in CANDU reactors

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    The diffusion equation is an approximation to the transport equation which relies on the validity of Fick's law. Since this law is not explicitly integrated in the transport equation it can only be derived approximately using homogenization theories. However, such homogenization theories state that when the cell is not symmetric Fick's law breaks down due to the presence of an additional term to the neutron current, called the drift term. In fact, this term can be interpreted as a transport correction to Fick's law which tends to increase the neutron current in a direction opposite to that specified by the flux gradient. In this paper, we investigate how the presence of asymmetric liquid zone controllers will modify the flux distribution inside a CANDU core. 5 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  4. Conceptual designs for very high-temperature CANDU reactors

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    Although its environmental benefits are demonstrable, nuclear power must be economically competitive with other energy sources to ensure it retains, or increases, its share of the changing and emerging energy markets of the next decades. In recognition of this, AECL is studying advanced reactor concepts with the goal of significant reductions in capital cost through increased thermodynamic efficiency and plant simplification. The program, generically called CANDU-X, examines concepts for the future, but builds on the success of the current CANDU designs by keeping the same fundamental design characteristics: excellent neutron economy for maximum flexibility in fuel cycle; an efficient heavy-water moderator that provides a passive heat sink under upset conditions; and, horizontal fuel channels that enable on-line refueling for optimum fuel utilization and power profiles. Retaining the same design fundamentals takes maximum advantage of the existing experience base, and allows technological and design improvements developed for CANDU-X to be incorporated into more evolutionary CANDU plants in the short to medium term. Three conceptual designs have been developed that use supercritical water (SCW) as a coolant. The increased coolant temperature results in the thermodynamic efficiency of each CANDU-X concept being significantly higher than conventional nuclear plants. The first concept, CANDU-X Mark 1, is a logical extension of the current CANDU design to higher operating temperatures. To take maximum advantage of the high heat capacity of water at the pseudo-critical temperature, water at nominally 25 MPa enters the core at 310oC, and exits at ∼410oC. The high specific heat also leads to high heat transfer coefficients between the fuel cladding and the coolant. As a result, Zr-alloys can be used as cladding, thereby retaining relatively high neutron economy. The second concept, CANDU-X NC, is aimed at markets that require smaller simpler distributed power plants (

  5. Review of Regulations on Continued Operation for CANDU Reactors

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    Kim, Man Woong; Lee, Sang Kyu; Yoo, Kun Joong; Kim, Hyun Koon; Ryu, Yong Ho [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Roh, Heui Young; Jin, Tae Eun [Korea Power Engineering Co., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-10-15

    The first CANDU type reactor, Wolsong Unit 1, has been operating for twenty four years since the commencement of its commercial operation in 1983 and its lifetime will be completed until end of 2012. Hence the licensee, KHNP, is considered a continued operation for Wolsong Unit 1 in economic point of view. Regarding to the license of the continued operating of nuclear power plants including CANDU reactors, a regulatory body is developing the regulatory requirements on continued operation for reviewing the technical requirements of safety assessment and management of aging for structures, systems and components (SSC) in the nuclear power plants. Regarding to this, in this paper the review contents are described and general review results are presented.

  6. Review of Regulations on Continued Operation for CANDU Reactors

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    The first CANDU type reactor, Wolsong Unit 1, has been operating for twenty four years since the commencement of its commercial operation in 1983 and its lifetime will be completed until end of 2012. Hence the licensee, KHNP, is considered a continued operation for Wolsong Unit 1 in economic point of view. Regarding to the license of the continued operating of nuclear power plants including CANDU reactors, a regulatory body is developing the regulatory requirements on continued operation for reviewing the technical requirements of safety assessment and management of aging for structures, systems and components (SSC) in the nuclear power plants. Regarding to this, in this paper the review contents are described and general review results are presented

  7. Industrial process heat from CANDU reactors

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    It has been demonstrated on a large scale that CANDU reactors can produce industrial process steam as well as electricity, reliably and economically. The advantages of cogeneration have led to the concept of an Industrial Energy Park adjacent to the Bruce Nuclear Power Development in the province of Ontario. For steam demands between 300,000 and 500,00 lb/h (38-63 kg/s) and an annual load factor of 80%, the estimated cost of nuclear steam at the Bruce site boundary is $3.21/MBtu ($3.04GJ), which is at least 30% cheaper than oil-fired steam at the same site. The most promising near term application of nuclear heat is likely to be found within the energy-intensive chemical industry. Nuclear energy can substitute for imported oil and coal in the eastern provinces if the price remains competitive, but low cost coal and gas in the western provinces may induce energy-intensive industries to locate near those sources of energy. In the long term it may be feasible to use nuclear heat for the mining and extraction of oil from the Alberta tar sands. (auth)

  8. Advanced CANDU reactor technology: competitive design for the nuclear renaissance

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    AECL has developed the design for a new generation of CANDU nuclear power plants, the Advance CANDU Reactor or ACR. The ACR combines a set of underlying enabling technologies with well-established successful CANDU features in an optimized design with significantly lower costs. By adopting slightly enriched uranium fuel, an optimized core design with light water coolant, heavy water moderator and reflector has been defined based on the existing CANDU fuel channel module. The basic design for the complete reference ACR power plant has now been completed. This paper summarizes the main features and characteristics of the reference ACR-700 power plant design. The progress of the ACR design program in meeting challenging cost, schedule and performance targets is described. AECL's cost reduction methodology is summarized as an integral part of the design optimization process. Examples are given of cost reduction features together with the enhancement of design margins. AECL expects the detailed design and testing of ACR to be complete and pre-project licensing evaluation carried out to enable regulatory endorsement in key markets by the middle of the decade. (authors)

  9. Preliminary evaluation of licensing issues associated with U. S. -sited CANDU-PHW nuclear power plants

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    van Erp, J B

    1977-12-01

    The principal safety-related characteristics of current CANDU-PHW power plants are described, and a distinction between those characteristics which are intrinsic to the CANDU-PHW system and those that are not is presented. An outline is given of the main features of the Canadian safety and licensing approach. Differences between the U.S. and Canadian approach to safety and licensing are discussed. Some of the main results of the safety analyses, routinely performed for CANDU-PHW reactors, are presented. U.S.-NRC General Design Criteria are evaluated as regards their applicability to CANDU-PHW reactors; vice-versa the CANDU-PHW reactor is evaluated with respect to its conformance to the U.S.-NRC General Design Criteria. A number of design modifications are proposed to be incorporated into the CANDU-PHW reactor in order to facilitate its introduction into the U.S.

  10. Safety benefits from CANDU reactor replacement. A case study

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    Both total core replacement and core retubing have been used in the CANDU industry. For future plant refurbishments, based on experience both in new construction and in recent refurbishments, the concept of total core replacement has been revisited. This builds on practices for replacement of other large plant equipment like boilers. The Bruce CANDU reactors, with their local shield tanks built around the Calandria and containment closely located around that Calandria Shield Tank Assembly (CSTA), are believed to be good candidates for core replacement. A structured process was used to design a replacement CSTA suitable for Bruce A use. The work started with a study of opportunities for safety enhancements in the core. This progressed into design studies and related design assist safety analysis on the reactor. A key element of the work involved consideration of how verified features from later CANDU designs, and from our new reactor design work, could be tailored to fit this replacement core. The replacement reactor core brings in structural improvements in both calandria and end shield, and safety improvements like the natural circulation enhancing moderator cooling layout and further optimized reactivity layouts to improve shutdown system performance. Bruce Power are currently studying the business implications of this and retube techniques as part of preparation for future refurbishments. The work explained in this paper is in the context of the safety related changes and the work to choose and quantify them. (author)

  11. Safety benefits from CANDU reactor replacement - a case study

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    Both total core replacement and core retubing have been used in the CANDU industry. For future plant refurbishments, based on experience both in new construction and in recent refurbishments, the concept of total core replacement has been revisited. This builds on practices for replacement of other large plant equipment like boilers. The Bruce CANDU reactors, with their local shield tanks built around the Calandria and containment closely located around that Calandria Shield Tank Assembly (CSTA), are believed to be good candidates for core replacement. A structured process was used to design a replacement CSTA suitable for Bruce A use. The work started with a study of opportunities for safety enhancements in the core. This progressed into design studies and related design assist safety analysis on the reactor. A key element of the work involved consideration of how verified features from later CANDU designs, and from our new reactor design work, could be tailored to fit this replacement core. The replacement reactor core brings in structural improvements in both calandria and end shield, and safety improvements like the natural circulation enhancing moderator cooling layout and further optimized reactivity layouts to improve shutdown system performance. Bruce Power are currently studying the business implications of this and retube techniques as part of preparation for future refurbishments. The work explained in this paper is in the context of the safety related changes and the work to choose and quantify them. (author)

  12. Survey of considerations involved in introducing CANDU reactors into the United States

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    Till, C E; Bohn, E M; Chang, Y I; van Erp, J B

    1977-01-01

    The important issues that must be considered in a decision to utilize CANDU reactors in the U.S. are identified in this report. Economic considerations, including both power costs and fuel utilization, are discussed for the near and longer term. Safety and licensing considerations are reviewed for CANDU-PHW reactors in general. The important issues, now and in the future, associated with power generation costs are the capital costs of CANDUs and the factors that impact capital cost comparisons. Fuel utilization advantages for the CANDU depend upon assumptions regarding fuel recycle at present, but the primary issue in the longer term is the utilization of the thorium cycle in the CANDU. Certain safety features of the CANDU are identified as intrinsic to the concept and these features must be examined more fully regarding licensability in the U.S.

  13. A high-speed data acquisition system to measure low-level current from self-powered flux detectors in CANDU nuclear reactors

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    Self-powered flux detectors are used in CANDU nuclear power reactors to determine the spatial neutron flux distribution in the reactor core for use by both the reactor control and safety systems. To establish the dynamic response of different types of flux detectors, the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories have an ongoing experimental irradiation program in the NRU research reactor for which a data acquistion system has been developed. The system described in this paper is used to measure the currents from the detectors both at a slow, regular logging interval, and at a rapid, adaptive rate following a reactor shutdown. Currents that range from 100 pA to 1 mA full scale can be measured from up to 38 detectors and stored at sampling rates of up to 20 samples per second. The dynamic characteristics of the detectors can be computed from the stored records. The data acquisition system comprises a DEC LSI-11/23 microcomputer, dual cartridge disks, floppy disks, a hard copy and a video display terminal. The RT-11 operating system is used and all application programs are written in FORTRAN

  14. The relationship between natural uranium and advanced fuel cycles in CANDU reactors

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    CANDU is the most uranium-economic type of thermal power reactor, and is the only type used in Canada. CANDU reactors consume approximately 15% of Canadian uranium production and support a fuel service industry valued at ∼$250 M/a. In addition to their once-through, natural-uranium fuel cycle, CANDU reactors are capable of operating with slightly-enriched uranium (SEU), uranium-plutonium and thorium cycles, more efficiently than other reactors. Only SEU is economically attractive in Canada now, but the other cycles are of interest to countries without indigenous fuel resources. A program is underway to establish the fuel technologies necessary for the use of SEU and the other fuel cycles in CANDU reactors

  15. The relationship between natural uranium and advanced fuel cycles in CANDU reactors

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    CANDU is the most uranium-economic type of thermal power reactor, and is the only type used in Canada. CANDU reactors consume approximately 15% of Canadian uranium production and support a fuel service industry valued at ∼$250 M/a. In addition to their once-through, natural-uranium fuel cycle, CANDU reactors are capable of operating with slightly-enriched uranium (SEU), uranium-plutonium and thorium cycles, more efficiently than other reactors. Only SEU is economically attractive in Canada now, but the other cycles are of interest to countries without indigenous fuel resources. A program is underway to establish the fuel technologies necessary for the use of SEU and the other fuel cycles in CANDU reactors. 22 refs

  16. Future trends in the design of CANDU reactors

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    The CANDU reactor system has proven itself to be a world leader in terms of station availability and low total unit energy cost. In 1985 four of the top ten reactor units in the world were CANDU reactors operating in South Korea and Canada. Engineering work is well underway to refine the design of the CANDU 600 and to incorporate state-of-the-art technology, reducing the capital cost and construction schedule for CANDUs of the 1990s. In addition, a smaller CANDU 300 plant has been designed using proven CANDU 600 technology and components, but with an innovative new plant layout that makes it cost competitive with coal-fired plants. For the long term, work on advanced fuel cycles and major system improvements are underway ensuring that CANDU plants will stay competitive well into the next century

  17. Thermal-hydraulic interfacing code modules for CANDU reactors

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    The approach for CANDU reactor safety analysis in Ontario Hydro Nuclear (OHN) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is presented. Reflecting the unique characteristics of CANDU reactors, the procedure of coupling the thermal-hydraulics, reactor physics and fuel channel/element codes in the safety analysis is described. The experience generated in the Canadian nuclear industry may be useful to other types of reactors in the areas of reactor safety analysis

  18. Thermal-hydraulic interfacing code modules for CANDU reactors

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    Liu, W.S.; Gold, M.; Sills, H. [Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Toronto (Canada)] [and others

    1997-07-01

    The approach for CANDU reactor safety analysis in Ontario Hydro Nuclear (OHN) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is presented. Reflecting the unique characteristics of CANDU reactors, the procedure of coupling the thermal-hydraulics, reactor physics and fuel channel/element codes in the safety analysis is described. The experience generated in the Canadian nuclear industry may be useful to other types of reactors in the areas of reactor safety analysis.

  19. An approach to neutronics analysis of candu reactors

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    An attempt is made to tackle the problem of neutronics analysis of CANDU reactors. Until now CANDU reactors have been analysed by the methods developed at AECL and CGE using mainly receipe methods. Relying on multigroup transport codes GAM-GATHER in combination with diffusion code CITATION a package of codes is established to use it for survey as well as production purposes. (authors)

  20. Role of water lubricated bearings in Candu reactors

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    During the twentieth century a great emphasis was placed in understanding and defining the operating regime of oil and grease lubricated components. Major advances have been made through elastohydrodynamic lubrication theory in the quantifying the design life of heavily loaded components such as rolling element bearings and gears. Detailed guidelines for the design of oil and grease lubricated components are widely available and are being applied to the successful design of these components. However similar guidelines for water lubricated components are either not available or not well documented. It is often forgotten that the water was used as a lubricant in several components as far back as 1884 B.C. During the twentieth century the water lubricated components continued to play a major role in some high technology industries such as in the power generation plants. In CANDU nuclear reactors water lubrication of several critical components always occupied a pride place and in most cases the only practical mode of lubrication of several critical components always occupied a pride place and in most cases the only practical mode of lubrication. This paper presents some examples of the major water lubricated components in a CANDU reactors. Major part of the paper is focused on presenting an example of successful operating history of water lubricated bearings used in the HT pumps are presented. Both types of bearings have been qualified by tests for operation under normal as well as under more severe postulated condition of loss-of-coolant-accident (LOCA). These bearings have been designed to operate for the 30 years in the existing CANDU 6 (600 MW) reactors. However for the next generation of CANDU 6 reactors which go into service in the year 2003, the HT pump bearing life has been extended to 40 years. (author)

  1. Temperature effect of DUPIC fuel in CANDU reactor

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    The fuel temperature coefficient (FTC) of DUPIC fuel was calculated by WIMS-AECL with ENDF/B-V cross-section library. Compared to natural uranium CANDU fuel, the FTC of DUPIC fuel is less negative when fresh and is positive after 10,000 MWD/T of irradiation. The effect of FTC on the DUPIC core performance was analyzed using the pace-time kinetics module in RFSP for the refueling transient which occurs daily during normal operation of CANDU reactors. In this study, the motion of zoen controller units (ZCU) was modeled externally to describe the reactivity control during the refueling transient. Refueling operation was modeled as a linear function of time by changing the fuel burnup incrementally and the average fuel temperature was calculated based on the bundle power during the transient. The analysis showed that the core-wide FTC is negative and local positive FTC of the DUPIC fuel can be accommodated in the CANDU reactor because the FTC is very small, the refueling operation occurs slowly, and the channel-front-peaked axial power profile weakens the contribution of the positive FTC. (author). 11 refs., 31 tabs., 10 figs

  2. Safety assessment to support NUE fuel full core implementation in CANDU reactors

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    The Natural Uranium Equivalent (NUE) fuel contains a combination of recycled uranium and depleted uranium, in such a manner that the resulting mixture is similar to the natural uranium currently used in CANDU® reactors. Based on successful preliminary results of 24 bundles of NUE fuel demonstration irradiation in Qinshan CANDU 6 Unit 1, the NUE full core implementation program has been developed in cooperation with the Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company and Candu Energy Inc, which has recently received Chinese government policy and funding support from their National-Level Energy Innovation program. This paper presents the safety assessment results to technically support NUE fuel full core implementation in CANDU reactors. (author)

  3. CANDU 6 - the highly successful medium sized reactor

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    The CANDU 6 Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor system, featuring horizontal fuel channels and heavy water moderator continues to evolve, supported by AECL's strong commitment to comprehensive R and D programs. The initial CANDU 6 design started in the 1970's. The first plants went into service in 1983, and the latest version of the plant is under construction in China. With each plant the technology has evolved giving the dual advantages of proveness and modern technology. CANDU 6 delivers important advantages of the CANDU system with benefit to small and medium-sized grids. This technology has been successfully adopted by, and localized to varying extents in, each of the CANDU 6 markets. For example, all CANDU owners obtain their fuel from domestic suppliers. Progressive CANDU development continues at AECL to enhance this medium size product CANDU 6. There are three key CANDU development strategic thrusts: improved economics, fuel cycle flexibility, and enhanced safety. The CANDU 6 product is also enhanced by incorporating improvements and advanced features that will be arising from our CANDU Technology R and D programs in areas such as heavy water and tritium, control and instrumentation, fuel and fuel cycles, systems and equipment and safety and constructability. (author)

  4. CANDU load following test in ICN research reactor

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    Abbas, S.; Palleck, S. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Mississauga, Ontario (Canada); Montin, J. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Hohoianu, G.; Parvan, M. [Inst. for Nuclear Research, ICN (Romania)

    2008-07-01

    To study the performance of CANDU fuel under Load Following (LF) conditions, a CANDU 6 type fuel element with 8.0 wt% {sup 235}U enrichment was irradiated in the 14 MW TRIGA materials testing reactor at the Institute for Nuclear Research (ICN) in Romania. This experiment was developed under the INR-AECL Memorandum for Co-operation in research and development of nuclear energy and technology. The fuel element underwent a successful demonstration of LF capability, where the fuel element withstood 200 daily cycles from 27 to 54 kW/m (average element linear power), as well as additional ramps due to reactor trips and restarts during the test period. The fuel element underwent a series of post-irradiation destructive and nondestructive examinations after the LF test irradiation. No performance or integrity issues were observed. This paper presents a description of the test facility, details of the test irradiation conditions and the post-irradiation examination results with discussion on their relation to CANDU fuel performance and integrity. (author)

  5. An emergency water injection system (EWIS) for future CANDU reactors

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    Marques, Andre L.F. [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), SP (Brazil). E-mail: momarques@uol.com.br; Todreas, Neil E.; Driscoll, Michael J. [Massachusetts Inst.of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Nuclear Engineering Dept.

    2000-07-01

    This paper deals with the investigation of the feasibility and effectiveness of water injection into the annulus between the calandria tubes and the pressure tubes of CANDU reactors. The purpose is to provide an efficient decay heat removal process that avoids permanent deformation of pressure tubes severe accident conditions, such as loss of coolant accident (LOCA). The water injection may present the benefit of cost reduction and better actuation of other related safety systems. The experimental work was conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in a setup that simulated, as close as possible, a CANDU bundle annular configuration, with heat fluxes on the order of 90 kW/m{sup 2}: the inner cylinder simulates the pressure tube and the outer tube represents the calandria tube. The experimental matrix had three dimensions: power level, annulus water level and boundary conditions. The results achieved overall heat transfer coefficients (U), which are comparable to those required (for nominal accident progression) to avoid pressure tube permanent deformation, considering current CANDU reactor data. Nonetheless, future work should be carried out to investigate the fluid dynamics such as blowdown behavior, in the peak bundle, and the system lay-out inside the containment to provide fast water injection. (author)

  6. Leak detection capability in CANDU reactors

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    This paper addresses the moisture leak detection capability of Ontario Hydro CANDU reactors which has been demonstrated by performing tests on the reactor. The tests confirmed the response of the annulus gas system (AGS) to the presence of moisture injected to simulate a pressure tube leak and also confirmed the dew point response assumed in leak before break assessments. The tests were performed on Bruce A Unit 4 by injecting known and controlled rates of heavy water vapor. To avoid condensation during test conditions, the amount of moisture which could be injected was small (2-3.5 g/hr). The test response demonstrated that the AGS is capable of detecting and annunciating small leaks. Thus confidence is provided that it would alarm for a growing pressure tube leak where the leak rate is expected to increase to kg/hr rapidly. The measured dew point response was close to that predicted by analysis

  7. Leak detection capability in CANDU reactors

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    Azer, N.; Barber, D.H.; Boucher, P.J. [and others

    1997-04-01

    This paper addresses the moisture leak detection capability of Ontario Hydro CANDU reactors which has been demonstrated by performing tests on the reactor. The tests confirmed the response of the annulus gas system (AGS) to the presence of moisture injected to simulate a pressure tube leak and also confirmed the dew point response assumed in leak before break assessments. The tests were performed on Bruce A Unit 4 by injecting known and controlled rates of heavy water vapor. To avoid condensation during test conditions, the amount of moisture which could be injected was small (2-3.5 g/hr). The test response demonstrated that the AGS is capable of detecting and annunciating small leaks. Thus confidence is provided that it would alarm for a growing pressure tube leak where the leak rate is expected to increase to kg/hr rapidly. The measured dew point response was close to that predicted by analysis.

  8. Inspection of Candu Nuclear Reactor Fuel Channels

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    The Channel Inspection and Gauging Apparatus of Reactors (CIGAR) is a fully atomated, remotely operated inspection system designed to perform multi-channel, multi-task inspection of CANDU reactor fuel channels. Ultrasonic techniques are used for flaw detection, (with a sensitivity capable of detecting a 0.075 mm deep notch with a signal to noise ratio of 10 dB) and pressure tube wall thickness and diameter measurements. Eddy currrent systems are used to detect the presence of spacers between the coaxial pressure tube and calandria tube, as well as to measure their relative spacing. A servo-accelerometer is used to estimate the sag of the fuel channels. This advanced inspection system was commissioned and declared in service in September 1985. The paper describes the inspection systems themselves and discussed the results achieved to-date. (author)

  9. CANDU improvement

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    The evolution of the CANDU family of nuclear power plants is based on a continuous product development approach. Proven equipment and system concepts from operating stations are standardized and used in new products. Due to the modular nature of the CANDU reactor concept, product features developed for CANDU 9 can easily be incorporated in other CANDU products such as CANDU 6. Design concepts are being developed for advanced CANDU 6 or larger advanced CANDU, depending on the number of fuel channels and the fuel cycle selected. This paper provides a description of the design improvements being incorporated in CANDU 9 and further design enhancements being studied for future incorporation in CANDU 6 or larger advanced CANDU meeting the requirements of future CANDU owners. The design enhancement objectives are: To improve operational simplicity by applying modern information technology; to improve safety in a cost effective way; to improve system and component reliability and to increase plant life; to improve economics and to reduce owners' risks during all phases of a project using up-front licensing, an improved engineering process and project tools during design, construction and operation; to continue to exploit the neutron economy of CANDU with the development of advanced fuels and fuel cycles. (author)

  10. EC6TM - Enhanced Candu 6TM reactor safety characteristics

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    The EC6 is a 740 MWe-class natural-uranium-fuelled, heavy-water-cooled and -moderated pressure-tube reactor, which has evolved from the eleven (11) CANDUR 6 plants operating in five countries (on four continents). CANDU 6 has over 150 reactor-years of safe operation. The most recent CANDU 6 - at Qinshan, in China - is the Reference Design for EC6. The EC6 shares many inherent, passive and engineered safety characteristics with the Reference Design. However EC6 has been designed to meet modern regulatory requirements and safety expectations. The resulting design changes have improved these safety characteristics, and this paper provides a convenient summary. The paper addresses the safety functions of reactivity control, heat removal, and containment of radioactive material. For each safety function, the EC6 characteristics are categorized as inherent, passive, or engineered. The paper focuses mostly on the first two. The Enhanced CANDU 6 uses an appropriate mix of passive, inherent, and engineered safety functions. Reactivity transients are generally slow, mild and inherently limited due to the natural uranium core and use of on-power refuelling. Only the coolant void coefficient can cause a large reactivity insertion, particularly in a large LOCA. This is mitigated by the long prompt neutron lifetime and the large delayed neutron fraction, and terminated by either of the two shutdown systems. For EC6, the large LOCA power transient has been reduced significantly by speeding up the slower of the two shutdown systems. Redundant shutdown and the LOCA power pulse improvements mitigate the limiting large positive reactivity insertion. Decay heat removal shows a very high component of passive safety, from thermo-siphoning in the Reactor Coolant System to passive heat removal in severe accidents via the moderator or reactor vault. The latter two can maintain the fuel in a more predictable and favourable geometry than 'core on the floor'. The containment structure is

  11. An analytic study on LBLOCA for CANDU type reactor using MARS-KS/CANDU

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    This study provides the simulation results using MARS-KS/CANDU code for the Large Break LOCA of CANDU type reactor. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the capability of MARS-KS/CANDU for simulating the actual plants (Wolsong 2/3/4). The steady state and the transient analysis results were provided. After the sensitivity study depend on break size, the case that 35% of the inlet header known as the accident that has the most limiting effect on the temperature of the fuel sheath was calculated. In order to evaluate the results, the results were compared with those of CATHENA simulation. (author)

  12. Analysis of a homogenous and heterogeneous stylized half core of a CANDU reactor

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    EL-Khawlani, Afrah [Physics Department, Sana' a (Yemen); Aziz, Moustafa [Nuclear and radiological regulatory authority, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, Mahmud Yehia; Ellithi, Ali Yehia [Cairo Univ. (Egypt). Faculty of Science

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    The MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code System) code has been used for modeling and simulation of a half core of CANDU (CANada Deuterium-Uranium) reactor, both homogenous and heterogeneous model for the reactor core are designed. The fuel is burnt in normal operation conditions of CANDU reactors. Natural uranium fuel is used in the model. The multiplication factor for homogeneous and heterogeneous reactor core is calculated and compared during fuel burnup. The concentration of both uranium and plutonium isotopes are analysed in the model. The flux and power distributions through channels are calculated.

  13. Tritium source identification in CANDU reactors

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    Very small amounts of tritiated heavy water may escape from the moderator and heat-transport systems of CANDU reactors during maintenance and normal operation. Through comprehensive tritium management, the impact of this leaked heavy water on operating personnel and the environment can be controlled. One useful management technique is source identification, a set of methods for locating very small heavy-water leaks. This technique permits an operator to optimize plant performance, adapting to changes in plant conditions. Various identification methods are available, including local-hazard monitoring, tritium mapping and the correlation of measured hazards with emissions and hazards in other areas. The suitability of each method depends on the management objectives. In this report, each of these methods is reviewed and applications discussed. (author)

  14. Thermalhydraulic safety analysis of the Candu reactor

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    The thermalhydraulic analysis requirements for the safety and licensing of the Candu reactor are outlined. The unique features of the Candu design are first described, and the specialized analysis requirements for the reactor are identified. Thermalhydraulic codes used to perform the analysis are presented and the experimental test programs used to validate the codes are described. The paper concludes with future plans for the experimental test programs, code development, and code validation. Future experimental work will largely focus on improving our understanding of the interaction of multiple parallel heated channels under upset conditions. This is, of course, related to the blowdown and refill thermal-hydraulics of full-size flow headers connecting the feeders. An increasing emphasis is currently being placed on refining the instrumentation for our test facilities. An Instrument Development Program has been recently implemented to provide instrumentation not currently available commercially. For example, conductivity probes are being developed to accurately measure the level in the RD-14M headers. As well, neutron scattering tomography is being evaluated to measure the void and void distribution in the heated channels of RD-14M and the CWIT facility. To facilitate easy access to experimental data, a program has been initiated to develop a fully relational data base of thermalhydraulic data obtained from our experimental programs. Software is being developed to display the information in a number of formats, including an 'animated' replay of the experiment, to aid the analyst in interpreting the experimental data. Future code development will also focus on accurately predicting the behaviour of the Candu header/feeder system under loss-of-coolant accident conditions. A multi-dimensional representation of the header will be required. At the same time, the computational efficiency of the codes will have to increase to handle the large number of parallel channels

  15. Distinctive safety aspects of the CANDU-PHW reactor design

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    Two lectures are presented in this report. They were prepared in response to a request from IAEA to provide information on the 'Special characteristics of the safety analysis of heavy water reactors' to delegates from member states attending the Interregional Training Course on Safety Analysis Review, held at Karlsruhe, November 19 to December 20, 1979. The CANDU-PHW reactor is used as a model for discussion. The first lecture describes the distinctive features of the CANDU reactor and how they impact on reactor safety. In the second lecture the Canadian safety philosophy, the safety design objective, and other selected topics on reactor safety analysis are discussed. The material in this report was selected with a view to assisting those not familiar with the CANDU heavy water reactor design in evaluating the distinctive safety aspects of these reactors. (auth)

  16. Thorium-Based Fuels Preliminary Lattice Cell Studies for Candu Reactors

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    The choice of nuclear power as a major contributor to the future global energy needs must take into account acceptable risks of nuclear weapon proliferation, in addition to economic competitiveness, acceptable safety standards, and acceptable waste disposal options. Candu reactors offer a proven technology, safe and reliable reactor technology, with an interesting evolutionary potential for proliferation resistance, their versatility for various fuel cycles creating premises for a better utilization of global fuel resources. Candu reactors impressive degree of fuel cycle flexibility is a consequence of its channel design, excellent neutron economy, on-power refueling, and simple fuel bundle. These features facilitate the introduction and exploitation of various fuel cycles in Candu reactors in an evolutionary fashion. The main reasons for our interest in Thorium-based fuel cycles have been, globally, to extend the energy obtainable from natural Uranium and, locally, to provide a greater degree of energy self-reliance. Applying the once through Thorium (OTT) cycle in existing and advanced Candu reactors might be seen as an evaluative concept for the sustainable development both from the economic and waste management points of view. Two Candu fuel bundles project will be used for the proposed analysis, namely the Candu standard fuel bundle with 37 fuel elements and the CANFLEX fuel bundle with 43 fuel elements. Using the Canadian proposed scheme - loading mixed ThO2-SEU CANFLEX bundles in Candu 6 reactors - simulated at lattice cell level led to promising conclusions on operation at higher fuel burnups, reduction of the fissile content to the end of the cycle, minor actinide content reduction in the spent fuel, reduction of the spent fuel radiotoxicity, presence of radionuclides emitting strong gamma radiation for proliferation resistance benefit. The calculations were performed using the lattice codes WIMS and Dragon (together with the corresponding nuclear data

  17. Preliminary evaluation of licensing issues associated with U.S.-sited CANDU-PHW nuclear power plants

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    The principal safety-related characteristics of current CANDU-PHW power plants are described, and a distinction between those characteristics which are intrinsic to the CANDU-PHW system and those that are not is presented. An outline is given of the main features of the Canadian safety and licensing approach. Differences between the U.S. and Canadian approach to safety and licensing are discussed. Some of the main results of the safety analyses, routinely performed for CANDU-PHW reactors, are presented. U.S.-NRC General Design Criteria are evaluated as regards their applicability to CANDU-PHW reactors; vice-versa the CANDU-PHW reactor is evaluated with respect to its conformance to the U.S.-NRC General Design Criteria. A number of design modifications are proposed to be incorporated into the CANDU-PHW reactor in order to facilitate its introduction into the U.S

  18. Diagnostic technology for degradation of feeder pipes and fuel channels in CANDU reactor

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    Degradation of critical components of nuclear power plants has become important as the operating years of plants increase. The necessity of degradation study including detection and monitoring technology has raised its head. Because the feeder pipes and the fuel channels are particularly one of the critical components in CANDU nuclear plant, they are treated as a major research target in order to counteract the possible problems and establish the counterplan for the improvement of CANDU reactor safety. To ensure the integrity of feeder pipes and fuel channels in CANDU nuclear plant, the following 3 research tasks were performed in the first stage. - Development of a model for prediction of feeder wall thinning - Development of RFEC detection technology - Development of ICFD noise signal analysis. The technologies developed in this study could contribute to the nuclear safety and estimation of the remaining life of operating CANDU nuclear power plants

  19. The next generation of CANDU reactor: evolutionary economics

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    AECL has developed the design for a next generation of CANDUR plants by applying a set of enabling technologies to well-established successful CANDU features from the CANDU 6 Reactors in service and the design of the CANDU 9. Advances made in the construction of the Wolsong reactors have been built upon in the current project in China. The basis for the new design is to evolve from the current CANDU units by replicating or adapting existing components for a new core design. Using slightly enriched uranium fuel, a core with light water coolant, and heavy water moderator and reflector has been defined, based on the existing CANDU fuel channel module. This paper summarizes the main features and characteristics of the reference next-generation CANDU design. The progress of the next generation of CANDU design program in meeting challenging cost, schedule and performance targets is described. AECL's cost reduction methodology is summarized as an integral part of the design optimization process. Examples of cost reduction features are given, together with enhancement of design margins

  20. Dynamic Analysis of the Thorium Fuel Cycle in CANDU Reactors

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    Jeong, Chang Joon; Park, Chang Je

    2006-02-15

    The thorium fuel recycle scenarios through the Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU) reactor have been analyzed for two types of thorium fuel: homogeneous ThO{sub 2}UO{sub 2} and ThO{sub 2}UO{sub 2}-DUPIC fuels. The recycling is performed through the dry process fuel technology which has a proliferation resistance. For the once-through fuel cycle model, the existing nuclear power plant construction plan was considered up to 2016, while the nuclear demand growth rate from the year 2016 was assumed to be 0%. After setting up the once-through fuel cycle model, the thorium fuel CANDU reactor was modeled to investigate the fuel cycle parameters. In this analysis, the spent fuel inventory as well as the amount of plutonium, minor actinides and fission products of the multiple recycling fuel cycle were estimated and compared to those of the once-through fuel cycle. From the analysis results, it was found that the closed or partially closed thorium fuel cycle can be constructed through the dry process technology. Also, it is known that both the homogeneous and heterogeneous thorium fuel cycles can reduce the SF accumulation and save the natural uranium resource compared with the once-through cycle. From the material balance view point, the heterogeneous thorium fuel cycle seems to be more feasible. It is recommended, however, the economic analysis should be performed in future.

  1. Time-Average Calculation using FEM in a CANDU Reactor

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    Ryu, Eun Hyun; Park, Joo Hwan; Song, Yong Man; Lee Chung Chan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Shim, Hyung Jin [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    To get a much accurate result and to be sure about the calculated reactor physics value, new code system which is appropriate to the CANDU reactor and has high fidelity is required. This study here is to understand and analyze the existing code system, WIMS-RFSP. Because the FEM codes used here can calculate multiplication factor, group flux, channel power easily with cross section data from WIMS and geometrical data from GMSH, the results of FEM are good examples to compare with RFSP results. With the comparison process itself and numerical experiments, it is expected that the basis of new code system become abundant. Time-average module is mainly discussed with regular process in RFSP

  2. Time-Average Calculation using FEM in a CANDU Reactor

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    To get a much accurate result and to be sure about the calculated reactor physics value, new code system which is appropriate to the CANDU reactor and has high fidelity is required. This study here is to understand and analyze the existing code system, WIMS-RFSP. Because the FEM codes used here can calculate multiplication factor, group flux, channel power easily with cross section data from WIMS and geometrical data from GMSH, the results of FEM are good examples to compare with RFSP results. With the comparison process itself and numerical experiments, it is expected that the basis of new code system become abundant. Time-average module is mainly discussed with regular process in RFSP

  3. Fuel Temperature Characteristics for Fuel Channels using Burnable Poison in the CANDU reactor

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    Although the CANFLEX RU fuel bundle loaded 11.0 wt% Er2O3 are originally designed focused on the safety characteristics, the fuel temperature characteristics is revealed to be not deteriorated but rather is slightly enhanced by the decreased fuel temperature in the outer ring compared with that of standard 37 fuel bundle. Recently, for an equilibrium CANDU core, the power coefficient was reported to be slightly positive when newly developed Industry Standard Tool set reactor physics codes were used. Therefore, it is required to find a new way to effectively decrease the positive power coefficient of CANDU reactor without seriously compromising the economy. In order to make the power coefficient of the CANDU reactor negative at the operating power, Roh et al. have evaluated the various burnable poison (BP) materials and its loading scheme in terms of the fuel performance and reactor safety characteristics. It was shown that reactor safety characteristics can be greatly improved by the use of the BP in the CANDU reactor. In a view of safety, the fuel temperature coefficient (FTC) is an important safety parameter and it is dependent on the fuel temperature. For an accurate evaluation of the safety-related physics parameters including FTC, the fuel temperature distribution and its correlation with the coolant temperature should be accurately identified. Therefore, we have evaluated the fuel temperature distribution of a CANFLEX fuel bundle loaded with a burnable poison and compared the standard 37 element fuel bundle and CANFELX-NU fuel bundle

  4. CANDU reactors, their regulation in Canada, and the identification of relevant NRC safety issues

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    Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited (AECL) and its subsidiary in the US, are considering submitting the CANDU 3 design for standard design certification under 10 CFR Part 52. CANDU reactors are pressurized heavy water power reactors. They have some substantially different safety responses and safety systems than the LWRs that the commercial power reactor licensing regulations of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have been developed to deal with. In this report, the authors discuss the basic design characteristics of CANDU reactors, specifically of the CANDU 3 where possible, and some safety-related consequences of these characteristics. The authors also discuss the Canadian regulatory provisions, and the CANDU safety systems that have evolved to satisfy the Canadian regulatory requirements as of December 1992. Finally, the authors identify NRC regulations, mainly in 10 CFR Parts 50 and 100, with issues for CANDU 3 reactor designs. In all, eleven such regulatory issues are identified. They are: (1) the ATWS rule (section 50.62); (2) station blackout (section 50.63); (3) conformance with Standard Review Plan (SRP); (4) appropriateness of the source term (section 50.34(f) and section 100.11); (5) applicability of reactor coolant pressure boundary (RCPB) requirements (section 50.55a, etc); (6) ECCS acceptance criteria (section 50.46)(b); (7) combustible gas control (section 50.44, etc); (8) power coefficient of reactivity (GDC 11); (9) seismic design (Part 100); (10) environmental impacts of the fuel cycle (section 51.51); and (11) (standards section 50.55a)

  5. Licensing evaluation of CANDU-PHW nuclear power plants relative to U.S. regulatory requirements

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    Differences between the U.S. and Canadian approach to safety and licensing are discussed. U.S. regulatory requirements are evaluated as regards their applicability to CANDU-PHW reactors; vice-versa the CANDU-PHW reactor is evaluated with respect to current Regulatory Requirements and Guides. A number of design modifications are proposed to be incorporated into the CANDU-PHW reactor in order to facilitate its introduction into the U.S. These modifications are proposed solely for the purpose of maintaining consistency within the current U.S. regulatory system and not out of a need to improve the safety of current-design CANDU-PHW nuclear power plants. A number of issues are identified which still require resolution. Most of these issues are concerned with design areas not (yet) covered by the ASME code. (author)

  6. CANDU 6 reactor core physics and site physicist role

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    The CANDU reactor is fuelled on-line. There is thus an on-going need for fuel and core management which is supported by an on-site Reactor Physics group. The author outlines the role of the on-site Physics group at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. This role covers Production, Technical as well as Safety and Compliance aspects

  7. INR Recent Contributions to Thorium-Based Fuel Using in CANDU Reactors

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    The paper summarizes INR Pitesti contributions and latest developments to the Thorium-based fuel (TF) using in present CANDU nuclear reactors. Earlier studies performed in INR Pitesti revealed the CANDU design potential to use Recovered Uranium (RU) and Slightly Enriched Uranium (SEU) as alternative fuels in PHWRs. In this paper, we performed both lattice and CANDU core calculations using TF, revealing the main neutron physics parameters of interest: k-infinity, coolant void reactivity (CVR), channel and bundle power distributions over a CANDU 6 reactor core similar to that of Cernavoda, Unit 1. We modelled the so called Once Through Thorium (OTT) fuel cycle, using the 3D finite-differences DIREN code, developed in INR. The INR flexible SEU-43 bundle design was the candidate for TF carrying. Preliminary analysis regarding TF burning in CANDU reactors has been performed using the finite differences 3D code DIREN. TFs showed safety features improvement regarding lower CVRs in the case of fresh fuel use. Improvements added to the INR ELESIMTORIU- 1 computer code give the possibility to fairly simulate irradiation experiments in INR TRIGA research reactor. Efforts are still needed in order to get better accuracy and agreement of simulations to the experimental results. (author)

  8. The advanced CANDU reactor: The next step in safety and economics

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    The Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACRTM) is the 'Next Generation' CANDUR reactor, aimed at safe, reliable power production at a capital cost significantly less than that of current reactors such as the very successful CANDU 6 reactors (e.g., Wolsong 1-4). The Wolsong 1-4 units are being joined by the Qinshan Phase 3 units in China as the current successful examples of CANDU technology. The ACR design builds on this knowledge base, adding a selected group of innovations to obtain substantial cost reduction while retaining a proven design basis. The ACR maximizes the use of components and equipment applications that are well proven through CANDU and other nuclear experience. Joint development of equipment designs and specifications with manufactures has been emphasized. Similarly, the ACR design emphasizes constructability, and takes advantage of inherent CANDU features to enable short project and construction schedules. Overall, the ACR design represents a balance of proven design basis and innovations to give step improvements in safety, reliability and economics. The ACR development program, now well into the detail design stage, includes parallel formal licensing in the USA and Canada

  9. CANDU in-reactor quantitative visual-based inspection techniques

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    Rochefort, P. A.

    2009-02-01

    This paper describes two separate visual-based inspection procedures used at CANDU nuclear power generating stations. The techniques are quantitative in nature and are delivered and operated in highly radioactive environments with access that is restrictive, and in one case is submerged. Visual-based inspections at stations are typically qualitative in nature. For example a video system will be used to search for a missing component, inspect for a broken fixture, or locate areas of excessive corrosion in a pipe. In contrast, the methods described here are used to measure characteristic component dimensions that in one case ensure ongoing safe operation of the reactor and in the other support reactor refurbishment. CANDU reactors are Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). The reactor vessel is a horizontal cylindrical low-pressure calandria tank approximately 6 m in diameter and length, containing heavy water as a neutron moderator. Inside the calandria, 380 horizontal fuel channels (FC) are supported at each end by integral end-shields. Each FC holds 12 fuel bundles. The heavy water primary heat transport water flows through the FC pressure tube, removing the heat from the fuel bundles and delivering it to the steam generator. The general design of the reactor governs both the type of measurements that are required and the methods to perform the measurements. The first inspection procedure is a method to remotely measure the gap between FC and other in-core horizontal components. The technique involves delivering vertically a module with a high-radiation-resistant camera and lighting into the core of a shutdown but fuelled reactor. The measurement is done using a line-of-sight technique between the components. Compensation for image perspective and viewing elevation to the measurement is required. The second inspection procedure measures flaws within the reactor's end shield FC calandria tube rolled joint area. The FC calandria tube (the outer shell of the FC) is

  10. Economics of CANDU

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    The cost of producing electricity from CANDU reactors is discussed. The total unit energy cost of base-load electricity from CANDU reactors is compared with that of coal-fired plants in Ontario. In 1980 nuclear power was 8.41 m$/kW.h less costly for plants of similar size and vintage. Comparison of CANDU with pressurized water reactors indicated that the latter would be about 26 percent more costly in Ontario

  11. Load following tests on CANDU-type fuel elements in TRIGA research reactor of INR Pitesti

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    Two load following (LF) tests on CANDU-type fuel elements were performed in the TRIGA Research Reactor of INR Pitesti, where the tests were designed to represent fuel in a CANDU reactor operating in a load following regime. In the first LF test the designated '78R' fuel element successfully experienced 367 power cycles, mostly between 23 and 56 kW/m average linear power. In the second LF test, developed under INR-AECL co-operation, the fuel element designated as 'ME01' withstood 200 power cycles from 27 to 54 kW/m average linear power, as well as additional ramps due to reactor trips and restarts during the test period. This experimental program is ongoing at INR Pitesti. Both LF tests were simulated with finite element computer codes in order to evaluate Stress Corrosion Fatigue (SCF) of the cladding arising from expansion and contraction of the pellets. New LF tests are planned to be performed in order to establish the limits and capabilities for CANDU fuel in LF conditions. This paper presents the results of the LF tests performed in the INR TRIGA Research Reactor compared with the analytical assessment for SCF conditions and their relation to CANDU fuel performance in LF conditions. (author)

  12. Load following tests on CANDU-type fuel elements in TRIGA research reactor of INR Pitesti

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    Horhoianu, G. [Inst. for Nuclear Research (INR), Pitesti (Romania); Palleck, S. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited., Mississauga, Ontario (Canada); Ionescu, D. [Inst. for Nuclear Research (INR), Pitesti (Romania)

    2010-07-01

    Two load following (LF) tests on CANDU-type fuel elements were performed in the TRIGA Research Reactor of INR Pitesti, where the tests were designed to represent fuel in a CANDU reactor operating in a load following regime. In the first LF test the designated '78R' fuel element successfully experienced 367 power cycles, mostly between 23 and 56 kW/m average linear power. In the second LF test, developed under INR-AECL co-operation, the fuel element designated as 'ME01' withstood 200 power cycles from 27 to 54 kW/m average linear power, as well as additional ramps due to reactor trips and restarts during the test period. This experimental program is ongoing at INR Pitesti. Both LF tests were simulated with finite element computer codes in order to evaluate Stress Corrosion Fatigue (SCF) of the cladding arising from expansion and contraction of the pellets. New LF tests are planned to be performed in order to establish the limits and capabilities for CANDU fuel in LF conditions. This paper presents the results of the LF tests performed in the INR TRIGA Research Reactor compared with the analytical assessment for SCF conditions and their relation to CANDU fuel performance in LF conditions. (author)

  13. Generic validation of computer codes used in safety analyses of CANDU power plants

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    Since the 1960s, the CANDU industry has been developing and using scientific computer codes, validated according to the quality-assurance practices of the day, for designing and analyzing CANDU power plants. To provide a systematic framework for the validation work done to date and planned for the future, the industry has decided to adopt the methodology of validation matrices, similar to that developed by the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development for Light Water Reactors (LWR). Specialists in six scientific disciplines are developing the matrices for CANDU plants, and their progress to date is presented. (author)

  14. An investigation into the relationship between local and global power excursions in CANDU

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    If a reactor exhibits large neutronic decoupling of one core region from another, it may be able to sustain localized power excursions. If such an excursion is too localized, there may be no in-core detector close enough to detect it promptly. To confirm that CANDU reactors are unlikely to support local power excursions, we selected a credible local reactivity-insertion mechanism in the CANDU 600 and calculated the resulting neutron flux transient with a three-dimensional model. A coupled neutronics-thermohydraulics simulation of the transient was performed. The transient was subdivided into appropriate time steps, and iteration between the neutronics and thermohydraulics calculations was carried out at each step, so that the proper distribution of thermohydraulic feedback reactivity was obtained. The calculation shows that, with credible reactivity insertions, the neutronic characteristics of CANDU reactors do not allow local power excursions to occur without a comparable global power increase. The latter would not escape detection by the protective systems

  15. 3D simulation of CANDU reactor regulating system

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    Present paper shows the evaluation of the performance of the 3-D modal synthesis based reactor kinetic model in a closed-loop environment in a MATLAB/SIMULINK based Reactor Regulating System (RRS) simulation platform. A notable advantage of the 3-D model is the level of details that it can reveal as compared to the coupled point kinetic model. Using the developed RRS simulation platform, the reactor internal behaviours can be revealed during load-following tests. The test results are also benchmarked against measurements from an existing (CANDU) power plant. It can be concluded that the 3-D reactor model produces more realistic view of the core neutron flux distribution, which is closer to the real plant measurements than that from a coupled point kinetic model. It is also shown that, through a vectorization process, the computational load of the 3-D model is comparable with that of the 14-zone coupled point kinetic model. Furthermore, the developed Graphical User Interface (GUI) software package for RRS implementation represents a user friendly and independent application environment for education training and industrial utilizations. (authors)

  16. Explicit core-follow simulations for a CANDU 6 reactor fuelled with recovered-uranium CANFLEX bundles

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    Recovered uranium (RU) is a by-product of many light-water reactor (LWR) fuel recycling programs. After fission products and plutonium (Pu) have been removed from spent LWR fuel, RU is left. A fissile content in the RU of 0.9 to 1.0% makes it impossible for reuse in an LWR without re-enrichment, but CANDU reactors have a sufficiently high neutron economy to use RU as fuel. Explicit core-follow simulations were run to analyse the viability of RU as a fuel for existing CANDU 6 cores. The core follow was performed with RFSP, using WIMS-AECL lattice properties. During the core follow, channel powers and bundle powers were tracked to determine the operating envelope for RU in a CANFLEX bundle. The results show that RU fits the operating criteria of a generic CANDU 6 core and is a viable fuel option in CANDU reactors. (author)

  17. Experimental validation of Pu-Sm evolution model for CANDU-6 power transients

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    Development of a methodology to evaluate the reactivity produced by Pu-Sm transient, effect displayed after power transients. This methodology allows to predict the behavior of liquid zones with which the fine control of CANDU reactor power is made. With this information, it is easier to foresee the refueling demand after power movements. The comparison with experimental results showed good agreement. (author)

  18. Plutonium Consumption Program, CANDU Reactor Project final report

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    DOE is investigating methods for long term dispositioning of weapons grade plutonium. One such method would be to utilize the plutonium in Mixed OXide (MOX) fuel assemblies in existing CANDU reactors. CANDU (Canadian Deuterium Uranium) reactors are designed, licensed, built, and supported by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), and currently use natural uranium oxide as fuel. The MOX spent fuel assemblies removed from the reactor would be similar to the spent fuel currently produced using natural uranium fuel, thus rendering the plutonium as unattractive as that in the stockpiles of commercial spent fuel. This report presents the results of a study sponsored by the DOE for dispositioning the plutonium using CANDU technology. Ontario Hydro's Bruce A was used as reference. The fuel design study defined the optimum parameters to disposition 50 tons of Pu in 25 years (or 100 tons). Two alternate fuel designs were studied. Safeguards, security, environment, safety, health, economics, etc. were considered. Options for complete destruction of the Pu were also studied briefly; CANDU has a superior ability for this. Alternative deployment options were explored and the potential impact on Pu dispositioning in the former Soviet Union was studied. An integrated system can be ready to begin Pu consumption in 4 years, with no changes required to the reactors other than for safe, secure storage of new fuel

  19. Plutonium Consumption Program, CANDU Reactor Project final report

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    DOE is investigating methods for long term dispositioning of weapons grade plutonium. One such method would be to utilize the plutonium in Mixed OXide (MOX) fuel assemblies in existing CANDU reactors. CANDU (Canadian Deuterium Uranium) reactors are designed, licensed, built, and supported by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), and currently use natural uranium oxide as fuel. The MOX spent fuel assemblies removed from the reactor would be similar to the spent fuel currently produced using natural uranium fuel, thus rendering the plutonium as unattractive as that in the stockpiles of commercial spent fuel. This report presents the results of a study sponsored by the DOE for dispositioning the plutonium using CANDU technology. Ontario Hydro`s Bruce A was used as reference. The fuel design study defined the optimum parameters to disposition 50 tons of Pu in 25 years (or 100 tons). Two alternate fuel designs were studied. Safeguards, security, environment, safety, health, economics, etc. were considered. Options for complete destruction of the Pu were also studied briefly; CANDU has a superior ability for this. Alternative deployment options were explored and the potential impact on Pu dispositioning in the former Soviet Union was studied. An integrated system can be ready to begin Pu consumption in 4 years, with no changes required to the reactors other than for safe, secure storage of new fuel.

  20. Modelling nuclear fuel vibrations in horizontal CANDU reactors

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    Flow-induced fuel vibrations in the pressure tubes of CANDU reactors are of vital interest to designers because fretting damage may result. Computer simulation is being used to study how bundles vibrate and to identify bundle design features which will reduce vibration and hence fretting. (author)

  1. R and D directions for the development of CANDU reactors

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    Full text: AECL is carrying out a comprehensive R and D programme to advance all aspects of CANDU reactor technology. These programs are focusing on three main strategic directions: improved economics, enhanced safety, and fuel cycle flexibility. R and D areas include fuel cycle development, heavy water technology, fuel channel development, safety technology, control and instrumentation, reactor chemistry, systems and components, and health and environment. In each case, the R and D programs have short, medium, and long-term goals to achieve the overall strategic directions. Most of the programs seek to further develop and exploit some of the unique characteristics of pressurized heavy water reactors. Examples of this include high neutron economy and on-power fueling which allow several different fuel cycles, the presence of large water heat sinks for enhanced safety, and modular components that can be easily replaced for plant life extension. This presentation reviews AECL's product development directions and the R and D programs that have been begun for their development

  2. CANDU advanced fuel cycles

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    This report is based on informal lectures and presentations made on CANDU Advanced Fuel Cycles over the past year or so, and discusses the future role of CANDU in the changing environment for the Canadian and international nuclear power industry. The changing perspectives of the past decade lead to the conclusion that a significant future market for a CANDU advanced thermal reactor will exist for many decades. Such a reactor could operate in a stand-alone strategy or integrate with a mixed CANDU-LWR or CANDU-FBR strategy. The consistent design focus of CANDU on enhanced efficiency of resource utilization combined with a simple technology to achieve economic targets, will provide sufficient flexibility to maintain CANDU as a viable power producer for both the medium- and long-term future

  3. Burn up Analysis for Fuel Assembly Unit i n a Pressurized Heavy Water CANDU Reactor

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    MCNPX code has been used for modeling a nd simulation of an assembly of CANDU Fuel bundle . The assembly is composed of a heterogeneous lattice of 37-element natural Uranium fuel, heavy water moderator and coolant. The fuel bundle is burnt in normal operation conditions of CANDU reactors. The effective multiplication factor (Keff ) of the bundle is calculated as a function of fuel burnup. The flux and power distribution are determined. Comparing t he concentrations of both Uranium and Plutonium isotopes are analyzed in the bundle. The results of the present model with the results of a benchmark problem, a good agreement was found PWR

  4. Material control and accounting at a CANDU reactor: the instrumented safeguards scheme

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    While CANDU reactors differ from LWRs quite markedly in the way they operate, the principles of materials accounting and safeguards are equally applicable. Indeed, since CANDU fuel is not reprocessed, the relatively simple procedure of item accounting is sufficient for CANDUs. However, on-power refueling means that automatic item counting is needed to independently confirm operator records. Surveillance and sealing techniques for spent fuel are needed for a practical system. The equipment developed has allowed the IAEA to apply safeguards at reasonable cost and with minimal interference to the utility operating the station

  5. Design research for accident prevention in CANDU reactor

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    Study of PHWR Candu Design under severe accident has been done. Severe accident is defined as one in which the fuel is not removed by the coolant in the primary heat transport system. A severe accident could only result if a process system failed and the appropriate protective system was simultaneous unavailable. Severe accidents of the Candu reactor relevant to severe accident are set first by the inherent properties of the design. With the system sufficiently independent, the frequencies of a severe accident could be made acceptable low. This paper discussed that the separately cooled moderator in a Candu provides an effective heat sink in the event of a loss of coolant accident (LOCA) accompanied by total failure of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS). The moderator heat sink prevents fuel melting and maintain the integrity of the fuel channels, therefore terminating this severe accidents short of severe core damage

  6. Destructive Examination of Experimental Candu Fuel Elements Irradiated in TRIGA-SSR Reactor

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    The object of this work is the behaviour of CANDU fuel elements under power cycling conditions. The tests were run in the 14 MW(th) TRIGA-SSR (Steady State Reactor) reactor from Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) Pitesti. zircaloy-4 is the material used for CANDU fuel sheath. The importance of studying its behaviour results from the fact that the mechanical properties of the CANDU fuel sheath suffer modifications during normal and abnormal operation. In the nuclear reactor the fuel elements endure dimensional and structural changes as well as cladding oxidation, hydriding and corrosion. These changes can lead to defects and even to the loss of integrity of the cladding. This paper presents the results of examinations performed in the Post- irradiation Examination Laboratory (PIEL) from INR Pitesti, on samples from a fuel element irradiated in TRIGA-SSR reactor: (i) Dimensional and macrostructural characterization; (ii) Microstructural characterization by metallographic analyses; (iii) Determination of mechanical properties; (iv) Fracture surface analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The obtained data could be used to evaluate the security, reliability and nuclear fuel performance, and for CANDU fuel improvement. (author)

  7. Post Irradiation Examination of Experomental CANDU Fuel Elements Irradiated in TRIGA-SSR Reactor

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    The object of this work is the behaviour of CANDU fuel elements under power cycling conditions. The tests were run in the 14 MW (th) TRIGA-SSR (Steady State Reactor) reactor from Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) Pitesti. Zircaloy-4 is the material used for CANDU fuel sheath. The importance of studying its behaviour results from the fact that the mechanical properties of the CANDU fuel sheath suffer modifications during normal and abnormal operation. In the nuclear reactor the fuel elements endure dimensional and structural changes as well as cladding oxidation, hydriding and corrosion. These changes can lead to defects and even to the loss of integrity of the cladding. This paper presents the results of examinations performed in the Post Irradiation Examination Laboratory (PIEL) from INR Pitesti, on samples from a fuel element irradiated in TRIGA-SSR reactor: (i) Dimensional and macrostructural characterization; (ii) Gamma scanning and tomography; (iii) Measurement of pressure, volume and isotopic composition of fission gas; (iv) Microstructural characterization by metallographic analyses; (v) Determination of mechanical properties; amd (vi) Fracture surface analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The obtained data could be used to evaluate the security, reliability and nuclear fuel performance, and for CANDU fuel improvement. (author)

  8. RU-43 a new uranium fuel bundle design for using in CANDU type reactors

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    A unique feature of the CANDU reactor design is its ability to use alternative fuel cycles other than natural uranium (NU), without requiring major modifications to the basic reactor design. These alternative fuel cycles, which are known as advanced fuel cycles, utilize a variety of fissile materials, including Slightly Enriched Uranium (SEU) from enrichment facilities, and Recovered Uranium (RU) obtained from the reprocessing of the spent fuel of light-water reactors (LWR). A fissile content in the RU of 0.9 to 1.0 % makes it impossible for reuse in an LWR without re-enrichment, but CANDU reactors have a sufficient high neutron economy to use RU as fuel. RU from spent LWR fuel can be considered as a lower cost source of enrichment at the optimal enrichment level for CANDU fuel pellets. In Europe the feedstock of RU is approaching thousands tones and would provide sufficient fuel for hundreds CANDU-6 reactors years of operation. The use of RU fuel offers significant benefits to CANDU reactor operators. RU fuels improve fuel cycle economics by increasing the fuel burnup, which enables large cost reductions in fuel consumption and in spent fuel disposal. RU fuel offers enhanced operating margins that can be applied to increase reactor power. These benefits can be realized using existing fuel production technologies and practices, and with almost negligible changes to fuel receipt and handling procedures at the reactor. The application of RU fuel could be an important element in NPP Cernavoda from Romania. For this reason the Institute for Nuclear Research (INR), Pitesti has started a research programme aiming to develop a new fuel bundle RU-43 for extended burnup operation. The current version of the design is the result of a long process of analyses and improvements, in which successive preliminary design versions have been evaluated. The most relevant calculations performed on this fuel element design version are presented. Also, the stages of an experimental

  9. Validation of physics and thermalhydraulic computer codes for advanced Candu reactor applications

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) is developing an Advanced Candu Reactor (ACR) that is an evolutionary advancement of the currently operating Candu 6 reactors. The ACR is being designed to produce electrical power for a capital cost and at a unit-energy cost significantly less than that of the current reactor designs. The ACR retains the modular Candu concept of horizontal fuel channels surrounded by a heavy water moderator. However, ACR uses slightly enriched uranium fuel compared to the natural uranium used in Candu 6. This achieves the twin goals of improved economics (via large reductions in the heavy water moderator volume and replacement of the heavy water coolant with light water coolant) and improved safety. AECL has developed and implemented a software quality assurance program to ensure that its analytical, scientific and design computer codes meet the required standards for software used in safety analyses. Since the basic design of the ACR is equivalent to that of the Candu 6, most of the key phenomena associated with the safety analyses of ACR are common, and the Candu industry standard tool-set of safety analysis codes can be applied to the analysis of the ACR. A systematic assessment of computer code applicability addressing the unique features of the ACR design was performed covering the important aspects of the computer code structure, models, constitutive correlations, and validation database. Arising from this assessment, limited additional requirements for code modifications and extensions to the validation databases have been identified. This paper provides an outline of the AECL software quality assurance program process for the validation of computer codes used to perform physics and thermal-hydraulics safety analyses of the ACR. It describes the additional validation work that has been identified for these codes and the planned, and ongoing, experimental programs to extend the code validation as required to address specific ACR design

  10. Controlling radiation fields in CANDU reactors using chemical decontamination technologies

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    Radiation dose to personnel during major maintenance and reactor refurbishment of CANDU reactors can be controlled using chemical decontamination technologies. Technologies that have, and can be applied in CANDU reactors include; sub- and full-system decontaminations of the heat transport system using the CAN-DECON, CAN-DEREM and CAN-DEREM Plus processes, and removal of Sb-122 and Sb-124 from the reactor core using hydrogen peroxide. CAN-DECON is a dilute chemical decontamination process that employs ion-exchange technology to continuously remove dissolved metals and radionuclides and regenerate the components of the CAN-DECON formulation. Qualification of the CAN-DECON process, equipment requirements, process effectiveness, recent process improvements and future directions are discussed. Radioantimony deposited on in-core surfaces can be released into the HTS coolant by air ingress during maintenance. At Gentilly-2, where large amounts of in-core antimony are present, these releases have resulted in increased radiation fields around the reactor, making outage dose planning difficult and contributing significantly to the radiation exposure of maintenance personnel. An antimony removal process developed by KWU for PWR's and adapted to meet CANDU specific conditions, has been successfully applied at Gentilly-2. Optimization of process conditions, and improvements in the in-core antimony removal process are described. (author)

  11. Controlling radiation fields in CANDU reactors using chemical decontamination technologies

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    Radiation dose to personnel during major maintenance and reactor refurbishment of CANDU reactors can be controlled using chemical decontamination technologies. Technologies that have, and can be applied in CANDU reactors include; sub- and full-system decontamination of the heat transport system using the CAN-DECON CAN-DEREM and CAN-DEREM Plus processes; and removal of Sb-122 and Sb-124 from the reactor core using hydrogen peroxide. CAN-DECON is a dilute chemical decontamination process that employs ion-exchange technology to continuously remove dissolved metals and radionuclides and regenerate the components of the CAN-DECON formulation. Qualification of the CAN-DECON process, equipment requirements, process effectiveness, recent process improvements and future directions are discussed. Radioantimony deposited on in-core surfaces can be released into the HTS coolant by air ingress during maintenance. At Gentilly-2, where large amounts of in-core antimony are present, these releases have resulted in increased radiation fields around the reactor, making outage dose planning difficult and contributing significantly to the radiation exposure of maintenance personnel. An antimony removal process developed by KWU for PWR's and adapted to meet CANDU specific conditions, has been successfully applied at Gentilly-2. Optimization of process conditions, and improvements in the in-core antimony removal process are described. (author)

  12. Recycled uranium: An advanced fuel for CANDU reactors

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    The use of recycled uranium (RU) fuel offers significant benefits to CANDU reactor operators particularly if used in conjunction with advanced fuel bundle designs that have enhanced performance characteristics. Furthermore, these benefits can be realised using existing fuel production technologies and practices and with almost negligible change to fuel receipt and handling procedures at the reactor. The paper will demonstrate that the supply of RU as a ceramic-grade UO2 powder will increasingly become available as a secure option to virgin natural uranium and slightly enriched uranium(SEU). In the context of RU use in Canadian CANDU reactors, existing national and international transport regulations and arrangements adequately allow all material movements between the reprocessor, RU powder supplier, Canadian CANDU fuel manufacturer and Canadian CANDU reactor operator. Studies have been undertaken of the impact on personnel dose during fuel manufacturing operations from the increased specific activity of the RU compared to natural uranium. These studies have shown that this impact can be readily minimised without significant cost penalty to the acceptable levels recognised in modem standards for fuel manufacturing operations. The successful and extensive use of RU, arising from spent Magnox fuel, in British Energy's Advanced Gas-Cooled reactors is cited as relevant practical commercial scale experience. The CANFLEX fuel bundle design has been developed by AECL (Canada) and KAERI (Korea) to facilitate the achievement of higher bum-ups and greater fuel performance margins necessary if the full economic potential of advanced CANDU fuel cycles are to be achieved. The manufacture of a CANFLEX fuel bundle containing RU pellets derived from irradiated PWR fuel reprocessed in the THORP plant of BNFL is described. This provided a very practical verification of dose modelling calculations and also demonstrated that the increase of external activity is unlikely to require any

  13. Development of Off-take Model, Subcooled Boiling Model, and Radiation Heat Transfer Input Model into the MARS Code for a Regulatory Auditing of CANDU Reactors

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    Yoon, C.; Rhee, B. W.; Chung, B. D. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, S. H.; Kim, M. W. [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-05-15

    Korea currently has four operating units of the CANDU-6 type reactor in Wolsong. However, the safety assessment system for CANDU reactors has not been fully established due to a lack of self-reliance technology. Although the CATHENA code had been introduced from AECL, it is undesirable to use a vendor's code for a regulatory auditing analysis. In Korea, the MARS code has been developed for decades and is being considered by KINS as a thermal hydraulic regulatory auditing tool for nuclear power plants. Before this decision, KINS (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety) had developed the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code for CANDU safety analyses by modifying the model of the existing PWR auditing tool, RELAP5/MOD3. The main purpose of this study is to transplant the CANDU models of the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code to the MARS code including a quality assurance of the developed models.

  14. Development of Off-take Model, Subcooled Boiling Model, and Radiation Heat Transfer Input Model into the MARS Code for a Regulatory Auditing of CANDU Reactors

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    Korea currently has four operating units of the CANDU-6 type reactor in Wolsong. However, the safety assessment system for CANDU reactors has not been fully established due to a lack of self-reliance technology. Although the CATHENA code had been introduced from AECL, it is undesirable to use a vendor's code for a regulatory auditing analysis. In Korea, the MARS code has been developed for decades and is being considered by KINS as a thermal hydraulic regulatory auditing tool for nuclear power plants. Before this decision, KINS (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety) had developed the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code for CANDU safety analyses by modifying the model of the existing PWR auditing tool, RELAP5/MOD3. The main purpose of this study is to transplant the CANDU models of the RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code to the MARS code including a quality assurance of the developed models

  15. Computer based core monitoring system for an operating CANDU reactor

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    The research was performed to develop a CANDU-6 Core Monitoring System(CCMS) that enables operators to have efficient core management by monitoring core power distribution, burnup distribution, and the other important core variables and managing the past core history for Wolsong nuclear power plant unit 1. The CCMS uses Reactor Fueling Simulation Program(RFSP, developed by AECL) for continuous core calculation by integrating the algorithm and assumptions validated and uses the information taken from Digital Control Computer(DCC) for the purpose of producing basic input data. The CCMS has two modules; CCMS server program and CCMS client program. The CCMS server program performs automatic and continuous core calculation and manages overall output controlled by DataBase Management System. The CCMS client program enables users to monitor current and past core status in the predefined GUI(Graphic-User Interface) environment. For the purpose of verifying the effectiveness of CCMS, we compared field-test data with the data used for Wolsong unit 1 operation. In the verification the mean percent differences of both cases were the same(0.008%), which showed that the CCMS could monitor core behaviors well

  16. An optimization strategy for refueling simulation of a Candu reactor

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    The AUTOREFUEL program can perform a large amount of refueling simulations within a short period, which is a strong advantage especially when a series of sensitivity calculations is needed. It also has the capability to keep the maximum channel and bundle powers less than the license limits. However, there is a chance that zone controller unit (ZCU) level exceeds the typical operating range during the refueling simulation because of incomplete modeling of the relationship between zone power and ZCU levels. In order to reserve a large enough operating margin of the reactor, the ZCU level should be kept within the typical operating range. Therefore, a deterministic method has been needed to accurately estimate the ZCU level during the refueling operation, which enables the optimum refueling channel selection. In this study, a fuel management method is proposed for the selection of refueling channels using the constraint on the ZCU level. The estimated ZCU level is used as a primary index for optimum channel selection. In this study, a generalized perturbation theory (GPT) program GENOVA, which was developed to perform the deterministic estimation of the ZCU level change due to a perturbation, is briefly described. Then, the refueling channel selection strategy proposed in this study is explained and the result of application to natural uranium CANDU-6 core refueling simulation is presented. (authors)

  17. A Preliminary Assessment of the Adjuster Rod Depletion Effect in the CANDU Reactor

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    Kim, Yonghee; Roh, Gyuhong; Kim, Won Young; Kim, Hak Sung; Park, Joo Hwan [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-10-15

    Lifetime of the Wolsong-1 CANDU reactor, which will be shutdown in April, 2009. Major reactor components such as the pressure tube are to be replaced and it is expected that the CANDU reactor can be operated for additional 25-30 years. Meanwhile, all the reactivity devices including the adjuster rods (ADJ) are supposed to be continuously used without any change. In the CANDU reactor, 21 stainless steel (SS) ADJs are used to control the core power distribution and compensate for some reactivity loss during several abnormal cases. The ADJs are normally fully inserted and the SS absorber should undergo a slow depletion through neutron irradiation for a long time. In April, 2009, the accumulated FPY (Full Power Day) of Wolsong-1 is about 23 years. Depletion of ADJs should result in a smaller ADJ worth and a higher fuel burnup and the core power distribution should also be affected by the ADJ depletion. In this work, the effects of the ADJ depletion have been assessed in terms of ADJ worth, time-average core characteristics.

  18. Advances in fuel channel technology for CANDU reactors

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    The components of the CANDU fuel channels are being developed to have service lives of over 30 years with large margins of safety. Information from research programs and the examination of components removed from reactors has enable improvements to be made to pressure tubes, spacers, calandria tubes and end fittings. Improvements have also been made to the channel design to facilitate planned retubing. (author). 22 refs., 5 tabs., 31 figs

  19. Methodology Improvement of Reactor Physics Codes for CANDU Channels Analysis

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    Kim, Myung Hyun; Choi, Geun Suk; Win, Naing; Aung, Tharndaing; Baek, Min Ho; Lim, Jae Yong [Kyunghee University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-04-15

    As the operational time increase, pressure tubes and calandria tubes in CANDU core encounter inevitably a geometrical deformation along the tube length. A pressure tube may be sagged downward within a calandria tube by creep from irradiation. This event can bring about a problem that is serious in integrity of pressure tube. A measurement of deflection state of in-service pressure tube is, therefore, very important for the safety of CANDU reactor. In this paper, evaluation of impacts on nuclear characteristic due to fuel channel deformation were aimed in order to improve nuclear design tools for concerning the local effects from abnormal deformations. It was known that sagged pressure tube can cause the eccentric configuration of fuel bundles in pressure tube by O.6cm maximum. In this case, adverse pin power distribution and reactivity balance can affect reactor safety under normal and accidental condition. Thermal and radiation-induced creep in pressure tube would expand a tube size. It was known that maximum expansion may be 5% in volume. In this case, more coolant make more moderation in the deformed channel resulting in the increase of reactivity. Sagging of pressure tube did not cause considerable change in K-inf values. However, expansion of the pressure tube made relatively large change in K-inf. Modeling of eccentric and enlarged configuration is not easy in preparation of input geometry at both HELlOS and MCNP. On the other hand, there is no way to consider this deformation in one-dimensional homogenization tool such as WIMS code. The way of handling this deformation was suggested as the correction method of expansion effect by adjusting the number density of coolant. The number density of heavy water coolant was set to be increased as the rate of expansion increase. This correction was done in the intact channel without changing geometry. It was found that this correction was very effective in the prediction of K-inf values. In this study, further

  20. Study on the use of slightly enriched uranium fuel cycle in an existing CANDU 6 reactor

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    Yeom, Choong Sub; Kim, Hyun Dae [Institute for Advanced Engineering, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    To test the viability of CANFLEX-SEU bundles in an existing CANDU 6 reactor, core follow-up simulation has been carried out using the reactor fueling simulation program of the CANDU 6, RFSP computer code, and a lattice physics code, WIMS-AECL. During the core follow-up, bundle and channel powers and zone levels have been checked against their operating limits at each simulation. It is observed from the simulation results that an equilibrium core loaded with 0.9 w/o CANFLEX-SEU bundles could be refueled and maintained for 550 FPD without any significant violations in the channel and bundle power limits and the permissible operating range of the liquid zone controllers. 8 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab. (Author)

  1. Periodic inspection of CANDU nuclear power plant containment components

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    This Standard is one in a series intended to provide uniform requirements for CANDU nuclear power plants. It provides requirements for the periodic inspection of containment components including the containment pressure suppression systems

  2. Impact of lattice geometry distortion due to ageing on selected physics parameters of a CANDU reactor

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    In this paper, results related to a limited scope assessment of the geometry-distortion-induced effects on key reactor physics parameters of a CANDU reactor are discussed. These results were generated by simulations using refined analytical methods and detailed modeling of CANDU reactor core with aged lattice cell geometry. (authors)

  3. Application of the 3-D Nodal Equivalence Theory to the CANDU Reactor

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    The RFSP code is found to be subject to inconsistency issue mainly due to the lack of nodal equivalence. In Ref. 2, it has been shown that nodal equivalence theory can be effective for the 2-D CANDU core analysis. In this work, the 3-D nodal equivalence theory was applied to see its effectiveness in a 3-dimensional CANDU reactor analysis. The 3-D nodal equivalence is applied to the whole core analysis of a clean CANDU6 core. Both the radial and the axial DFs are quite different for different reactivity devices inside the fuel lattice. It has been demonstrated that the application of the conventional 2-D nodal equivalence theory gives better accuracy in terms of the k-eff and power profiles, while the 3-D equivalence theory only results in marginal improvements. The relative ineffectiveness of the axial discontinuity factor may be ascribed to simplifications of the very complicated core geometry and some assumptions in modeling both radial and axial reflectors of the CANDU reactor. For a more accurate evaluation of the 3-D equivalence theory, more realistic reflector models are currently under development

  4. Hydride blister formation simulation in Candu type reactors

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    We have developed a computer code for the probability study of hydride blister formation in pressure tubes named BLIFO. The basic hypothesis of the model are: the pressure tube is divided into five areas according to the existence of four garter springs. For each area the probability of blister formation is the probability of the hydrogen content exceeding a critical threshold when contact tube is present; the probability of a blister in a tube is the OR combination of the probabilities of a blister in each area; the tube contact is a function of the garter springs location, and the time; the critical hydrogen threshold is sorted over the areas within the pressure tube; hydrogen pick-up rate was sorted with a Gaussian distribution; the initial hydrogen content values for each tube were measured before the ensamble and they are used in the code. For Embalse evaluation, we build up a subroutine that simulate Gaussian distribution using the parameters of a typical nuclear power Candu reactor garter spring distribution. (author)

  5. Licensing assessment of the Candu Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor. Preliminary safety information document. Volume II

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    ERDA has requested United Engineers and Constructors (UE and C) to evaluate the design of the Canadian natural uranium fueled, heavy water moderated (CANDU) nuclear reactor power plant to assess its conformance with the licensing criteria and guidelines of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) for light water reactors. This assessment was used to identify cost significant items of nonconformance and to provide a basis for developing a detailed cost estimate for a 1140 MWe, 3-loop Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) located at the Middletown, USA Site

  6. Licensing assessment of the Candu Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor. Preliminary safety information document. Volume II. [USA

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    ERDA has requested United Engineers and Constructors (UE and C) to evaluate the design of the Canadian natural uranium fueled, heavy water moderated (CANDU) nuclear reactor power plant to assess its conformance with the licensing criteria and guidelines of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) for light water reactors. This assessment was used to identify cost significant items of nonconformance and to provide a basis for developing a detailed cost estimate for a 1140 MWe, 3-loop Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) located at the Middletown, USA Site.

  7. CANDU-OCR power station options and costs

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    This report updates and in some cases expands the technical and economic parameters presented originally in AECL-4441. 'Summary report on the design of a prototypical 500 MWe CANDU-OCR power station.' Updating is desirable owing to the increasing number of inquiries that have been received by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. from government agencies and the private sector. Each is exploring the available options in their continuing endeavour to provide sufficient and economical energy. The organic-cooled reactor (OCR) concept is particularly interesting to the oil industry because the high steam pressures it can develop allow it to be used for heavy oil extraction can also be used economically for other large thermal and electrical energy production requirements such as those encountered in district heating schemes, heavy water production and electricity production. The report describes a reference OCR-500 MWe reactor. It includes an overview of organic reactor experience and areas for further development based on 14 years of operating experience with the WR-1 reactor. A discussion of several variations on the reference design is given including estimates of costs for various reactor sizes, enrichments and operating functions. Costs are presented in a form which allow easy comparison with those of competing energy options. (auth)

  8. Designing large motor bearings for a reliable operating life of 40 years in Candu reactors

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    CANDU nuclear reactors have an excellent operating history in various utilities both in Canada and abroad. A large measure of this success is attributed to special attention paid in designing all critical equipment components. One such component is the Heat Transport (HT) pump motor set, which removes heat from the reactor core by circulating pressurized heavy water through the reactor core. Because of the critical role of the HT pump motor set in successful operation of the CANDU reactors, a high degree of reliability is essential at all times over its operating life. A CANDU 6(600 MW unit) reactor has four HT pumps each driven by a 9000 horse power (6.7 MW) induction bearings are one of the few wearable components in the motors, a decision was made at the very early stage of motor design to ensure that these bearings are designed to last the life time of the plant. To date the longest running bearings are still in excellent condition. An extrapolation of the observed data shows that the bearings will easily achieve a designed life of 30 years or longer. Based on this evidence, it has been concluded that the next generation of CANDU 6 reactors which go into operation in 2003 A.D. will have no problems in meeting a 40 year life. This paper presents the multidisciplinary approach involving equipment design, tribology, condition monitoring and maintenance which enabled these motor bearings to be designed for a reliable and long life estimated to be at least 40 years. (author)

  9. CANDU nuclear power alternative development advantages for Romania

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    Romania has one reactor in operation since 1996, a second one in construction and other three in preservation, all on the same site-Cernavoda, the unique one selected in the 70's. The reactor is operated by Societatea Nationala 'Nuclearelectrica' SA (SNN SA), a state owned company, reporting to the Ministry of Industry and Resources. Cernavoda 2 provides the least--cost alternative for new generating capacity in Romania, as evidenced by 'Least cost power and heat generation capacity development study' and considered by Romania's Strategy for Energy Sector -- Middle Term ((2001--2004)) and Forecast ((2010)). Romania's Strategy for Energy Sector is a component of the National Development Strategy for Romania, presented to the European Union, as a main step in the integration process. We are expecting to complete Cernavoda Unit 2 by 2005. Romanian NPP Units are medium size (700 MWe), PHWR (Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor), Canadian type (CANDU - Canadian Deuterium Uranium). The fuel bundles are CANDU 6 type with pellets based on natural uranium. Though Romania is not under the pressure of Kyoto Protocol in the first range, we consider the air pollution a very important issue, taking into account that the atmosphere has no boundaries, and the delay in implementing of global effective measures to reduce green-house gases should be avoided. It is important for all the countries to have technologies that do not pollute the environment; Romania is oriented firmly towards nuclear power technology, taking into account the specific circumstances regarding our country's resources, as well as the low requirement for fuel transportation which NPPs imply. Also, we have to mention the poor quality of coal and the important costs of mining and also the need to import about 50% of the oil and gas, mainly to ensure the fuel for co-generation thermal plants, from quite unreliable sources in Ukraine and Russia. Aside from some hydro-electric plants, most of Romania's conventional

  10. Advanced CANDU reactors fuel analysis through optimal fuel management at approach to refuelling equilibrium

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    The analysis of alternate CANDU fuels along with natural uranium-based fuel was carried out from the view point of optimal in-core fuel management at approach to refuelling equilibrium. The alternate fuels considered in the present work include thorium containing oxide mixtures (MOX), plutonium-based MOX, and Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) spent fuel recycled in CANDU reactors (Direct Use of spent PWR fuel in CANDU (DUPIC)); these are compared with the usual natural UO2 fuel. The focus of the study is on the 'Approach to Refuelling Equilibrium' period which immediately follows the initial commissioning of the reactor. The in-core fuel management problem for this period is treated as an optimization problem in which the objective function is the refuelling frequency to be minimized by adjusting the following decision variables: the channel to be refuelled next, the time of the refuelling and the number of fresh fuel bundles to be inserted in the channel. Several constraints are also included in the optimisation problem which is solved using Perturbation Theory. Both the present 37-rod CANDU fuel bundle and the proposed CANFLEX bundle designs are part of this study. The results include the time to reach refuelling equilibrium from initial start-up of the reactor, the average discharge burnup, the average refuelling frequency and the average channel and bundle powers relative to natural UO2. The model was initially tested and the average discharge burnup for natural UO2 came within 2% of the industry accepted 199 MWh/kgHE. For this type of fuel, the optimization exercise predicted the savings of 43 bundles per full power year. In addition to producing average discharge burnups and other parameters for the advanced fuels investigated, the optimisation model also evidenced some problem areas like high power densities for fuels such as the DUPIC. Perturbation Theory has proven itself to be an accurate and valuable optimization tool in predicting the time between

  11. Development of Romanian SEU-43 fuel bundle for CANDU type reactors

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    SEU-43 fuel bundle is a CANDU type fuel consisting of two element sizes, to reduce element ratings, while maintaining the same bundle power, and an uranium content very close to the uranium content of a standard 37-element bundle. In order to reduce the detrimental effects of the life limiting factors at extended burnup a set of solution have been adopted for fuel element design. As a part of the design verification program, experimental bundles have been fabricated and utilized in typical out of reactor tests conducted at the laboratories of INR, Pitesti. These tests simulated current CANDU-6 reactor normal operating conditions of flow, temperature and pressure. The results are in accordance with the specified acceptance criteria. (author)

  12. Advanced fuel cycles in CANDU reactors

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    This paper re-examines the rationale for advanced nuclear fuel cycles in general, and for CANDU advanced fuel cycles in particular. The traditional resource-related arguments for more uranium nuclear fuel cycles are currently clouded by record-low prices for uranium. However, the total known conventional uranium resources can support projected uranium requirements for only another 50 years or so, less if a major revival of the nuclear option occurs as part of the solution to the world's environmental problems. While the extent of the uranium resource in the earth's crust and oceans is very large, uncertainty in the availability and price of uranium is the prime resource-related motivation for advanced fuel cycles. There are other important reasons for pursuing advanced fuel cycles. The three R's of the environmental movement, reduce, recycle, reuse, can be achieved in nuclear energy production through the employment of advanced fuel cycles. The adoption of more uranium-conserving fuel cycles would reduce the amount of uranium which needs to be mined, and the environmental impact of that mining. Environmental concerns over the back end of the fuel cycle can be mitigated as well. Higher fuel burnup reduces the volume of spent fuels which needs to be disposed of. The transmutation of actinides and long-lived fission products into short-lived fission products would reduce the radiological hazard of the waste from thousands to hundreds of years. Recycling of uranium and/or plutonium in spent fuel reuses valuable fissile material, leaving only true waste to be disposed of. Advanced fuel cycles have an economical benefit as well, enabling a ceiling to be put on fuel cycle costs, which are

  13. Stochastic maintenance optimization at Candu power plants

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    The use of various innovative maintenance optimization techniques at Bruce has lead to cost effective preventive maintenance applications for complex systems as previously reported at ICONE 6 in New Orleans (1996). Further refinement of the station maintenance strategy was evaluated via the applicability of statistical analysis of historical failure data. The viability of stochastic methods in Candu maintenance was illustrated at ICONE 10 in Washington DC (2002). The next phase consists of investigating the validity of using subjective elicitation techniques to obtain component lifetime distributions. This technique provides access to the elusive failure statistics, the lack of which is often referred to in the literature as the principal impediment preventing the use of stochastic methods in large industry. At the same time the technique allows very valuable information to be captured from the fast retiring 'baby boom generation'. Initial indications have been quite positive. The current reality of global competition necessitates the pursuit of all financial optimizers. The next construction phase in the power generation industry will soon begin on a worldwide basis. With the relatively high initial capital cost of new nuclear generation all possible avenues of financial optimization must be evaluated and implemented. (authors)

  14. Passive safety features for next generation CANDU power plants

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    CANDU offers an evolutionary approach to simpler and safer reactors. The CANDU 3, an advanced CANDU, currently in the detailed design stage, offers significant improvements in the areas of safety, design simplicity, constructibility, operability, maintainability, schedule and cost. These are being accomplished by retaining all of the well known CANDU benefits, and by relying on the use of proven components and technologies. A major safety benefit of CANDU is the moderator system which is separate from the coolant. The presence of a cold moderator reduces the consequences arising from a LOCA or loss of heat sink event. In existing CANDU plants even the severe accident - LOCA with failure of the emergency core cooling system - is a design basis event. Further advances toward a simpler and more passively safe reactor will be made using the same evolutionary approach. Building on the strength of the moderator system to mitigate against severe accidents, a passive moderator cooling system, depending only on the law of gravity to perform its function, will be the next step of development. AECL is currently investigating a number of other features that could be incorporated in future evolutionary CANDU designs to enhance protection against accidents, and to limit off-site consequences to an acceptable level, for even the worst event. The additional features being investigated include passive decay heat removal from the heat transport system, a simpler emergency core cooling system and a containment pressure suppression/venting capability for beyond design basis events. Central to these passive decay heat removal schemes is the availability of a short-term heat sink to provide a decay heat removal capability of at least three days, without any station services. Preliminary results from these investigations confirm the feasibility of these schemes. (author)

  15. CANDU 9 - Overview

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    The CANDU 9 plants are single unit versions of the very successful four unit Bruce B design, incorporating relevant technical advances made in the CANDU 6 and the newer Dalington and CANDU 3 designs. The CANDU 9 plant described in this paper is the CANDU 9 480/SEU with a net electrical output in the range of 1050 MW. In this designation 480 refers to the number of fuel channels, and SEU refers to slightly enriched uranium. Emphasis is placed on evolutionary design and the use of well-proven design features to ensure minimum financial risk to utilities choosing a CANDU 9 plant by assuring regulatory licensability and reliable operation. In addition, the CANDU 9 power plants reflect the important lessons learned by utilities in the construction and operation of CANDU units and, indeed, relevant experience gained by the world nuclear community in its operation of over 400 reactors of a variety of types. As a results, the CANDU 9 plants offer a high level of investment security to the owner, together with relatively low energy costs. The latter results from reduced specific capital cost, reduced operation and maintenance cost, and reduced radiation exposure to plant staff. A high level of standardization has always been a feature of CANDU reactors. This theme is emphasized in the CANDU 9 plants; all key components (steam generators, heat transport pumps, pressure tubes, fuelling machines, etc.) are of the same design as those proven in-service on operating CANDU power stations. The CANDU 9 power plants are readily adaptable to the individual requirements of different utilities and are suitable for a range of site conditions. (author). 12 figs

  16. Evaluation of the applicable reactivity range of a reactivity computer for a CANDU-6 reactor

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    Recently, a CANDU digital reactivity computer system (CDRCS) to measure the worth of the liquid zone controller in a CANDU-6 was developed and successfully applied to a physics test of refurbished Wolsong Unit 1. In advance of using the CDRCS, its measurable reactivity range should be investigated and confirmed. There are two reasons for this investigation. First, the CANDU-6 has a larger reactor and smaller excore detectors than a general PWR and consequently the measured reactivity is likely to reflect the peripheral power variation only, not the whole core. The second reason is photo neutrons generated from the interaction of the moderator and gamma-rays, which are never considered in a PWR. To evaluate the limitations of the CDRCS, several tens of three-dimensional steady and transient simulations were performed. The simulated detector signals were used to obtain the dynamic reactivity. The difference between the dynamic reactivity and the static worth increases in line with the water level changes. The maximum allowable reactivity was determined to be 1.4 mk in the case of CANDU-6 by confining the difference to less than 1%.

  17. Recent advances in thorium fuel cycles for CANDU reactors

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    The once-through thorium fuel cycle in CANDU reactors provides an evolutionary approach to exploiting the energy potential of thorium. In the 'mixed bundle' strategy, the central 8 elements in a CANFLEX fuel bundle contain thoria, while the outermost 35 elements contain slightly enriched uranium (SEU). Detailed full-core fuel-management simulations have shown that this approach can be successfully implemented in existing CANDU reactors. Uranium requirements are lower than for the natural uranium fuel cycle. Further energy can be derived from the thorium by recycling the irradiated thoria fuel elements, containing 233U, as-is without any processing, into the center of a new mixed bundle. There are several examples of such 'demountable' bundles. Recycle of the central 8 thoria elements results in an additional burnup of 20 MW·d/kgHE from the thoria elements, for each recycle. The reactivity of these thoria elements remains remarkably constant over irradiation for each recycle. The natural uranium requirements for the mixed bundle (which includes the natural uranium feed required for the outer SEU fuel elements), without recycle, is about 10% lower than for the natural uranium fuel cycle. After the first recycle, the uranium requirements are -35% lower than for the natural uranium cycle, and remain fairly constant with further recycling (the total uranium requirement averaged over a number of cycles is 30% lower than a natural uranium fuelled CANDU reactor). This thorium cycle strategy is a cost-effective means of reducing uranium requirements, while producing a stockpile of valuable 233U, safeguarded in the spent fuel, that can be recovered in the future when predicated by economic or resource considerations. (author)

  18. A Development of Preliminary Evaluating Model of Crept Pressure Tube Diameter for CANDU Reactor (2)

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    Pressure tube of CANDU reactor can be expanded toward both radial and axial directions due to irradiation under the high pressure and temperature condition. As the irradiation period increases, the radial expansion due to creep of the pressure tube increases. The radial expansion of the pressure tube comes out the reduction of the coolability and it results in the power deration. Although the radial expansion of the pressure tube directly affect the safety and economy of the currently operated CANDU reactor, there is no domestic evaluation model to predict the pressure tube diameter. Accordingly, it is necessary to develop the prediction model of the pressure tube diameter and the is the motivation of this study. The objectives of the current work is to develop the basic evaluation model of the pressure tube diameter for CANDU reactor especially for Wolsong NPP (Nuclear Power Plant). In order to develop the diameter evaluation model, measured data for total 86 channels were collected from Wolsong NPP 1, 2, 3 and 4 and analyzed. Based on the provided data, the operational conditions such as a temperature, pressure and neutron flux along the axial direction were derived. All data were analysed to derive the correlation between the pressure tube diameter and the other operation parameters. The evaluation model of pressure tube diameter was modeled by using the neural network algorithm. Neural network algorithm has been widely used to derive the non-linear relation between the input and output data. The developed neural network model was learned based on the data from Wolsong NPP 2, 3, and 4 and was tested by using data from Wolsong NPP 1. The current project will be carried out by IAEA CRP in which all CANDU nations are going to participate

  19. Reactor physics innovations in ACR-700 design for next CANDU generation

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    ACR-700 is the 'Next Generation' CANDU reactor, aimed at producing electrical power at a capital cost significantly less than that of the current reactor designs. A key element of cost reduction is the use of H20 as coolant and Slightly Enriched Uranium fuel in a tight D20- moderated lattice. The innovations in the ACR core physics result in substantial improvements in economics, as well as significant enhancements in reactor controllability and waste reduction. Fuel design is chosen to balance fuel performance, cost, and reactor-physics characteristics. Full-core coolant void reactivity in ACR-700 is about 3 mk. Power coefficient is substantially negative. Discharge fuel burnup is about three times the current natural-uranium discharge burn-up. The result is a core design which provides a high degree of inherent safety with attractive power-production efficiency and stability. (author)

  20. Optimization of decontamination strategy for CANDU-PHW reactors

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    Theoretical models of the decontamination process are developed and combined with an existing model of 60Co production in CANDU PHW reactors to predict the effects of decontamination on long term 60Co build-up in reactor primary heat transport systems. The effects of decontamination interval, decontamination factor, and post-decontamination corrosion release are calculated. An optimum decontamination strategy for a Pickering G.S. type reactor is developed on the basis of a cost-benefit analysis. This study indicates that the optimum decontamination interval is approximately six years. This optimum interval is relatively insensitive to variations in the costs of personnel exposure, the cost of a decontamination, the decontamination factor, and the post-decontamination corrosion model used. (author)

  1. Conditioning CANDU reactor wastes for disposal

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    A Waste Treatment Centre (WTC) is being constructed at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories to develop and demonstrate processes for converting reactor wastes to a form suitable for disposal. The WTC contains a starved air incinerator for reducing the volume of combustible solid wastes, a reverse osmosis section for reducing the volume of liquid wastes and an immobilization section for incorporating the conditioned wastes in bitumen. The incinerator is commissioned on inactive waste: approximately 16.5 Mg of waste packaged in polyethylene bags has been incinerated in 17 burns. Average weight and volume reductions of 8.4:1 and 32:1, respectively, have been achieved. Construction of the reverse osmosis section of WTC is complete and inactive commissioning will begin in 1982 January. The reverse osmosis section was designed to process 30,000 m3/a of dilute radioactive waste. The incinerator ash and concentrated aqueous waste will be immobiblized in bitumen using a horizontal mixer and wiped-film evaporator. Results obtained during inactive commissioning of the incinerator are described along with recent results of laboratory programs directed at demonstrating the reverse osmosis and bituminization processes

  2. Progress in developing an on-line fuel-failure monitoring tool for CANDU reactors

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    This paper describes the continued development of an on-line defected fuel diagnostic tool for CANDU reactors. One of the key capabilities of this tool is the ability to estimate the power and number of defects in the core based on the Gaseous Fission Product Monitoring System (GFP), and grab sample data. To perform this analysis, a clear understanding of the empirical diffusion coefficient D' [s-1] is required. This paper examines two existing models for D' and presents a new model based on 133Xe release data from commercial reactor experience. The new model is successfully applied to commercial data to demonstrate a novel technique for extracting defected fuel element power from GFP data during a reactor power change. The on-line defected fuel diagnostic tool is in a developmental stage, and this paper reports the latest enhancements. (author)

  3. Spectral effects on stress relaxation of Inconel X-750 springs in CANDU reactors

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    Griffiths, M.; Butcher, F.J.; Ariani, I.; Douglas, S. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Garner, F.A.; Greenwood, L. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington (United States)

    2008-07-01

    CANDU reactors have been operating for periods up to about 25 years. During this time there are changes to the nuclear reactor core components that are a function of operating environment and time. It is important to know how the properties of critical core components are likely to change over the life of a reactor and therefore their behaviours are characterised long before the end of the reactor design life. Tests are typically conducted in materials test reactors. The behaviour of a material is often characterised as a function of fast neutron fluence and the expected effect of operating time is established by simply extrapolating as a function of fluence. This may be appropriate when the neutron energy spectrum for the materials test reactor matches closely the neutron spectrum where the component resides in the power reactor. However, in cases where the spectrum is very different one has to convert the accumulated dose into a unit that is common in its effect on the material properties. For many property changes in nuclear reactor cores this unit is displacements per atom (dpa). There are different processes that cause atomic displacements and the main ones have to be included in any dpa calculation in order to accurately predict how a given component will perform. One property that is significantly affected by irradiation is stress. Irradiation-induced stress relaxation is a phenomenon that has been used as a method for studying in-reactor creep. Stress relaxation also results in a loss of tension in springs if these springs are in a reactor core environment. This paper describes the stress relaxation of Inconel X-750 in the National Research Universal (NRU) materials test reactor and relates this to the expected relaxation of springs that are installed in the periphery of CANDU reactors. The results show that spectral effects are particularly significant for certain components at the edge of the CANDU reactor core where the neutron spectrum is changing

  4. FMDP Reactor Alternative Summary Report: Volume 2 - CANDU heavy water reactor alternative

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    The Department of Energy Office of Fissile Materials Disposition (DOE/MD) initiated a detailed analysis activity to evaluate each of ten plutonium disposition alternatives that survived an initial screening process. This document, Volume 2 of a four volume report, summarizes the results of these analyses for the CANDU reactor based plutonium disposition alternative

  5. Thermo-mechanical analysis of SEU 43 fuel element in CANDU reactor normal operational conditions

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    The main direction of developing the CANDU type fuel is designing a new type of fuel cluster with the number of elements increased from 37 to 43. This work presents results of the research done in INR Pitesti on the new concept of SEU 43 fuel cluster designed for burnups as high as 25 Mw·day/kgU using slightly enriched uranium (up to 1.1% U235). By using ROFEM 1.0 code the behaviour of two types of SEU 43 fuel was analyzed in normal conditions of CANDU 6 reactor operation. The main performance parameters of SEU fuel were analyzed. These are: temperature distribution; the volume and pressure of fission gases; stresses in the fuel can; can deformations. Comparisons with the standard CANDU fuel are done. The results show the adequacy of the design solutions implemented for the SEU 43 fuel. The power-burnup history required by the ROFEM computations was obtained from the overpower envelope of the fuel cluster, with the radial power distribution on cluster taken into account. Evolution of the main performance parameters during irradiation is given

  6. Validation of the COBRA code for dry out power calculation in CANDU type advanced fuels

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    Stern Laboratories perform a full scale CHF testing of the CANFLEX bundle under AECL request. This experiment is modeled with the COBRA IV HW code to verify it's capacity for the dry out power calculation . Good results were obtained: errors below 10 % with respect to all data measured and 1 % for standard operating conditions in CANDU reactors range . This calculations were repeated for the CNEA advanced fuel CARA obtaining the same performance as the CANFLEX fuel. (author)

  7. Status of validation matrices for CANDU power plants

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    As reported at the 1996 CNS Annual Conference, in mid-1995 the CANDU industry began to develop validation matrices for CANDU power plants. Of the eight matrices required to address all physical phenomena that could occur in all relevant accident categories, two have been prepared and tabled with the Atomic Energy Control Board, and the remaining six are targeted for submission during 1997. The matrices provide the generic, code-independent knowledge base that will be used to validate major safety analysis codes over the next four years. The unique achievement reported in this paper is the identification and listing of all physical phenomena in all relevant accident categories. (author)

  8. 3D computer visualization and animation of CANDU reactor core

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    Three-dimensional (3D) computer visualization and animation models of typical CANDU reactor cores (Darlington, Point Lepreau) have been developed using world-wide-web (WWW) browser based tools: JavaScript, hyper-text-markup language (HTML) and virtual reality modeling language (VRML). The 3D models provide three-dimensional views of internal control and monitoring structures in the reactor core, such as fuel channels, flux detectors, liquid zone controllers, zone boundaries, shutoff rods, poison injection tubes, ion chambers. Animations have been developed based on real in-core flux detector responses and rod position data from reactor shutdown. The animations show flux changing inside the reactor core with the drop of shutoff rods and/or the injection of liquid poison. The 3D models also provide hypertext links to documents giving specifications and historical data for particular components. Data in HTML format (or other format such as PDF, etc.) can be shown in text, tables, plots, drawings, etc., and further links to other sources of data can also be embedded. This paper summarizes the use of these WWW browser based tools, and describes the resulting 3D reactor core static and dynamic models. Potential applications of the models are discussed. (author)

  9. Fuel management optimization in CANDU reactors cooled with light water

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    This research has two main goals. First, we wanted to introduce optimization tools in the diffusion code DONJON, mostly for fuel management. The second objective is more practical. The optimization capabilities are applied to the fuel management problem for different CANDU reactors at refueling equilibrium state. Two kinds of approaches are considered and implemented in this study to solve optimization problems in the code DONJON. The first methods are based on gradients and on the quasi-linear mathematical programming. The method initially developed in the code OPTEX is implemented as a reference approach for the gradient based methods. However, this approach has a major drawback. Indeed, the starting point has to be a feasible point. Then, several approaches have been developed to be more general and not limited by the initial point choice. Among the different methods we developed, two were found to be very efficient: the multi-step method and the mixte method. The second kind of approach are the meta-heuristic methods. We implemented the tabu search method. Initially, it was designed to optimize combinatory variable problems. However, we successfully used it for continuous variables. The major advantage of the tabu method over the gradient methods is the capability to exit from local minima. Optimisation of the average exit burnup has been performed for CANDU-6 and ACR-700 reactors. The fresh fuel enrichment has also been optimized for ACR-700. Results match very well what the reactor physics can predict. Moreover, a comparison of the two totally different types of optimization methods validated the results we obtained. (author)

  10. Advanced CANDU reactor development: a customer-driven program

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    The Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) product development program is well under way. The development approach for the ACR is to ensure that all activities supporting readiness for the first ACR project are carded out in parallel, as parts of an integrated whole. In this way design engineering, licensing, development and testing, supply chain planning, construct ability and module strategy, and planning for commissioning and operations, all work in synergy with one another. Careful schedule management :ensures that program focus stays on critical path priorities.'This paper provides an overview of the program, with an emphasis on integration to ensure maximum project readiness, This program management approach is important now that AECL is participating as the reactor vendor in Dominion Energy's DOE-sponsored Combined Construction/Operating License (COL) program. Dominion Energy selected the ACR-700 as their reference reactor technology for purposes of demonstrating the COL process. AECL's development of the ACR is unique in that pre-licensing activities are being carded out parallel in the USA and Canada, via independent, but well-communicated programs. In the short term, these programs are major drivers of ACR development. The ACR design approach has been to optimize to achieve major design objectives: capital cost reduction, robust design with ample margins, proveness by using evolutionary change from existing :reference plants, design for ease :of operability. The ACR development program maintains these design objectives for each of the program elements: Design: .Carefully selected design innovations based on the SEU fuel/light water coolant:/heavy water moderator approach. Emphasis on lessons-learned review from operating experience and customer feedback Licensing: .Safety case based on strengths of existing CANDU plus benefits of optimised design Development and Test: Choice of materials, conditions to enable incremental testing building on existing CANDU and LWR

  11. A short history of the CANDU nuclear power system

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    This paper provides a short historical summary of the evolution of the CANDU nuclear power system with emphasis on the roles played by Ontario Hydro and private sector companies in Ontario in collaboration with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). (author). 1 fig., 61 refs

  12. CANDU 6 nuclear power plant tritium control and release

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    The issues drawing people's attention, such as ways of CANDU plant tritium generation, measures to control tritium release to environment in the design of nuclear power plants as well as public dose due to tritium released to the environment are presented

  13. CANDU 9 safety improvements

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    The CANDU 9 is a family of single-unit Nuclear Power Plant designs based on proven CANDU concepts and equipment from operating CANDU plants capable of generating 900 MWe to 1300 MWe depending on the number of fuel channel used and the type of fuel, either natural uranium fuel or slightly enriched uranium fuel. The basic design, the CANDU 9 480/NU, uses the 480 fuel channel Darlington reactor and employs Natural Uranium (NU) fuel Darlington, the latest of the 900 MWe Class CANDU plants, consists of four integrated units with a total output of approximately 3740 MWe located in Ontario, Canada. AECL has completed the concept definition engineering for this design, and will be completing the design integration engineering by the end of 1996. AECL's design philosophy is to build-in product improvements in evolutionary from the initial prototype plants, NPD and Douglas Point, to today's operating CANDU's construction projects and advanced designs. CANDU 9 safety design follows the evolutionary path, including simple improvements based on existing well-proven CANDU safety concepts. The CANDU 9 builds on the experience base for the Darlington reference plant, and on AECL's extensive safety design experience with single unit CANDU 6 power plants. The latest CANDU 6 plants are being built in Korea by KEPCO at Wolsong 2,3 and 4. The Safety improvements for the CANDU 9 power plant are intended to provide the owner-operator with increased assurance of reliable, trouble-free operation, with greater safety margin, with improved public acceptance, and with ease of licensibility

  14. Considerations in recycling used natural uranium fuel from CANDU reactors in Canada

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    This paper identifies the key factors that would affect the recycling of used natural uranium (NU) fuel from CANDU reactors which are in operation in Canada and in several other countries. There has been little analysis of those considerations over the past 25 years and this paper provides a framework for such analysis. In particular, the large energy potential of the plutonium in used CANDU NU fuel provides a driver for consideration of used-fuel recycling. There would be a long lead-time (at least 30 years) and a large investment required for establishing the infrastructure for used-fuel recycling. While this paper does not promote the recycling of used CANDU NU fuel in Canadian CANDU reactors, it does suggest that it is timely to start the analysis and to consider the key factors or circumstances that warrant the recycling of used CANDU NU fuel. (author)

  15. Investigation of the Ru-43LV fuel behaviour under LOCA conditions in a CANDU reactor

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    Horhoianu, G.; Serbanel, M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania); Diaconu, C.

    2012-11-15

    Presently, INR Pitesti is developing an advanced fuel design RU-43LV (recovered uranium fuel bundle with 43 elements and low void reactivity feature) based on recovered uranium from LWR. Compared with the current design of 37 natural uranium element (NU-37) fuel bundle, RU-43LV will have higher power capability and higher burn-up potential in CANDU reactors of Cernavoda-Romania Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Fuel burn-up of RU-43LV fuel will be about two times the burn-up usually achieved in CANDU reactors fuelled with natural uranium fuel. The effect of the design changes of RU-43LV bundle on the reactor safety has been analyzed and the results are presented in this paper. As part of the conceptual design study, the performance of the RU-43LV fuelled core during a large loss-of-coolant accident (LLOCA) was assessed with the use of several computer codes. The most relevant calculations performed regarding RU-43 RV fuel safety are presented in this paper. Also, the stages of an experimental program aiming to study RU-43LV fuel behaviour in high temperature transients are briefly described. (orig.)

  16. Computer code qualification program for the Advanced CANDU Reactor

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) has developed and implemented a Software Quality Assurance program (SQA) to ensure that its analytical, scientific and design computer codes meet the required standards for software used in safety analyses. This paper provides an overview of the computer programs used in Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) safety analysis, and assessment of their applicability in the safety analyses of the ACR design. An outline of the incremental validation program, and an overview of the experimental program in support of the code validation are also presented. An outline of the SQA program used to qualify these computer codes is also briefly presented. To provide context to the differences in the SQA with respect to current CANDUs, the paper also provides an overview of the ACR design features that have an impact on the computer code qualification. (author)

  17. Ultrasonic measurement method of calandria tube sagging in CANDU reactor

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    Calandria tube wrapping each pressure tube is one of the key structural components of CANDU reactor (calandria) which is consisted of many pressure tubes containing nuclear fuel assemblies. As the calandria tube (made of zirconium alloy) is sagging due to its thermal and irradiation creep during the plant operation, it possibly contacts with liquid injection nozzle crossing beneath the calandria tube, which subsequently results in difficulties on the safe operation. It is therefore necessary to check the gap for the confirmation of no contacts between the two tubes, calandria tube and liquid inject ion tube, with a proper measure during the life of plant. In this study, an ultrasonic measurement method was selected among several methods investigated. The ultrasonic device being developed for the measurement of the gap was introduced and its preliminary performance test results were presented here

  18. Thermal-hydraulics analysis for advanced fuel to be used in Candu 600 nuclear reactors

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    Catana, Alexandru [RAAN, Institute for Nuclear Research, Str. Campului Nr. 1, Pitesti, Arges (Romania); Danila, Nicolae; Prisecaru, Ilie; Dupleac, Daniel [University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (Romania)

    2008-07-01

    Two Candu 600 pressure tube nuclear reactors cover about 17% of Romania's electricity demand. These nuclear reactors are moderated/cooled with D{sub 2}O, fuelled on-power with Natural Uranium (NU) dioxide encapsulated in a standard (STD37) fuel bundle. High neutron economy is achieved using D{sub 2}O as moderator and coolant in separated systems. To reduce fuel cycle costs, programs were initiated in Canada, S.Korea, Argentina and Romania for the design and build new fuel bundles able to accommodate different fuel compositions. Candu core structure and modular fuel bundles, permits flexible fuel cycles. The main expected achievements are: reduced fuel cycle costs, increased discharge burn-up, plutonium and minor actinides management, thorium cycle, use of recycled PWR and in the same time waste minimization and operating cost reduction. These new fuel bundles are to be used in already operated Candu reactors. Advanced fuel bundle were proposed: CANFLEX bundle (Canada, S-Korea); the Romanian 'SEU43' bundle (Fig 1). In this paper thermal-hydraulic analysis in sub-channel approach is presented for SEU43. Comparisons with standard (STD37) fuel bundles are made using SEU-NU for NU fuel composition and SEU-0.96, for recycled uranium (RU) fuel with 0.96% U-235. Extended and comprehensive analysis must be made in order to assess the TH behaviour of SEU43. In this paper, considering STD37, SEU43-NU and SEU43-0.96 fuel bundles, main TH parameters were analysed: pressure drop, fuel highest temperatures, coolant density, critical heat flux. Differences between these fuel types are outlined. Benefits are: fuel costs reduction, spent fuel waste minimization, increase in competitiveness of nuclear power. Safety margins must be, at least, conserved. (authors)

  19. Ultrasonic crack-tip diffraction in CANDU reactor pressure tubes

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    Currently there is no reliable method of measuring defect depths in CANDU reactor pressure tubes. The demonstrated success of crack-tip diffraction (or time-of-flight-testing) in round-robins on thick components has promoted an interest in this technique. In CANDU reactors, pressure tubes are effectively accessible only from the inside. Development work has concentrated on outside surface defects using 45 degree shear waves in contrast to the longitudinal waves usually used for testing thick components with this technique. Due to the small wall thickness of the pressure tubes (4.2 mm) and the typical sizes of defects of interest (0.15 mm or greater), frequencies of the order of 20 MHz are being used. A further complication comes from the orientation of the defects, which may be at any angle in pressure tubes. Initial studies have been performed on a series of outside surface notches and slots, plus a real fatigue crack. This crack was on the inside surface, so the technique required measuring this defect's depth from the outside. Initial results are encouraging. Even without signal processing, crack-tip diffracted signals were detectable from all but very large (2.5 mm) and very small (less than 0.076 mm) notches. Errors in estimates of defect depths were typically less than 0.1 mm for all the notches, and the results were consistent. Measurements on the fatigue crack showed similar random errors, though there appeared to be a deterministic error of about 0.1 mm as well

  20. Radiological Characteristics of decommissioning waste from a CANDU reactor

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    The radiological characteristics for waste classification were assessed for neutron-activated decommissioning wastes from a CANDU reactor. The MCNP/ORIGEN2 code system was used for the source term analysis. The neutron flux and activation cross-section library for each structural component generated by MCNP simulation were used in the radionuclide buildup calculation in ORIGEN2. The specific activities of the relevant radionuclides in the activated metal waste were compared with the specified limits of the specific activities listed in the Korean standard and 10 CFR 61. The time-average full-core model of Wolsong Unit 1 was used as the neutron source for activation of in-core and ex-core structural components. The approximated levels of the neutron flux and cross-section, irradiated fuel composition, and a geometry simplification revealing good reliability in a previous study were used in the source term calculation as well. The results revealed the radioactivity, decay heat, hazard index, mass, and solid volume for the activated decommissioning waste to be 1.04 x 1016 Bq, 2.09 x 103 W, 5.31 x 1014 m3-water, 4.69 x 105 kg, and 7.38 x 101 m3, respectively. According to both Korean and US standards, the activated waste of the pressure tubes, calandria tubes, reactivity devices, and reactivity device supporters was greater than Class C, which should be disposed of in a deep geological disposal repository, whereas the side structural components were classified as low- and intermediate-level waste, which can be disposed of in a land disposal repository. Finally, this study confirmed that, regardless of the cooling time of the waste, 15% of the decommissioning waste cannot be disposed of in a land disposal repository. It is expected that the source terms and waste classification evaluated through this study can be widely used to establish a decommissioning/disposal strategy and fuel cycle analysis for CANDU reactors.

  1. Neutronic performance of ({sup Reprocessed}U/Th)O{sub 2} fuel in CANDU 6 reactor

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    Gholamzadeh, Z. [Talca Univ. (Chile). Dept. of Energy; Mirvakili, S.M. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Reactor Research School, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Feghhi, S.A.H. [Shahid Beheshti Univ., Dept. of Radiation Application, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    Utilization of thorium-based fuel in different reactors has been under investigation for several decades. In fact, excellent breeding features, rather flattened distribution of power as well as proliferation resistance of such fuel cycle draws the attention towards utilization of this type of fuel in nuclear power technology. In the present study, the neutronic performance of a typical thorium core loading is addressed. In this configuration, a mixed uranium and thorium oxide is loaded in CANDU 6 reactor. The obtained results determine a total peaking factor of 2.73 for the proposed configuration. The values obtained for the β and the β{sub eff} are 332 and 303 pcm respectively. The core reactivity coefficients were more negative comparing the CANDU 6 loaded with {sup nat}UO{sub 2}. The initial fissile material loaded in the core increased by a factor of 1.5 after 730 GWd burnup. The obtained burn-up results show the core reactivity variations were highly positive after 6 and 12 h shut down because of considerably high buildup of {sup 233}Pa after 1-year core operation at 2000 MW power.

  2. Modelling the activity of 129I in the primary coolant of a CANDU reactor

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    Lewis, Brent J.; Husain, Aamir

    2003-01-01

    A mathematical treatment has been developed to describe the activity levels of 129I as a function of time in the primary heat transport system during constant power operation and for a reactor shutdown situation. The model accounts for a release of fission-product iodine from defective fuel rods and tramp uranium contamination on in-core surfaces. The physical transport constants of the model are derived from a coolant activity analysis of the short-lived radioiodine species. An estimate of 3×10 -9 has been determined for the coolant activity ratio of 129I/ 131I in a CANDU Nuclear Generating Station (NGS), which is in reasonable agreement with that observed in the primary coolant and for plant test resin columns from pressurized and boiling water reactor plants. The model has been further applied to a CANDU NGS, by fitting it to the observed short-lived iodine and long-lived cesium data, to yield a coolant activity ratio of ˜2×10 -8 for 129I/ 137Cs. This ratio can be used to estimate the levels of 129I in reactor waste based on a measurement of the activity of 137Cs.

  3. Advancement of safeguards inspection technology for CANDU nuclear power plants

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    Lee, Jae Sung; Park, W. S.; Cha, H. R.; Ham, Y. S.; Lee, Y. G.; Kim, K. P.; Hong, Y. D

    1999-04-01

    The objectives of this project are to develop both inspection technology and safeguards instruments, related to CANDU safeguards inspection, through international cooperation, so that those outcomes are to be applied in field inspections of national safeguards. Furthermore, those could contribute to the improvement of verification correctness of IAEA inspections. Considering the level of national inspection technology, it looked not possible to perform national inspections without the joint use of containment and surveillance equipment conjunction with the IAEA. In this connection, basic studies for the successful implementation of national inspections was performed, optimal structure of safeguards inspection was attained, and advancement of safeguards inspection technology was forwarded. The successful implementation of this project contributed to both the improvement of inspection technology on CANDU reactors and the implementation of national inspection to be performed according to the legal framework. In addition, it would be an opportunity to improve the ability of negotiating in equal shares in relation to the IAEA on the occasion of discussing or negotiating the safeguards issues concerned. Now that the national safeguards technology for CANDU reactors was developed, the safeguards criteria, procedure and instruments as to the other item facilities and fabrication facilities should be developed for the perfection of national inspections. It would be desirable that the recommendations proposed and concreted in this study, so as to both cope with the strengthened international safeguards and detect the undeclared nuclear activities, could be applied to national safeguards scheme. (author)

  4. Advancement of safeguards inspection technology for CANDU nuclear power plants

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    The objectives of this project are to develop both inspection technology and safeguards instruments, related to CANDU safeguards inspection, through international cooperation, so that those outcomes are to be applied in field inspections of national safeguards. Furthermore, those could contribute to the improvement of verification correctness of IAEA inspections. Considering the level of national inspection technology, it looked not possible to perform national inspections without the joint use of containment and surveillance equipment conjunction with the IAEA. In this connection, basic studies for the successful implementation of national inspections was performed, optimal structure of safeguards inspection was attained, and advancement of safeguards inspection technology was forwarded. The successful implementation of this project contributed to both the improvement of inspection technology on CANDU reactors and the implementation of national inspection to be performed according to the legal framework. In addition, it would be an opportunity to improve the ability of negotiating in equal shares in relation to the IAEA on the occasion of discussing or negotiating the safeguards issues concerned. Now that the national safeguards technology for CANDU reactors was developed, the safeguards criteria, procedure and instruments as to the other item facilities and fabrication facilities should be developed for the perfection of national inspections. It would be desirable that the recommendations proposed and concreted in this study, so as to both cope with the strengthened international safeguards and detect the undeclared nuclear activities, could be applied to national safeguards scheme. (author)

  5. Development of the Advanced CANDU Reactor control centre

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    The next generation CANDU control centre is being designed for the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) station. The design is based upon the recent Qinshan control room with further upgrades to meet customer needs with respect to high capacity factor with low Operation, Maintenance and Administration (OM and A) costs. This evolutionary design includes the long proven functionality at several existing CANDU control centres such as the 4-unit station at Darlington, with advanced features made possible by new control and display technology. Additionally, ACR control centres address characteristics resulting from Human Factors Engineering (HFE) analysis of control centre operations in order to further enhance personnel awareness of system and plant status. Statistics show that up to 70% of plant significant events, which have caused plant outages, have a root cause attributable to the human from such sources as complex interfaces, procedures, maintenance and management practices. Consequently, special attention is made for the application of HFE throughout the ACR design process. The design process follows a systematic analytical approach to define operations staff information and information presentation requirements. The resultant human-system interfaces (HSI) such as those for monitoring, annunciation and control information are then verified and validated against the system design requirements to provide a high confidence level that adequate and correct information is being provided in a timely manner to support the necessary operational tasks. The ACR control centre provides plant staff with an improved operability capability due to the combination of systematic design and enhanced operating features. Significant design processes (i.e. development) or design features which contribute to this improved operability, include: Design Process: Project HFE Program Plan - intent, scope, timeliness and interfacing; HFE aspects of design process - procedures and instructions

  6. Development of the advanced CANDU reactor control centre

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    The next generation CANDU control centre is being designed for the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) station. The design is based upon the recent Qinshan control room with further upgrades to meet customer needs with respect to high capacity factor with low Operation, Maintenance and Administration (OM and A) costs. This evolutionary design includes the long proven functionality at several existing CANDU control centres such as the 4-unit station at Darlington, with advanced features made possible by new control and display technology. Additionally, ACR control centres address characteristics resulting from Human Factors Engineering (HFE) analysis of control centre operations in order to further enhance personnel awareness of system and plant status. Statistics show that up to 70% of plant significant events, which have caused plant outages, have a root cause attributable to the human from such sources as complex interfaces, procedures, maintenance and management practices. Consequently, special attention is made for the application of HFE throughout the ACR design process. The design process follows a systematic analytical approach to define operations staff information and information presentation requirements. The resultant human-system interfaces (HSI) such as those for monitoring, annunciation and control information are then verified and validated against the system design requirements to provide a high confidence level that adequate and correct information is being provided in a timely manner to support the necessary operational tasks. The ACR control centre provides plant staff with an improved operability capability due to the combination of systematic design and enhanced operating features. Significant design processes (i.e. development) or design features which contribute to this improved operability, include: Design Process: Project HFE Program Plan - intent, scope, timeliness and interfacing; HFE aspects of design process - procedures and instructions

  7. Fuel management simulations for 0.9% SEU in CANDU 6 reactors

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    Slightly Enriched Uranium (SEU) of 0.9 weight % 235U enrichment is a promising fuel cycle option for CANDU reactors. An important component of the investigation of this option is the demonstration of the feasibility of on-line refuelling with this fuel type in reactor physics fuel-management simulations. Two fuel-management schemes have been investigated in detail during 500-day core-follow simulations, these were a 2-bundle-shift and a 4-bundle-shift axial refuelling scheme. The 43-element CANFLEX fuel design has been used in these studies because of its improved fuel performance characteristics in this application. The results of the studies are discussed in detail in this paper. The most significant conclusion of this study was that both 2- and 4-bundle-shift refuelling schemes with CANFLEX fuel result in bundle power and bundle power boost envelopes that meet current fuel-performance requirements. (author)

  8. LOCA power pulse analysis for CANDU-6 CANFLEX-RU core

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    The power pulses following a large LOCA are analyzed for CANDU-6 reactor core fuelled with CANFLEX-RU fuel. The coupled simulations for reactor physics and channel thermal-hydraulic phenomena are done using RFSP and CATHENA codes. The 55% pump suction, 35% reactor inlet header and 100% reactor outlet header breaks are selected. The highest power pulse is predicted for 100% reactor outlet header break and it is higher than that for the standard 37-element natural fuel. However, the summation of initial stored energy and transient pulse energy of hottest pin has the minimum 17% margin to the fuel break up. Therefore, it is expected that there is no fuel breakup during the LOCA for CANFLEX-RU core

  9. Post irradiation tests on CANDU fuel irradiated in power ramp conditions

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    Nuclear Research Branch Pitesti disposes of facilities, which allow the testing, manipulation and examination of nuclear fuel and of irradiated structure materials in CANDU reactor from Cernavoda NPP. These facilities imply the materials testing reactor TRIGA and the Post-Irradiation Examination Laboratory (PIEL). The purpose of this work is to determine by post-irradiate examination, the behavior of CANDU indigenous fuel, irradiated in 14 MW(th) TRIGA reactor into a multiple/various power ramp tests. The results of post-irradiate examination consist of: - Visual inspection and photography of the outer appearance of sheath; - Profilometry (diameter, bending, ovalization) and length measuring; - Determination of axial and radial distribution of the fission products activity by gamma scanning and tomography; - measurement of pressure, volume and isotopic composition of fission gas; - Microstructural characterization by metallographic and ceramographic analyzes; - Isotopic composition and burn-up determination; - Mechanical properties determination. The obtained data from the post-irradiate examinations are used, on one hand, in order to confirm the security, reliability and nuclear fuel performance, and on the other hand, for further optimization of the CANDU fuel. (authors)

  10. U.S. utilities may seek CANDU reactors

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    The economic advantage of the CANDU fuel cycle, using natural uranium, over the LWR cycle, using enriched uranium, is outlined. It is argued that President Carter's decision to shelve the fast breeder and plutonium recycle should make CANDU more attractive to American utilities. Possible effects of American licensing on the Canadian industry are discussed. Another possibility would be American assistance in developing the CANDU OCR thorium near-breeder. (N.D.H.)

  11. CANDU fuel cycle flexibility

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    High neutron economy, on-power refuelling, and a simple bundle design provide a high degree of flexibility that enables CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium; registered trademark) reactors to be fuelled with a wide variety of fuel types. Near-term applications include the use of slightly enriched uranium (SEU), and recovered uranium (RU) from reprocessed spent Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel. Plutonium and other actinides arising from various sources, including spent LWR fuel, can be accommodated, and weapons-origin plutonium could be destroyed by burning in CANDU. In the DUPIC fuel cycle, a dry processing method would convert spent Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) fuel to CANDU fuel. The thorium cycle remains of strategic interest in CANDU to ensure long-term resource availability, and would be of specific interest to those countries possessing large thorium reserves, but limited uranium resources. (author). 21 refs

  12. Seismic analysis of fuelling machine support structure for CANDU6 reactor

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    The fueling machine in the CANDU nuclear power plants is used to perform on-line refueling of the reactor. Canadian safety philosophy requires that the fueling machine survive the design basis earthquake. In the CANDU6 nuclear power plant there are two fueling machines, one on each side of the reactor and located in the reactor building. During reactor operation both machines can either be attached to the reactor (fueling mode) or unattached (stand-by mode). Both cases are considered for seismic qualification. The fueling machine can travel horizontally and vertically and assume any of the 380 fuel channel positions. A number of dynamic models for the fueling machine support structure are prepared using beam elements and lumped masses. Special attention is given to realistically model the linkage points between various components of the system. Spring mechanisms are represented by nonlinear spring elements in the model. The spring characteristics are determined using pull back testing of parts of the machine. These models are analyzed using multiple-level acceleration time-histories at the support points. The analysis is done using the time-history, direct integration method. PC micro computers are used to perform most of the computation work. Different routines of the STARDYNE computer program are used for that purpose. The seismic responses obtained from the analysis are used for stress analysis and verification of load ratings of components. The nonlinear time-history analysis is found to be a practical way of analyzing such a machine. The methodology, modeling techniques and results of this analysis are described in this paper

  13. Safety of CANDU nuclear power stations

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    A nuclear plant contains a large amount of radioactive material which could be a potential threat to public health. The plant is therefore designed, built and operated so that the risk to the public is low. Careful design of the normal reactor systems is the first line of defense. These systems are highly resistant to an accident happening in the first place, and can also be effective in stopping it if it does happen. Independent and redundant safety sytems minimize the effects of an accident, or stop it completely. They include shutdown systems, emergency core cooling systems, and containment systems. Massive impairment of any one safety system together with an accident can be tolerated. This 'defence in depth' approach recognizes that men and machines are imperfect and that the unexpected happens. The nuclear power plant need not be perfect to be safe. To allow meaningful judgements we must know how safe the plant is. The Atomic Energy Control Board guidelines give one such measure, but they may overestimate the true risk. We interpret these guidelines as an upper limit to the total risk, and trace their evolution. (author)

  14. CANDU 9 design

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    AECL has made significant design improvements in the latest CANDU nuclear power plant (NPP) - the CANDU 9. The CANDU 9 operates with the energy efficient heavy water moderated reactor and natural uranium fuel and utilizes proven technology. The CANDU 9 NPP design is similar to the world leading CANDU 6 but is based upon the single unit adaptation of the 900 MWe class reactors currently operating in Canada as in integrated four-unit configurations. The evolution of the CANDU family of heavy water reactors (HAIR) is based on a continuous product improvement approach. Proven equipment and systems from operating stations are standardized and used in new products. As a result of the flexibility of the technology, evolution of the current design will ensure that any new requirements can be met, and there is no need to change the basic concept. This paper will provide an overview for some of the key features of the CANDU 9 NPP such as nuclear systems and equipment, advanced control and computer systems, safety design and protection features, and plant layout. The safety enhancements and operability improvements implemented in this design are described and some of the advantages that can be expected by the operating utility are highlighted. (author)

  15. Tritium in heat transport and moderator systems of CANDU reactors

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    The production rates of tritium in the heavy-water moderator and heat transport systems of CANDU reactors are calculated from the neutron fluxes generated in reactor-physics analyses of the lattice cell and radiation-physics analyses of the primary radial shields. The concentrations of tritium activity in the heavy water can then be calculated assuming a simple build-up of a decaying radioactive species. This simple treatment has been compared with tritium concentrations measured in the domestic CANDU 6 stations. These comparisons show that the predicted concentrations need to take account of the heavy water management practices of the stations as well as the operating history of the plant. The success of the individual station at segregating the heat transport and moderator heavy water systems also has some impact on the tritium concentrations in the heat transport systems. There is some evidence to show that there are different levels of success at achieving separation. The current build-up of tritium in the heavy water systems shows no evidence for significant tritium production from helium-3, the decay product of tritium, via the 3He(n,p)3H-reaction. The paper introduces explanations for the absence of this effect. The agreement between the predicted concentrations and the measured concentrations is an indirect validation of the thermal fluxes calculated in the lattice and radiation physics codes. The agreement suggests that a comparison between predicted and measured tritium levels in the heavy water systems would allow an operator to monitor the success of the plant at maintaining segregation between the heavy water systems. The paper presents details of the flux levels used to predict tritium production, typical rates of heavy water loss from the plant and the operating histories over a 15-year period. The paper indicates how heavy water recoveries having tritium concentrations between those of the heat transport and moderator systems affect the tritium

  16. The application of Plant Reliability Data Information System (PRINS) to CANDU reactor

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    As risk-informed applications (RIAs) are actively implanted in the nuclear industry, an issue associated with technical adequacy of Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) arises in its modeling and data sourcing. In Korea, PSA for all Korean NPPs has been completed and KHNP(Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Plant Company) developed the database called the Plant Reliability Data Information System (PRinS). It has several characteristics that distinguish it from other database system such as NPRDs (INPO,1994), PRIS (IAEA), and SRDF (EdF). This database has the function of systematic data management such as automatic data-gathering, periodic data deposition and updating, statistical analysis including Bayesian method, and trend analysis of failure rate or unavailability. In recent PSA for CANDU reactor, the component failure data of EPRI ALWR URD and Component Reliability Database were preferentially used as generic data set. The error factor for most component failure data was estimated by using the information NUREG/CR-4550 and NUREG/CR-4639. Also, annual trend analysis was performed for the functional losses of components using the statistical analysis and chart module of PRinS. Furthermore, the database has been updated regularly and maintained as a living program to reflect the current status. This paper presents the failure data analysis using PRinS which provides Bayesian analysis on main components in the CANDU reactor. (authors)

  17. The Study of Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options Based On PWR and CANDU Reactors

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    The study of nuclear fuel cycle options based on PWR and CANDU type reactors have been carried out. There are 5 cycle options based on PWR and CANDU reactors, i.e.: PWR-OT, PWR-OT, PWR-MOX, CANDU-OT, DUPIC, and PWR-CANDU-OT options. While parameters which assessed in this study are fuel requirement, generating waste and plutonium from each cycle options. From the study found that the amount of fuel in the DUPIC option needs relatively small compared the other options. From the view of total radioactive waste generated from the cycles, PWR-MOX generate the smallest amount of waste, but produce twice of high level waste than DUPIC option. For total plutonium generated from the cycle, PWR-MOX option generates smallest quantity, but for fissile plutonium, DUPIC options produce the smallest one. It means that the DUPIC option has some benefits in plutonium consumption aspects. (author)

  18. Fuel bundle geometry and composition influence on coolant void reactivity reduction in ACR and CANDU reactors

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    It is very well known that the CANDU reactor has positive Coolant Void Reactivity (CVR), which is most important criticisms about CANDU. The most recent innovations based on using a thin absorbent Hafnium shell in the central bundle element were successfully been applied to the Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) project. The paper's objective is to analyze elementary lattice cell effects in applying such methods to reduce the CVR. Three basic fuel designs in their corresponding geometries were chosen to be compared: the ACR-1000TM, the RU-43 (developed in INR Pitesti) and the standard CANDU fuel. The bundle geometry influence on void effect was also evaluated. The WIMS calculations proved the Hafnium absorber suitability (in the latest 'shell design') to achieve the negative CVR target with great accuracy for the ACR-1000 fuel bundle design than for the other two projects. (authors)

  19. Fuel Management in Candu Reactors Using Tabu Search

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    Meta-heuristic methods are perfectly suited to solve fuel management optimization problem in LWR. Indeed, they are originally designed for combinatorial or integer parameter problems which can represent the reloading pattern of the assemblies. For the Candu reactors the problem is however completely different. Indeed, this type of reactor is refueled online. Thus, for their design at fuel reloading equilibrium, the parameter to optimize is the average exit burnup of each fuel channel (which is related to the frequency at which each channel has to be reloaded). It is then a continuous variable that we have to deal with. Originally, this problem was solved using gradient methods. However, their major drawback is the potential local optimum into which they can be trapped. This makes the meta-heuristic methods interesting. In this paper, we have successfully implemented the Tabu Search (TS) method in the reactor diffusion code DONJON. The case of an ACR-700 using 7 burnup zones has been tested. The results have been compared to those we obtained previously with gradient methods. Both methods give equivalent results. This validates them both. The TS has however a major drawback concerning the computation time. A problem with the enrichment as an additional parameter has been tested. In this case, the feasible domain is very narrow, and the optimization process has encountered limitations. Actually, the TS method may not be suitable to find the exact solution of the fuel management problem, but it may be used in a hybrid method such as a TS to find the global optimum region coupled with a gradient method to converge faster on the exact solution. (authors)

  20. Technical feasibility of using RU-43 fuel in the CANDU-6 reactors of the Cernavoda NPP

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    Horhoianu, G.; Patrulescu, I. [Inst. for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania). Physics

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    Recovered uranium (RU) is a by-product of many light-water reactor (LWR) fuel recycling programs. A fissile content in the RU of 0.9 to 1.0% makes it impossible for reuse in an LWR without re-enrichment, but CANDU reactors have a sufficiently high neutron economy to use RU as fuel. The Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) Pitesti has analyzed the feasibility of using RU fuel with 0.9-1.1 w% {sup 235}U in the CANDU-6 reactors of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (Cernavoda NPP). Using RU fuel would produce a significant increase in the fuel discharge burnup, from 170 MWh/kgU currently achieves with natural-uranium (NU) fuel to about 355 MWh/kgU. This would lead to reduced fuel-cycle cost and a large reduction in spent-fuel volume per full-power-year of operation. The RU fuel bundle design with recovered uranium fuel, known as RU-43, is being developed by the INR Pitesti and is now at the stage of final design verification. Early work has been concentrated on RU-43 fuel bundle design optimization, safety and reactor physics assessment. The changes in fuel element and fuel bundle design contribute to the many advantages offered by the RU-43 bundle. Verification of the design of the RU-43 fuel bundle is performed in a way that shows that design criteria are met, and is mostly covered by proof tests such as flow and irradiation tests. The most relevant calculations performed on this fuel bundle design version are presented. Also, the stages of an experimental program aiming to verify the operating performance are briefly described in this paper. (orig.)

  1. PIE of a CANDU fuel element irradiated for a load following test in the INR TRIGA reactor

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    As part of the collaboration under the Romania - Canada Memorandum for co-operation in research and development of nuclear energy and technology, a load following test has been devised to demonstrate the load following capability of CANDU-6 fuel within the established design envelope for operating powers. A 37-element CANDU-6 fuel bundle element fabricated by AECL was irradiated in the TRIGA 14 MW(th) material testing reactor at the Institute for Nuclear Research (INR) in Pitesti, Romania. The load following cycle consisted of 200 daily cycles from 100% power to 50% power within the reference overpower envelope for fuel in a CANDU-6 reactor. Full power operation was 57 kW/m Element Linear Power. The paper provides the results obtained by post-irradiation examination of the fuel element in the INR hot cells. The following techniques were used: - Visual inspection and photography by periscope; - Profilometry; - Axial gamma scanning; - Fuel element puncturing and fission gas analysis; - Metallographic and ceramographic examinations by optical microscopy; - Burn-up measurement by mass spectrometry using the 235U depletion method. (authors)

  2. Qualification of the reactor physics toolset for the design and analysis of the advanced CANDU reactor

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    The qualification of reactor physics toolset for Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) applications is described in this paper. The qualification process follows AECL standard code validation methodology. The ACR nuclear design incorporates certain features that challenge the physics code-suite capabilities. The physics codes were first assessed, and development work required to meet these challenges was undertaken. A Validation Matrix Document was prepared to identify the physics phenomena that could arise during postulated accident events, and specify the experimental data required for code validation. Key issues related to physics modelling and code validation are also discussed. (author)

  3. CANDU 9 fuelling machine carriage

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    Continuous, on-power refuelling is a key feature of all CANDU reactor designs and is essential to maintaining high station capacity factors. The concept of a fuelling machine carriage can be traced to the early CANDU designs, such as the Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station. In the CANDU 9 480NU unit, the combination of a mobile carriage and a proven fuelling machine head design comprises an effective means of transporting fuel between the reactor and the fuel transfer ports. It is a suitable alternative to the fuelling machine bridge system that has been utilized in the CANDU 6 reactor units. The CANDU 9 480NU fuel handling system successfully combines features that meet the project requirements with respect to fuelling performance, functionality, seismic qualification and the use of proven components. The design incorporates improvements based on experience and applicable current technologies. (author). 4 figs

  4. Analysis And Evaluation Of Primary Coolant System Of Candu Nuclear Power Plant

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    Analysis of primary coolant system of CANDU nuclear power plant was done using software of nuclear power plant type of CANDU. Primary coolant system has unique design. Heat transport pressure and inventory control system is a system to provide a reliable means of controlling inventory and pressure in the heat transport system. The condition of heavy water coolant which covered pressure, inventory and temperature of coolant has implicated to performance of plant operation.Therefore the primary coolant system is important. Heat transport system circulates pressurized heavy water coolant through the fuel channels to remove heat produced by fission of natural uranium fuel. The heat is carried by the reactor coolant tp steam generators where it is transferred to light water to produce steam, which subsequently drives the turbine-generator. The inventory and pressure control system consists of a pressurizer, feed and bleed valves and a storage tank. In this case the malfunction of PHT bleed valve (CV5)PHT feed valve (CV12), PHT LRV (CV20) and PHT steam bleed valve (CV22) are selected. Reactor parameters observed primary coolant pressurize pressure and level, bleed condenser pressure and level, feed flow, bleed flow. From this analysis and simulation the reactor parameter affected by malfunction is known. It is also considered that the trip, controls, safety valve are needed to maintain safety of nuclear power plant. It is also considered that the trip, controls, safety valve are needed to maintain safety of nuclear power plant. It is also observed the phenomenon of LOCA accident requirements and safety standard issued by Atomic Energy Control board of Canada and how the CANDU safety system is applied

  5. A probabilistic method for leak-before-break analysis of CANDU reactor pressure tubes

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    Puls, M.P.; Wilkins, B.J.S.; Rigby, G.L. [Whiteshell Labs., Pinawa (Canada)] [and others

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    A probabilistic code for the prediction of the cumulative probability of pressure tube ruptures in CANDU type reactors is described. Ruptures are assumed to result from the axial growth by delayed hydride cracking. The BLOOM code models the major phenomena that affect crack length and critical crack length during the reactor sequence of events following the first indications of leakage. BLOOM can be used to develop unit-specific estimates of the actual probability of pressure rupture in operating CANDU reactors and supplement the existing leak before break analysis.

  6. A probabilistic method for leak-before-break analysis of CANDU reactor pressure tubes

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    A probabilistic code for the prediction of the cumulative probability of pressure tube ruptures in CANDU type reactors is described. Ruptures are assumed to result from the axial growth by delayed hydride cracking. The BLOOM code models the major phenomena that affect crack length and critical crack length during the reactor sequence of events following the first indications of leakage. BLOOM can be used to develop unit-specific estimates of the actual probability of pressure rupture in operating CANDU reactors and supplement the existing leak before break analysis

  7. SMART- IST: a computer program to calculate aerosol and radionuclide behaviour in CANDU reactor containments

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    The SMART-IST computer code models radionuclide behaviour in CANDU reactor containments during postulated accidents. It calculates nuclide concentrations in various parts of containment and releases of nuclides from containment to the atmosphere. The intended application of SMART-IST is safety and licensing analyses of public dose resulting from the releases of nuclides. SMART-IST has been developed and validated meeting the CSA N286.7 quality assurance standard, under the sponsorship of the Industry Standard Toolset (IST) partners consisting of AECL and Canadian nuclear utilities; OPG, Bruce Power, NB Power and Hydro-Quebec. This paper presents an overview of the SMART-IST code including its theoretical framework and models, and also presents typical examples of code predictions. (author)

  8. Assessment of the WIMS-D5 applicability to CANDU reactors

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    The purpose of this study is to develop a WIMS/CANDU code for a lattice calculation on the basis of WIMS-D5 code for the safety analysis of CANDU reactors. To assess the WIMS-D5 applicability to a CANDU reactor, a lattice model was developed For CANDU-6 reactors at the Wolsong site. As for the benchmark of the code validation, the code-to-code comparison was performed between the WIMS-D5 code with both the 69- and 172-energy groups of ENDF/B-VI nuclear data library and the WIMS-AECL code with the 89-energy group. The comparison studies of the reactor physics parameters such as void reactivity', coolant/fuel/moderator temperature coefficients were conducted with the change of the internal isotopic composition due to the fuel burning-up using both WIMS-AECL and POWDERPUFS-V (PPV) codes. The results show that the present results between the WIMS-D5 code and WIMS-AECL code agreed well with those of the PPV at the beginning of the fuel horn-up phase. As burning-up progresses, the results of WIMS-D5 show a large deviation from those of PPV for CANDU 6 reactors. (author)

  9. Development of new MMS modules for CANDU reactors, using CompGen program

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    Modelling of thermodynamic processes in stationary and dynamic regimes are very important for nuclear power plants from both design and operation point of view. Since safety requirements for NPPs are higher than the ones for classical power plants simulation analyses are necessary in this field. In the last years there where developed and improved many computing codes which can be used in such analyses. One of these codes is MMS. MMS package was developed by Framatome Technologies, Bacok and Wilcox and nHance Technologies Inc. It uses a modular architecture based on ACSL program. MMS is provided with a rich library of modules including control, electromechanical, gas, water, boundary, fossil and nuclear modules. Unfortunately, the water and nuclear modules were developed initially only for light LWR NPPs. The main problem of using MMS for CANDU NPPs was the lack of heavy water properties. Recently nHance Technologies improved some of existing modules allowing to work also with heavy water systems. However, development of new modules appropriate to CANDU reactors is necessary to simulate various systems in CANDU NPPs. New MMS modules developed by the authors, characteristic for CANDU NPPs concern: Calandria, heat exchanger, delay tank, end shield., fuel storage pool, calandria vault. These modules were built with means of CompGen program, which is included in the MMS package. They were used at Center of Technology and Engineering for Nuclear Projects - CITON, at Bucharest to simulate operational regimes of the primary circuit in Cernavoda NPP. In this present paper the capabilities of MMS package regarding thermal-hydraulic simulation of nuclear systems are shown . Also, presented are the results of a joint research of Power Plants Simulation Laboratory of University 'Politehnica' at Bucharest and CITON on several MMS modules, developed by using CompGen. These results serve for safety analyses for Cernavoda 2 NPP. As an illustration, a 'real' safety analysis for the

  10. Implementation of Wolsong Pump Model, Pressure Tube Deformation Model and Off-take Model into MARS Code for Regulatory Auditing of CANDU Reactors

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    Yoon, C.; Rhee, B. W.; Chung, B. D. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Y. J.; Kim, M. W. [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    Korea currently has four operating units of the CANDU-6 type reactor in Wolsong. However, the safety assessment system for CANDU reactors has not been fully established due to lack of self-reliance technology. Although the CATHENA code had been introduced from AECL, it is undesirable to use vendor's code for regulatory auditing analysis. In Korea, the MARS code has been developed for decades and is being considered by KINS as a thermal hydraulic regulatory auditing tool for nuclear power plants. Before this decision, KINS (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety) had developed RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code for CANDU safety analyses by modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, RELAP5/MOD3. The main purpose of this study is to transplant the CANDU models of RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code to MARS code including quality assurance of the developed models. This first part of the research series presents the implementation and verification of the Wolsong pump model, the pressure tube deformation model, and the off-take model for arbitrary-angled branch pipes.

  11. Implementation of Wolsong Pump Model, Pressure Tube Deformation Model and Off-take Model into MARS Code for Regulatory Auditing of CANDU Reactors

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    Korea currently has four operating units of the CANDU-6 type reactor in Wolsong. However, the safety assessment system for CANDU reactors has not been fully established due to lack of self-reliance technology. Although the CATHENA code had been introduced from AECL, it is undesirable to use vendor's code for regulatory auditing analysis. In Korea, the MARS code has been developed for decades and is being considered by KINS as a thermal hydraulic regulatory auditing tool for nuclear power plants. Before this decision, KINS (Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety) had developed RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code for CANDU safety analyses by modifying the model of existing PWR auditing tool, RELAP5/MOD3. The main purpose of this study is to transplant the CANDU models of RELAP5/MOD3/CANDU code to MARS code including quality assurance of the developed models. This first part of the research series presents the implementation and verification of the Wolsong pump model, the pressure tube deformation model, and the off-take model for arbitrary-angled branch pipes

  12. CANDU 300

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    The CANDU nuclear power system is under continuous review by AECL in order to advance the CANDU concept in a manner that will assure competitiveness in both current and future markets. Over the past three years development effort has featured the CANDU 300, a CANDU nuclear generating station with a net output in the range of 320 MW9e) to 380 MW(e). At the outset AECL recognized that coal-fired power plants would be the primary competition for the CANDU advantages such as the use of natural uranium fuel and on-power refuelling, while enhancing capacity factor, reducing man-rem exposure, reducing capital cost, and minimizing construction schedules. AECL believes that the resulting CANDU 300 nuclear generating station will have substantial appeal to many utilities, in both developed and developing countries. The key features of the CANDU 300 are presented here, with particular attention to the station layout, construction methods, and construction schedules

  13. Validation of computer codes used in safety analyses of CANDU power plants

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    Since the 1960s, the CANDU industry has been developing and using scientific computer codes for designing and analysing CANDU power plants. In this endeavour, the industry has been following nuclear quality-assurance practices of the day, including verification and validation of design and analysis methodologies. These practices have resulted in a large body of experience and expertise in the development and application of computer codes and their associated documentation. Major computer codes used in safety analyses of operating plants and those under development have been, and continue to be subjected to rigorous processes of development and application. To provide a systematic framework for the validation work done to date and planned for the future, the industry has decided to adopt the methodology of validation matrices for computer-code validation, similar to that developed by the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and focused on thermalhydraulic phenomena in Light Water Reactors (LWR). To manage the development of validation matrices for CANDU power plants and to engage experts who can work in parallel on several topics, the CANDU task has been divided into six scientific disciplines. Teams of specialists in each discipline are developing the matrices. A review of each matrix will show if there are gaps or insufficient data for validation purposes and will thus help to focus future research and development, if needed. Also, the industry is examining its suite of computer codes, and their specific, additional validation needs, if any, will follow from the work on the validation matrices. The team in System Thermalhydraulics is the furthest advanced, since it had the earliest start and the international precedent on LWRs, and has developed its validation matrix. The other teams are at various stages in this multiphase, multi-year program, and their progress to date is presented. (author)

  14. Reducing the impact of used fuel by transmuting actinides in a CANDU reactor

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    With world stockpiles of used nuclear fuel increasing, the need to address the long term utilization of this resource is being studied. Many of the transuranic (TRU) actinides in nuclear spent fuel produce decay heat for long durations, resulting in significant nuclear waste management challenges. These actinides can be transmuted to shorter-lived isotopes in CANDU reactors to reduce the decay heat period. Many of the design features of the CANDU reactor make it uniquely adaptable to actinide transmutation. The small, simple fuel bundle facilitates the fabrication and handling of active fuels. Online refueling allows precise management of core reactivity and separate insertion of the actinides and fuel bundles into the core. The high neutron economy of the CANDU reactor results in high TRU destruction to fissile-loading ratio. This paper provides a summary of actinide transmutation in CANDU reactors, including both recent and past activities. The transmutation schemes that are presented reflect several different partitioning schemes and include both homogeneous scenarios in which actinides are uniformly distributed in all fuel bundles in the reactor, as well as heterogeneous scenarios in which dedicated channels in the reactor are loaded with actinide targets and the rest of the reactor is loaded with fuel. (author)

  15. Development strategy of the improved standard technical specification for Wolsong CANDU-6 nuclear power plants

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    The Wolsong CANDU-6 can be differently treated to a certain extent in terms of operation and safety due to the wide span of commissioning dates between, namely, Unit 1 and Units 2,3,4. This fact resulted in the use of non-unified technical specification (OP and P style in Unit 1 and US standard technical specification style in Units 2,3,4). Thus, it became necessary to improve Limiting Condition for Operations (LCOs) that have been based upon insufficient selection criteria in context of safety standards in the past. The newly developed ISTS for Wolsong CANDU-6 is aimed to achieve the following points, (1) Elimination of unnecessary LCOs that are irrelevant to plant safety, (2) Unification of similar LCOs and relocating them, (3) Application of any improvements gained from operational experiences and/or research works, (4) Reinforcement of technical bases and also placing greater emphasis on human factor principles in order to make technical specification clearer and easier to understand. The goal of Wolsong CANDU-6 ISTS development is to improve plant safety practically by selecting safety significant LCOs, optimise surveillance requirements and reinforce technical bases, in order that the development of the first one for Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) nuclear power plants could be accomplished in the world. Furthermore, it can be utilized as the standard technical specification to prepare Wolsong-1 Improved Technical Specification (ITS) for the continuing operation after the major refurbishment. (author)

  16. Development of the safety regulatory guides on the refurbishment for the CANDU reactors

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    Kim, M. W.; Chin, T. E.; Rho, H. Y.; Park, H. B.; Yeom, H. G.; Hwang, G. M.; Hwang, B. G.; Seo, Y. H.; Lee, J. W. [Korea Power Engineering Co. Inc., Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-02-15

    In this study, requirements and standards concerned with safety performance for CANDU type reactors and review guidelines for facilities and performance concerned with refurbishment of major facilities such as pressure tubes, calandria tubes, and feeder popes were developed. To develop review guidelines for facilities and performance review concerned with refurbishment of CANDU reactors, review activities related with refurbishment and performance were categorized into designing and planning of equipments, removal and refurbishment of equipment, and confirmation of installation and inspection. As a result, following detailed review guidelines concerned with refurbishment of pressure tubes, calandria tubes, and feeder pipes in directly or indirectly referring to FSAR, design manual, startup-test manual were developed.

  17. Design requirements, criteria and methods for seismic qualification of CANDU power plants

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    This report describes the requirements and criteria for the seismic design and qualification of systems and equipment in CANDU nuclear power plants. Acceptable methods and techniques for seismic qualification of CANDU nuclear power plants to mitigate the effects or the consequences of earthquakes are also described. (auth)

  18. The CANDU 3 containment structure

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    The design of the CANDU 3 nuclear power plant is being developed by AECL CANDU's Saskatchewan office. There are 24 CANDU nuclear power units operating in Canada and abroad and eight units are under construction is Romania and South Korea. The design of the CANDU 3 plant has evolved on the basis of the proven CANDU design. The experiences gained during construction, commissioning and operation of the existing CANDU plants are considered in the design. Many technological enhancements have been implemented in the design processes in all areas. The object has been to develop an improved reactor design that is suitable for the current and the future markets worldwide. Throughout the design phase of CANDU 3, emphasis has been placed in reducing the cost and construction schedule of the plant. This has been achieved by implementing design improvements and using new construction techniques. Appropriate changes and improvements to the design to suit new requirements are also adopted. In CANDU plants, the containment structure acts as an ultimate barrier against the leakage of radioactive substances during normal operations and postulated accident conditions. The concept of the structural design of the containment structure has been examined in considerable detail. This has resulted in development of a new conceptual design for the containment structure for CANDU 3. This paper deals with this new design of the containment structure

  19. Ludwig: A Training Simulator of the Safety Operation of a CANDU Reactor

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    This paper presents the application Ludwig designed to train operators of a CANDU Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) by means of a computer control panel that simulates the response of the evolution of the physical variables of the plant under normal transients. The model includes a close set of equations representing the principal components of a CANDU NPP plant, a nodalized primary circuit, core, pressurizer, and steam generators. The design of the application was performed using the object-oriented...

  20. Experience teaching CD-ROM-based course on CANDU nuclear-power-plant systems and operation

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    This paper presents personal experience garnered from teaching a CD-ROM-based course on CANDU Power-Plant Systems and Operation. This course was originally developed by Prof. G.T. Bereznai as research in distance-learning techniques when he was directing the Thai-Canadian Human Resources Development Project at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The course has been offered in a number of universities, including McMaster University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. All the course material, including lectures, assignments, and a simulator, is provided on a CD-ROM. Lectures include a spoken soundtrack covering the material. The class often includes both undergraduate and graduate students. I found that most students appreciate having the material on electronic format, which they can view and review at will and on their own time. Students find this course quite intensive - it covers all major systems in the CANDU reactor and power plant in detail. A very important component of the course is the simulator, which teaches students how systems operate in normal operation, in power manoeuvres, and during process-system malfunctions. Effort in absorbing the material and performing assignments can often exceed 10 hours per week. Some of the simulator assignments involve tricky manoeuvres, requiring several tries to achieve the expected result. Some assignments may take several hours, especially if the manoeuvres requiring repetition take 30 minutes or more in real time. I found that some instruction in the basic theory of reactor physics and systems is appreciated by students. A few possible enhancements to the simulator model were identified. Graduate students taking the course are required to do an additional project; I assigned an investigation of the effects of xenon-concentration changes during 1 week of load cycling. In summary, this course provides to students the opportunity to learn a great deal about the workings of CANDU-plant systems. (author)

  1. CANDU-3: Features of next generation CANDU

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    CANDU 3, with a net electrical output of 450 MW, is the latest and smallest version of the CANDU power system. Significant innovation built on proven CANDU reactor technology is the basis of the CANDU 3 design. This, coupled with the commitment to reduce plant cost, increase performance capacity factor, enhance safety features and incorporate technological improvements, makes CANDU 3 an advanced, world class product. This paper describes the following CANDU 3 features: A station layout to provide a flexible construction sequence, good system separation and ease of maintenance and operation. An up-front engineering and licensing process prior to beginning construction. Enhancement and simplification of safety features with extended time scales for response, thus limiting reliance on operator action for accident mitigation. Enhanced design capabilities through the use of the latest Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) technology. A 38 month construction schedule achieved by using modularization and open-top construction and installation techniques. A more passive containment system incorporating a steel liner and eliminating the need for active spray. A grouping and separation philosophy for maximum protection of redundant safety systems. Ease of equipment qualification and maximum protection of critical components. Replacement of centralized control and monitoring computers with a redundant distributed control system and modern plant display system. A consistent, logical approach to control room design founded on human factors, automation and event management. (author). 6 refs, 3 figs

  2. Verification of source term analysis system for decommissioning wastes from a CANDU reactor

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    There are now twenty commercial nuclear power reactors operating as of May 2010 in South Korea. As nuclear capacity becomes higher and installations age, the Korean government and industry have launched R and D to estimate appropriate decommissioning costs of power reactors. In this paper, MCNP/ORIGEN2 code system which is being developed as a source term evaluation tool was verified by comparing the estimated nuclide inventory from MCNP/ORIGEN2 simulation with the measured nuclide inventory from chemical assay in an irradiated pressure tube discharged from Wolsong Unit 1 in 1994. Equilibrium core model of Wolsong unit 1 was used as a neutron source to activate in-core and ex-core structural components. As a result, the estimated values from the analysis system agreed with measured data within 20% difference. Therefore, it can be concluded that MCNP/ORIGEN system could be a reliable tool to estimate source terms of decommissioning wastes from CANDU reactor, although this system assumes constant flux irradiation and snapshot equilibrium core model as a reference core. (author)

  3. Simulation of CANDU Fuel Behaviour into In-Reactor LOCA Tests

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    The purpose of this work is to simulate the behaviour of an instrumented, unirradiated, zircaloy sheathed UO2 fuel element assembly of CANDU type, subjected to a coolant depressurization transient in the X-2 pressurized water loop of the NRX reactor at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories in 1983. The high-temperature transient conditions are such as those associated with the onset of a loss of coolant accident (LOCA). The data and the information related to the experiment are those included in the OECD/NEA-IFPE Database (IFPE/CANDU-FIO-131 NEA-1783/01). As tool for this simulation is used the TRANSURANUS fuel performance code, developed at ITU, Germany, along with the corresponding fabrication and in-reactor operating conditions specific of the CANDU PHWR fuel. The results, analyzed versus the experimental ones, are encouraging and perfectible. (author)

  4. Assessing CANDU requirements for irradiation - Research facilities

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    The Canadian nuclear program needs ongoing access to irradiation-research facilities to support the safe operation of existing CANDU reactors and the evolutionary development of CANDU components and design features. The irradiation-research program must facilitate the testing of unique CANDU technology such as the fuel bundle, on-power refueling, the pressure tube, and the heavy-water coolant and moderator. Since 1957, NRU has operated as Canada's principal irradiation facility; however, it has become clear that NRU needs costly refurbishing if its lifetime is to be significantly extended. Accordingly, AECL has reviewed the requirements for CANDU irradiation research and is presently assessing alternatives for providing the necessary future access to irradiation-research facilities. Various options are under consideration, including renting space in existing research reactors, performing irradiations in CANDU power reactors, and building a new indigenous materials testing reactor specifically to meet essential program requirements

  5. Feasible advanced fuel cycle options for CANDU reactors in the Republic of Korea

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    Taking into account the view points on nuclear safety, nuclear waste, non-proliferation and economics from the public, international environment, and utilities, the SEU/RU and DUPIC fuel cycles would be feasible options of advanced fuel cycles for CANDU-PHWRs in the Republic of Korea in the mid- and long-terms, respectively. Comparing with NU fuel, 0.9 % or 1.2 % SEU fuel would increase fuel burnup and hence reduce the spent fuel arisings by a factor of 2 or 3, and also could reduce CANDU fuel cycle costs by 20 to 30%. RU offers similar benefits as 0.9% SEU and is very attractive due to the significantly improved fuel cycle economics, substantially increased burnups, large reduction in fuel requirements as well as in spent fuel arisings. For RU use in a CANDU reactor, re-enrichment is not required. There are 25,000 tes RU produced from reprocessing operations in Europe and Japan, which would theoretically provide sufficient fuel for 500 CANDU 6 reactor-years of operation. According to the physics, thermal-hydraulic and thermal-mechanical assessments of CANFLEX-0.9% RU fuel for a CANDU-6 reactor, the fuel could be introduced into the reactor in a straight-forward fashion. A series of assessments of CANFLEX-DUPIC physics on the compatibility of the fuel design in the existing CANDU 6 reactors has shown that the poisoning of the central element of DUPIC with, for example, natural dysprosium, reduces the void reactivity of the fuel, and that a 2 bundle shift refuelling scheme would be the most appropriate in-core fuel management scheme for a CANDU-6 reactor. The average discharge burnup is ∼15 MWd/kgHE. Although these results have shown promising results for the DUPIC fuel cycle, more in-depth studies are required in the areas of ROP system, large LOCA safety analyses, and so on. The recycling fuel cycles of RU and DUPIC for CANDU are expected to achieve the environmental 3R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) as applied to global energy use in the short- and long

  6. Experience of oil in CANDU moderator during A831 planned outage at Bruce Power

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    In their address to the Nuclear Plant Chemistry Conference 2009, Bruce Power staff will describe the effects of oil ingress to the moderator of a CANDU reactor. During the A831 planned outage of Bruce Power Unit 3, an incident of oil ingress into moderator was discovered on Oct 17, 2008. An investigation identified the cause of the oil ingress. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) assessed operability of the reactor with the oil present and made recommendations with respect to the effect on unit start-up with oil present. The principal concern was the radiolytic generation of deuterium from the breakdown of the oil in-core. Various challenges were presented during start-up which were overcome via innovative approaches. The subsequent actions and consequential effects on moderator chemistry are discussed in this paper. Examination of the plant chemistry data revealed some interesting aspects of moderator system chemistry under upset conditions which will also be presented. (author)

  7. Development of techniques for radwaste systems in CANDU power stations

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    Techniques to reduce the volume of CANDU reactor wastes and to bitumenize them are being developed at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories. Reverse osmosis is suitable for initial purification of dilute radioactive aqueous wastes. Tubular membranes are used to concentrate wastes to 5 weight percent solids, and while the membranes do foul, they may be cleaned mechanically, chemically, or with fresh feed. A wiped-film evaporator then concentrates the retentate to a 20 weight-percent slurry. A twin-screw extruder-evaporator has been used to bitumenize this slurry, and it will also handle ion exchange resin and dry incinerator ash. Work on a wiped-film evaporator as a bitumenizer for various feeds is in progress. More experience in handling solid feeds is needed before work can proceed to the demonstraton phase. (auth)

  8. Optimized CANDU-6 cell and reactivity device supercell models for advanced fuels reactor database generation

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    Highlights: • Propose an optimize 2-D model for CANDU lattice cell. • Propose a new 3-D simulation model for CANDU reactivity devices. • Implement other acceleration techniques for reactivity device simulations. • Reactivity device incremental cross sections for advanced CANDU fuels with thorium. - Abstract: Several 2D cell and 3D supercell models for reactivity device simulation have been proposed along the years for CANDU-6 reactors to generate 2-group cross section databases for finite core calculations in diffusion. Although these models are appropriate for natural uranium fuel, they are either too approximate or too expensive in terms of computer time to be used for optimization studies of advanced fuel cycles. Here we present a method to optimize the 2D spatial mesh to be used for a collision probability solution of the transport equation for CANDU cells. We also propose a technique to improve the modeling and accelerate the evaluation, in deterministic transport theory, of the incremental cross sections and diffusion coefficients associated with reactivity devices required for reactor calculations

  9. Control of reactor inlet header temperature (RIHT) rise in CANDU

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    Fouling of tube surfaces in a CANDU steam generator is analyzed using a mathematical model and is shown to account for a major portion of the observed Reactor Inlet Header Temperature (RIHT) rise. First, a detailed heat transfer model is made to account for tube wall temperature at every point along a tube, then the solubility of magnetite is calculated at that wall temperature to check for primary side fouling. Once fouling can occur by magnetite crystal growth on the wall, the rate of fouling is determined by the mass transfer of dissolved iron from the water to the tube surface. The fouling deposit increases heat transfer resistance and thus the heavy water outlet temperature (RIHT) rises. This rise is followed through time and a detailed prediction of deposit weight profiles expected in the tubes is made. The inlet dissolved iron concentration to the boiler is calculated by using a simple flow-assisted corrosion model of outlet feeders. Primary side fouling of the boiler tubes is predicted to be a major contributor to RIHT rise. Coolant pH has a strong effect on flow-assisted corrosion of the outlet feeders and thus on the amount of iron entering the boilers. Deposit weights are predicted accurately for both Gentilly-2 (G-2) and Pickering-1 steam generators using solubility data from Sweeton and Baes at pH 10.3 or 1.4 mg/kg Li. Operation at the low end of the specified pH range seems desirable, e.g. 0.35 mg Li/kg, to reduce the fouling rate of the boiler tubes. Secondary side fouling is predicted to be equally important, but deposit data specific to each plant are needed to assess the precise contribution of this to RIHT rise. A gradual rise in primary side steam quality at the boiler inlet due to RIHT rise will itself generate an RIHT rise simply due to a reduction in boiler area available for sensible heat transfer. Finally, mechanical effects such as divider plate leakage and changes in primary side flow due to pressure tube creep and to increased surface

  10. A flashing driven moderator cooling system for CANDU reactors: Experimental and computational results

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    A flashing-driven passive moderator cooling system is being developed at AECL for CANDU reactors. Preliminary simulations and experiments showed that the concept was feasible at normal operating power. However, flow instabilities were observed at low powers under conditions of variable and constant calandria inlet temperatures. This finding contradicted code predictions that suggested the loop should be stable at all powers if the calandria inlet temperature was constant. This paper discusses a series of separate-effects tests that were used to identify the sources of low-power instabilities in the experiments, and it explores methods to avoid them. It concludes that low-power instabilities can be avoided, thereby eliminating the discrepancy between the experimental and code results. Two factors were found to be important for loop stability: (1) oscillations in the calandria outlet temperature, and (2) flashing superheat requirements, and the presence of nucleation sites. By addressing these factors, we could make the loop operate in a stable manner over the whole power range and we could obtain good agreement between the experimental and code results. (author)

  11. A study on the direct use of spent PWR fuel in CANDU reactors -Fuel management and safety analysis-

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    Park, Hyun Soo; Lee, Boh Wook; Choi, Hang Bok; Lee, Yung Wook; Cho, Jae Sun; Huh, Chang Wook [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1995-07-01

    The reference DUPIC fuel composition was determined based on the reactor safety, thermal-hydraulics, economics, and refabrication aspects. The center pin of the reference DUPIC fuel bundle is poisoned with natural dysprosium. The worst LOCA analysis has shown that the transient power and heat deposition of the reference DUPIC core are the same as those of natural uranium CANDU core. The intra-code comparison has shown that the accuracy of DUPIC physics code system is comparable to the current CANDU core design code system. The sensitivity studies were performed for the refuelling schemes of DUPIC core and the 2-bundle shift refuelling scheme was selected as the standard refuelling scheme of the DUPIC core. The application of 4-bundle shift refuelling scheme will be studied in parallel as the auto-refuelling method is improved and the reference core parameters of the heterogeneous DUPIC core are defined. The heterogeneity effect was analyzed in a preliminary fashion using 33 fuel types and the random loading strategy. The refuelling simulation has shown that the DUPIC core satisfies the current CANDU 6 operating limits of channel and bundle power regardless of the fuel composition heterogeneity. The 33 fuel types used in the heterogeneity analysis was determined based on the initial enrichment and discharge burnup of the PWR fuel. 90 figs, 62 tabs, 63 refs. (Author).

  12. Integrated control centre concepts for CANDU power plants

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    The size and complexity of nuclear power plants has increased significantly in the last 20 years. There is general agreement that plant safety and power production can be enhanced if more operational support systems that are significantly different from the ones based on the more conventional technologies used in plant control rooms. In particular, artificial intelligence and related technologies will play a major role in the development of innovative methods for information processing and presentation. These technologies must be integrated into the overall management and control philosophy of the plant and not be treated as vehicles to implement point solutions. The underlying philosophy behind our approach is discussed in this paper. Operator support systems will integrate into the overall control philosophy by complementing the operator. Four support systems are described; each is a prototype of a system being considered for the CANDU 3 control centre

  13. Detection of gaseous heavy water leakage points in CANDU 6 pressurized heavy water reactors

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    During reactor operation, the heavy water filled primary coolant system in a CANDU 6 Pressurized Heavy Water (PHWR) may leak through routine operations of the plant via components, mechanical joints, and during inadvertent operations etc. Early detection of leak points is therefore important to maintain plant safety and economy. There are many independent systems to monitor and recover heavy water leakage in a CANDU 6 PHWR. Methodology for early detection based on operating experience from these systems, is investigated in this paper. In addition, the four symptoms of D2O leakage, the associated process for clarifying and verifying the leakage, and the probable points of leakage are discussed. (author)

  14. Once-through CANDU reactor models for the ORIGEN2 computer code

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    Reactor physics calculations have led to the development of two CANDU reactor models for the ORIGEN2 computer code. The model CANDUs are based on (1) the existing once-through fuel cycle with feed comprised of natural uranium and (2) a projected slightly enriched (1.2 wt % 235U) fuel cycle. The reactor models are based on cross sections taken directly from the reactor physics codes. Descriptions of the reactor models, as well as values for the ORIGEN2 flux parameters THERM, RES, and FAST, are given

  15. The accident at Chernobyl and its implications for the safety of CANDU reactors

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    In August 1986, a delegation of Canadians, including two members of the staff of the AECB (Atomic Energy Control Board), attended a post-accident review meeting in Vienna, at which Soviet representatives described the accident and its causes and consequences. On the basis of the information presented at that meeting, AECB staff conducted a study of the accident to ascertain its implications for the safety of CANDU nuclear reactors and for the regulatory process in Canada. The conclusion of this review is that the accident at Chernobyl has not revealed any important new information which would have an effect on the safety requirements for CANDU reactors as presently applied by the AECB. All important aspects of the accident and its causes have been considered by the AECB in the licensing process for currently licensed reactors. However a number of recommendations are made with respect to aspects of reactor safety which should be re-examined in order to reinforce this conclusion

  16. Establishment of Safety Analysis System and Technology for CANDU Reactors

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    To improve the CANDU design/operation safety analysis codes and the CANDU safety analysis methodology, the following works have been done. From the development of the lattice codes (WIMS/CANDU), the lattice model simulates the real core lattice geometry and the effect of the pressure tube creep to the core lattice parameter has been evaluated. From the development of the 3-dimensional thermal-hydraulic analysis model of the moderator behavior (CFX4-CAMO), validation of the model against STERN Lab experiment has been executed. The butterfly-shaped grid structure and the 3-dimensional flow resistance model for porous media were developed and applied to the moderator analysis for Wolsong units 2/3/4. The single fuel channel analysis codes for blowdown and post-blowdown were unified by CATHENA. The 3-dimensional fuel channel analysis model (CFX-CACH) has been developed for validation of CATHENA fuel channel analysis model. The interlinking analysis system (CANVAS) of the thermal-hydraulic safety analysis codes for the primary heat transport system and containment system has been executed. The database system of core physics and thermal-hydraulics experimental data for safety analysis has been established on the URL: http://CANTHIS.kaeri.re.kr. For documentation and Standardization of the general safety analysis procedure, the general safety analysis procedure is developed and applied to a large break LOCA. The present research results can be utilized for establishment of the independent safety analysis technology and acquisition of the optimal safety analysis technology

  17. PCI-OGRAMS: application of CANDU fuelogram methodology to PCI data from light water reactors

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    The FUELOGRAM model was derived to predict PCI defect probablilities for CANDU fuel bundles that had experienced power increases after being irradiated to burnups mostly in the range 100 +- 60 MW.h/kg U. It is inappropriate to extrapolate the FUELOGRAM model to predict the performance of differently designed fuels at burnups up to 600 MW.h/kg U Therefore data obtained from the operaton of a Boiling Water Reactor were analyzed using the FUELOGRAM methodology to assess fuel performance criteria at high burnups. The resultant PCI-OGRAMS evaluate defect probabilities in terms of power increase (ΔP), ramped power (P), and the burnup (ω) of the most highly rated rod in a fuel assembly. Defect probability also depends on the dwell time (t), of fuel at the ramped power. The predictions of the PCI-OGRAM, FUELOGRAM and other models are compared in three-dimensional sketches of P, ΔP, and ω with the dwell time t held constant. (author)

  18. The next generation CANDU 6

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    AECL's product line of CANDU 6 and CANDU 9 nuclear power plants are adapted to respond to changing market conditions, experience feedback and technological development by a continuous improvement process of design evolution. The CANDU 6 Nuclear Power Plant design is a successful family of nuclear units, with the first four units entering service in 1983, and the most recent entering service this year. A further four CANDU 6 units are under construction. Starting in 1996, a focused forward-looking development program is under way at AECL to incorporate a series of individual improvements and integrate them into the CANDU 6, leading to the evolutionary development of the next-generation enhanced CANDU 6. The CANDU 6 improvements program includes all aspects of an NPP project, including engineering tools improvements, design for improved constructability, scheduling for faster, more streamlined commissioning, and improved operating performance. This enhanced CANDU 6 product will combine the benefits of design provenness (drawing on the more than 70 reactor-years experience of the seven operating CANDU 6 units), with the advantages of an evolutionary next-generation design. Features of the enhanced CANDU 6 design include: Advanced Human Machine Interface - built around the Advanced CANDU Control Centre; Advanced fuel design - using the newly demonstrated CANFLEX fuel bundle; Improved Efficiency based on improved utilization of waste heat; Streamlined System Design - including simplifications to improve performance and safety system reliability; Advanced Engineering Tools, -- featuring linked electronic databases from 3D CADDS, equipment specification and material management; Advanced Construction Techniques - based on open top equipment installation and the use of small skid mounted modules; Options defined for Passive Heat Sink capability and low-enrichment core optimization. (author)

  19. Evaluation of hydride blisters in zirconium pressure tube in CANDU reactor

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    When the garter springs for maintaining the gap between the pressure tube and the calandria tube are displaced in the CANDU reactor, the sagging of pressure tube results in a contact to the calandria tube. This causes a temperature difference between the inner and outer surface of the pressure tube. The hydride can be formed at the cold spot of outer surface and the volume expansion by hydride dormation causes the blistering in the zirconium alloys. An incident of pressure tube rupture due to the hydride blisters had happened in the Canadian CANDU reactor. This report describes the theoretical development and models on the formation and growth of hydride blister and some experimental results. The evaluation methodology and non-destructive testing for hydride blister in operating reactors are also described

  20. Next generation CANDU plants

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    The CANDU Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors systems featuring horizontal fuel channels and heavy water moderator will continue to evolve, supported by AECL's strong commitment to comprehensive R and D programs. There are three key CANDU development strategic thrusts: improved economics, fuel cycle flexibility, and enhanced safety operation based on design feedback. Therefore, CANDU reactor products will continue to evolve by incorporating further improvements and advanced features that will be arising from our CANDU Technology R and D programs in areas such as heavy water and tritium, control and instrumentation, fuel and fuel cycles, systems and equipment and safety and constructability. Progressive CANDU development will continue in AECL to enhance the medium size product - CANDU 6, and to evolve the larger size product - CANDU 9. The development of features for CANDU 6 and CANDU 9 is carried out in parallel. Developments completed for one reactor size can then be applied to the other design with minimum costs and risk. (author)

  1. Kinetic parameter calculation as function of burn-up of candu reactor

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    Kinetic parameter calculation as function of burn-up of candu reactor. Kinetic marameter calculation as function of burp-up of CANDU reactor with Canflex fuel type-CANDU has been done. This type of fuel is currently being develop, so kinetic parameter such as effective delay neutron fraction (.......), delay neutron decay constant ( .... ) and prompt neutron generation time ( ...... ) are very important for analysis of reactor operation safety. WIMS-CRNL code was used to generate macroscopic cross section and reaction rate based on transport theory. Fast and thermal neutron velocity and macroscopic cross section fission product of the unit cell were determined by KINETIC Code. The result of calculation showed that the value of effective delay neutron fraction was 7,785616 x 10-3 at the beginning of operation at burn-up of 0 MWD/T and after the reactor operated at burn-up of 7,2231 x 10-3 MWD/T was 4,962766 x 10-3, or reduced by 36%. The value of prompt generation time was 9,982703 x 10-4 s at the beginning of operation at burn-up of 0 MWD/T and 8,965416 x 10-4 s after the reactor operated at burn-up of 7,2231 x 103 MWD/T, or reduced by 10%. The result of calculation showed that the values of effective delay neutron fraction and prompt neutron generation time are still great enough

  2. Life assesment experience for continued operation of a CANDU Nuclear Power Plant in Korea

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    The first pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) plant in Korea, Wolsong Unit 1 reaches its 30 years' design lifetime by 2012. As the plant approaches its design life, maintaining a high level of plant safety has become a key issue as well as providing proper aging management programs. In this regard, ''Wolsong Unit 1 Lifetime Management Study (I)'' was conducted to evaluate technical and economic feasibility for the continued operation beyond design life. Korea hydro and nuclear power(KHNP) decided to perform the second phase of the study, ''Wolsong Unit 1 Lifetime Management Study (II)'' based on the results of the phase 1 study. The project covers an in-depth life assessment for systems, structures and components (SSCs) and establishment of aging management programs for the continued operation. This paper introduces Korean experiences on the process and method of life evaluation and aging management programs for the continued operation of a CANDU nuclear power plant. (author)

  3. Inteligent control system for a CANDU 600 type reactor process

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    The present paper is set on presenting a highly intelligent configuration, capable of controlling, without the need of the human factor, a complete nuclear power plant type of system, giving it the status of an autonomous system. The urge for such a controlling system is justified by the amount of drawbacks that appear in real life as disadvantages, loses and sometimes even inefficiency in the current controlling and comanding systems of the nuclear reactors. The application stands in the comand sent from the auxiliary feedwater flow control valves to the steam generators. As an environment fit for development I chose Matlab Simulink to simulate the behaviour of the process and the adjusted system. Comparing the results obtained after the fuzzy regulation with those obtained after the classical regulation, we can demonstrate the necessity of implementing artificial intelligence techniques in nuclear power plants and we can agree to the advantages of being able to control everything automatically. (authors)

  4. General requirements for pressure-retaining systems and components in CANDU nuclear power plants

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    This standard specifies the general requirements for the design, fabrication and installation of pressure-retaining systems, components, and their supports in CANDU nuclear power plants. (16 figs., 2 tabs., 25 refs.)

  5. Studies at INR-Pitesti for developing fuels of high burnup suitable to CANDU 6 reactor

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    Increasing burnup allows the utility to get the same kWh output with a diminished tonnage of fissile material and provides a saving in the cost of fuel manufacturing as well as of spent fuel disposal. The RU, SEU, MOX, DUPIC fuel cycles and CANFLEX fuel bundles concept compatible with CANDU 6 reactor are presented. INR projects for developing SEU 43 fuel bundles supported by IAEA-Vienna are also presented. Particularly, one gives an overlook of standard CANDU and advanced SEU 43 nuclear fuel cycles. The paper presents also the current and future directions of studies implied by the research program in the nuclear fuel field of RAAN (The Autonomous Authority for Nuclear Activities). Among these, mentioned are: working out of the manual of physics of CANDU core with slightly enriched uranium; technological studies aiming at reducing the effects of limiting factors of the fuel lifetime and at burnup extension; obtaining new fuels as vectors of advanced cycles; off reactor tests of SEU 43 clusters; in-reactor tests of SEU 43 experimental fuel elements; developing computer codes for analysis of SEU, MOX and DUPIC fuel behavior; in-reactor tests of experimental MOX and DUPIC elements

  6. The CANDU 9 distributed control system design process

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    Canadian designed CANDU pressurized heavy water nuclear reactors have been world leaders in electrical power generation. The CANDU 9 project is AECL's next reactor design. Plant control for the CANDU 9 station design is performed by a distributed control system (DCS) as compared to centralized control computers, analog control devices and relay logic used in previous CANDU designs. The selection of a DCS as the platform to perform the process control functions and most of the data acquisition of the plant, is consistent with the evolutionary nature of the CANDU technology. The control strategies for the DCS control programs are based on previous CANDU designs but are implemented on a new hardware platform taking advantage of advances in computer technology. This paper describes the design process for developing the CANDU 9 DCS. Various design activities, prototyping and analyses have been undertaken in order to ensure a safe, functional, and cost-effective design. (author)

  7. Some physics aspects of the in-core fuel management analysis for CANDU-PHW type reactors

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    The primary objective of the ''in-core fuel management'' studies for the CANDU core is to determine fuel loading and fuel replacement strategies which will result in minimum total unit energy cost while operating the reactor in a safe and reliable fashion. Two types of calculations are mainly required in fuel management analyses: a) those used to determine the nominal power and burnup distributions, and b) those used to determine instantaneous distributions which include the time varying fine structure of the power distribution. A method for equilibrium power and burnup distributions determination is presented for the first type of calculations, based on computing the macroscopic cross-sections from the bundle power and burnup history. The computation model presented was programmed into the SERA 3-D code, which was developed at INPR. A series of results for the second type of calculations are presented, which were obtained by applying the random age approximation and the autorefuel methods in determining the instantaneous power distributions. Some improvements are proposed for these models on the basis of the above mentioned results. For the sake of numerical illustration a CANDU slightly enriched uranium core configuration is presented, the physics parameters of which were evaluated on the basis of fuel management analyses. (author). 10 refs, 7 figs, 3 tabs

  8. Materials performance in CANDU reactors: The first 30 years and the prognosis for life extension and new designs

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    A number of CANDU reactors have now been in-service for more than 30 years, and several are planning life extensions. This paper summarizes the major corrosion degradation operating experience of various out-of-core (i.e., excluding fuel channels and fuel) materials in-service in currently operating CANDU reactors. Also discussed are the decisions that need to be made for life extension of replaceable and non-replaceable components such as feeders and steam generators, and materials choices for new designs, such as the advanced CANDU reactor (ACR) and enhanced CANDU-6. The basis for these choices, including a brief summary of the R and D necessary to support such decisions is provided. Finally we briefly discuss the materials and R and D needs beyond the immediate future, including new concepts to improve plant operability and component reliability

  9. Explaining the absence of Co-58 radiation fields around CANDU reactor primary circuit

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    Radiation fields from Co-58 are rarely detected in CANDU plants. For example, Ge(Li) surveys of the Inconel 600 steam generators at some CANDU plants may show radiation attributed to Co-58 only early in plant life, and most artefacts removed from the primary circuit later in plant operation show no Co-58 present. However, Pressurized Water Reactor plants experience relatively large fields from Co-58 on their isothermal piping, e.g., steam generator channel head, and steam generators tube sampling programs do show deposits in the tubes with significant Co-58 compared to other radionuclides such as Co-60. CANDU reactors have high concentrations of dissolved iron due to the extensive use of carbon steel for the isothermal piping, e.g., feeders, headers, and steam generator channel heads. A dissolved iron transport diagram that was proposed recently for the primary circuit of CANDU plants has been validated by comparison of predicted deposit weights with plant deposit data from various components. One feature of the diagram is dissolved iron precipitation inside the steam generators tubes. An hypothesis is advanced here in which precipitating dissolved iron is proposed to occlude dissolved nickel. This removal mechanism may prevent the solubility of dissolved nickel from being exceeded anywhere around the primary circuit. In particular, this mechanism could avoid NiO precipitation in the core and the generation of large quantities of Co-58. Using this mechanism along with the known solubility behaviour of NiO with temperature, a dissolved nickel transport diagram has been proposed for CANDU plants. (authors)

  10. Irradiation device for power cycling testing of CANDU type fuel elements

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    At INR Pitesti an irradiation device (capsule-C9) was designed and realized for testing the fuel element behaviour at reactor power variations occurring during normal operation of CANDU reactors in load following regime. This device allows the study of the phenomena at which the fuel elements in CANDU reactor are subject in conditions of: - normal restarting after shutdown and reactor de-poisoning; - variations of reactor power within 50-100% rated power; - return to rated power after operation at reduced power to prevent xenon poisoning; - restart within 30 minutes from the shutdown to prevent xenon poisoning; - adjusting reactivity during the return to rated power after reactor operation at reduced power; - displacement of fuel clusters in the channel by reactor loading. The power cycling can entail failure mechanisms specific to reactor operation in load following regimes, such as: - deformation of fuel element can by fuel-can interaction; - stress crevice corrosion; - corrosion assisted can fatigue; - can thinning in the vicinity of cracked pellets; - can cracking due to relocation of pellet fragments. Power cycling on the fuel element subjected to irradiation in capsule C-9 is performed by displacing the tested section in the experimental channel. Displacing the tested section under flux allows obtaining the required power values on the tested fuel element while the capsule instrumentation allows the monitoring of irradiation parameters, namely: - the linear power on the fuel element; - instant neutron flux at the force tube level; - coolant pressure within the tested section; - coolant activity; - chemical characteristics of the coolant. The main thermal-hydraulic characteristics of the capsule C-9 are: - working fluid, demineralized and degassed water; - coolant pressure, 120 bar; - coolant temperature, 150-160 deg. C; - maximum temperature on fuel element can, 325 deg. C; - thermosyphon flow rate at the tested section level, 0.15 kg/s; - disposable maximum

  11. Thermal hydraulics safety analysis of Candu reactor using the RELAP5 system code

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    In this study, the response of CANDU-6 nuclear reactor to several transients are investigated. The simulation of the system is performed by using RELAP5 thermalhydraulic system code. AECL performes the transient simulations of CANDU reactor by using the FIREBIRD code, developed by AECL for thermal hydraulic analysis of CANDU. All analysis for LOCA and ECCS effectiveness were done by using the FIREBIRD code. The investigations concerning the RELAP5 analysis of CANDU system are too few. Better normal operating conditions are achieved, the effect of pipe interconnecting the outlet headers in a loop is observed. It is found that, with the reactor outlet headers interconnected, the system is stable to perturbations but would exhibit divergent pressure, quality and flow oscillations if the interconnection is removed and if the quality at the reactor outlet header region is greater than 1-2% but less than 8%, specific large (100% of flow area) and small (10% of flow area) breaks in both inlet and outlet headers and in the pump suction are analysed. Results indicate that, l00% break in the inlet header has more probability of fuel failure than the same size break in the outlet header. The worst break location is found to be the pump suction with a break size of 100%. Higher void fractions, higher outlet header quality and heat temperatures are observed in the large break transients than that of small break transients. For small break transients, the break location in the inlet header results higher void fraction, outlet header quality and sheath temperatures than that of outlet header break transients. Emergency core cooling system (ECCS) is found to be effective for the cases analysed. Initiating trip parameters and time for scram and ECCS injection is also investigated

  12. Mobile robotics for CANDU reactor maintenance: case studies and near-term improvements

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    Although robotics researchers have been promising that robotics would soon be performing tasks in hazardous environments, the reality has yet to live up to the hype. The presently available crop of robots suitable for deployment in industrial situations are remotely operated, requiring skilled users. This talk describes cases where mobile robots have been used successfully in CANDU stations, discusses the difficulties in using mobile robots for reactor maintenance, and provides near-term goals for achievable improvements in performance and usefulness. (author)

  13. An integrated control system and operator interface design for retubing of CANDU reactors

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    Experience gained during the successful retubing of four CANDU reactors at Pickering, Ontario, has led to the development of an integrated control system and operator interface which utilizes video and real time graphical animations for feedback. The system provides a uniform interface for many different tools, while the supervisory computer is able to provide prompts of potential problems and monitor the status of subsystems. (author)

  14. Numerical simulation of moderator flow and temperature distributions in a CANDU reactor vessel

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    This paper describes numerical predictions of the two-dimensional flow and temperature fields of an internally-heated liquid in a typical CANDU reactor vessel. Turbulence momentum and energy transport are simulated using the k-epsilon model. Both steady-state and transient results are discussed. The finite control volume analogues of the conservation equations are solved using a modified version of the TEACH code

  15. Long-term performance of the CANDU-type of vanadium self-powered neutron detectors in NRU

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    Leung, T.C. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada)]. E-mail: leungt@aecl.ca

    2007-07-01

    The CANDU-type of in-core vanadium self-powered neutron flux detectors have been installed in NRU to monitor the axial neutron flux distributions adjacent to the loop fuel test sites since 1996. This paper describes how the thermal neutron fluxes were measured at two monitoring sites, and presents a method of correcting the vanadium burn-up effect, which can be up to 2 to 3% per year, depending on the detector locations in the reactor. It also presents the results of measurements from neutron flux detectors that have operated for over eight-years in NRU. There is good agreement between the measured and simulated neutron fluxes, to within {+-} 6.5%, and the long-term performance of the CANDU-type of vanadium neutron flux detectors in NRU is satisfactory. (author)

  16. Long-term performance of the CANDU-type of vanadium self-powered neutron detectors in NRU

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    The CANDU-type of in-core vanadium self-powered neutron flux detectors have been installed in NRU to monitor the axial neutron flux distributions adjacent to the loop fuel test sites since 1996. This paper describes how the thermal neutron fluxes were measured at two monitoring sites, and presents a method of correcting the vanadium burn-up effect, which can be up to 2 to 3% per year, depending on the detector locations in the reactor. It also presents the results of measurements from neutron flux detectors that have operated for over eight-years in NRU. There is good agreement between the measured and simulated neutron fluxes, to within ± 6.5%, and the long-term performance of the CANDU-type of vanadium neutron flux detectors in NRU is satisfactory. (author)

  17. The effects of actinide based fuels on incremental cross sections in a Candu reactor

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    The reprocessing of spent fuel such as the extraction of actinide materials for use in mixed oxide fuels is a key component of reducing the end waste from nuclear power plant operations. Using recycled spent fuels in current reactors is becoming a popular option to help close the fuel cycle. In order to ensure safe and consistent operations in existing facilities, the properties of these fuels must be compatible with current reactor designs. This paper examines the features of actinide mixed oxide fuel, TRUMOX, in a CANDU reactor. Specifically, the effect of this fuel design on the incremental cross sections related to the use of adjuster rods is investigated. The actinide concentrations studied in this work were based on extraction from thirty year cooled spent fuel and mixed with natural uranium to yield a MOX fuel of 4.75% actinide by weight. The incremental cross sections were calculated using the DRAGON neutron transport code. The results for the actinide fuel were compared to those for standard natural uranium fuel and for a slightly enriched (1% U-235) fuel designed to reduce void reactivity. Adjuster reactivity effect calculations and void reactivity simulations were also performed. The impact of the adjuster on reactivity decreased by as much as 56% with TRUMOX fuel while the CVR was reduced by 71% due to the addition of central burnable poison. The incremental cross sections were largely affected by the use of the TRUMOX fuel primarily due to its increased level of fissile material (five times that of NU). The largest effects are in the thermal neutron group where the ΣT value is increased by 46.7%, the Σny) values increased by 13.0% and 9.9%. The value associated with thermal fission, υΣf, increased by 496.6% over regular natural uranium which is expected due to the much higher reactivity of the fuel. (author)

  18. Enhanced CANDU 6 (EC6): a proven mid-sized reactor with fuel cycle capability

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    Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) is finalizing development of the Enhanced CANDU 6 (EC6), which incorporates the CANDU 6's well-proven features, and enhancements that make the reactor even more safe and easier to operate. The EC6 is the only mid-sized reactor (700 MWe class) with a proven pedigree that meets modern reactor expectations and regulatory standards. It is sized for smaller grids and also has outstanding fuel-cycle capability. Changes are incremental and consistent with the CANDU 6 project approach. The EC6 utilizes modern computers and a distributed control system housed in an advanced control room which, along with automated testing and on-line diagnostics, make the plant easier and safer to operate, with minimal operator intervention. Containment and seismic capability are upgraded to meet modern standards. The first deployment of the EC6 is anticipated in Canada; international markets are also being pursued. AECL is performing a comprehensive review of the EC6 design in the wake of the Fukushima accident, will review lessons learned, and incorporate any necessary improvements into new build design. (author)

  19. A passive emergency heat sink for water-cooled reactors with particular application to CANDU reactors

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    Water in an overhead pool can serve as a general-purpose passive emergency heat sink for water-cooled reactors. It can be used for containment cooling, for emergency depressurization of the heat transport-system, or to receive any other emergency heat, such as that from the CANDU moderator. The passive emergency water system provides in-containment depressurization of steam generators and no other provision is needed for supply of low-pressure emergency water to the steam generators. For containment cooling, the pool supplies water to the tube side of elevated tube banks inside containment. The elevation with respect to the reactor heat source maximizes heat transport, by natural convection, of hot containment gases. This effective heat transport combines with the large heat-transfer coefficients of tube banks, to reduce containment overpressure during accidents. Cooled air from the tube banks is directed past the break in the heat-transport system, to facilitate removal of hydrogen using passive catalytic recombiners. (author)

  20. A passive emergency heat sink for water cooled reactors with particular application to CANDU reactors

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    Water in an overhead pool can serve as a general-purpose passive emergency heat sink for water-cooled reactors. It can be used for containment cooling, for emergency depressurization of the heat transport-system, or to receive any other emergency heat such as that from the CANDU moderator. The passive emergency water system provides in-containment depressurization of steam generators and no other provision is needed for supply of low-pressure emergency water to the steam generators. For containment cooling, the pool supplies water to the tube side of elevated tube banks inside containment. The elevation with respect to the reactor heat source maximizes heat transport, by natural convection, of hot containment gases. Their effective heat transport combines with the large heat-transfer coefficients of tube banks, thereby reducing containment overpressure during accidents. Cooled air from the tube banks is directed past the break in the heat-transport system, to facilitate removal of hydrogen using passive catalytic recombiners. (author)

  1. Economics of CANDU-PHW

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    The CANDU-Pressurized Heavy Water (CANDU-PHW) type of nuclear-electric generating station has been developed jointly by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Ontario Hydro. This paper discusses the cost of producing electricity from CANDU, presents actual cost experience of CANDU and coal in Ontario, presents projected CANDU and coal costs in Ontario and compares CANDU and Light Water Reactor cost estimates in Ontario

  2. A Model to Reproduce the Response of the Gaseous Fission Product Monitor (GFPM) in a CANDU{sup R} 6 Reactor (An Estimate of Tramp Uranium Mass in a Candu Core)

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    Mostofian, Sara; Boss, Charles [AECL Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, 2251 Speakman Drive, Mississauga Ontario L5K 1B2 (Canada)

    2008-07-01

    In a Canada Deuterium Uranium (Candu) reactor, the fuel bundles produce gaseous and volatile fission products that are contained within the fuel matrix and the welded zircaloy sheath. Sometimes a fuel sheath can develop a defect and release the fission products into the circulating coolant. To detect fuel defects, a Gaseous Fission Product Monitoring (GFPM) system is provided in Candu reactors. The (GFPM) is a gamma ray spectrometer that measures fission products in the coolant and alerts the operator to the presence of defected fuel through an increase in measured fission product concentration. A background fission product concentration in the coolant also arises from tramp uranium. The sources of the tramp uranium are small quantities of uranium contamination on the surfaces of fuel bundles and traces of uranium on the pressure tubes, arising from the rare defected fuel element that released uranium into the core. This paper presents a dynamic model that reproduces the behaviour of a GFPM in a Candu 6 plant. The model predicts the fission product concentrations in the coolant from the chronic concentration of tramp uranium on the inner surface of the pressure tubes (PT) and the surface of the fuel bundles (FB) taking into account the on-power refuelling system. (authors)

  3. Canflex: A fuel bundle to facilitate the use of enrichment and fuel cycles in CANDU reactors

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    The neutron economy of the CANDU reactor results in it being an ideal host for a number of resource-conserving fuel cycles, as well as a number of potential ''symbiotic'' fuel cycles, in which fuel discharged from light-water cooled reactors is recycled to extract the maximum energy from the residual fissile material before it is sent for disposal. The resource conserving fuel cycles include the natural-uranium, slightly-enriched-uranium and thorium fuel cycles. The ''LWR-symbiotic'' cycles include recovered uranium and various options for the direct use of spent LWR fuel in CANDU reactors. However, to achieve the maximum economic potential of these fuel-cycle options requires irradiation to burnups higher than that possible with natural uranium. To provide a basis for the economic use of these fuel cycles, a program is underway to develop and demonstrate a CANDU fuel bundle capable of both higher burnups and greater operating margins. This new bundle design is being developed jointly by AECL and KAERI, and uses smaller-diameter fuel elements in the outer ring of a 43-element bundle to reduce the maximum element ratings in a CANDU fuel bundle by 20% compared to the 37-element bundle currently in use. This allows operation to burnups greater than 21 MWd/KgU. A combination of this lower peak-element rating, plus development work underway at AECL to enhance the thermalhydraulic characteristics of the bundle (including both critical heat flux and bundle pressure drop), provides a greater operating margin for the bundle. This new bundle design is called CANFLEX, and the program for its development in Canada and Korea is described in this paper. (author). 19 refs, 5 figs

  4. Fission product release assessment for end fitting failure in Candu reactor loaded with CANFLEX-NU fuel bundles

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    Oh, Dirk Joo; Jeong, Chang Joon; Lee, Kang Moon; Suk, Ho Chun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

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    Fission product release (FPR) assessment for End Fitting Failure (EFF) in CANDU reactor loaded with CANFLEX-natural uranium (NU) fuel bundles has been performed. The predicted results are compared with those for the reactor loaded with standard 37-element bundles. The total channel I-131 release at the end of transient for EFF accident is calculated to be 380.8 TBq and 602.9 TBq for the CANFLEX bundle and standard bundle channel cases, respectively. They are 4.9% and 7.9% of total inventory, respectively. The lower total releases of the CANFLEX bundle O6 channel are attributed to the lower initial fuel temperatures caused by the lower linear element power of the CANFLEX bundle compared with the standard bundle. 4 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs. (Author)

  5. CANDU passive shutdown systems

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    CANDU incorporates two diverse, passive shutdown systems (Shutdown System No. 1 and Shutdown System No. 2) which are independent of each other and from the reactor regulating system. Both shutdown systems function in the low pressure, low temperature, moderator which surrounds the fuel channels; the shutdown systems do not penetrate the heat transport system pressure boundary. The shutdown systems are functionally different, physically separate, and passive since the driving force for SDS1 is gravity and the driving force for SDS2 is stored energy. The physics of the reactor core itself ensures a degree of passive safety in that the relatively long prompt neutron generation time inherent in the design of CANDU reactors tend to retard power excursions and reduces the speed required for shutdown action, even for large postulated reactivity increases. All passive systems include a number of active components or initiators. Hence, an important aspect of passive systems is the inclusion of fail safe (activated by active component failure) operation. The mechanisms that achieve the fail safe action should be passive. Consequently the passive performance of the CANDU shutdown systems extends beyond their basic modes of operation to include fail safe operation based on natural phenomenon or stored energy. For example, loss of power to the SDS1 clutches results in the drop of the shutdown rods by gravity, loss of power or instrument air to the injection valves of SDS2 results in valve opening via spring action, and rigorous self checking of logic, data and timing by the shutdown systems computers assures a fail safe reactor trip through the collapse of a fluctuating magnetic field or the discharge of a capacitor. Event statistics from operating CANDU stations indicate a significant decrease in protection system faults that could lead to loss of production and elimination of protection system faults that could lead to loss of protection. This paper provides a comprehensive

  6. The behaviour of transuranic mixed oxide fuel in a Candu-900 reactor

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    The production of transuranic actinide fuels for use in current thermal reactors provides a useful intermediary step in closing the nuclear fuel cycle. Extraction of actinides reduces the longevity, radiation and heat loads of spent material. The burning of transuranic fuels in current reactors for a limited amount of cycles reduces the infrastructure demand for fast reactors and provides an effective synergy that can result in a reduction of as much as 95% of spent fuel waste while reducing the fast reactor infrastructure needed by a factor of almost 13.5 [1]. This paper examines the features of actinide mixed oxide fuel, TRUMOX, in a CANDUR* nuclear reactor. The actinide concentrations used were based on extraction from 30 year cooled spent fuel and mixed with natural uranium in 3.1 wt% actinide MOX fuel. Full lattice cell modeling was performed using the WIMS-AECL code, super-cell calculations were analyzed in DRAGON and full core analysis was executed in the RFSP 2-group diffusion code. A time-average full core model was produced and analyzed for reactor coefficients, reactivity device worth and online fuelling impacts. The standard CANDU operational limits were maintained throughout operations. The TRUMOX fuel design achieved a burnup of 27.36 MWd/kg HE. A full TRUMOX fuelled CANDU was shown to operate within acceptable limits and provided a viable intermediary step for burning actinides. The recycling, reprocessing and reuse of spent fuels produces a much more sustainable and efficient nuclear fuel cycle. (authors)

  7. The behaviour of transuranic mixed oxide fuel in a Candu-900 reactor

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    Morreale, A. C.; Ball, M. R.; Novog, D. R.; Luxat, J. C. [Dept. of Engineering Physics, McMaster Univ., 1280 Main St. W, Hamilton, ON (Canada)

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    The production of transuranic actinide fuels for use in current thermal reactors provides a useful intermediary step in closing the nuclear fuel cycle. Extraction of actinides reduces the longevity, radiation and heat loads of spent material. The burning of transuranic fuels in current reactors for a limited amount of cycles reduces the infrastructure demand for fast reactors and provides an effective synergy that can result in a reduction of as much as 95% of spent fuel waste while reducing the fast reactor infrastructure needed by a factor of almost 13.5 [1]. This paper examines the features of actinide mixed oxide fuel, TRUMOX, in a CANDU{sup R}* nuclear reactor. The actinide concentrations used were based on extraction from 30 year cooled spent fuel and mixed with natural uranium in 3.1 wt% actinide MOX fuel. Full lattice cell modeling was performed using the WIMS-AECL code, super-cell calculations were analyzed in DRAGON and full core analysis was executed in the RFSP 2-group diffusion code. A time-average full core model was produced and analyzed for reactor coefficients, reactivity device worth and online fuelling impacts. The standard CANDU operational limits were maintained throughout operations. The TRUMOX fuel design achieved a burnup of 27.36 MWd/kg HE. A full TRUMOX fuelled CANDU was shown to operate within acceptable limits and provided a viable intermediary step for burning actinides. The recycling, reprocessing and reuse of spent fuels produces a much more sustainable and efficient nuclear fuel cycle. (authors)

  8. Economic Analysis on Direct Use of Spent Pressurized Water Reactor Fuel in CANDU Reactors - I: DUPIC Fuel Fabrication Cost

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    A preliminary conceptual design of a Direct Use of spent Pressurized water reactor (PWR) fuel In Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU) reactors (DUPIC) fuel fabrication plant was studied, which annually converts spent PWR fuel of 400 tonnes heavy element (HE) into CANDU fuel. The capital and operating costs were estimated from the viewpoint of conceptual design. Assuming that the annual discount rate is 5% during the construction (5 yr) and operation period (40 yr) and contingency is 25% of the capital cost, the levelized unit cost (LUC) of DUPIC fuel fabrication was estimated to be 616 $/kg HE, which is mostly governed by annual operation and maintenance costs that correspond to 63% of LUC. Among the operation and maintenance cost components being considered, the waste disposal cost has the dominant effect on LUC (∼49%). From sensitivity analyses of production capacity, discount rate, and contingency, it was found that the production capacity of the plant is the major parameter that affects the LUC

  9. A compact, low cost, tritium removal plant for CANDU-6 reactors

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    Tritium concentrations in CANDU-6 reactors are currently around 40 Ci/kg in moderator systems and around 1.5 Ci/kg in primary heat transport (PHT) systems. It is expected that tritium concentrations in moderator systems will continue to rise and will reach about 80 Ci/kg at maturity. A more detailed description of the increase in tritium concentrations in the moderator and PHT systems of CANDU-6 reactors is given in the next section of this paper. While moderator systems currently contribute more than 50% to tritium emissions, the impact of acute releases of moderator water is more severe at higher tritium concentrations. This impact can be substantially reduced by the addition of an isotope separation system for lowering the tritium level in the moderator system. In addition, lower tritium levels in CANDU systems will inevitably result in reduced occupational exposures, or will provide economic benefits due to ease of maintenance because less protective measures are required and maintenance activities can be more efficient

  10. Performance evaluation of two CANDU fuel elements tested in the TRIGA reactor

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    Nuclear Research Institute at Pitesti has a set of facilities, which allow the testing, manipulation and examination of nuclear fuel and structure materials irradiated in CANDU reactors from Cernavoda NPP. These facilities consist of TRIGA materials testing reactor and Post-Irradiation Examination Laboratory (LEPI). The purpose of this work is to describe the post-irradiation examination, of two experimental CANDU fuel elements (EC1 and EC2). The fuel elements were mounted into a pattern port, one in extension of the other in a measuring test for the central temperature evolution. The results of post-irradiation examination are obtained from: Visual inspection and photography of the outer appearance of sheath; Profilometry (diameter, bending, ovalization) and length measuring; Determination of axial and radial distribution of the fission products activity by gamma scanning; Measurement of pressure, volume and isotopic composition of fission gas; Microstructural characterization by metallographic and ceramographic analyzes; Isotopic composition and burn-up determination. The post-irradiation examination results are used, on one hand, to confirm the security, reliability and performance of the irradiated fuel, and on the other hand, for further development of CANDU fuel. (authors)

  11. Overview of methods to increase dryout power in CANDU fuel bundles

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    Groeneveld, D.C., E-mail: degroeneveld@gmail.com [Chalk River Laboratories, AECL, Chalk River (Canada); University of Ottawa, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ottawa (Canada); Leung, L.K.H. [Chalk River Laboratories, AECL, Chalk River (Canada); Park, J.H. [Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    Highlights: • Small changes in bundle geometry can have noticeable effects on the bundle CHF. • Rod spacing devices can results in increases of over 200% in CHF. • CHF enhancement decays exponentially downstream from spacers. • CHF-enhancing bundle appendages also increase the post-CHF heat transfer. - Abstract: In CANDU reactors some degradation in the CCP (critical channel power, or power corresponding to the first occurrence of CHF in any fuel channel) will occur with time because of ageing effects such as pressure-tube diametral creep, increase in reactor inlet-header temperature, increased hydraulic resistance of feeders. To compensate for the ageing effects, various options for recovering the loss in CCP are described in this paper. They include: (i) increasing the bundle heated perimeter, (ii) optimizing the bundle configuration, (iii) optimizing core flow and flux distribution, (iv) reducing the bundle hydraulic resistance, (v) use of CHF-enhancing bundle appendages, (vi) more precise experimentation, and (vii) redefining CHF. The increase in CHF power has been quantified based on experiments on full-scale bundles and subchannel code predictions. The application of several of these CHF enhancement principles has been used in the development of the 43-rod CANFLEX bundle.

  12. Requirements for the support power systems of CANDU nuclear power plants

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    This Standard covers principal criteria and requirements for design, fabrication, installation, qualification, inspection, and documentation for assurance that support power will be available as required. The minimum requirements for support power are determined by the special safety systems and other safety-related systems that must function to ensure that the public health risk is acceptably low. Support power systems of a CANDU nuclear power plant include those parts of the electrical systems and instrument air systems that are necessary for the operation of safety-related systems

  13. Isothermal flow measurement using planar PIV in the 1/4 scaled model of CANDU reactor

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    Im, Sunghyuk; Sung, Hyung Jin [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Han; Bang, In Cheol [UNIST, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyoung Tae [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    The local temperature of the moderator is a key parameter in determining the available subcooling. To predict the flow field and local temperature distribution in the calandria, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) started the experimental research on moderator circulation as one of a national R and D research programs from 2012. This research program includes the construction of the Moderator Circulation Test (MCT) facility, production of the validation data for self-reliant CFD tools, and development of optical measurement system using the Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) techniques. Small-scale 1/40 and 1/8 small-scale model tests were performed prior to installation of the main MCT facility to identify the potential problems of the flow visualization and measurement expected in the 1/4 scale MCT facility. In the 1/40 scale test, a flow field was measured with a PIV measurement technique under an iso-thermal state, and the temperature field was visualized using a LIF technique. In this experiment, the key point was to illuminate the region of interest as uniformly as possible since the velocity and temperature fields in the shadow regions were distorted and unphysical. In the 1/8 scale test, the flow patterns from the inlet nozzles to the top region of the tank were investigated using PIV measurement at two different positions of the inlet nozzle. For each position of laser beam exposure the measurement sections were divided to 7 groups to overcome the limitation of the laser power to cover the relatively large test section. The MCT facility is the large-scale facility designed to reproduce the important characteristics of moderator circulation in a CANDU6 calandria under a range of operating conditions. It is reduced in a 1/4 scale and a moderator test vessel is built to the specifications of the CANDU6 reactor design, where a working fluid is sub-cooled water with atmospheric pressure. Previous studies were

  14. Isothermal flow measurement using planar PIV in the 1/4 scaled model of CANDU reactor

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    The local temperature of the moderator is a key parameter in determining the available subcooling. To predict the flow field and local temperature distribution in the calandria, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) started the experimental research on moderator circulation as one of a national R and D research programs from 2012. This research program includes the construction of the Moderator Circulation Test (MCT) facility, production of the validation data for self-reliant CFD tools, and development of optical measurement system using the Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) techniques. Small-scale 1/40 and 1/8 small-scale model tests were performed prior to installation of the main MCT facility to identify the potential problems of the flow visualization and measurement expected in the 1/4 scale MCT facility. In the 1/40 scale test, a flow field was measured with a PIV measurement technique under an iso-thermal state, and the temperature field was visualized using a LIF technique. In this experiment, the key point was to illuminate the region of interest as uniformly as possible since the velocity and temperature fields in the shadow regions were distorted and unphysical. In the 1/8 scale test, the flow patterns from the inlet nozzles to the top region of the tank were investigated using PIV measurement at two different positions of the inlet nozzle. For each position of laser beam exposure the measurement sections were divided to 7 groups to overcome the limitation of the laser power to cover the relatively large test section. The MCT facility is the large-scale facility designed to reproduce the important characteristics of moderator circulation in a CANDU6 calandria under a range of operating conditions. It is reduced in a 1/4 scale and a moderator test vessel is built to the specifications of the CANDU6 reactor design, where a working fluid is sub-cooled water with atmospheric pressure. Previous studies were

  15. Candu fuel and fuel cycles

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    A primary rationale for Indonesia to proceed with a nuclear power program is to diversity its energy sources and achieve freedom from future resource constraints. While other considerations, such as economy of power supply, hedging against potential future increases in the price of fossil fuels, fostering the technological development of the Indonesia economy and minimizing greenhouse and other gaseous emissions are important, the strategic resource issue is key. In considering candidate nuclear power technologies upon which to base such a program, a major consideration will be the potential for those technologies to be economically sustained in the face of large future increases in demand for nuclear fuels. The technology or technologies selected should be amenable to evaluation in a rapidly changing technical, economic, resource and environmental policy. The world's proven uranium resources which can be economically recovered represent a fairly modest energy resource if utilization is based on the currently commercialized fuel cycles, even with the use of recovered plutonium in mixed oxide fuels. In the long term, fuel cycles relying solely on the use of light water reactors will encounter increasing fuel supply constraints. Because of its outstanding neutron economy and the flexibility of on-power refueling, CANDU reactors are the most fuel resource efficient commercial reactors and offer the potential for accommodating an almost unlimited variety of advanced and even more fuel efficient cycles. Most of these cycles utilize nuclear fuels which are too low grade to be used in light water reactors, including many products now considered to be waste, such as spent light water reactor fuel and reprocessing products such as recovered uranium. The fuel-cycle flexibility of the CANDU reactor provides a ready path to sustainable energy development in both the short and the long terms. Most of the potential CANDU fuel cycle developments can be accommodated in existing

  16. Management of radioactive wastes at power reactor sites in India

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    Indian nuclear power programme, at the present stage, is based on natural uranium fuelled heavy water moderated CANDU type reactors except for the first nuclear power station consisting of two units of enriched uranium fuelled, light water moderated, BWR type of reactors. Some of the salient aspects of radioactive waste management at power reactor sites in India are discussed. Brief reviews are presented on treatment of wastes, their disposal and environmental aspects. Indian experience in power reactor waste management is also summarised identifying some of the areas needing further work. (auth.)

  17. Study on advanced nuclear fuel cycle of PWR/CANDU synergism

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    According to the concrete condition that China has both PWR and CANDU reactors, one of the advanced nuclear fuel cycle strategy of PWR/CANDU synergism ws proposed, i.e. the reprocessed uranium of spent PWR fuel was used in CANDU reactor, which will save the uranium resource, increase the energy output, decrease the quantity of spent fuels to be disposed and lower the cost of nuclear power. Because of the inherent flexibility of nuclear fuel cycle in CANDU reactor, the transition from the natural uranium to the recycled uranium (RU) can be completed without any changes of the structure of reactor core and operation mode. Furthermore, because of the low radiation level of RU, which is acceptable for CANDU reactor fuel fabrication, the present product line of fuel elements of CANDU reactor only need to be shielded slightly, also the conditions of transportation, operation and fuel management need not to be changed. Thus this strategy has significant practical and economical benefit

  18. CANDU safety under severe accidents

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    The characteristics of the CANDU reactor relevant to severe accidents are set first by the inherent properties of the design, and second by the Canadian safety/licensing approach. Probabilistic safety assessment studies have been performed on operating CANDU plants, and on the 4 x 880 MW(e) Darlington station now under construction; furthermore a scoping risk assessment has been done for a CANDU 600 plant. They indicate that the summed severe core damage frequency is of the order of 5 x 10-6/year. CANDU nuclear plant designers and owner/operators share information and operational experience nationally and internationally through the CANDU Owners' Group (COG). The research program generally emphasizes the unique aspects of the CANDU concept, such as heat removal through the moderator, but it has also contributed significantly to areas generic to most power reactors such as hydrogen combustion, containment failure modes, fission product chemistry, and high temperature fuel behaviour. Abnormal plant operating procedures are aimed at first using event-specific emergency operating procedures, in cases where the event can be diagnosed. If this is not possible, generic procedures are followed to control Critical Safety Parameters and manage the accident. Similarly, the on-site contingency plans include a generic plan covering overall plant response strategy, and a specific plan covering each category of contingency

  19. Calibration method of liquid zone controller using the ex-core detector signal of CANDU 6 reactor

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    Highlights: ► We developed a new LZC calibration method and measurement system. ► Photo-neutron effect, reactor core size, and detector position were evaluated and tested. ► We applied the new method and system to Wolsong NPP Unit 1. ► The LZC calibration test was well completed, and the requirement of the test was satisfied. - Abstract: The Phase-B test (low-power reactor physics test) is one of the commissioning tests for Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactors that ensures the safe and reliable operation of the core during the design lifetime. The Phase-B test, which includes the approach to the first criticality at low reactor powers, is performed to verify the feasibility of the reactor’s physics design and to ensure the integrity of the control and protection facilities. The commissioning testing of pressurized heavy water moderated reactors (PHWRs) is usually performed only once (at the initial commissioning after construction). The large-scale facilities of the Wolsong nuclear power plant (NPP) Unit 1 have been gradually improved since May 2009 to extend its lifetime. The refurbishment was completed in April 2011 – then this NPP has been in operation again. We discusses the new methodology and measurement system that uses an ex-core detector signal for liquid zone controller (LZC) calibration of the Phase-B test instead of conventional methods. The inverse kinetic equation in the reactivity calculator is modified to treat the 17 delayed neutron groups including 11 photo-neutron fractions. The signal acquisition resolution of the reactivity calculator was enhanced and installed reactivity calculating module by each channel. The ex-core detector was confirmed to be applicable to a large reactor core, such as the CANDU 6 by comparison with the in-core flux detector signal. A preliminary test was performed in Wolsong NPP Unit 2 to verify the robustness of the reactivity calculator. This test convincingly demonstrated that the reactivity calculator

  20. Oxidation and deuterium uptake of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes in CANDU-PHW reactors

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    Oxidation and deuterium uptake in Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes are being monitored by destructive examination of tubes removed from commercial Canadian deuterium uranium pressurized heavy-water (CANDU-PHW) stations and by analyses of microsamples, obtained in-situ, from the inside surface of tubes in the reactor. Unlike Zircaloy-2, there is no evidence for any acceleration in the oxidation rate for exposures up to about 4500 effective full power days. Changes towards a more equilibrium microstructure during irradiation may be partly responsible for maintaining the low oxidation rate, since thermal aging treatments, producing similar microstructural changes in initially cold worked tubes, were found to improve out-reactor corrosion resistance in 589 K water. With one exception, the deuterium uptake in Zr-2.5Nb tubes has been remarkably low and no greater than 3-mg/kg deuterium per year (0.39 mg/dm2 hydrogen per year) . The exception is the most recent surveillance tube removed from Pickering (NGS) Unit 3, which had a deuterium content near the outlet end about five times higher than that seen in the previous tube examined. Current investigations suggest that most of the uptake in that tube may have come from the gas annulus surrounding the tube where deuterium exists as an impurity, and oxidation has been insufficient to maintain a protective oxide film. Results from weight gain measurements, chemical analyses, metallography, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy of irradiated pressure tubes and of small coupons exposed out reactor are presented and discussed with respect to the observed corrosion and hydriding behavior of CANDU-PHW pressure tubes. (author)

  1. A study on the direct use of spent PWR fuel in CANDU reactors. DUPIC facility engineering

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    Park, Hyun Soo; Lee, Jae Sul; Choi, Jong Won [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

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    This report summarizes the second year progress of phase II of DUPIC program which aims to verify experimentally the feasibility of direct use of spent PWR fuel in CANDU reactors. The project is to provide the experimental facilities and technologies that are required to perform the DUPIC experiment. As an early part of the project, engineering analysis of those facilities and construction of mock-up facility are described. Another scope of the project is to assess the DUPIC fuel cycle system and facilitate international cooperation. The progresses in this scope of work made during the fiscal year are also summarized in the report. 38 figs, 44 tabs, 8 refs. (Author).

  2. The development of a remote gauging and inspection capability for fuel channels in Candu reactors

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    Equipment under development for the inspection and gauging of pressure tubes in CANDU (Canadian Deuterium Uranium) type reactors is described. A brief overview of the mechanical scanning system is presented followed by a detailed description of the measurement and data processing systems for the gauging of diameter and wall thickness, volumetric inspection of the tube wall and gauging of the annular gap between the pressure tube and the calandria tube. Experience of testing ultrasonic transducers in very high (106 Roentgens/hour)(R/h) radiation fields is reviewed. (author)

  3. CANDU fuel performance

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    The paper presents a review of CANDU fuel performance including a 28-element bundle for Pickering reactors, a 37-element bundle for the Bruce and Darlington reactors, and a 37-element bundle for the CANDU-6 reactors. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of fuel defect formation and propagation and definition of fuel element operating thresholds for normal operation and accident conditions. (author)

  4. Pressure tube life management in CANDU-6 nuclear plant

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    Operating parameters of pressure tube in CANDU-6 reactor, the relation between pressure tube life and plant life improvement of pressure tube by AECL in past years were summarized, and the factors affecting pressure tube life, idea and main measures of pressure tube life management in QINSHAN CANDU-6 power plant introduced

  5. An advanced CANDU reactor with supercritical water coolant: conceptual design features

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    AECL is studying an advanced CANDU reactor concept, with supercritical steam as coolant. The coolant, being a high density gas, at a pressure above 22 MPa and temperatures above 370 deg C, does not encounter the two-phase region with its associated fuel-dryout and flow-instability problems. Increased coolant temperature leads directly to increased plant thermodynamic efficiency, thereby reducing unit energy cost through reduced specific capital cost and reduced fueling cost. The reduced coolant in-core density leads to sufficiently reduced void reactivity, so that light water becomes a coolant option. The use of supercritical water coolant also opens up the possibility of enhanced safety with a natural circulation primary flow, taking advantage of the gas expansion coefficient. To preserve neutron economy, especially at high coolant temperatures, a fuel channel that is currently being developed has a pressure tube that is thermally insulated from high-temperature coolant and is in contact with the cold heavy-water moderator. Two stages of development of a supercritical-cooled CANDU reactor were identified. The first uses conventional or near-conventional zirconium-alloy fuel cladding with coolant core-mean temperatures near 400 deg C, and the second uses advanced high-temperature fuel cladding at coolant core-mean temperatures near 500 deg C. A first-stage cost reduction of 20% from the CANDU 6 design is estimated as a result of improved thermodynamic efficiency. A large change in coolant density across the core leads to a factor 3 or 4 reduction in heavy-water inventory and a corresponding reduction in coolant void reactivity. The latter leads to improved fuel burnup and reduced demands on the safety shutdown systems. (author)

  6. Maintenance of ageing CANDU reactors. A regulatory perspective

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    The subject of this paper is, 'requirements for maintenance of ageing reactors from the perspective of a regulator', with a focus on the particular theme of; 'continuing safety assurance'. A major role of maintenance is to ensure the continuing reliability and effectiveness of safety related systems and equipment. Continuing safety assurance is an issue the Atomic Energy Control Board has been wrestling with for some time. From my perspective, much remains to be done before the AECB can be confident that Canadian nuclear plants have the necessary programs in place to achieve continuing safety assurance. To introduce the topic, it would be appropriate to say a few words about the AECB's position with respect to the situation at the Pickering NGS. Why did we blow the whistle last August and, what are we doing about it? (author)

  7. Subchannel analysis for thorium-based advanced CANDU reactor

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    This paper presents the subchannel thermal hydraulic analysis in different thorium loading modes, different power and different lifetime using ASSERT-PVV3R1, a subchannel computer code developed by ACEL, to determine the best loading mode from the point of view of subchannel thermal hydraulics. According to the results for subchannel the mass flux, void fraction and outset of dry power, a best loading mode is established from the point of view of being calm and security to power, i.e., the loading mode of ThO2 and SEU mixing in pellets is obviously better than the loading mode in which the only ThO2 is loaded in the internal eight rods. (authors)

  8. Korea signs for 2nd CANDU at Wolsong

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    The sale of a second CANDU 6 reactor to Korea for the Wolsong site is discussed in relation to nuclear power in Korea, the Korean economy generally, Canadian trade with Korea, and cooperation between AECL and KAERI

  9. The thermalhydraulic behavior of CANDU 600 reactor core fuelled with SEU 43

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    CANDU 600 nuclear reactors are usually fuelled with Standard 37 rods fuel bundles, and natural uranium (NU) dioxide (UO2) is used as fuel composition. A new fuel bundle geometry is proposed with 43 rods and slightly enriched uranium fuel (SEU 43 with 0.96% enrichment of 235U). In this paper a comparative analysis of the behavior of the primary circuit during a LOCA 35% RIH accident is performed for two core types (normal core 37 pin/bundles and a 43 pin/bundles proposed core). This kind of accident is considered to be a severe accident for CANDU type fuel elements. This analysis uses FIREBIRD code coupled with bipoint kinetics module. The bipoint kinetics module includes the models for the neutronic measurement instrumentation (the platinum detectors and the ion chambers) and the RRS (Reactor Regulating System) module. For the large LOCA, the RRS is of no effect, therefore the RRS option was not used for this analysis. The main conclusions of the analysis are the following: in this case of 35% RIH, LOCA, the thermalhydraulic behavior of the 43 pin/bundles core is better than the normal core. while the fuel and the sheath temperature reached not the melting point. (authors)

  10. Chemistry aspects of the source term formation for a severe accident in a CANDU type reactor

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    Constantin, A.; Constantin, M. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania)

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    The progression of a severe accident in a CANDU type reactor is slow because the core is surrounded by a large quantity of heavy and light water which acts as a heat sink to remove the decay heat. Therefore, the source term formation is a complex and long process involving fission products transport and releasing in the fuel matrix, thermal hydraulics of the transport fluid in the primary heat system and containment, deposition and transport of fission products, chemistry including the interaction with the dousing system, structural materials and paints, etc. The source term is strongly dependent on initial conditions and accident type. The paper presents chemistry aspects for a severe accident in a CANDU type reactor, in terms of the retention in the primary heat system. After releasing from the fuel elements, the fission products suffer a multitude of phenomena before they are partly transferred into the containment region. The most important species involved in the deposition were identified. At the same time, the influence of the break position in the transfer fractions from the primary heat system to the containment was investigated. (orig.)

  11. Research on the separation of hydrogen isotopes from liquid wastes from CANDU nuclear reactors

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    The separation of hydrogen isotopes is very important in operation of CANDU nuclear reactors fueled with natural uranium. This paper refers to separation of tritium from liquid wastes from CANDU nuclear reactors. The tritium recovery from wastes is of importance for the following reasons: - the process has a high nuclear yield; - it contributes to the radioprotection of operation personnel and environment. The separation has been carried out through isotope exchange process between hydrogen and liquid water using metal/support catalysts. Pt/SDB/PS were used as catalysts. The experiments were performed under the following conditions: - radioactive concentration of tritiated heavy water, 4.34 mCi/ml; - pressure, 1 atm; - temperature of exchange column, 26-33 deg. C; - deuterium concentration, 10 % D/(D+H); - migration speed through catalytic bed, 0.02-0.34 m/s; - contact time: 0.22-7.2 s. The experiments have showed the catalytic efficiency of Pt/SDB/PS for both deuterium exchange and tritium exchange. The results showed that the deuterium exchange is faster than that of tritium and that, due to the high catalytic efficiency of the catalyst used, it is particularly adequate for tritium separation from liquid wastes. (authors)

  12. Elasto-plastic behaviour of the pressure tube (Zr-2.5Nb%) of CANDU reactor

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    To ensure the structural integrity and meet the safety conditions in the pressure tubes of Cernavoda CANDU type reactor, subjected to a severe thermodynamic operational environment (operation temperature 560 K - 585 K, tangential stress coefficient σe = 110-130 MPa), to the corroding ambient and to the radiation field (a fast neutron flux of 1017 n/m2s), the knowledge of mechanical parameter evolution, along the lifetime span (about 30 - 40 years), is needed. The present work reports the materials data of samples extracted from a pressure tube of Cernavoda reactor (alloy-Zr97.5Nb2.5), axially submitted, to ambient and 300 deg. C temperatures. The thermodynamic stress monitoring and the experimental data acquisition and processing were carried out by an analog-to-digital converter. The experimental data obtained by this procedure were correlated rather well by means of the Hsu-Bertels law, adequate to describe the mechanical fatigue of elasto-plastic materials. The parameters determined are used in computing and predicting the behaviour of CANDU pressure tube in normal operation conditions

  13. A Model to Reproduce the Response of the Gaseous Fission Product Monitor (GFPM) in a CANDUR 6 Reactor (An Estimate of Tramp Uranium Mass in a Candu Core)

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    In a Canada Deuterium Uranium (Candu) reactor, the fuel bundles produce gaseous and volatile fission products that are contained within the fuel matrix and the welded zircaloy sheath. Sometimes a fuel sheath can develop a defect and release the fission products into the circulating coolant. To detect fuel defects, a Gaseous Fission Product Monitoring (GFPM) system is provided in Candu reactors. The (GFPM) is a gamma ray spectrometer that measures fission products in the coolant and alerts the operator to the presence of defected fuel through an increase in measured fission product concentration. A background fission product concentration in the coolant also arises from tramp uranium. The sources of the tramp uranium are small quantities of uranium contamination on the surfaces of fuel bundles and traces of uranium on the pressure tubes, arising from the rare defected fuel element that released uranium into the core. This paper presents a dynamic model that reproduces the behaviour of a GFPM in a Candu 6 plant. The model predicts the fission product concentrations in the coolant from the chronic concentration of tramp uranium on the inner surface of the pressure tubes (PT) and the surface of the fuel bundles (FB) taking into account the on-power refuelling system. (authors)

  14. Best estimate analysis of loss of flow events at CANDU nuclear power plants

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    During plant operation there is a potential for a loss of forced circulation in the primary heat transport system due to a Loss of Class IV power to an single electrical bus, which leads to a loss of a main heat transport pump, or through a failure of power to multiple busses or to the plant which will lead to the loss of 2 or all 4 pumps. Historically, nuclear safety analysis for these events have adopted bounding assumptions for key parameters to ensure that the outcome of the analysis would envelope those expected during an event, and did not take credit for possible process system mitigation. While this provided conservative estimates of the consequences of these events, and met the analysis requirements for licensing at the time, the existing analyses do not provide any knowledge on true response of the plant. The objective of this work is to perform best estimate and deterministic analyses, including the impact of anticipated Reactor Regulating System actions for Loss of Flow (LOF) events in a CANDU station, and to provide the sensitivities to process system component availability. This initial work will feed into downstream Best Estimate and Uncertainty (BEAU) which will explicitly account for the uncertainties in the key parameters, and will eventually provide a measure of the true safety margins for these events. (author)

  15. Subchannel Analysis for enhancing the fuel performance in CANDU reactor

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    The effect of the fuel rod geometry in a fuel bundle using the subchannel code ASSERT has been evaluated to design the fuel bundle having the advanced fuel performance. Based on the configuration of standard 37-element fuel bundle, the element diameter of fuel rods in each ring has been changed while that of fuel rods in other rings is kept as the original size. The dryout power of each element in a fuel bundle has been obtained for the modified fuel bundle and compared with that of a standard fuel bundle. From the calculated mixture enthalpy and void fraction of each subchannel, it was found that the modification of element diameter largely affects to the thermal characteristics of the subchannel on the upper region of a modified element by the buoyancy drift effect. The optimized geometry in a fuel bundle has been suggested from the consideration of the change of void reactivity as well as the dryout power of a bundle. The dependency of the transverse interchange model on the present results has been checked by examining the dryout power of a bundle for the different mixing coefficient and buoyancy drift model

  16. Control and instrumentation systems for the 600 MWe CANDU PHW nuclear power plants

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    The control and instrumentation systems for CANDU power plants are designed for high reliability and availabilty to meet stringent safety and operational requirements. To achieve these goals a 'defence-in-depth' design philosophy is employed. The diversely functioning systems designed to satisfy these requirements are described, along with the extensive use of computers for important plant control and man-machine functions

  17. Decrease of the CANDU spent nuclear waste inventories in fusion-fission (hybrid) reactors

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    The possibility of spent nuclear fuel rejuvenation in fusion reactors is investigated for both (D,T) and catalyzed (D,D) modes. The analysis is conducted for a CANDU spent nuclear fuel which was used up to a total enrichment grade of 0.418%. The behavior of the spent fuel is observed during 48 months for discrete time intervals of Δt = 6 months. The cooling of the fissile fuel zone is considered with three different coolants, notably gas (preferably He), Flibe (Li2BeF4) and natural lithium. A rejuvenation period of 8 months is evaluated for a final fissile fuel enrichment grade of 1% for all coolant types in the fissile zone under a first-wall fusion neutron current load of 1,014 (2.45-MeV n/cm2.s) and 1,014 (14.1-MeV n/cm2.x), corresponding to 2.64 MW/m2 by a plant factor of 75% for the catalyzed (D,D) fusion reactor mode. The rejuvenation period increases to 12 months for the same fissile fuel enrichment grade using the (D,T) fusion reactor mode under a first-wall fusion neutron current load of 1,014 (2.45-MeV n/cm2.s), corresponding to 2.25 MW/m2 by a plant factor of 75%. This enrichment would be sufficient for a re-utilization in a CANDU reactor

  18. Canadian power reactor fuel

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    The following subjects are covered: the basic CANDU fuel design, the history of the bundle design, the significant differences between CANDU and LWR fuel, bundle manufacture, fissile and structural materials and coolants used in the CANDU fuel program, fuel and material behaviour, and performance under irradiation, fuel physics and management, booster rods and reactivity mechanisms, fuel procurement, organization and industry, and fuel costs. (author)

  19. CANDU fuel cycle options in Korea

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    The easiest first step in CANDU fuel-cycle evolution may be the use of slightly enriched uranium (SEU), including recovered uranium from reprocessed LWR spent fuel. Relatively low enrichment (up to 1.2%) will result in a twoto three-fold reduction in the quantity of spent fuel per unit energy production, reductions in fuel-cycle costs, and greater flexibility in the design of new reactors. The CANFLEX (CANDU FLEXible) fuel bundle would be the optimal fuel carrier. A country that has both CANDU and PWR reactors can exploit the natural synergism between these two reactor types to minimize overall waste production, and maximize energy derived from the fuel. This synergism can be exploited through several different fuel cycles. A high burnup CANDU MOX fuel design could be used to utilize plutonium from conventional reprocessing or more advanced reprocessing options (such as co-processing). DUPIC (Direct Use of Spent PWR Fuel In CANDU) represents a recycle option that has a higher degree of proliferation resistance than does conventional reprocessing, since it uses only dry processes for converting spent PWR fuel into CANDU fuel, without separating the plutonium. Good progress is being made in the current KAERI, AECL, and U.S. Department of State program in demonstrating the technical feasibility of DUPIC. In the longer term, CANDU reactors offer even more dramatic synergistic fuel cycles with PWR or FBR reactors. If the objective of a national fuel-cycle program is the minimization of actinide waste or destruction of long-lived fission products, then studies have shown the superiority of CANDU reactors in meeting this objective. Long-term energy security can be assured either through the thorium cycle or through a CANDU 1 FBR system, in which the FBR would be operated as a 'fuel factory,' providing the fissile material to power a number of lower-cost, high efficiency CANDU reactors. In summary, the CANDU reactor's simple fuel design, high neutron economy, and on

  20. Detecting, locating and identifying failed fuel in Canadian power reactors

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    This document summarizes how defected fuel elements are detected, located and identified in Canadian CANDU power reactors. Fuel defects are detected by monitoring the primary coolant for gaseous fission products and radioiodines, while location in core is usually performed on-power by delayed neutron monitoring of coolant samples from individual fuel channels or off-power by gamma-ray monitoring of the channel feeder pipes. The systems and techniques used to detect and locate defected fuel in both Ontario Hydro and CANDU 6 power stations are described, along with examples provided by station experience. The ability to detect and locate defected fuel in power stations was greatly enhanced by a fundamental R and D program, which provided an understanding and models of fission-product release and transport, and the post-defect deterioration of failed fuel. Techniques and equipment used to identify and store defected fuel after it has been discharged from the reactor are briefly reviewed

  1. Reactor power measuring device

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    The present invention provides a self-powered long detector having a sensitivity over the entire length of a reactor core as an entire control rod withdrawal range of a BWR type reactor, and a reactor power measuring device using a gamma ray thermometer which scarcely causes sensitivity degradation. That is, a hollow protection pipe is disposed passing through the reactor core from the outside of a reactor pressure vessel. The self-powered long detectors and the gamma ray thermometers are inserted and installed in the protection pipe. An average reactor power in an axial direction of the reactor relative to a certain position in the horizontal cross section of the reactor core is determined based on the power of the self-powered long detector over the entire length of the reactor core. Since the response of the self-powered detector relative to a local power change is rapid, the output is used as an input signal to a safety protection device of the reactor core. Further, a gamma ray thermometer secured in the reactor and having scarce sensitivity degradation is used instead of an incore travelling neutron monitor used for relative calibration of an existent neutron monitor secured in the reactor. (I.S.)

  2. Advanced CANDU reactor: an optimized energy source of oil sands application

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is developing the ACR-700TM (Advanced CANDU Reactor-700TM) to meet customer needs for reduced capital cost, shorter construction schedule, high capacity factor while retaining the benefits of the CANDU experience base. The ACR-700 is based on the concept of CANDU horizontal fuel channels surrounded by heavy water moderator. The major innovation of this design is the use of slightly enriched uranium fuel in a CANFLEX bundle that is cooled by light water. This ensures: higher main steam pressures and temperatures providing higher thermal efficiency; a compact and simpler reactor design with reduced capital costs and shorter construction schedules; and reduced heavy water inventory compared to existing CANDU reactors. ACR-700 is not only a technically advanced and cost effective solution for electricity generating utilities, but also a low-cost, long-life and sustainable steam source for increasing Alberta's Oil Sand production rates. Currently practiced commercial surface mining and extraction of Oil Sand resources has been well established over the last three decades. But a majority of the available resources are somewhat deeper underground require in-situ extraction. Economic removal of such underground resources is now possible through the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) process developed and proto-type tested in-site. SAGD requires the injection of large quantities of high-pressure steam into horizontal wells to form reduced viscosity bitumen and condensate mixture that is then collected at the surface. This paper describes joint AECL studies with CERI (Canadian Energy Research Institute) for the ACR, supplying both electricity and medium-pressure steam to an oil sands facility. The extensive oil sands deposits in northern Alberta are a very large energy resource. Currently, 30% of Canda's oil production is from the oil sands and this is expected to expand greatly over the coming decade. The bitumen deposits in the

  3. Analysis of surveillance test interval by Markov process for SDS1 in CANDU nuclear power plants

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    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) requires that each shutdown system (SDS) of CANDU plant should be available more than 99.9% of the reactor operating time and be tested periodically. The compliance with the availability requirement should be demonstrated using the component failure rate data and the benefits of the tests. There are many factors that should be considered in determining the surveillance test interval (STI) for the SDSs. These includes: the desired target availability, the actual unavailability, the probability of spurious trips, the test duration, and the side effects such as wear-out, human errors, and economic burdens. A Markov process model is developed to study the effect of test interval in the shutdown system number one (SDS1) in this paper. The model can provide the quantitative data required for selecting the STI. Representing the state transitions in the SDS1 by a time-homogeneous Markov process, the model can be used to quantify the effect of surveillance test durations and interval on the unavailability and the spurious trip probability. The model can also be used to analyze the variation of the core damage probability with respect to changes in the test interval once combined with the conditional core damage model derived from the event trees and the fault trees of probabilistic safety assessment (PSA) of the nuclear power plant (NPP)

  4. The Advanced Candu reactor annunciation system - Compliance with IEC standard and US NRC guidelines

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    Annunciation is a key plant information system that alerts Operations staff to important changes in plant processes and systems. Operational experience at nuclear stations worldwide has shown that many annunciation implementations do not provide the support needed by Operations staff in all plant situations. To address utility needs for annunciation improvement in Candu plants, AECL in partnership with Canadian Candu utilities, undertook an annunciation improvement program in the early nineties. The outcome of the research and engineering development program was the development and simulator validation of alarm processing, display, and information presentation techniques that provide practical and effective solutions to key operational deficiencies with earlier annunciation implementations. The improved annunciation capabilities consist of a series of detection, information processing and presentation functions called the Candu Annunciation Message List System (CAMLS). The CAMLS concepts embody alarm processing, presentation and interaction techniques, and strategies and methods for annunciation system configuration to ensure improved annunciation support for all plant situations, especially in upset situations where the alarm generation rate is high. The Advanced Candu Reactor (ACR) project will employ the CAMLS annunciation concepts as the basis for primary annunciation implementations. The primary annunciation systems will be implemented from CAMLS applications hosted on AECL Advanced Control Centre Information System (ACCIS) computing technology. The ACR project has also chosen to implement main control room annunciation aspects in conformance with the following international standard and regulatory review guide for control room annunciation practice: International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62241 - Main Control Room, Alarm Function and Presentation (International standard) US NRC NUREG-0700 - Human-System Interface Design Review Guidelines, Section 4

  5. CFD analysis of the 37-element fuel channel for CANDU6 reactor

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    We analyzed the thermal-hydraulic behavior of coolant flow along fuel bundles with appendages of end support plate, spacer pad, and bearing pad, which are the CANDU6 characteristic design. The computer code used is a commercial CFD code, CFX-12. The present CFD analysis model calculates the conjugate heat transfer between the fuel and coolant. Using the same volumetric heat source as the O6 channel, the CFD predictions of the axial temperature distributions of the fuel element are compared with those by the CATHENA (one-dimensional safety analysis code for CANDU6 reactor). It is shown that CFX-12 predictions are in good agreement with those by the CATHENA code for the single liquid convection region (especially before the axial position of the first half of the channel length). However, the CFD analysis at the second half of the fuel channel, where the two-phase flow is expected to occur, over-predicts the fuel temperature, since the wall boiling model is not considered in the present CFD model. (author)

  6. The blister phenomena in relation to pressure tube integrity in CANDU reactor

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    Zirconium alloy pressure tubes in CANDU type PHWR reactors are exposed to aqueous conditions embracing high temperature, fast neutron flux and high pressure. Two properties, dimension and hydrogen concentration, represent the main properties where changes are important to the life of a pressure tube. Rupture of a cold worked Zircaloy-2 pressure tube in Pickering Unit 2 in 1983 occurred when a crack developed from an array of hydride blisters. These have been observed on the outside surface of the pressure tube where it contacted the surrounding calandria tube. The contact of the pressure tube with the calandria tube can occur during the operation time and produces in the pressure tube a localized cooling. The consequence of the local heating of the calandria tube is some localized hydride precipitation. Under certain conditions, hydrogen will migrate down the temperature gradient and accumulate in the coldest region. Such precipitation, when it occurs under operating conditions, is considered to be the start of blister formation. When the blister cracking threshold is reached, the blister cracking can initiate a crack on the tube body. The failure mechanisms in zirconium alloy pressure tubes involve the presence of hydrogen in the initiation process and then a propagation process. If crack, originating from a hydride blister on the outside of the pressure tube, is developed then crack growth is possible in the axial direction to a partial thickness unstable length. Unstable pressure tube rupture is an event in a CANDU reactor that has potentially serious economic and safety consequences and reactor operation under conditions which entail the risk of such failure should be avoided. (authors)

  7. Ludwig: A Training Simulator of the Safety Operation of a CANDU Reactor

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    Gustavo Boroni

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the application Ludwig designed to train operators of a CANDU Nuclear Power Plant (NPP by means of a computer control panel that simulates the response of the evolution of the physical variables of the plant under normal transients. The model includes a close set of equations representing the principal components of a CANDU NPP plant, a nodalized primary circuit, core, pressurizer, and steam generators. The design of the application was performed using the object-oriented programming paradigm, incorporating an event-driven process to reflect the action of the human operators and the automatic control system. A comprehensive set of online graphical displays are provided giving an in-depth understanding of transient neutronic and thermal hydraulic response of the power plant. The model was validated against data from a real transient occurring in the Argentine NPP Embalse Río Tercero, showing good agreement. However, it should be stressed that the aim of the simulator is in the training of operators and engineering students.

  8. Thermalhydraulic analysis of Candu 6 100% reactor outlet header break using RELAP5 code

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    Dupleac, D.; Prisecaru, I.; Ghitescu, P. [Power Plant Engineering Faculty, Politehnica University, Bucharest (Romania); Negut, G. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania)

    2007-07-01

    One of the postulated large break losses of coolant accident (LBLOCA) in a Candu reactor is the Reactor Outlet Header (ROH) break. After such an event, the normal coolant flow in the channels downstream the break is disrupted and late stagnation occurs after the pump head is degraded and before emergency core cooling (ECC) injection takes place. Given that the fuel decay and stored energy decreased significantly by that time, the heatup of the fuel sheath is much lower than in the case of 35% Reactor Inlet Header (RIH) break. However, the coolant pressure is much lower than the corresponding one at the 35% RIH break.The combination of a high fuel clad temperature and coolant low-pressure lead to more fuel failure events. Thus, the 100% ROH break has the highest potential for radioactivity release. The paper presents the thermal hydraulic analyses of a 100% reactor outlet header break. The study is done with RELAP5/SCDAP mod 3.4 and the results were compared with those of CATHENA. RELAP5 predicts a slightly faster inventory loss, an extended flow stagnation period and a higher clad temperature.

  9. A catalogue of advanced fuel cycles in CANDU-PHW reactors

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    A catalogue raisonne is presented of various advanced fuel cycle options which have the potential of substantially improving the uranium utilization for CANDU-PHW reactors. Three categories of cycles are: once-through cycles without recovery of fissile materials, cycles that depend on the recovery and recycle of fissile materials in thorium or uranium, cycles that depend primarily on the production of fissile material in a fertile blanket by means of an intense neutron source other than fission, such as an accelerator breeder. Detailed tables are given of the isotopic compositions of the feed and discharge fuels, the logistics of materials and processes required to sustain each of the cycles, and tables of fuel cycle costs based on a method of continuous discounting of cash flow

  10. Ultrasonic measurement of gap between calandria tube and liquid injection nozzle in CANDU reactor

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    Calandria tube wrapping each pressure tube is one of the key structural components of CANDU reactor(Calandria) which is consisted of many pressure tubes containing nuclear fuel assemblies. As the Calandria tube(made of zirconium alloy) is sagging due to its thermal and irradiation creep during the plant operation, ti possibly contacts with liquid injection nozzle crossing beneath the Calandria tube, which subsequently results in difficulties on the safe operation. It is therefore necessary to check the gap for the confirmation of no contacts between the two tubes, Calandria tube and liquid injection tube, with a proper measure during the life of plant. In this study, an ultrasonic measurement method was selected among several methods investigated. The ultrasonic device being developed for the measurement of the gap was introduced and its preliminary performance test results were presented here. The gap between LIN and CT at site was measured using by this ultrasonic device at site

  11. Sizing cracks in thin-walled CANDU reactor pressure tubes using crack-tip diffraction

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    The most practical nondestructive means of measuring the depth of cracks approximately 0.4 mm deep in CANDU reactor pressure tubes is the ultrasonic crack-tip diffraction method. Initially, optimum ultrasonic parameters for wave mode, transducer frequency, main-bang pulse characteristics, incident and diffracted angles were obtained on three fatigue cracks, based on the criteria of maximum signal amplitude and accuracy in determination of crack depth. In addition, three signal processing techniques, auto and cross-correlation, rectification and smoothing and the magnitude of the analytic signal, were used to obtain time measurements. The results of these measurements are presented. Except for the first fatigue crack, the depth calculations were accurate to within the specified range of ± 0.1 mm

  12. Suitability of CR-39 dosimeters for personal dosimetry around CANDU reactors

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    The capabilities and limitations of CR-39 damage track detectors have been evaluated for their use as personal neutron dosimeters around CANDU reactors. Since the energy response is a critical characteristic, the neutron energy spectra expected within CANDU containments were studied. In the boiler rooms, around the moderator cooling systems, and in most of the fueling machine vaults, the spectra vary considerably, but the majority of the dose is expected to be delivered by neutrons above 80 keV, the approximate threshold for electrochemically-etched CR-39 detectors. In the Pickering A fueling machine vault, and in areas in other stations to which neutrons from reactors have been multiply scattered, lower energy neutrons may be important. In nearly all areas where people work, it appears that working times will be limited by gamma rays rather than by neutrons. The characteristics of other neutron dosimeters - bubble and superheated drop detectors, albedo detectors, and Si real-time detectors - were also reviewed. For workers who typically receive neutron doses that are small compared with regulatory limits, CR-39 is the most suitable available dosimeter for demonstrating compliance. All single dosimeters have poor angular response over the range 0 to 180 degrees because of the shielding of the body. Albedo and Si detectors have particularly poor energy responses over the energy range of importance. Bubble and superheated drop detectors have the advantages of immediate readout and high sensitivity, but the disadvantages of inability to integrate doses over a long period, temperature dependence, very limited range and higher cost. (Author) (110 refs., 45 figs.)

  13. Selection of instruments used for vibration measurement of fuel bundles in a pressure tube under CANDU reactor operating conditions

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    Vibration characteristics of CANDU fuel bundle and fuel elements is a key parameter considered in the design of a fuel bundle. Out-reactor frequency and temperature sweep tests, under reactor operating conditions, are performed to verify vibration characteristics of CANDU fuel bundles. Several options have been considered in the selection of vibration instrumentation to perform out-reactor frequency and temperature sweep tests. This paper compares the benefits and disadvantages of various vibration instruments and summarizes the rationale behind the selection of instruments used for vibration measurements over a range of temperature and pressure pulsation frequencies. The conclusions are presented from the bench tests performed, which confirm the use of the selected instruments. (author)

  14. International collaboration to study the feasibility of implementing the use of slightly enriched uranium fuel in the Embalse CANDU reactor

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    In the last few years, Nucleoelectrica Argentina S.A. and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited have collaborated on a study of the technical feasibility of implementing Slightly Enriched Uranium (SEU) fuel in the Embalse CANDU reactor in Argentina. The successful conversion to SEU fuel of the other Argentine heavy-water reactor, Atucha 1, served as a good example. SEU presents an attractive incentive from the point of view of fuel utilization: if fuel enriched to 0.9% 235U were used in Embalse instead of natural uranium, the average fuel discharge burnup would increase significantly (by a factor of about 2), with consequent reduction in fuel requirements, leading to lower fuel-cycle costs and a large reduction in spent-fuel volume per unit energy produced. Another advantage is the change in the axial power shape: with SEU fuel, the maximum bundle power in a channel decreases and shifts towards the coolant inlet end, consequently increasing the thermalhydraulics safety margin. Two SEU fuel carriers, the traditional 37-element bundle and the 43-element CANFLEX bundle, which has enhanced thermalhydraulic characteristics as well as lower peak linear element ratings, have been examined. The feasibility study gave the organizations an excellent opportunity to perform cooperatively a large number of analyses, e.g., in reactor physics, thermalhydraulics, fuel performance, and safety. A Draft Plan for a Demonstration Irradiation of SEU fuel in Embalse was prepared. Safety analyses have been performed for a number of hypothetical accidents, such as Large Loss of Coolant, Loss of Reactivity Control, and an off-normal condition corresponding to introducing 8 SEU bundles in a channel (instead of 2 or 4 bundles). There are concrete safety improvements which result from the reduced maximum bundle powers and their shift towards the inlet end of the fuel channel. Further improvements in safety margins would accrue with CANFLEX. In conclusion, the analyses identified no issues that would

  15. CANDU development

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    Evolution of the 950 MW(e) CANDU reactor is summarized. The design was specifically aimed at the export market. Factors considered in the design were that 900-1000 MW is the maximum practical size for most countries; many countries have warmer condenser cooling water than Canada; the plant may be located on coastal sites; seismic requirements may be more stringent; and the requirements of international, as well as Canadian, standards must be satisfied. These considerations resulted in a 600-channel reactor capable of accepting condenser cooling water at 320C. To satisfy the requirement for a proven design, the 950 MW CANDU draws upon the basic features of the Bruce and Pickering plants which have demonstrated high capacity factors

  16. To question of NPP power reactor choice for Kazakhstan

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    Full text: The requirements to NPP power reactors that will be under construction in Kazakhstan are proved and given in the report. A comparative analysis of the most advanced projects of power reactors with light and heavy water under pressure of large, medium and low power is carried out. Different reactors have been considered as follows: 1. Reactors with high-power (700 MW(el) and up) such as EPR, French - German reactor; CANDU-9, Canadian heavy-water reactor; System 80+, developed by ABB Combustion Engineering company, USA; KNGR, Korean reactor of the next generation; APWR, Japanese advanced reactor; WWER-1000 (V-392) - development of Atomenergoproect /Gydropress, Russian Federation; EP 1000, European passive reactor. 2. Reactors with medium power (300 MW (el) - 700 MW (el): AP-600, passive PWR of the Westinghouse company; CANDU-6, Canadian heavy-water reactor; AC-600, Chinese passive PWR; WWER-640, Russian passive reactor; MS-600 Japanese reactor of Mitsubishi Company; KSNP-600, South Korean reactor. 3. Reactors with low power (a few MW(el)- 300 MW(el)): IRIS, reactor of IV generation, developed by the International Corporation of 13 organizations from 7 countries, SMART, South Korean integrated reactor; CAREM, Argentina integrated reactor; MRX, Japanese integrated reactor; 'UNITERM', Russian NPP with integrated reactor, development of NIKIET; AHEC-80, Russian NPP, developed by OKBM. A comparison of the projects of the above-mentioned power reactors was carried out with respect to 15 criteria of nuclear, radiating, ecological safety and economic competitiveness, developed especially for this case. Data on a condition and prospects of power production and power consumption, stations and networks in Kazakhstan necessary for the choice of projects of NPP reactors for Kazakhstan are given. According to the data a balance of power production and power consumption as a whole in the country was received at the level of 59 milliard kw/h. However, strong dis balance

  17. To question of NPP power reactor choice for Kazakhstan

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    The requirements to NPP power reactors that will be under construction in Kazakhstan are proved and given in the report. A comparative analysis of the most advanced projects of power reactors with light and heavy water under pressure of large, medium and low power is carried out. Different reactors have been considered as follows: 1. Reactors with high-power (700 MW(el) and up) such as EPR, French - German reactor; CANDU-9, Canadian heavy-water reactor; System 80+, developed by ABB Combustion Engineering company, USA; KNGR, Korean reactor of the next generation; APWR, Japanese advanced reactor; WWER-1000 (V-392) - development of Atomenergoproect /Gydropress, Russian Federation; EP 1000, European passive reactor. 2. Reactors with medium power (300 MW (el) - 700 MW (el): AP-600, passive PWR of the Westinghouse company; CANDU-6, Canadian heavy-water reactor; AC-600, Chinese passive PWR; WWER-640, Russian passive reactor; MS-600 Japanese reactor of Mitsubishi Company; KSNP-600, South Korean reactor. 3. Reactors with low power (a few MW(el)- 300 MW(el)): IRIS, reactor of IV generation, developed by the International Corporation of 13 organizations from 7 countries, SMART, South Korean integrated reactor; CAREM, Argentina integrated reactor; MRX, Japanese integrated reactor; 'UNITERM', Russian NPP with integrated reactor, development of NIKIET; AHEC-80, Russian NPP, developed by OKBM. A comparison of the projects of the above-mentioned power reactors was carried out with respect to 15 criteria of nuclear, radiating, ecological safety and economic competitiveness, developed especially for this case. Data on a condition and prospects of power production and power consumption, stations and networks in Kazakhstan necessary for the choice of projects of NPP reactors for Kazakhstan are given. According to the data a balance of power production and power consumption as a whole in the country was received at the level of 59 milliard kw/h. However, strong dis balance in the

  18. ADORE-GA: Genetic algorithm variant of the ADORE algorithm for ROP detector layout optimization in CANDU reactors

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    Highlights: ► ADORE is an algorithm for CANDU ROP Detector Layout Optimization. ► ADORE-GA is a Genetic Algorithm variant of the ADORE algorithm. ► Robustness test of ADORE-GA algorithm is presented in this paper. - Abstract: The regional overpower protection (ROP) systems protect CANDU® reactors against overpower in the fuel that could reduce the safety margin-to-dryout. The overpower could originate from a localized power peaking within the core or a general increase in the global core power level. The design of the detector layout for ROP systems is a challenging discrete optimization problem. In recent years, two algorithms have been developed to find a quasi optimal solution to this detector layout optimization problem. Both of these algorithms utilize the simulated annealing (SA) algorithm as their optimization engine. In the present paper, an alternative optimization algorithm, namely the genetic algorithm (GA), has been implemented as the optimization engine. The implementation is done within the ADORE algorithm. Results from evaluating the effects of using various mutation rates and crossover parameters are presented in this paper. It has been demonstrated that the algorithm is sufficiently robust in producing similar quality solutions.

  19. Utilization of spent PWR fuel-advanced nuclear fuel cycle of PWR/CANDU synergism

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    HUO Xiao-Dong; XIE Zhong-Sheng

    2004-01-01

    High neutron economy, on line refueling and channel design result in the unsurpassed fuel cycle flexibility and variety for CANDU reactors. According to the Chinese national conditions that China has both PWR and CANDU reactors and the closed cycle policy of reprocessing the spent PWR fuel is adopted, one of the advanced nuclear fuel cycles of PWR/CANDU synergism using the reprocessed uranium of spent PWR fuel in CANDU reactor is proposed, which will save the uranium resource (~22.5%), increase the energy output (~41%), decrease the quantity of spent fuels to be disposed (~2/3) and lower the cost of nuclear power. Because of the inherent flexibility of nuclear fuel cycle in CANDU reactor, and the low radiation level of recycled uranium(RU), which is acceptable for CANDU reactor fuel fabrication, the transition from the natural uranium to the RU can be completed without major modification of the reactor core structure and operation mode. It can be implemented in Qinshan Phase Ⅲ CANDU reactors with little or no requirement of big investment in new design. It can be expected that the reuse of recycled uranium of spent PWR fuel in CANDU reactor is a feasible and desirable strategy in China.

  20. Maintenance based design and equipment reliability for AECL's advanced CANDU reactor

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    This paper will describe how the elements of AECL's Maintenance Based Design will enable the Advanced CANDU Reactor to sustain high equipment reliability and capacity factors over the 60-year design life of the plant. The elements of Maintenance Based Design are; 1-Design Reliable Systems,Structures and Components (SSCs); 2-Select and Procure Reliable Components; 3-Incorporate Monitoring Capabilities and Facilities for SSCs; 4-Develop Maintenance Strategies and Programs for SSCs; 5-Apply Lessons Learned From Previous Plants; 6-Incorporate Maintainability and Event Free Features in the Design; 7-Provide Enhanced Maintenance Management Information and Tools to the Customer; 8-Optimize Chemistry and Materials in the Design. All these elements will be discussed with a detailed focus on the following; Design Reliable SSCs Using the techniques outlined in INPO AP-913, Equipment Reliability Process Description, each CANDU system that has caused any station past unavailability is analyzed as part of the ACR design in order to identify the critical components and any Single Points of Vulnerability (SPVs). All SPVs are then analyzed further in order to determine if they can be practically designed out or otherwise mitigated by the design. Developing Maintenance Strategies and Programs for SSCs Equipment degradation begins as soon as a component is manufactured and accelerates during initial commissioning and eventual operation. In order to sustain high levels of equipment reliability a maintenance strategy must be developed during the design phase and be ready for implementation before the start of commissioning. This maintenance strategy is developed for all critical components using the techniques of INPO AP-913 and other best industry practices. The strategy can be expanded and customized in conjunction with a future owner. Specific examples from the current ACR-1000 design will be used to show how these elements are being implemented.

  1. Assessment of aging of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes in CANDU reactors

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    In modern CANDU nuclear generating stations, pressure tubes of cold-worked Zr-2.5Nb material are used in the reactor core to contain the fuel bundles and the heavy water (D2O) coolant. The pressure tubes operate at an internal pressure of about 10 MPa and temperatures ranging from about 250oC at the inlet to about 310oC at the outlet. Over the expected 30 year lifetime of these tubes they will be subjected to a total fluence of approximately 3 x 1026 n m-2. In addition, these tubes gradually pick up deuterium as a result of a slow corrosion process. When the hydrogen plus deuterium concentration in the tubes exceeds the hydrogen-deuterium solvus, the tubes are susceptible to a crack initiation and propagation process called delayed hydride cracking (DHC). If undetected, such a cracking mechanism could lead to unstable rupture of the pressure tube. A fitness-for-service methodology has been developed which assures that this will not happen. A key element in this methodology is the acquisition of data and understanding-from surveillance and accelerated aging testing-to assess and predict changes in the DHC initiation threshold, the DHC velocity and the fracture toughness (critical crack length) as a function of service time. The most recent results of the DHC and fracture toughness properties of CANDU pressure tubes as a function of time in service are presented and used to suggest procedures for mitigation and life extension of the pressure tubes. (author)

  2. Economic Analysis on Direct Use of Spent Pressurized Water Reactor Fuel in CANDU Reactors - II: DUPIC Fuel-Handling Cost

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    The Direct Use of spent Pressurized water reactor fuel In Canada deuterium uranium (CANDU) reactors (DUPIC) fuel-handling technique has been investigated through a conceptual design study to estimate the unit cost that can be used for the DUPIC fuel cycle cost calculation. The conceptual design study has shown that fresh DUPIC fuel can be transferred to the core following the existing spent-fuel discharge route, provided that new fuel-handling equipment, such as the manipulator, opening/sealing tool of shipping casks, new fuel magazine, new fuel ram, dryer, gamma-ray detector, etc., are installed. The reverse path loading option is known to minimize the number of additional pieces of equipment for fuel handling, because it utilizes the existing spent-fuel handling equipment, and the discharge of spent DUPIC fuel can be done through the existing spent-fuel handling system without any modification. However, because the decay heat of spent DUPIC fuel is much higher than that of spent natural uranium fuel, the extra cooling capacity should be supplemented in the spent-fuel storage bay. Based on the conceptual design study, the capital cost for DUPIC fuel handling and extra storage cooling capacity was estimated to be $3 750 000 (as of December 1999) per CANDU plant. The levelized unit cost of DUPIC fuel handling was then obtained by considering the amount of fuel that will be required during the lifetime of a plant, which is 5.13 $/kg heavy metal. Compared with the other unit costs of the fuel cycle components, it is expected that DUPIC fuel handling has only a minor effect on the overall fuel cycle cost

  3. Marketing CANDU internationally

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    The market for CANDU reactor sales, both international and domestic, is reviewed. It is reasonable to expect that between five and ten reactors can be sold outside Canada before the end of the centry, and new domestic orders should be forthcoming as well. AECL International has been created to market CANDU, and is working together with the Canadian nuclear industry to promote the reactor and to assemble an attractive package that can be offered abroad. (L.L.)

  4. Economic and system aspects of CANDU advanced fuel cycles

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    It is somewhat a paradox that Canada, which ranks as one of the world's leading uranium producers and has large economic uranium resources, should also have developed the CANDU reactor. This reactor is the most fuel efficient of all reactor types which are commercially available at the present time. The explanation of the paradox is that the design basis of the CANDU was established three decades ago when the full extent of Canadian uranium resources was unknown, and an early transition to recycle fuelling was anticipated as being necessary to sustain a growing power generation system. Consequently, the objectives of fuel efficiency and flexibility in using a variety of uranium, plutonium and thorium fuels were established at an early stage. One result of this is the ability to use the current design of CANDU in an advanced converter role with very little change in reactor design or operating procedures. As a result, in projections of future power costs, all major uncertainty is focused on fuel cycle parameters since the capital and operating costs are well defined by current commercial experience. The paper will examine the economic and resource characteristics of CANDU in an advanced converter role, both in terms of stand-alone technology and as a partner in a CANDU-light-water-reactor and in a CANDU-fast-breeder-reactor system. The use of results to establish cost targets to guide the current research and development program will be discussed, together with considerations of deployment strategy. (author)

  5. CANDU steam generator life management

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    Steam generators are a critical component of a nuclear power reactor, and can contribute significantly to station unavailability, as has been amply demonstrated in PWRs. Canadian Deuterium Uranium (CANDU trademark) steam generators are not immune to steam generator degradation, and the variety of CANDU steam generator designs and tube materials has led to some unexpected challenges. However, aggressive remedial actions, and careful proactive maintenance activities, have resulted in a decrease in steam generator-related station unavailability of Canadian CANDU reactors. AECL and the CANDU utilities have defined programs that will enable existing or new steam generators to operate effectively for 40 years. Research and development (R and D) work covers corrosion and mechanical degradation of tube bundles and internals, chemistry, thermalhydraulics, fouling, inspection and cleaning, as well as provision for speciality tool development for specific problem solving. A major driving force is development of CANDU-specific fitness-for-service (FFS) guidelines, including appropriate inspection and monitoring technology to measure steam generator condition. This paper will also show how recent advances in cleaning technology are integrated into a life management strategy. Longer-range work focuses on development of intelligent on-line monitoring for the feedwater system and steam generator. New steam generator designs have reduced risk of corrosion and fouling, are more easily inspected and cleaned, and are less susceptible to mechanical damage. The Canadian CANDU utilities have developed programs for remedial actions to combat degradation of performance (Gentilly-2, Point Lepreau, Bruce-A/B, Pickering-A/B) and strategic plans to ensure that good future operation is ensured. (orig.)

  6. ZZ CANDULIB-AECL, Burnup-Dependent ORIGEN-S Cross-Section Libraries for Candu Reactor Fuels

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    1 - Historical background and information: - 28-element fuel cross-section library: Format: Designed for use with the ORIGEN-S isotope generation and depletion code. Materials: Co, Ge, As, Se, Br, Kr, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Te, I, Xe, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu, Ta, W, Re, Au, Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm. Origin: ENDSF, ENDF/B-IV, -V and -VI Weighting spectrum: determined using WIMS-AECL transport code. - 37-element fuel cross-section library: Format: Designed for use with the ORIGEN-S isotope generation and depletion code. Materials: Co, Ge, As, Se, Br, Kr, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, Tc, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Cd, In, Sn, Sb, Te, I, Xe, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Pm, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Lu, Ta, W, Re, Au, Th, Pa, U, Np, Pu, Am, Cm. Origin: ENDSF, ENDF/B-IV, -V and -VI Weighting spectrum: determined using WIMS-AECL transport code. In 1995, updated ORIGEN-S cross-section libraries were created as part of a program to upgrade and standardize the computer codes and nuclear data employed for used fuel characterization. This effort was funded through collaboration between Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and the Canadian Nuclear Power Utilities, under the Candu Owners Group (COG). The updated cross sections were generated using the WIMS-AECL lattice code and ENDF/B-V and -VI based data to provide cross section consistency with reactor physics codes. 2 - Application of the data: The libraries in this data collection are designed for characterising used fuel from Candu pressurized heavy water reactors. Two libraries are provided: one for the standard 28-element fuel bundle design, the other for the 37-element fuel bundle design. The libraries were generated for typical reactor operating conditions. The libraries are designed for use with the ORIGEN-S isotope generation and depletion code. 3 - Source and scope of data: The Candu libraries are updated with cross sections from a variety of different sources. Capture

  7. Disposal costs for advanced CANDU fuel cycles

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    The CANDU reactor can 'burn' a wide range of fuels without modification to the reactor system, including natural uranium, slightly enriched uranium, mixed oxide and spent LWR fuels. The economic feasibility of the advanced fuel cycles requires consideration of their disposal costs. Preliminary cost analyses for the disposal of spent CANDU-SEU (Slightly Enriched Uranium) and CANDU-DUPIC (Direct Use of spent PWR fuel In CANDU) fuels have been performed and compared to the internationally published costs for the direct disposal of spent CANDU and LWR fuels. The analyses show significant economic advantages in the disposal costs of CANDU-SEU and CANDU-DUPIC fuels. (author)

  8. Reactor power measuring device

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    The device of the present invention efficiently calibrates a fixed type gamma ray thermometer of a reactor power measuring device of a BWR type reactor. Namely, the device of the present invention calculates peripheral fuel rod power distribution by calibrating the reactor power distribution by heat generation amount, the reactor power distribution being obtained by a calculation based on a reactor model for converting the signals of a plurality of the gamma ray thermometers in the reactor core based on a conversion formula. In this case, the conversion formula is a relational formula between the power of a thermocouple of the gamma ray thermometer, gamma ray heat generation amount, thermocouple zero power sensitivity relative to a temperature coefficient. A conversion efficient calculation means makes a calibration heater to generate heat at a predetermined power, and the thermocouple zero power sensitivity and the temperature coefficient are obtained based on the output of the gamma ray thermometer in this case. The calibration means updates to conversion type thermocouple zero power sensitivity and temperature coefficient. A calibration execution means executes the operations described above successively, and when the thermocouple zero power sensitivity and the temperature coefficient are out of an allowable range, the means informs it and eliminates the corresponding gamma ray thermometer from the measuring meters. (I.S.)

  9. Application of Shuttle Remote Manipulator System technology to the replacement of fuel channels in the Pickering CANDU reactor

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    Spar Aerospace Limited of Toronto was the prime contractor to the National Research Council of Canada for the design and development of the Shuttle Remote Manipulator (SRMS). Spar is presently under contract to Ontario Hydro to design and build a Remote Manipulation Control System to replace the fuel channels in the Pickering A Nuclear Generating Station. The equipment may be used to replace the fuel channels in six other early generation CANDU reactors

  10. CANDU-BLW-250

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    The plant 'La Centrale nucleaire de Gentilly' is located between Montreal and Quebec City on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and start-up is scheduled for 1971. A CANDU-BLW reactor is the nuclear steam generator. his reactor utilizes a heavy water moderator, natural uranium oxide fuel, and a boiling light water coolant. To be economic, this type of plant must have a minimum light water inventory in the reactor core. A minimum inventory is obtained (a) by reducing the cross-sectional area for coolant flow to a minimum, and (b) by operating at a low-coolant density. In CANDU-BLW-250, this is accomplished by operating a closed spaced fuel rod bundle at high steam quality. These features and others in the BLW concept lead to a number of areas of concern and they are summarized below: (1) Heat Transfer: It is intended that under normal operating conditions the fuel sheaths will always be wetted with coolant. (ii) Hydrodynamic Stability: Experiments and analysis indicate that the plant has a considerable over-power capacity before instability is predicted. (iii) Control: This plant does have a positive power coefficient and the transient performance with various disturbances are detailed. (iv) Safety: The positive power coefficient leads to concern over the loss of coolant accident. The results of some accident analysis are presented. (author)

  11. The Romanian experience on introduction of CANDU-600 reactor at the Cernavoda NPP

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    The Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Project is a key component of the Romanian nuclear development program. Selection of the CANDU design represents a major contribution to this development, due to the technological feasibility for manufacturing of parts, components and the nuclear fuel based on the uranium resources in Romania. The Romanian nuclear development program also involves a nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, a heavy water production plant and organizations specialized in research, engineering, manufacturing and completion for systems and components. The agreement on technological transfer between Canada and Romania is supporting the Romanian involvement to the achievement of the Project, with a degree of participation that is gradually increasing from the first to the last NPP Unit. (author)

  12. Expert systems use in present and future CANDU nuclear power supply systems

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    As CANDU nuclear power plants become more complex, and are operated under tighter constraints for longer periods between outages, plant operations staff will have to absorb more information to correctly and rapidly respond to upsets. A development program is underway at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to use expert systems and interactive media tools to assist operations staff of existing and future CANDU plants. The complete system for plant information access and display, on-line advice and diagnosis, and interactive operating procedures is called the Operator Companion. This paper reports on a prototype, consisting of operator consoles, expert systems and simulation modules in a distributed architecture, currently being developed to demonstrate the concepts of the Operator Companion. Specialized advisors are also being developed using expert system technology to meet specific operational and design needs

  13. Expert systems use in present and future CANDU nuclear power supply systems

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    As CANDU nuclear power plants become more complex, and are operated under tighter constraints for longer periods between outages, plant operations staff will have to absorb more information to correctly and rapidly respond to upsets. A development program is underway at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to use expert systems and interactive media tools to assist operations staff of existing and future CANDU plants. The complete system for plant information access and display, on-line advice and diagnosis, and interactive operating procedures is called the Operator Companion. A prototype, consisting of operator consoles, expert systems and simulation modules in a distributed architecture, is currently being developed to demonstrate the concepts of the Operator Companion. Specialized advisors are also being developed using expert system technology to meet specific operational and design needs

  14. The CANDU Owners Group information exchange program

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    CANDU technology and design are sufficiently unique that close co-operation and mutual assistance among owners of CANDU power reactors are essential in ensuring a continuing good CANDU operating record. The CANDU Owners Group (COG) was formed in 1984 to promote close co-operation between utilities owning and operating CANDU power reactors. The fundamental objectives of the COG are to: (1) facilitate an exchange of information among members; (2) provide a basis for mutual assistance; and (3) establish a forum for the planning and funding of generic programmes. The COG Information Exchange Program is a significant effort directed towards meeting these objectives. There are currently five CANDU owners from three countries, along with the CANDU designer (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited), participating in the Information Exchange Program. The paper describes the unique features of the Program in the following areas: (a) exchange of operating/maintenance problems and solutions; (b) exchange of technical reports; (c) exchange of safety related information; and (d) exchange of information pertaining to significant events among the participating members. To facilitate this exchange of information, an electronic messaging system, known as CANNET (for CANDU NETWORK), has been established, CANNET provides a strong and dedicated communications link between member facilities. Although significant event assessments are generally carried out by members directly, the COG selects and funds in-depth evaluations of events with generic implications. The results of individual member assessments, as well as the COG funded assessments, are made available to all members through COG. An overview of the event assessment programme is included in the paper. Getting the right information to the right people at the right time can lead to significant plant performance improvements. The COG Information Exchange Program is dedicated to this goal and strives to foster the type of co

  15. Implementation of an on-line monitoring system for transmitters in a CANDU nuclear power plant

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    Labbe, A.; Abdul-Nour, G.; Vaillancourt, R.; Komljenovic, D.

    2012-05-01

    Many transmitters (pressure, level and flow) are used in a nuclear power plant. It is necessary to calibrate them periodically to ensure that their measurements are accurate. These calibration tasks are time consuming and often contribute to worker radiation exposure. Human errors can also sometimes degrade their performance since the calibration involves intrusive techniques. More importantly, experience has shown that the majority of current calibration efforts are not necessary. These facts motivated the nuclear industry to develop new technologies for identifying drifting instruments. These technologies, well known as on-line monitoring (OLM) techniques, are non-intrusive and allow focusing the maintenance efforts on the instruments that really need a calibration. Although few OLM systems have been implemented in some PWR and BWR plants, these technologies are not commonly used and have not been permanently implemented in a CANDU plant. This paper presents the results of a research project that has been performed in a CANDU plant in order to validate the implementation of an OLM system. An application project, based on the ICMP algorithm developed by EPRI, has been carried out in order to evaluate the performance of an OLM system. The results demonstrated that the OLM system was able to detect the drift of an instrument in the majority of the studied cases. A feasibility study has also been completed and has demonstrated that the implementation of an OLM system at a CANDU nuclear power plant could be advantageous under certain conditions.

  16. Eddy current detection of spacers in the fuel channels of CANDU nuclear reactors

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    Garter Spring (GS) spacers in the fuel channels of CANDU nuclear reactors maintain separation between the hot pressure tube and surrounding moderator cooled calandria tube. Eddy current detection of the four GSs provides assurance that spacers are at or close to design positions and are performing their intended function of maintaining a non-zero gap between pressure tube and calandria tube. Pressure tube constrictions, resulting from relatively less diametral creep at end-of-fuel bundle locations, also produce large eddy current signals. Large constrictions, present in higher service pressure tubes, can produce signals that are 10 times larger than GS signals, reducing GS detectability to 30% in standard GS-detect probes. The introduction of field-focussing elements into the design of the standard GS detection eddy current probe has been used to recover the detectability of GS spacers by increasing the signal amplitude obtained from GSs relative to that from constrictions by a factor of 10. The work presented here compares laboratory, modelling and in-reactor measurements of GS and constriction signals obtained from the standard probe with that obtained from field-focussed eddy current probe designs. (author)

  17. Reactor power control device

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    The present invention provides a control device which can conduct scram and avoid lowering of the power of a nuclear power plant upon occurrence of earthquakes. Namely, the device of the present invention comprises, in addition to an existent power control device, (1) an earthquake detector for detecting occurrence and annihilation of earthquakes and (2) a reactor control device for outputting control rod operation signals and reactor core flow rate control signals depending on the earthquake detection signals from the detector, and reactor and plant information. With such a constitution, although the reactor is vibrated by earthquakes, the detector detects slight oscillations of the reactor by initial fine vibration waves as premonitory symptoms of serious earthquakes. The earthquake occurrence signals are outputted to the reactor control device. The reactor control device, receiving the signals, changes the position of control rods by way of control rod driving mechanisms to make the axial power distribution in the reactor core to a top peak type. As a result, even if the void amount in the reactor core is reduced by the subsequent actual earthquakes, since the void amount is moved, effects on the increase of neutron fluxes by the actual earthquakes is small. (I.S.)

  18. Power mapping in a Canada deuterium uranium reactor using Kalman filtering technique

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    For a Canada Deuterium Uranium 600 MWe (CANDU 6) reactor, a new power mapping method has been developed by using detector readings as boundary conditions. In this study, the measured detector readings are combined with the diffusion theory with the Kalman filtering (DIKAL) method. The measured detector readings are transformed into the measured mesh flux through appropriate approximation. And, the difference between calculated and measured mesh flux is filtered out by Kalman filtering technique. Then, the measured mesh fluxes are used as an internal boundary condition in the diffusion equation. The performance of the DIKAL method has been assessed for the various core states, and has been also applied to the calculation of power and flux distribution calculation in the CANDU 6 reactor. Sensitivity studies have shown that DIKAL is quite stable to the detector random noise and systematic errors. Also, it is shown that the DIKAL approach is more accurate than the currently used flux synthesis approach in CANDU 6 reactors. (author)

  19. Reactor power control device

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    The present invention concerns a method of controlling reactor power to shift it into a partial power operation upon occurrence of recycling pump tripping or loss of generator load. Operation state of a reactor is classified into a plurality of operation states based on values of the reactor core flow rate and the reactor power. Different insertion patterns for selected control rods are determined on every classified operation states. Then, an insertion pattern corresponding to the operation state upon occurrence of recycling pump tripping or loss of power generator load is carried out to shift into partial power operation. The operation is shifted to a load operation solely in the station while avoiding risks such as TPM scram. Then neutron fluxes are suppressed upon transient to increase margin of fuel integrity. Selected control rod pattern of the optimum reactivity is set to each of operation regions, thereby enabling to conduct flexible countermeasure so as to attain optimum operationability. (N.H.)

  20. Current issues in the management of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes from Ontario Hydro's CANDU reactors

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    Nuclear generating stations (NGSs) in Canada are operated by utilities in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. Ontario Hydro, with a committed nuclear program of 13,600 MW(electric) is the major producer of CANDU pressurized heavy-water reactor (PHWR) low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes. All radioactive wastes with the exception of irradiated fuel are processed and retrievably stored at a centralized facility at the Bruce Nuclear Power Development site. Solid-waste classifications and annual production levels are given. Solid-waste management practices at the site as well as the physical, chemical, and radiochemical characteristics of the wastes are well documented. The paper summarizes types, current inventory, and estimated annual production rate of liquid waste. Operation of the tritium recovery facility at Darlington NGS, which removes tritium from heavy water and produces tritium gas in the process, gives rise to secondary streams of tritiated solid and liquid wastes, which will receive special treatment and packaging. In addition to the treatment of radioactive liquid wastes, there are a number of other important issues in low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste management that Ontario Hydro will be addressing over the next few years. The most pressing of these is the reduction of radioactive wastes through in-station material control, employee awareness, and improved waste characterization and segregation programs. Since Ontario Hydro intends to store retrievable wastes for > 50 yr, it is necessary to determine the behavior of wastes under long-term storage conditions

  1. The post-irradiation examination of CANDU type fuel irradiated in the Institute for Nuclear Research TRIGA Reactor

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    The INR hot cells have 10 years of practice in post-irradiation examination (PIE) on experimental nuclear fuel elements and structure materials. This paper summarises the result of a typical PIE work carried out on an experimental CANDU type fuel element irradiated in an assembly of six rods in a power ramp test in the TRIGA 14 MV (th) materials testing reactor. The fuel element has attained practically a burnup of 188.4 MWh/kg U (10% accuracy) as determined by nondestructive gamma scanning method, and of 194.3 MWh/kg U (3 % accuracy) as determined by destructive mass spectrometry method. These results determined by nondestructive and destructive methods are in agreement. The eddy current control for clad integrity has revealed the integrity of the fuel element, a fact also confirmed by the fuel puncture for internal gas pressure measurement. The metallography control of the cladding has revealed good quality welding and an acceptable quality brazing of a bearing pad. The ceramographic control of the fuel revealed an expected two-zone structure, except one end of the fuel element where a three-zone structure was found, due to the higher thermal rating induced by the flux peak. The results are presented in measurement worksheets and are accompanied by diagrams and pictures. (author)

  2. Benefit of chromium in reducing the rates of flow accelerated corrosion of carbon steel outlet feeders in CANDU reactors

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    In the mid 1990's, wall thinning of outlet feeders due to flow accelerated corrosion (FAC) was recognized as an active mechanism in the outlet feeders of CANDU reactors. To address wall thinning of outlet feeders in new reactor construction and refurbishment projects, AECL introduced a minimum Cr concentration in its specification for the SA-106 carbon steel feeder pipe. The effectiveness of Cr in reducing FAC was subsequently demonstrated in in-reactor and out-reactor loops at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories. More recently, wall-thinning rates have been determined from wall thickness data collected from outlet feeders, containing a specified minimum Cr concentration, installed in the Point Lepreau Generating Station in 2001. This paper presents the FAC rates determined from in-service outlet feeders and compares the rates with data from previous in-reactor and out-reactor test loops, highlighting the consistency observed in results from the three sources. (author)

  3. Formation of Corrosive Deposits and Their Impact on Operational Safety of Fuel Elements in Candu Reactor

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    Interaction between fuel element cladding and water coolant plays an important role in normal operation, can have a dominant role in accidental situations and can lead to failure of fuel rods and activity release. For the future, the tendency will be to increase the coolant temperature, extend fuel residence time in the reactor core (for higher burnup) and increase the heat flux. This can lead to increased probability of fuel failures due to waterside corrosion, corrosion products accumulation and deposition. In order to prevent cladding failures, the coolant chemistry must be monitored and controlled in order to reduce the amount of deposited crud and the oxygen potential. Corrosive deposits together with aqueous corrosion influence the performance of fuel elements by increase of temperature on cladding surface or changes in the coolant chemistry (increase of water pH), phenomena which lead to cladding failures. The process of corrosion products formation on zircaloy-4 fuel cladding surface and their consequences was evidenced by performing of experiments in: autoclaves circuits assembled in a by-pass loop of a CANDU-6 Reactor at NPP Cernavoda; irradiation loop of the TRIGA Reactor, and in laboratory static autoclaves. The determination of corrosion and the characterization of crud deposits on the zircaloy-4 surfaces were performed using gravimetric method, metallographic and electronic microscopy, and gamma spectrometry analysis and impedance electrochemical spectroscopy (EIS) determinations. The experimental results showed that the composition, thickness and evolution of corrosive deposits on fuel assembly surfaces depend very much on operational conditions, such as steady state operation, water chemistry conditions (pH and oxygen concentration) and different oxidation conditions of cladding surface. (author)

  4. Candu 6: versatile and practical fuel technology

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    CANDU reactor technology was originally developed in Canada as part of the original introduction of peaceful nuclear power in the 1960s and has been continuously evolving and improving ever since. The CANDU reactor system was defined with a requirement to be able to efficiently use natural uranium (NU) without the need for enrichment. This led to the adaptation of the pressure tube approach with heavy water coolant and moderator together with on-power fuelling, all of which contribute to excellent neutron efficiency. Since the beginning, CANDU reactors have used [NU] fuel as the fundamental basis of the design. The standard [NU] fuel bundle for CANDU is a very simple design and the simplicity of the fuel design adds to the cost effectiveness of CANDU fuelling because the fuel is relatively straightforward to manufacture and use. These characteristics -- excellent neutron efficiency and simple, readily-manufactured fuel -- together lead to the unique adaptability of CANDU to alternate fuel types, and advancements in fuel cycles. Europe has been an early pioneer in nuclear power; and over the years has accumulated various waste products from reactor fuelling and fuel reprocessing, all being stored safely but which with passing time and ever increasing stockpiles will become issues for both governments and utilities. Several European countries have also pioneered in fuel reprocessing and recycling (UK, France, Russia) in what can be viewed as a good neighbor policy to make most efficient use of fuel. The fact remains that CANDU is the most fuel efficient thermal reactor available today [NU] more efficient in MW per ton of U compared to LWR's and these same features of CANDU (on-power fuelling, D2O, etc) also enable flexibility to adapt to other fuel cycles, particularly recycling. Many years of research (including at ICN Pitesti) have shown CANDU capability: best at Thorium utilization; can use RU without re-enrichment; can readily use MOX. Our premise is that

  5. Recovery of tritium from CANDU reactors, its storage and monitoring of its migration in the environment

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    Tritium is produced in CANDU heavy water reactors mainly by neutron activation of deuterium. The typical production rate is 2.4 kCi per megawatt-year (89 TBq. per megawatt-year. In Pickering Generating Station the average concentration of tritium in the moderators has reached 16 Ci.kg-1 (0.6 TBq.kg-1) and in coolants, 0.5 Ci.kg-1 (0.02 TBq.kg-1). Concentrations will continue to increase towards an equilibrium determined by the production rate, the tritium decay rate and heavy water replacement. Tritium removal methods that are being considered for a pilot plant design are catalytic exchange of DTO with D2 and electrolysis of D2O/DTO to provide feed for cryogenic distillation of D2/DT/T2. Storage methods for the removed tritium - as elemental gas, as metal hydrides and in cements - are also being investigated. Transport of tritiated wastes should not be a particularly difficult problem in light of extensive experience in transporting tritiated heavy water. Methods for determining the presence of tritium in the environment of any tritium handling facility are well established and have the capability of measuring concentrations of tritium down to current ambient values. (author)

  6. Wet channel measurement of pressure tube to calandria tube spacing in CANDU reactors

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    The pressure tube (PT) to calandria tube (CT) spacing in CANDU reactors is an important parameter that relates to the general condition of the fuel channels. The measurement system that was developed to measure this parameter during the wet channel inspections of Pickering Units 1 and 2 is described in this paper. A send-receive eddy current probe was designed which is primarily sensitive to variations in PT/CT spacing but is also affected by pressure tube wall thickness. A computer simulation showed that the phase angles of the response to these variables are similar for all usable frequencies, thus eliminating the possibility of multifrequency compensation. A marriage of technologies was proposed involving the ultrasonic measurement of wall thickness values which are then used to extract the spacing information from the eddy current signal. The accuracy of the system is approximately ±(30% +.1mm) which has been sufficient to determine if and where any of the pressure tubes have come in contact with their calandria tube. Field experience with the new system is discussed and areas for development are also outlined

  7. Numerical analysis of zirconium hydride blisters in CANDU reactor pressure tubes

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    CANDU nuclear reactors use zirconium alloy pressure tubes for primary containment of fuel and coolant. The 1983 failure of a pressure tube in Unit 2 of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station was attributed to the formation of large precipitates of zirconium hydride, referred to as blisters. These blisters formed at localized cold spots on the pressure tube surface where it had come into contact with the colder calandria tube. The high hydrogen concentrations in the Zircaloy-2 pressure tubes used only in the first two Pickering Units were a major contributing factor to blister formation and the ultimate failure. In an effort to better understand the mechanism of crack initiation at a blister, a program was undertaken to use finite element methods to model the stresses generated by the formation of a blister in a tube. The preliminary results in this work have been published elsewhere. This paper summarizes the recent refinements to the model and our present understanding of the development of stresses in and around hydride blisters. (orig./GL)

  8. Design and development of the high performance shutdown rods for the CANDU 3 reactor

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    The high performance Shutdown Rod (SDR) unit has been successfully developed to improve insertion performance significantly. Because this unit is the reactor's primary emergency shutdown device, reliability is very important. It was therefore prudent to use an evolutionary approach, based on the well-established Shutoff Rod (SOR) unit, rather than attempt radical new concepts. Based on analyses of the key performance influences, the absorber rod's weight was reduced 55% by thinning its absorber and sheath tubes. The release clutch was uprated by 60% by adding extra friction plates and utilizing its full rated voltage. Its release time was shortened simply by working it harder. The proven drive mechanism was otherwise unchanged. The rod and clutch change permitted increasing the accelerating spring force and stroke both 250%. These changes yielded a reduction of insertion time from 0.56 sec (old type SOR) to 0.33 sec, and is 0.11 sec faster than the original CANDU 3 design target. Full scale rig testing has verified it can reliably perform partial drop tests and also endure 3000 full drops, 5 times its rated service demand

  9. Research and development initiatives in support of the conceptual design for the CANDU Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor

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    Canada's Generation-IV National Program has been established to provide research and development (R and D) supports for the concept of the CANDU SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR). It focuses primarily on the key technology areas, such as material, chemistry, thermal-hydraulics, safety, physics, and hydrogen production. Design challenges surrounding out-of-core components are also examined. R and D results of these areas will be applied in finalizing the design options currently being considered in developing Canada's conceptual design. In this paper, a brief description of the conceptual design options is presented and the linkage of the R and D projects to support the decision in selecting the reference design option for the CANDU SCWR is described. Various participants contributing the R and D information to the Gen-IV National Program are introduced. (author)

  10. Management of Spent Nuclear Fuel from Nuclear Power Plant Reactor

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    Management of spent nuclear fuel from Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) reactor had been studied to anticipate program of NPP operation in Indonesia. In this paper the quantity of generated spent nuclear fuel (SNF) is predicted based on the national electrical demand, power grade and type of reactor. Data was estimated using Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) NPP type 1.000 MWe and the SNF management overview base on the experiences of some countries that have NPP. There are four strategy nuclear fuel cycle which can be developed i.e: direct disposal, reprocessing, DUPlC (Direct Use of Spent PWR Fuel In Candu) and wait and see. There are four alternative for SNF management i.e : storage at the reactor building (AR), away from reactor (AFR) using wet centralized storage, dry centralized storage AFR and prepare for reprocessing facility. For the Indonesian case, centralized facility of the wet type is recommended for PWR or BWR spent fuel. (author)

  11. Fuel cost analysis of CANDU-PHWR Wolsung Nuclear Power Plant unit 1

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    Being based on the Segal method, calculation was carried out for the natural uranium nuclear fuel cost with Zircaloy-4 cladding having design parameters of Wolsung Nuclear Power Plant, CANDU-PHWR (Unit 1), currently under construction in Korea aiming at its completion in 1982. An attempt was also made for the sensitivity analysis of each fuel component; i.e., depreciation of fuel manufacturing plant caused by its life time, its load factor, production scale expansion of plant facilities, variations of construction and operating costs of fuel manufacturing plant, fluctuation of interest rates, extent of uranium ore price increases and effect of learning factor. (author)

  12. Replacement of CANDU reactivity Control Devices

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    Ontario Hydro operates 20 AECL designed CANDU nuclear power reactors, some of which have been in service for 20 years. These pressurized heavy water, natural uranium fuelled reactors, ranging in size from 540 to 900 MWe, have continuously provided high capacity factors and low total electricity production costs, among the world's leaders in performance. CANDU's inherently have large cores and utilize a large number of diverse types of Reactivity Control Devices (RCDs) for fully automatic, continuous measurement and regulation of bulk power level as well as spatial uniformity of fission power in the core. The devices also control start-up and power manoeuvering. Other RCDs provide two independent systems of measurement and neutron absorber insertion for fast reactor shutdown. The continuous proper operation of RCDs obviously has significant influence on plant performance and availability, yet Ontario Hydro (OH) experience is that no significant loss of capacity factor has been attributed to the RCDs. This paper focuses on these Ontario Hydro replacement practices as they apply to RCD equipment in CANDU plants. The particular practices described relate to some extent to the unique aspects of CANDU plants, but the concepts of thorough planning, operational quality and teamwork are universally valid. Practicing safe, efficient component replacements contributes to reliable, cost effective plant operation. (author)

  13. CANDU fuel elements behaviour in the load following tests

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    Horhoianu, Grigore [Instiute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania). Nuclear Fuel Engineering Lab.; Palleck, Steve [Sheridan Park Research-AECL, Mississauga, ON (Canada). Fuel Deisgn Branch

    2011-08-15

    Two load following (LF) tests on CANDU type fuel elements were performed in TRIGA Research Reactor of INR Pitesti. In the first LF test the 78R fuel element has successfully experienced 367 power cycles, mostly between 23 and 56 kW/m average linear power. In the second LF test, the fuel element withstood 200 power cycles from 27 to 54 kW/m average linear power as well as additional ramps due to reactor trips and restarts during test period. New LF tests are planed to be performed in order to establish the limits and capabilities for CANDU fuel in LF conditions. This paper presents the results of the LF tests performed in TRIGA Research Reactor and their relation to CANDU fuel performance in LF conditions. (orig.)

  14. Qinshan CANDU NPP outage performance improvement through benchmarking

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    With the increasingly fierce competition in the deregulated Energy Market, the optimization of outage duration has become one of the focal points for the Nuclear Power Plant owners around the world. People are seeking various ways to shorten the outage duration of NPP. Great efforts have been made in the Light Water Reactor (LWR) family with the concept of benchmarking and evaluation, which great reduced the outage duration and improved outage performance. The average capacity factor of LWRs has been greatly improved over the last three decades, which now is close to 90%. CANDU (Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor) stations, with its unique feature of on power refueling, of nuclear fuel remaining in the reactor all through the planned outage, have given raise to more stringent safety requirements during planned outage. In addition, the above feature gives more variations to the critical path of planned outage in different station. In order to benchmarking again the best practices in the CANDU stations, Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company (TQNPC) have initiated the benchmarking program among the CANDU stations aiming to standardize the outage maintenance windows and optimize the outage duration. The initial benchmarking has resulted the optimization of outage duration in Qinshan CANDU NPP and the formulation of its first long-term outage plan. This paper describes the benchmarking works that have been proven to be useful for optimizing outage duration in Qinshan CANDU NPP, and the vision of further optimize the duration with joint effort from the CANDU community. (authors)

  15. CANDU steam generator life management

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    Steam generators are a critical component of a nuclear power reactor, and can contribute significantly to station unavailability, as has been amply demonstrated in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). CANDU steam generators are not immune to steam generator degradation, and the variety of CANDU steam generator designs and tube materials has led to some unexpected challenges. However, aggressive remedial actions, and careful proactive maintenance activities, have led to a decrease in steam generator-related station unavailability of Canadian CANDUs. AECL and the CANDU utilities have defined programs that will enable existing or new steam generators to operate effectively for 40 years. Research and development work covers corrosion and mechanical degradation of tube bundles and internals, chemistry, thermalhydraulics, fouling, inspection and cleaning, as well as provision for specially tool development for specific problem solving. A major driving force is development of CANDU-specific fitness-for-service guidelines, including appropriate inspection and monitoring technology to measure steam generator condition. Longer-range work focuses on development of intelligent on-line monitoring for the feedwater system and steam generator. New designs have reduced risk of corrosion and fouling, are more easily inspected and cleaned, and are less susceptible to mechanical damage. The Canadian CANDU utilities have developed programs for remedial actions to combat degradation of performance (Gentilly-2, Point Lepreau, Bruce A/B, Pickering A/B), and have developed strategic plans to ensure that good future operation is ensured. The research and development program, as well as operating experience, has identified where improvements in operating practices and/or designs can be made in order to ensure steam generator design life at an acceptable capacity factory. (author)

  16. Improved CANDU fuel performance

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    The fuel defect rate in CANDU power reactors has been very low (0.06 percent) since 1972. Most defects were caused by power ramping. The two measures taken to reduce the defect rate, by about an order of magnitude, were changes in the fuelling schemes and the introduction of thin coatings of graphite on the inside surface of the Zircaloy fuel cladding. Power ramping tests have demonstrated that graphite layers, and also baked poly-dimethyl-siloxane layers, between the UO2 pellets and Zircaloy cladding increase the tolerance of fuel to power ramps. These designs are termed graphite CANLUB and siloxane CANLUB; fuel performance depends on coating parameters such as thickness and wear resistance and on environmental and thermal conditions during the curing of coatings. (author)

  17. Pressurized heavy water reactor fuel behaviour in power ramp conditions

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    Ionescu, S.; Uţă, O.; Pârvan, M.; Ohâi, D.

    2009-03-01

    In order to check and improve the quality of the Romanian CANDU fuel, an assembly of six CANDU fuel rods has been subjected to a power ramping test in the 14 MW TRIGA reactor at INR. After testing, the fuel rods have been examined in the hot cells using post-irradiation examination (PIE) techniques such as: visual inspection and photography, eddy current testing, profilometry, gamma scanning, fission gas release and analysis, metallography, ceramography, burn-up determination by mass spectrometry, mechanical testing. This paper describes the PIE results from one out of the six fuel rods. The PIE results concerning the integrity, dimensional changes, oxidation, hydriding and mechanical properties of the sheath, the fission-products activity distribution in the fuel column, the pressure, volume and composition of the fission gas, the burn-up, the isotopic composition and structural changes of the fuel enabled the characterization of the behaviour of the Romanian CANDU fuel in power ramping conditions performed in the TRIGA materials testing reactor.

  18. Pressurized heavy water reactor fuel behaviour in power ramp conditions

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    Ionescu, S. [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Campului Str., 1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania)], E-mail: silviu.ionescu@nuclear.ro; Uta, O.; Parvan, M.; Ohai, D. [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Campului Str., 1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania)

    2009-03-31

    In order to check and improve the quality of the Romanian CANDU fuel, an assembly of six CANDU fuel rods has been subjected to a power ramping test in the 14 MW TRIGA reactor at INR. After testing, the fuel rods have been examined in the hot cells using post-irradiation examination (PIE) techniques such as: visual inspection and photography, eddy current testing, profilometry, gamma scanning, fission gas release and analysis, metallography, ceramography, burn-up determination by mass spectrometry, mechanical testing. This paper describes the PIE results from one out of the six fuel rods. The PIE results concerning the integrity, dimensional changes, oxidation, hydriding and mechanical properties of the sheath, the fission-products activity distribution in the fuel column, the pressure, volume and composition of the fission gas, the burn-up, the isotopic composition and structural changes of the fuel enabled the characterization of the behaviour of the Romanian CANDU fuel in power ramping conditions performed in the TRIGA materials testing reactor.

  19. The performance of self-powered detectors in pressurized water reactors and in CAANDUreactors

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    A survey is given on the basic features of self-powered neutron detectors together with the operating experience and performance in US PWR's, in CANDU reactors and in the Loviisa 1 plant. The failure modes of selfpowered neutron detectors are discussed and detector design improvements are outlined. (author)

  20. Acquisition, processing and evaluation of the corrosion data for primary system of CANDU 6 reactor

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    Full text: The safety in operation of structural components from Primary Heat Transport System (PHTS) depends principally on chemical characteristics of heavy water used in CANDU reactor coolant and moderator, temperature, as well as on structural materials properties. To achieve or exceed the design life of the plant and to ensure a minimal degradation of PHTS structural materials, besides a rigorous chemical control of coolant, it is necessary to know and to understand the degradation phenomena by structural materials corrosion. It is also necessary to minimize and control the generation of radioactive products and waste in the plant, as well as to keep deposits, which reduce heat transfer in the reactor core or steam generators, to a minimum. To this goal, a chemical control of the water chemistry and structural materials corrosion testing program, as well as a system for data acquisition and processing, were developed and are presented. Structural materials corrosion testing programme has the following objectives: - elaboration of the evaluation methodology of the structural materials corrosion behavior; - development of the database regarding corrosion behavior and modeling of some oxidation processes; - finding the causes of failure in some components and possible remedies. To this aim, several of corrosion experiments were performed, namely: - out-of-pile corrosion experiments in different conditions of water chemistry and temperature; - corrosion experiments in autoclaves assembled in by-pass of CANDU - 6 PHTS; - corrosion analyses performed on some corroded components. Accumulated data were stored in databases and a data processing system allowed us: - to keep under observation the plant water chemistry; - to evidence the appearance and the evolution of some accelerated processes in primary circuit; - to determine the corrosion, deposition and releasing of the corrosion products, as well as the characteristics of the corrosion films formed on different

  1. The CANDUR Reactor - The Practical Path to RU and TH use in Nuclear Reactors

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    The CANDU heavy water reactor has unrivalled flexibility for using a variety of fuels, such as Natural Uranium (NU), Low Enriched Uranium (LEU), Recycled Uranium (RU), Mixed Oxide (MOX), and Thorium (Th). Recently, this unique CANDU reactor feature attracted considerable attention due to favourable commercial, environmental and strategic needs. This paper summarizes the solid progress over the last three years and outlines CANDU Energy Incorporated's (CEI) multi-stage vision of utilizing various fuels in currently operational and new build CANDU reactors. In CEI's fuel-cycle vision, CANDU reactors will operate in conjunction with other reactor types and use advanced fuels to produce more energy and ensure the most efficient and least costly method of utilizing Light Water Reactor (LWR) used fuel. With this vision and the tandem goal of systematic adoption of Thorium based fuels, CANDU reactors will be a strong technology partner in ensuring the availability of long-term stable resources for nuclear power plants

  2. Analysis of Fuel Temperature Reactivity Coefficients According to Burn-up and Pu-239 Production in CANDU Reactor

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    The resonances for some kinds of nuclides such as U-238 and Pu-239 are not easy to be accurately processed. In addition, the Pu-239 productions from burnup are also significant in CANDU, where the natural uranium is used as a fuel. In this study, the FTCs were analyzed from the viewpoints of the resonance self-shielding methodology and Pu-239 build-up. The lattice burnup calculations were performed using the TRITON module in the SCALE6 code system, and the BONAMI module was executed to obtain self-shielded cross sections using the Bondarenko approach. Two libraries, ENDF/B-VI.8 and ENDF/B-VII.0, were used to compare the Pu-239 effect on FTC, since the ENDF/B-VII has updated the Pu-239 cross section data. The FTCs of the CANDU reactor were newly analyzed using the TRITON module in the SCALE6 code system, and the BONAMI module was executed to apply the Bondarenko approach for self-shielded cross sections. When compared with some reactor physics codes resulting in slightly positive FTC in the specific region, the FTCs evaluated in this study showed a clear negativity over the entire fuel temperature range on fresh/equilibrium fuel. In addition, the FTCs at 960.15 K were slightly negative during the entire burnup. The effects on FTCs from the library difference between ENDF/B-VI.8 and ENDF/B-VII.0 are recognized to not be large; however, they appear more positive when more Pu-239 productions with burnup are considered. This feasibility study needs an additional benchmark evaluation for FTC calculations, but it can be used as a reference for a new FTC analysis in CANDU reactors

  3. Fuel management simulation for CANFLEX-RU in CANDU 6

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    Jeong, Chang Joon; Suk, Ho Chun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    Fuel management simulations have been performed for CANFLEX-09% RU fuel in the CANDU 6 reactor. In this study, the bi-directional 4-bundle shift fuelling scheme was assumed. The lattice cell and time-average calculation were carried out. The refuelling simulation calculations were performed for 600 full power days. Time-averaged results show good axial power profile with the CANFLEX-RU fuel. During the simulation period, the maximum channel and bundle power were maintained below the licensing limit of CANDU 6 reactor. 7 refs., 4 figs. (Author)

  4. Nuclear reactor power monitor

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    The device of the present invention monitors phenomena occurred in a nuclear reactor more accurately than usual case. that is, the device monitors a reactor power by signals sent from a great number of neutron monitors disposed in the reactor. The device has a means for estimating a phenomenon occurred in the reactor based on the relationship of a difference of signals between each of the great number of neutron monitors to the positions of the neutron monitors disposed in the reactor. The estimation of the phenomena is conducted by, for example, conversion of signals sent from the neutron monitors to a code train. Then, a phenomenon is estimated rapidly by matching the code train described above with a code train contained in a data base. Further. signals sent from the neutron monitors are processed statistically to estimate long term and periodical phenomena. As a result, phenomena occurred in the reactor are monitored more accurately than usual case, thereby enabling to improve reactor safety and operationability. (I.S.)

  5. Operating US power reactors

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    This update, which appears regularly in each issue of Nuclear Safety, surveys the operations of those power reactors in the US which have been issued operating licenses. Table 1 shows the number of such reactors and their net capacities as of Dec. 31, 1986, the end of the three-month period covered in this report. Table 2 lists the unit capacity and forced outage rate for each licensed reactor for each of the three months (October, November, and December 1986) covered in this report and the cumulative values of these parameters since the beginning of commercial operation. They are defined as follows: In addition to the tabular data, this article discusses significant occurrences and developments that affected licensed US power reactors during this reporting period. It includes, but is not limited to, changes in operating status, regulatory actions and decisions, and legal actions involving the status of power reactors. We do not have space here for routine problems of operation and maintenance, but such information is available at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Public Document Room, 1717 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20555. Some significant operating events are summarized elsewhere in this section in the article ''Selected Safety-Related Events,'' and a report on activities relating to facilities still in the construction process is given in the article ''Status of Power-Reactor Projects Undergoing Licensing Review'' in the last section of each issue of this journal. The reader's attention is also called to the regular feature ''General Administrative Activities,'' which deals with more general aspects of regulatory and legal matters that are not covered elsewhere in the journal

  6. Influence of the flux axial form on the conversion rate and duration of cycle between recharging for ThPu and U{sub nat} fuels in CANDU reactors; Influence de la forme axiale du flux sur le taux de conversion et la duree du cycle entre rechargements pour du combustible ThPu et U{sub nat} dans les reacteurs CANDU

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    Chambon, Richard [Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie, Universite Joseph Fourier / CNRS-IN2P3, 53 Avenue des Martyrs, F-38026 Grenoble (France)

    2007-01-15

    To face the increasing world power demand the world nuclear sector must be continuously updated and developed as well. Thus reactors of new types are introduced and advanced fuel cycles are proposed. The technological and economic feasibility and the transition of the present power park to a renewed park require thorough studies and scenarios, which are highly dependent on the reactor performances. The conversion rate and cycle span between recharging are important parameters in the scenarios studies. In this frame, we have studied the utilisation of thorium in the CANDU type reactors and particularly the influence of axial form of the flux, i.e. of the recharging mode, on the conversion rate and duration of the cycle between recharging. The results show that up to a first approximation the axial form of the flux resulting from the neutron transport calculations for assessing the conversion rate is not necessary to be taken into account. However the time span between recharging differs up to several percents if the axial form of the flux is taken into consideration in transport calculations. Thus if the burnup or the recharging frequency are parameters which influence significantly the deployment scenarios of a nuclear park an approach more refined than a simple transport evolution in a typical cell/assembly is recommended. Finally, the results of this study are not more general than for the assumed conditions but they give a thorough calculation method valid for any recharging/fuel combination in a CANDU type reactor.

  7. The development of emergency core cooling systems in the PWR, BWR, and HWR Candu type of nuclear power plants

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    Emergency core cooling systems in the PWR, BWR, and HWR-Candu type of nuclear power plant are reviewed. In PWR and BWR the emergency cooling can be catagorized as active high pressure, active low pressure, and a passive one. The PWR uses components of the shutdown cooling system: whereas the BWR uses components of pressure suppression contaiment. HWR Candu also uses the shutdown cooling system similar to the PWR except some details coming out from moderator coolant separation and expensive cost of heavy water. (author)

  8. Comparative Analysis of Thermohydraulic Margins in Embalse Power Station, CARA Vs. CANDU with Cobra IV-HW

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    Comparative analysis of thermohydraulic margins were studied of the CANDU 37 and CARA fuel bundles (FB) in Embalse power station with COBRA IV-HW code ., the geometry of the bundle laying on the channel was particularly modeled and discussing the results in comparison with former calculations with 1/6 simetry .The CARA design with enriched uranium (0.9 %) and extended burn up lets maintain the current thermohydraulic nominal margins , while compared with CANDU 37 rods FB enriched , the CARA design permits widely improve the current margins

  9. CANDU development: the next 25 years

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    CANDU Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors have three main characteristics that ensure viability for the very long term. First, great care has been taken in designing the CANDU reactor core so that relatively few neutrons produced in the fission process are absorbed by structural or moderator materials. The result is a reactor with high neutron economy that can burn natural uranium and a core that operates with 2-3 times less fissile content than other, similarly-sized reactors. In addition to neutron economy, the use of a simple bundle design and on-power fuelling augment the ability of CANDU reactors to burn a variety of fuels with relatively low fissile content with high efficiency. This ensures that fuel supply will not limit the applicability of the technology over the long term. Second, the presence of large water reservoirs ensures that even the severest postulated accidents are mitigated by passive means. For example, the presence of the heavy water moderator, which operates at low pressure and temperature, acts as a passive heat sink for many postulated accidents. Third, the modular nature of the core (e.g., fuel channels) means that components can be relatively easily replaced for plant life extension and upgrading. Since these factors all influence the long-term sustainability of CANDU nuclear technology, it is logical to build on this base and to add improvements to CANDU reactors using an evolutionary approach. This paper reviews AECL's product development directions and shows how the above characteristics are being exploited to improve economics, enhance safety, and ensure fuel cycle flexibility for sustainable development. (author). 21 refs., 9 figs

  10. Cost analysis and economic comparison for alternative fuel cycles in the heavy water cooled canadian reactor (CANDU)

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    Three main options in a CANDU fuel cycle involve use of: (1) natural uranium (0.711 weight percent U-235) fuel, (2) slightly enriched uranium (1.2 weight percent U-235) fuel, and (3) recovered uranium (0.83 weight percent U-235) fuel from light water reactor spent fuel. ORIGEN-2 computer code was used to identify composition of the spent fuel for each option, including the standard LWR fuel (3.3 weight percent U-235). Uranium and plutonium credit calculations were performed using ORIGEN-2 output. WIMSD-5 computer code was used to determine maximum discharge burnup values for each case. For the 3 cycles selected (natural uranium, slightly enriched uranium, recovered uranium), levelized fuel cycle cost calculations are performed over the reactor lifetime of 40 years, using unit process costs obtained from literature. Components of the fuel cycle costs are U purchase, conversion, enrichment, fabrication, SF storage, SF disposal, and reprocessing where applicable. Cost parameters whose effects on the fuel cycle cost are to be investigated are escalation ratio, discount rate and SF storage time. Cost estimations were carried out using specially developed computer programs. Share of each cost component on the total cost was determined and sensitivity analysis was performed in order to show how a change in a main cost component affects the fuel cycle cost. The main objective of this study has been to find out the most economical option for CANDU fuel cycle by changing unit prices and cost parameters

  11. Analysis of transient dry patch behavior on CANDU reactor calandria tubes in a LOCA with late stagnation and impaired ECI

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    An analytical method to describe the behavior of transient dry patches on CANDU reactor calandria tubes has been developed. Dry patches may form following the sagging of a pressure tube onto a calandria tube in certain low-probability scenarios in which a loss-of-coolant accident occurs with subsequent failure or impairment of the emergency cooling injection function. Results of the analysis show that the dry patches will not grow beyond a few degrees on each side of the bottom of the calandria tube and will rewet within a few tens of seconds, with the values depending on the specific CANDU reactor design and the mechanism of dry patch formation and rewetting. Maximum local calandria tube temperatures reached during the transient will be about 5500C to 7000C. There will be no significant effects (0C) on fuel, sheath and maximum pressure tube temperatures. The analytical results provide confidence that pressure tube and calandria tube integrity will not be threatened by dry-patch formation in the LOCA scenarios studied

  12. Assessment and management of ageing of major nuclear power plant components important to safety: CANDU pressure tubes

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    The report documents the current practices for assessment and management of the ageing of the pressure tubes in CANDU reactors and Indian PHWTRs. Chapter headings are: fuel channel and pressure tube description, design basis for the fuel channel and pressure tube, degradation mechanisms and ageing concerns for pressure tubes, inspection and monitoring methods for pressure tubes,assessment methods and fitness-for-service guidelines for pressure tubes, mitigation methods for pressure tubes, and pressure tube ageing management programme

  13. Advancing the technologies of CANDU

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    CANDU standard product design will continue to evolve, building upon the success of current operating units. Progressive improvements and enhancements will continue to be made to the CANDU system with heavy water moderated, pressure tube reactor technology of high neutron efficiency, based on the results of advanced technology R and D and operational experience from operating CANDU stations. The directions of development will respond to customer's requirements for economical, reliable and safe generating stations

  14. Next generation CANDU plants

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    Future CANDU designs will continue to meet the emerging design and performance requirements expected by the operating utilities. The next generation CANDU products will integrate new technologies into both the product features as well as into the engineering and construction work processes associated with delivering the products. The timely incorporation of advanced design features is the approach adopted for the development of the next generation of CANDU. AECL's current products consist of 700MW Class CANDU 6 and 900 MW Class CANDU 9. Evolutionary improvements are continuing with our CANDU products to enhance their adaptability to meet customers ever increasing need for higher output. Our key product drivers are for improved safety, environmental protection and improved cost effectiveness. Towards these goals we have made excellent progress in Research and Development and our investments are continuing in areas such as fuel channels and passive safety. Our long term focus is utilizing the fuel cycle flexibility of CANDU reactors as part of the long term energy mix

  15. Modelling material effects on flow-accelerated corrosion in primary CANDU coolant and secondary reactor feed-water

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    The effects of chromium content on flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC) of carbon steel have been predicted very well by including a passivating layer, which is a chromium-dependent diffusion barrier at the metal-oxide interface. By adjusting the properties of the chromium-dependent layer, described with a Passivation Parameter (PP), we can predict the FAC of carbon steel of different chromium contents in typical reactor feed-water environments (140oC and neutral or ammoniated chemistry). The model and an appropriate PP are also applied to the environment typical of carbon-steel feeders in the primary coolant of a CANDU reactor (310oC and lithiated chemistry). The model predicts FAC rate very well (with a deviation of 10% or less) in both situations. (author)

  16. Trends in the capital costs of CANDU generating stations

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    This paper consolidates the actual cost experience gained by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Ontario Hydro, and other Canadian electric utlities in the planning, design and construction of CANDU-PHWR (CANada Deuterium Uranium-Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor) generating stations over the past 30 years. For each of the major CANDU-PHWR generating stations in operation and under construction in Canada, an analysis is made to trace the evolution of the capital cost estimates. Major technical, economic and other parameters that affect the cost trends of CANDU-PHWR generating stations are identified and their impacts assessed. An analysis of the real cost of CANDU generating stations is made by eliminating interest during construction and escalation, and the effects of planned deferment of in-service dates. An historical trend in the increase in the real cost of CANDU power plants is established. Based on the cost experience gained in the design and construction of CANDU-PHWR units in Canada, as well as on the assessment of parameters that influence the costs of such projects, the future costs of CANDU-PHWRs are presented

  17. Nuclear power reactor physics

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    The purpose of this book is to explain the physical working conditions of nuclear reactors for the benefit of non-specialized engineers and engineering students. One of the leading ideas of this course is to distinguish between two fundamentally different concepts: - a science which could be called neutrodynamics (as distinct from neutron physics which covers the knowledge of the neutron considered as an elementary particle and the study of its interactions with nuclei); the aim of this science is to study the interaction of the neutron gas with real material media; the introduction will however be restricted to its simplified expression, the theory and equation of diffusion; - a special application: reactor physics, which is introduced when the diffusing and absorbing material medium is also multiplying. For this reason the chapter on fission is used to introduce this section. In practice the section on reactor physics is much longer than that devoted to neutrodynamics and it is developed in what seemed to be the most relevant direction: nuclear power reactors. Every effort was made to meet the following three requirements: to define the physical bases of neutron interaction with different materials, to give a correct mathematical treatment within the limit of necessary simplifying hypotheses clearly explained; to propose, whenever possible, numerical applications in order to fix orders of magnitude

  18. Reactor power measuring device

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    The device of the present invention comprises a γ-thermometer disposed in a BWR type reactor, a first amplifier for amplifying the output thereof, a fission ionization chamber disposed in the reactor separately from the γ-thermometer, a second amplifier for amplifying the output thereof, a differential circuit for differentiating the output signal of the second amplifier and a first adding circuit for adding an output signal of the differential circuit and an output signal of the first amplifier. Alternatively, a γ-ray self-powered neutron detector may be disposed instead of the fission ionization chamber. A second adding circuit is also disposed for adding the output signals of plurality of differentiation circuits and inputting the result to the first adding circuit. A sensitivity controller is disposed upstream of the first adder for controlling the sensitivity of the fission ionization chamber. Then, even if time delay should be caused in the γ-thermometer, output signals with good time response characteristic can be obtained by using signals of LPRM or SPND, and currently changing output of the reactor can be measured accurately to provide an effect on the improvement of the safety and operation controllability of the reactor. (N.H.)

  19. CANDU 9 safety enhancements and licensability

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    The CANDU 9 design has followed the evolutionary product development approach that has characterized the CANDU family of nuclear power plants. In addition to utilizing proven equipment and systems from operating stations, the CANDU 9 design has looked ahead to incorporate design and safety enhancements necessary to meet evolving utility and regulatory requirements both in Canada and overseas. To demonstrate licensability in Canada, and to assure overseas customers that the design had independent regulatory review in the country of origin, the pre-project Basic Engineering Program included an extensive two year formal review by the Canadian regulatory authority, the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB). Documentation submitted for this licensing review included the licensing basis, safety requirements and safety analysis necessary to demonstrate compliance with regulations as well as to assess system design and performance. The licensing review was successfully completed in 1997 January. In addition, to facilitate licensability in Korea, CANDU 9 incorporates feedback from the application of Korean licensing requirements to the CANDU 6 reactors at Wolsong site. (author)

  20. CANDU safety and licensing framework and process

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    Nuclear Safety is a shared responsibility of the Industry, public and the Government. The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) safety fundamentals, basic objectives and safety guides lay down the principles from which requirements, recommendations and methodologies for safety design of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) are derived. Within the framework of the international regulations and those of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), this paper will discuss the overall safety objectives, the defence in depth philosophy guiding CANDU safety, as well as the licensing process defined to meet all applicable CNSC regulations. The application of such philosophy to the ACR design and safety approach will also be discussed along with aspects of its implementation. The role of deterministic analysis, and Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) in the design and licensing process of the Advanced CANDU Reactor will be discussed. Postulated initiating events and their combinations, acceptance criteria, CANDU margins and limits, supporting methodologies and computer codes used in safety analysis will be reviewed. The paper will also note intrinsic safety characteristics of CANDU, some of the ACR passive safety features built-in by design, CANDU distinctive features with respect to severe core damage, mechanisms of heat rejection in those extreme conditions, emergency coolant injection system features and other post accident mitigating systems. Update on the ACR Canadian and US licensing progress will also be provided. (authors)

  1. Future generations of CANDU: advantages and development with passive safety

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    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) advances water reactor and CANDLT technology using an evolutionary development strategy. This strategy ensures that innovations are based firmly on current experience and keeps our development programs focused on one reactor concept, reducing risks, development costs, and product development cycle times. It also assures our customers that our products will never become obsolete or unsupported, and the continuous line of water reactor development is secure and supported into the future. Using the channel reactor advantage of modularity, the subdivided core has the advantage of passive safety by heat removal to the low- pressure moderator. With continuous improvements, the Advanced CANDU Reactor TM (ACR-1000TM) concept will likely remain highly competitive for a number of years and leads naturally to the next phase of CANDU development, namely the Generation IV CANDU -SCWR concept. This is conventional water technology, since supercritical boilers and turbines have been operating for some time in coal-fired power plants. Significant cost, safety, and performance advantages would result from the CANDU-SCWR concept, plus the flexibility of a range of plant sizes suitable for both small and large electric grids, and the ability for co-generation of electric power, process heat, and hydrogen. In CANDU-SCWR, novel developments are included in the primary circuit layout and channel design. The R and D in Canada is integrated with the Generation IV international Forum (GIF) plans, and has started on examining replaceable insulating liners that would ensure channel life, and on providing completely passive reactor decay heat removal directly to the moderator heat sink without forced cooling. In the interests of sustainability, hydrogen production by a CANDU- SCWR is also be included as part of the system requirements, where the methods for hydrogen production will depend on the outlet temperature of the reactor

  2. CANDU fuel-cycle vision

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    The fuel-cycle path chosen by a particular country will depend on a range of local and global factors. The CANDU reactor provides the fuel-cycle flexibility to enable any country to optimize its fuel-cycle strategy to suit its own needs. AECL has developed the CANFLEX fuel bundle as the near-term carrier of advanced fuel cycles. A demonstration irradiation of 24 CANFLEX bundles in the Point Lepreau power station, and a full-scale critical heat flux (CHF) test in water are planned in 1998, before commercial implementation of CANFLEX fuelling. CANFLEX fuel provides a reduction in peak linear element ratings, and a significant enhancement in thermalhydraulic performance. Whereas natural uranium fuel provides many advantages, the use of slightly enriched uranium (SEU) in CANDU reactors offers even lower fuel-cycle costs and other benefits, such as uprating capability through flattening the channel power distribution across the core. Recycled uranium (RU) from reprocessing spent PWR fuel is a subset of SEU that has significant economic promise. AECL views the use of SEU/RU in the CANFLEX bundle as the first logical step from natural uranium. High neutron economy enables the use of low-fissile fuel in CANDU reactors, which opens up a spectrum of unique fuel-cycle opportunities that exploit the synergism between CANDU reactors and LWRs. At one end of this spectrum is the use of materials from conventional reprocessing: CANDU reactors can utilize the RU directly without re-enrichment, the plutonium as conventional Mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel, and the actinide waste mixed with plutonium in an inert-matrix carrier. At the other end of the spectrum is the DUPIC cycle, employing only thermal-mechanical processes to convert spent LWR fuel into CANDU fuel, with no purposeful separation of isotopes from the fuel, and possessing a high degree of proliferation resistance. Between these two extremes are other advanced recycling options that offer particular advantages in exploiting the

  3. CANDU fuel-cycle vision

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    The fuel-cycle path chosen by a particular country will depend on a range of local and global factors. The CANDU reactor provides the fuel-cycle flexibility to enable any country to optimize its fuel-cycle strategy to suit its own needs. AECL has developed the CANFLEX fuel bundle as the near-term carrier of advanced fuel cycles. A demonstration irradiation of 24 CANFLEX bundles in the Point Lepreau power station, and a full-scale critical heat flux (CHF) test in water are planned in 1998, before commercial implementation of CANFLEX fuelling. CANFLEX fuel provides a reduction in peak linear element ratings, and a significant enhancement in thermalhydraulic performance. Whereas natural uranium fuel provides many advantages, the use of slightly enriched uranium (SEU) in CANDU reactors offers even lower fuel-cycle costs and other benefits, such as uprating capability through flattening the channel power distribution across the core. Recycled uranium (RU) from reprocessing spent PWR fuel is a subset of SEU that has significant economic promise. AECL views the use of SEU/RU in the CANFLEX bundle as the first logical step from natural uranium. High neutron economy enables the use of low-fissile fuel in CANDU reactors, which opens up a spectrum of unique fuel-cycle opportunities that exploit the synergism between CANDU reactors and LWRs. At one end of this spectrum is the use of materials from conventional reprocessing: CANDU reactors can utilize the RU directly without reenrichment, the plutonium as conventional mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel, and the actinide waste mixed with plutonium in an inert-matrix carrier. At the other end of the spectrum is the DUPIC cycle, employing only thermal-mechanical processes to convert spent LWR fuel into CANDU fuel, with no purposeful separation of isotopes from the fuel, and possessing a high degree of proliferation resistance. Between these two extremes are other advanced recycling options that offer particular advantages in exploiting the

  4. Occupational exposure in CANDU nuclear power plant: individual dosimetry program at Cernavoda NPP

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    Cernavoda NPP has one CANDU 600 reactor in commercial operation since December 1996. In CANDU type reactors the major contribution (95%) to the external dose is gamma radiation. The major contributor to the internal dose of professionally exposed workers is the tritiated heavy water (DTO), at least 40% of the total effective dose. The main purpose of design and implementation of a 'Monitoring, Evaluation and Recording of Individual Doses Program' (Individual Dosimetry Program) is to measure, assign and record all significant radiation doses (Hp(10), Hp(0.07) and E50) received by an individual during activities performed at the Campus of Cernavoda NPP ensuring at the same time that all the exposure are kept ALARA. Individual dose monitoring is provided by an authorized dosimetric service, licensed by the Romanian regulatory body, National Commission for Nuclear Activities (CNCAN), at Cernavoda NPP. For all the persons entering the radiological controlled areas (NPP employee, short-term atomic radiation workers, contractors and visitors) Health Physics Department provides individual dosimetric surveillance. During fuel loading activities in 1995 individual dosimetric surveillance was provided for 30 individuals using film dosemeters. Since 'Radiation Island' in effect on February 20th, 1996, individual monitoring for external gamma radiation exposure is performed using thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLDs). When entering areas where approved dose rates could be exceeded (variable or heterogeneous gamma radiation fields) beside TLD an electronic, direct reading, Personal Alarm Dosemeter (PAD) is used. When entering working areas with significant neutron dose rates an integrating portable neutron monitor is used (both as field instrument and personal dosemeter). When contact beta-gamma dose rate exceed 10 time the dose rate at the level of the chest, thermoluminescent extremities (hand and/or feet) dosemeters are used. Professionally exposed workers are subject to a

  5. CANDU steam generator life management

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    Tapping, R.L. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Nickerson, J. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Mississauga, Ontario (Canada); Spekkens, P.; Maruska, C. [Ontario Hydro, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

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    Steam generators are a critical component of a nuclear power reactor, and can contribute significantly to station unavailability, as has been amply demonstrated in Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). CANDU steam generators are not immune to steam generator degradation, and the variety of CANDU steam generator designs and tube materials has led to some unexpected challenges. However, aggressive remedial actions, and careful proactive maintenance activities, have led to a decrease in steam generator-related station unavailability of Canadian CANDUs. AECL and the CANDUutilities have defined programs that will enable existing or new steam generators to operate effectively for 40 years. Research and development work covers corrosion and mechanical degradation of tube bundles and internals, chemistry, thermalhydraulics, fouling, inspection and cleaning, as well as provision for specially tool development for specific problem solving. A major driving force is development of CANDU-specific fitness-for-service guidelines, including appropriate inspection and monitoring technology to measure steam generator condition. Longer-range work focuses on development of intelligent on-line monitoring for the feedwater system and steam generator. New designs have reduced risk of corrosion and fouling, are more easily inspected and cleaned, and are less susceptible to mechanical damage. The Canadian CANDU utilities have developed programs for remedial actions to combat degradation of performance (Gentilly-2, Point Lepreau, Bruce A/B, Pickering A/B), and have developed strategic plans to ensure that good future operation is ensured. The research and development program, as well as operating experience, has identified where improvements in operating practices and/or designs can be made in order to ensure steam generator design life at an acceptable capacity factory. (author)

  6. MARATHON - a computer code for the probabilistic estimation of leak-before-break time in CANDU reactors

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    The presence of high levels of moisture in the annulus gas system of a CANDU reactor indicates that a leaking crack may be present in a pressure tube. This will initiate the shutdown of the reactor to prevent the possibility of fuel channel damage. It is also desirable, however, to keep the reactor partially pressurized at hot shutdown for as long as it is necessary to unambiguously identify the leaking pressure tube. A premature full depressurization may cause an extended shutdown while the leaking tube is being located. However, fast fracture could occur during an excessively long hot shutdown period. A probabilistic methodology, together with an associated computer code (called MARATHON), has been developed to calculate the time from first leakage to unstable fracture in a probabilistic format. The methodology explicitly uses distributions of material properties and allows the risk associated with leak-before-break to be estimated. A model of the leak detection system is integrated into the methodology to calculate the time from leak detection to unstable fracture. The sensitivity of the risk to changing reactor conditions allows the optimization of reactor management after leak detection. In this report we describe the probabilistic model and give details of the quality assurance and verification of the MARATHON code. Examples of the use of MARATHON are given using preliminary material property distributions. These preliminary material property distributions indicate that the probability of unstable fracture is very low, and that ample time is available to locate the leaking tube

  7. Candu advanced fuel cycles: key to energy sustainability

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    A primary rationale for Indonesia to proceed with a nuclear power program is to diversity its energy sources and achieve freedom from future resource constraints. While other considerations, such as economy of power supply, hedging against potential future increases in the price of fossil fuels, fostering the technological development of the Indonesia economy and minimizing greenhouse and other gaseous are important, the strategic resource issue is key. In considering candidate nuclear power technologies upon which to base such a program, a major consideration will be the potential for those technologies to be economically sustained in the face of large future increases in demand for nuclear fuels. the technology or technologies selected should be amenable to evaluation in a rapidly changing technical, economic, resource and environmental policy environment. the world's proven uranium resources which can be economically recovered represent a fairly modest energy resource if utilization is based on the currently commercialized fuel cycles, even with the use of recovered plutonium in mixed oxide fuels. In the long term, fuel cycles relying solely on the use of light water reactors will encounter increasing fuel supply constraints. Because of its outstanding neutron economy and the flexibility of on-power refueling, Candu reactors are the most fuel resource efficient commercial reactors and offer the potential for accommodating an almost unlimited variety of advanced and even more fuel efficient cycles. Most of these cycles utilize nuclear fuel which are too low grade to be used in light water reactors, including many products now considered to be waste, such as spent light water reactor fuel and reprocessing products such as recovered uranium. The fuel-cycle flexibility of the Candu reactor provides a ready path to sustainable energy development in both the short and the long terms. Most of the potential Candu fuel cycle developments can be accommodated in existing

  8. Research and development into power reactor fuel performance

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    The nuclear fuel in a power reactor must perform reliably during normal operation, and the consequences of abnormal events must be researched and assessed. The present highly reliable operation of the natural UO2 in the CANDU power reactors has reduced the need for further work in this area; however a core of expertise must be retained for purposes such as training of new staff, retaining the capability of reacting to unforeseen circumstances, and participating in the commercial development of new ideas. The assessment of fuel performance during accidents requires research into many aspects of materials, fuel and fission product behaviour, and the consolidation of that knowledge into computer codes used to evaluate the consequences of any particular accident. This work is growing in scope, much is known from out-reactor work at temperatures up to about 1500 degreesC, but the need for in-reactor verification and investigation of higher-temperature accidents has necessitated the construction of a major new in-reactor test loop and the initiation of the associated out-reactor support programs. Since many of the programs on normal and accident-related performance are generic in nature, they will be applicable to advanced fuel cycles. Work will therefore be gradually transferred from the present, committed power reactor system to support the next generation of thorium-based reactor cycles

  9. A comparative analysis of the linear powers of standard CANDU and SEU - 43 bundles computed by first collision probability procedure on the exact geometry

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    The CP2D code (Constantin et al., 1999) was developed at INR Pitesti in the period 1997-2000. It is an integral transport code, based on the formalism of first collision probabilities. It is able to treat accurately a number of types of problems with complex geometry (as the CANDU cell, the TRIGA or PWR can, the problem of several CANDU bundle vicinity, etc). The idea underlying an exact geometrical treatment is decomposing the problem's geometry into a finite number of factor geometries (simple geometries in which the numerical integration may be carried out on the basis of simple and fast algorithms). The program allows accounting exactly for the individual structure of each fuel element and at the same time treats exactly the problem boundaries. The first CP2D version was developed and tested in 1998 while the next one, CP2D 2.0 was work out in 1999 and has the novelty of introducing supplementary factor geometries, capable of modelling many layer horizontal coolants. This multilayer model is devoted to a more accurate solution of the reactivity of the partial void effect in CANDU reactor. The third version, CP2D 3.0 (2000) embodies also a general burning scheme for evaluation the isotope inventory at the level of each geometrical region described in the input data. This work presents a thorough estimation of the linear powers (at the single pin level) for standard CANDU and SEU - 43 (enriched at 0.96%) bundles. The two types of bundles are comparatively analyzed from this point of view. In CP2D 3.0 the geometry of the two bundle types is treated exactly. To get the neutron cross sections with a 7 group energy cutting the WIMS program and its attached library were used. The results were obtained for fresh fuel and fuel of 6,211, 12,681, 19,150 and 25,621 MWd/tU and 0, 4,000 and 13,000 MWd/tU burnup degree for SEU - 43 bundle and standard bundle, respectively. The single pin linear powers were obtained without appealing to homogenizing supplementary techniques as

  10. Cost and schedule reduction for next-generation Candu

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    AECL has developed a suite of technologies for CanduR reactors that enable the next step in the evolution of the Candu family of heavy-water-moderated fuel-channel reactors. These technologies have been combined in the design for the Advanced Candu Reactor TM1 (ACRTM), AECL's next generation Candu power plant. The ACR design builds extensively on the existing Candu experience base, but includes innovations, in design and in delivery technology, that provide very substantial reductions in capital cost and in project schedules. In this paper, main features of next generation design and delivery are summarized, to provide the background basis for the cost and schedule reductions that have been achieved. In particular the paper outlines the impact of the innovative design steps for ACR: - Selection of slightly enriched fuel bundle design; - Use of light water coolant in place of traditional Candu heavy water coolant; - Compact core design with unique reactor physics benefits; - Optimized coolant and turbine system conditions. In addition to the direct cost benefits arising from efficiency improvement, and from the reduction in heavy water, the next generation Candu configuration results in numerous additional indirect cost benefits, including: - Reduction in number and complexity of reactivity mechanisms; - Reduction in number of heavy water auxiliary systems; - Simplification in heat transport and its support systems; - Simplified human-machine interface. The paper also describes the ACR approach to design for constructability. The application of module assembly and open-top construction techniques, based on Candu and other worldwide experience, has been proven to generate savings in both schedule durations and overall project cost, by reducing premium on-site activities, and by improving efficiency of system and subsystem assembly. AECL's up-to-date experience in the use of 3-D CADDS and related engineering tools has also been proven to reduce both engineering and

  11. Experimental and computational thermalhydraulics research related to CANDU reactor operation and safety

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    This paper describes recent, ongoing and planned research projects at the University of Ottawa, whose objective is to enhance our knowledge of flow and heat transfer in CANDU rod bundles and header/feeder systems and to assist the Canadian nuclear industry in the analysis of operation and safety of CANDU components as well as in designing improved ones. Several experimental facilities are being developed, including a refractive-index matching flow loop for detailed measurements of flows in eccentric annuli and rod bundles, a large-scale, heated rod-bundle facility with air as medium, matching the Reynolds number of the CANDU core and suitable for the study of the effects of geometrical distortions (e.g., pressure tube creep, spacers and fuel element bow) and transients, and an air-water loop for the testing of the operation of wire-mesh sensors and the study of two-phase flows in simple header/feeder vessels. Extensive CFD work on similar topics is also been conducted in parallel with the experiments using the experimental results for its validation. (author)

  12. CANDU: Shortest path to advanced fuel cycles

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    Full text: The global nuclear renaissance exhibiting itself in the form of new reactor build programs is rapidly gaining momentum. Many countries are seeking to expand the use of economical and carbon-free nuclear energy to meet growing electricity demand and manage global climate change challenges. Nuclear power construction programs that are being proposed in many countries will dramatically increase the demand on uranium resources. The projected life-long uranium consumption rates for these reactors will surpass confirmed uranium reserves. Therefore, securing sufficient uranium resources and taking corresponding measures to ensure the availability of long-term and stable fuel resources for these nuclear power plants is a fundamental requirement for business success. Increasing the utilization of existing uranium fuel resources and implementing the use of alternate fuels in CANDU reactors is an important element to meet this challenge. The CANDU heavy water reactor has unequalled flexibility for using a variety of fuels, such as Natural Uranium (NU), Low Enriched Uranium (LEU), Recycled Uranium (RU), Mixed Oxide (MOX), and thorium. This CANDU feature has not been used to date simply due to lack of commercial drivers. The capability is anchored around a versatile pressure tube design, simple fuel bundle, on-power refuelling, and high neutron economy of the CANDU concept. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has carried out theoretical and experimental investigations on various advanced fuel cycles, including thorium, over many years. Two fuels are selected as the subject of this paper: Natural Uranium Equivalent (NUE) and thorium. NUE fuel is developed by combining RU and depleted uranium (DU) in such a manner that the resulting NUE fuel is neutronically equivalent to NU fuel. RU is recovered from reprocessed light water reactor (LWR) fuel and has a nominal 235U concentration of approximately 0.9 wt%. This concentration is higher than NU used in CANDU reactors

  13. Tokamak experimental power reactor

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    A tokamak experimental power reactor has been designed that is capable of producing net electric power over a wide range of possible operating conditions. A net production of 81 MW of electricity is expected from the design reference conditions that assume a value of 0.07 for beta-toroidal, a maximum toroidal magnetic field of 9 T and a thermal conversion efficiency of 30%. Impurity control is achieved through the use of a low-Z first wall coating. This approach allows a burn time of 60 seconds without the incorporation of a divertor. The system is cooled by a dual pressurized water/steam system that could potentially provide thermal efficiencies as high as 39%. The first surface facing the plasma is a low-Z coated water cooled panel that is attached to a 20 cm thick blanket module. The vacuum boundary is removed a total of 22 cm from the plasma, thereby minimizing the amount of radiation damage in this vital component. Consideration is given in the design to the possible use of the EPR as a materials test reactor. It is estimated that the total system could be built for less than 550 million dollars

  14. Aerosol deposition at high-temperature gradients in geometries relevant to a CANDU nuclear reactor primary cooling system

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    During some postulated severe loss-of-coolant/loss-of-emergency coolant injection accidents, temperatures in a CANDU reactor fuel channel may rise high enough to cause release of vapours of core materials (UO2 fuel, Zircaloy-4 cladding and fission products such as Cs and I). The released vapour mass is expected to be carried by the coolant steam into the cooler parts of the primary cooling system in the form of aerosol particles. A fraction of the aerosol mass containing the fission products will be deposited in various component geometries, such as flow channels containing fuel rodbundles and pipes with changing cross-sectional area and bends. As part of an aerosol program, we have conducted experiments on aerosol transport in two geometries, focussing on thermophoresis and diffusion. The results obtained in these experiments and their analysis are presented in this paper. (author)

  15. Power calibrations for TRIGA reactors

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    The purpose of this paper is to establish a framework for the calorimetric power calibration of TRIGA reactors so that reliable results can be obtained with a precision better than ± 5%. Careful application of the same procedures has produced power calibration results that have been reproducible to ± 1.5%. The procedures are equally applicable to the Mark I, Mark II and Mark III reactors as well as to reactors having much larger reactor tanks and to TRIGA reactors capable of forced cooling up to 3 MW in some cases and 15 MW in another case. In the case of forced cooled TRIGA reactors, the calorimetric power calibration is applicable in the natural convection mode for these reactors using exactly the same procedures as are discussed below for the smaller TRIGA reactors (< 2 MW)

  16. The Conflux Fuel bundle: An Economic and Pragmatic Route to the use of Advanced Fuel Cycles in CANDU Reactors

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    The CANFLEX1 bundle is being developed jointly by AECL and KAERI as a vehicle for introducing the use of enrichment and advanced fuel cycles in CANDU2 reactors. The bundle design uses smaller diameter fuel elements in the outer ring of a 43-element bundle to reduce the maximum element ratings in a CANDU fuel bundle by 20% compared to the 37-element bundle currently in use. This facilitates burnups of greater than 21,000 MW d/TAU to optimize the economic benefit available from the use of enrichment and advanced fuel cycles. A combination of this lower fuel rating, plus development work underway at Aecl to enhance the thermalhydraulic characteristics of the bundle (including both CHF3 and bundle. This provides extra flexibility in the fuel management procedures required for fuel bundles with higher fissile contents. The different bundle geometry requires flow tests to demonstrate acceptable vibration and fretting behavior of the Conflux bundle. A program to undertake the necessary range of flow tests has started at KAERI, involving the fabrication of the required bundles, and setting up for the actual tests. A program to study the fuel management requirements for slightly enriched (0.9 wt % 235 in total U) Conflux fuel has been undertaken by both Aecl and KAERI staff, and further work has started for higher enrichments. Irradiation testing of the Conflux bundle started in the NUR reactor in 1989, and a second irradiation test is due to start shortly. This paper describes the program, and reviews the status of key parts of the program

  17. The evolution of the CANDU energy system - ready for Europe's energy future

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    As air quality and climate change issues receive increasing attention, the opportunity for nuclear to play a larger role in the coming decades also increases. The good performance of the current fleet of nuclear plants is crucial evidence of nuclear's potential. The excellent record of Cernavoda-1 is an important part of this, and demonstrates the maturity of the Romanian program and of the CANDU design approach. However, the emerging energy market also presents a stringent economic challenge. Current NPP designs, while established as reliable electricity producers, are seen as limited by high capital costs. In some cases, the response to the economic challenge is to consider radical changes to new design concepts, with attendant development risks from lack of provenness. Because of the flexibility of the CANDU system, it is possible to significantly extend the mid-size CANDU design, creating a Next Generation product, without sacrificing the extensive design, delivery and operations information base for CANDU. This enables a design with superior safety characteristics while at the same time meeting the economic challenge of emerging markets. The Romanian nuclear program has progressed successfully forward, leading to the successful operation of Cernavoda-1, and the project to bring Cernavoda-2 to commercial operation. The Romanian nuclear industry has become a full-fledged member of the CANDU community, with all areas of nuclear technology well established and benefiting from international cooperation with other CANDU organizations. AECL is an active partner with Romanian nuclear organizations, both through cooperative development programs, commercial contracts, and also through the activities of the CANDU owners' Group (COG). The Cernavoda project is part of the CANDU 6 family of nuclear power plants developed by AECL. The modular fuel channel reactor concept can be modified extensively, through a series of incremental changes, to improve economics, safety

  18. Design features of Candu 9

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    Thirty-two nuclear generating units with an aggregate installed capacity of 19,119 MWe worldwide are equipped with heavy water moderated and cooled pressure tube reactors of the Canadian Candu line. The list includes nine reactors of the 700 MWe category, and twelve reactors of the 900 MWe category in the Candu 6 series. On the basis of the 900 MWe units, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) developed the advanced Candu 9 series by evolution. This series has been designed for a service life of sixty years. The use of modular, simplified units and systems in the Candu 9 design is to shorten the planning and construction phase, increase safety, and improve plant operation. AECL will offer this reactor on the world market, first to its customers in (South) Korea, which is one of the reasons why the safety parameters have been chosen especially under the aspect of seismic characteristics. (orig.)

  19. Development of CP{sub -}2D, a two dimensional transport FFCP computer code for CANDU reactor neutronic analysis

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    The code CP{sub -}2D was developed in INR Pitesti, between 1997-2001. It is a transport code in the first flight collision probability formalism, able to treat exactly a lot of complicated geometry (such as CANDU clusters, TRIGA and PWR fuel assemblies). The first version CP{sub -}2D1.0 was released in 1998. The second, CP{sub -}2D2.0, was released in 1999 and uses a multistratified coolant model for CANDU loss of coolant accident analysis. The third version, CP{sub -}2D3.0 (2000), have incorporated a generalized burning scheme. The exact treatment of the geometry is based on the power of the FFCP method and on the decomposition of the target geometry into factorial geometries. An user friendly interface was developed in 2001. It helps the user to prepare the input, to view the introduced geometry and to collect the interest information directly into tables and figure. (author)

  20. Power Reactors. Appendix VIII

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    Decommissioning of nuclear facilities in many countries has evolved into a mature industry that has benefited from experience gained from previous projects and decommissioning costs can now be estimated to a good degree of accuracy. As a result of lessons learned, future decommissioning projects can be performed with higher levels of efficiency. Decommissioning of old power reactors is in progress in several countries. In some cases, decommissioning has been completed (i.e. plant sites have been released from regulatory control), while in other countries decommissioning is still in progress. Several large power reactors have been successfully decommissioned since 1995. The key areas of particular importance for decommissioning are decontamination, radiation protection, dismantling and demolition. The technologies which can be used for these tasks are commonly available on the market, but effective decommissioning still depends on an optimal choice of technologies, including site specific developments. It is not possible to recommend the use of a single specific technology for dismantling, demolition, segmentation or decontamination; rather, it is good practice to take into account as much information as possible from other decommissioning projects and to draw comparisons between various techniques in order to choose the one with the best performance in a particular situation. The exchange of information on all types of decommissioning experience, including decommissioning techniques and their applicability as well as disadvantages for specific tasks, is taking place on various levels, such as: — Collaborative working groups established by international organizations such as the IAEA, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the European Commission and the publication of technical reports by such organizations; — National and international conferences; — Bilateral or multilateral cooperation and information exchange between organizations with responsibilities for

  1. The next generation of CANDU technologies: profiling the potential for hydrogen fuel

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    This report discusses the Next-generation CANDU Power Reactor technologies currently under development at AECL. The innovations introduced into proven CANDU technologies include a compact reactor core design, which reduces the size by a factor of one third for the same power output; improved thermal efficiency through higher-pressure steam turbines; reduced use of heavy water (one quarter of the heavy water required for existing plants), thus reducing the cost and eliminating many material handling concerns; use of slightly enriched uranium to extend fuel life to three times that of existing natural uranium fuel and additions to CANDU's inherent passive safety. With these advanced features, the capital cost of constructing the plant can be reduced by up to 40 per cent compared to existing designs. The clean, affordable CANDU-generated electricity can be used to produce hydrogen for fuel cells for the transportation sector, thereby reducing emissions from the transportation sector

  2. Calibration of RB reactor power

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    The first and only calibration of RB reactor power was done in 1962, and the obtained calibration ratio was used irrespective of the lattice pitch and core configuration. Since the RB reactor is being prepared for operation at higher power levels it was indispensable to reexamine the calibration ratio, estimate its dependence on the lattice pitch, critical level of heavy water and thickness of the side reflector. It was necessary to verify the reliability of control and dosimetry instruments, and establish neutron and gamma dose dependence on reactor power. Two series of experiments were done in June 1976. First series was devoted to tests of control and dosimetry instrumentation and measurements of radiation in the RB reactor building dependent on reactor power. Second series covered measurement of thermal and epithermal neuron fluxes in the reactor core and calculation of reactor power. Four different reactor cores were chosen for these experiments. Reactor pitches were 8, 8√2, and 16 cm with 40, 52 and 82 fuel channels containing 2% enriched fuel. Obtained results and analysis of these results are presented in this document with conclusions related to reactor safe operation

  3. Incentives for improvement of CANDU

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    CANDU is a relatively young technology which has demonstrated many achievements as an electrical power generation system. These achievements include an unsurpassed safety record, high annual and lifetime capacity factors, low electricity cost and a broad range of other performance strengths which together indicate that the CANDU technology is fundamentally sound. Known capabilities not yet fully exploited, such as advanced fuel cycle options, indicate that CANDU technology will continue to pay strong dividends on research, development and design investment. This provides a strong incentive for the improvement of CANDU on a continuing basis

  4. CANDU market prospects

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    This 1994 survey of prospective markets for CANDU reactors discusses prospects in Turkey, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, China and Egypt, and other opportunities, such as in fuel cycles and nuclear safety. It was concluded that foreign partners would be needed to help with financing

  5. Characteristics of used CANDU fuel relevant to the Canadian nuclear fuel waste management program

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    Literature data on the characteristics of used CANDU power reactor fuel that are relevant to its performance as a waste form have been compiled in a convenient handbook. Information about the quantities of used fuel generated, burnup, radionuclide inventories, fission gas release, void volume and surface area, fuel microstructure, fuel cladding properties, changes in fuel bundle properties due to immobilization processes, radiation fields, decay heat and future trends is presented for various CANDU fuel designs. (author). 199 refs., 39 tabs., 100 figs

  6. Integration of CATHENA thermal-hydraulic model with CANDU 6 analytical simulator controller

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    This paper introduces a powerful design and analysis tool named SIMCAT that is developed to support applications to license a CANDU nuclear reactor, refurbish projects, and support the existing CANDU stations. It consists of the Canadian Algorithm for THErmohydraulic Network Analysis (CATHENA), the control logics from CANDU6 Analytical Simulator (C6SIM), and a communication protocol, Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM). This is the first time that CATHENA has been successfully coupled directly with a program written in another language. The independence of CATHENA and the C6SIM controllers allows the development of both CATHENA and C6SIM controller to proceed independently. (author)

  7. Research for thorium cycle high conversion in the CANDU and PWR type reactors. Development of simulation and study of symbiotic scenarios

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    In the frame of a sustainable nuclear energy, this study assesses Thorium-fueled CANDU and PWR competitiveness to reduce access difficulties to cheap uranium resources and Gen. IV cost and availability problems. It focuses on neutronic analysis of two thorium fuel management options: 233U production from Th/Pu fuels and 233U conversion in these reactors. In particular, breeding in multi-recycled Th/U CANDU has been established. Before this work, simulation methods and nuclear data have been validated by cross-checking two different types of codes (probabilistic and deterministic). Symbiotic scenarios, with various reactor and fuel combinations have been evaluated and compared. Resources savings have been quantified through core slight modifications. Deeper modifications towards breeding in PWR have been proposed and preliminarily studied. (author)

  8. Contribution of the TRIGA - INR Pitesti reactor to implementation of National Program for Nuclear Power

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    The TRIGA reactor of INR Pitesti, designed for nuclear fuel and structural materials testing, was commissioned in 1979. It has two reactor cores completely independent that share the same pool, which are practically two distinct nuclear reactors, a 14 MW steady-state unit and a second pulse reactor, working at 20,000 MW/pulse. The last unit may also be operated in a steady state regime of 500 KW power. Being of pool type it allows easy handling of the irradiation devices. The two TRIGA reactors are described. These reactors are used mainly for irradiation testing, particularly, for Cernavoda NPP fuel elements and production of radioisotopes as, for instance, Ir-131, Mo-99 for non-destructive industrial analyses and Co-60 for cobalt therapy. Also, programs for experimental physical research were developed as for instance crystallographic studies by means of neutron diffraction, prompt gamma spectrometry for isotopic composition of Ga poison at Cernavoda NPP and neutron activation analyses. A program RERTR is now undergoing for converting the highly enriched-fuel research reactors into slightly enriched-fuel reactors. This project is developed in the frame of a cooperation with IAEA-Vienna and DOE - USA. Also a program of power cycling testing for the study of CANDU fuel power followup in collaboration with AECL - Canada is currently implemented. Several research programs were established aiming at testing slightly enriched fuel for Cernavoda NPP, testing of CANDU fuel in LOCA accident conditions, preparation of radiopharmaceuticals, etc

  9. An integrated CANDU system

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    Twenty years of experience have shown that the early choices of heavy water as moderator and natural uranium as fuel imposed a discipline on CANDU design that has led to outstanding performance. The integrated structure of the industry in Canada, incorporating development, design, supply, manufacturing, and operation functions, has reinforced this performance and has provided a basis on which to continue development in the future. These same fundamental characteristics of the CANDU program open up propsects for further improvements in economy and resource utilization through increased reactor size and the development of the thorium fuel cycle

  10. The hierarchy of essential CANDU reactor control functions in a distributed system

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    Control functions in CANDU nuclear generating stations are programmed within two centralized and redundant minicomputers while safety functions are covered by conventional analog systems. This set-up is a product of standards, economic and technical considerations which are now being modified by the maturing of microprocessors, the progress in digital communications and the development of mathematical process models. Starting from the control and safety systems installed in Gentilly-2, this paper analyses trends that will affect the implementation of essential control functions within a distributed system. In particular, it emphasizes the characteristics of future software systems that must be built-in in order to comply with important operational requirements of nuclear generating stations. (auth)

  11. The Preliminary Study for Numerical Computation of 37 Rod Bundle in CANDU Reactor

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    A typical CANDU 6 fuel bundle consists of 37 fuel rods supported by two endplates and separated by spacer pads at various locations. In addition, the bearing pads are brazed to each outer fuel rod with the aim of reducing the contact area between the fuel bundle and the pressure tube. Although the recent progress of CFD methods has provided opportunities for computing the thermal-hydraulic phenomena inside of a fuel channel, it is yet impossible to reflect numerical computations on the detailed shape of rod bundle due to challenges with computing mesh and memory capacity. Hence, the previous studies conducted a numerical computation for smooth channels without considering spacers and bearing pads. But, it is well known that these components are an important factor to predict the pressure drop and heat transfer rate in a channel. In this study, the new computational method is proposed to solve complex geometry such as a fuel rod bundle. Before applying a solution to the problem of the 37 rod bundle, the validity and the accuracy of the method are tested by applying the method to simple geometry. The split channel method has been proposed with the aim of computing the fully shaped CANDU fuel channel with detailed components. The validity was tested by applying the method to the single channel problem. The average temperature have similar values for the considered two methods, while the local temperature shows a slight difference by the effect of conduction heat transfer in the solid region of a rod. Based on the present result, the calculation for the fully shaped 37-rod bundle is scheduled for future work

  12. Automatic reactor power control device

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    Anticipated transient without scram (ATWS) of a BWR type reactor is judged to generate a signal based on a reactor power signal and a scram actuation demand signal. The ATWS signal and a predetermined water level signal to be generated upon occurrence of ATWS are inputted, and an injection water flow rate signal exhibiting injection water flow rate optimum to reactor flooding and power suppression is outputted. In addition, a reactor pressure setting signal is outputted based on injection performance of a high pressure water injection system or a lower pressure water injection system upon occurrence of ATWS. Further, the reactor pressure setting signal is inputted to calculate opening/closing setting pressure of a main steam relief valve and output an opening setting pressure signal and a closure setting pressure signal for the main steam relief valve. As a result, the reactor power and the reactor water level can be automatically controlled even upon occurrence of ATWS due to failure of insertion of all of the control rods thereby enabling to maintain integrity and safety of the reactor, the reactor pressure vessel and the reactor container. (N.H.)

  13. Assessment of System Behavior and Actions Under Loss of Electric Power For CANDU

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    For the analysis, the CANDU-6 plant in Korea is considered and only the passive components are operable. The other systems are assumed to be at failed condition due to the loss of electric power. At this accident, only the inventories remained in the primary heat transport system (PHTS) and steam generator can be used for the decay heat removal. Due to the transfer of decay heat, the inventory of steam generator secondary side is discharged to the air through passive operation of main steam safety valves (MSSVs). After the steam generators are dried, the PHTS is over-pressurized and the coolant is discharged to fuelling machine vault through passive operation of degasser condenser tank relief valves (DCRVs). Under this situation, the maintenance of the integrity of PHTS is important for the protection of radionuclides release to the environment. Thus, deterministic analysis using CATHENA code is carried out for the simulation of the accident and the appropriate operator action is considered. The loss of electric power results in the depletion of steam generator inventory which is necessary for the decay heat removal. If only the passive system is credited, the PT can be failed after the steam generator is depleted. For the prevention of the PT failure, the feedwater should be supplied to the steam generator before 4,800s after the accident. The feedwater can be supplied using water in dousing tank if the steam generators are depressurized. The decay heat from the core is removed through natural circulation if the feedwater can be supplied continuously

  14. Applying operating experience to design the CANDU 3 process

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    The CANDU 3 is an advanced, smaller (450 MWe), standardized version of the CANDU now being designed for service later in the decade and beyond. The design of this evolutionary nuclear power plant has been carefully planned and organized to gain maximum benefits from new technologies and from world experience to date in designing, building, commissioning and operating nuclear power stations. The good performance record of existing CANDU reactors makes consideration of operating experience from these plants a particularly vital component of the design process. Since the completion of the first four CANDU 6 stations in the early 1980s, and with the continuing evolution of the multi-unit CANDU station designs since then, AECL CANDU has devised several processes to ensure that such feedback is made available to designers. An important step was made in 1986 when a task force was set up to review and process ideas arising from the commissioning and early operation of the CANDU 6 reactors which were, by that time, operating successfully in Argentina and Korea, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick. The task force issued a comprehensive report which, although aimed at the design of an improved CANDU 6 station, was made available to the CANDU 3 team. By that time also, the Institute of Power Operations (INPO) in the U.S., of which AECL is a Supplier Participant member, was starting to publish Good Practices and Guidelines related to the review and the use of operating experiences. In addition, details of significant events were being made available via the INPO SEE-IN (Significant Event Evaluation and Information Network) Program, and subsequently the CANNET network of the CANDU Owners' Group (COG). Systematic review was thus possible by designers of operations reports, significant event reports, and related documents in a continuing program of design improvement. Another method of incorporating operations feedback is to involve experienced utility

  15. The transition criteria of circulating flow pattern of moderator in the calandria tank of CANDU nuclear power plant

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    The moderator cooling system to the Calandria tank of CANDU nuclear power plant provides an alternative pass of heat sink during the hypothetical loss of coolant accident. Also, the neutron population in the CANDU plant can be affected by the moderator temperature change which strongly depends on the circulating flow pattern in the Calandria tank. It has been known that there are three distinguished flow patterns: the buoyancy dominated flow, the momentum dominated flow, and the mixed type flow. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) recommended that a series of experimental works should be performed to verify the three dimensional codes. Two existing facilities, SPEL (1982) and STERN (1990), have produced experimental data for these purposes. The present work is also motivated to build up a new scaled experimental facility named HGU for the same purposes. CANDU-6 was selected as the target plant to be scaled down. In the design for the scaled facility, the knowledge on the flow regime transitions in the circulating flow was imperative. In the present study, to pave the way for the scaling, the flow pattern maps of circulating flow were constructed based on the Reynolds number and Archimedes number. The CFX code was employed with real meshes to represent all calandria tubes in the tank. The flow pattern maps were constructed for SPEL, STERN, HGU, and CANDU6. As the key transition criterion useful for scaling law, a new Archimedes number considering the jet impingement of the feed water in the Calandria tank was found. The transition of flow patterns was made with the same Archimedes number for CANDU6, STERN and HGU. However, SPEL which has third of the modified Archimedes number showed different maps in the wider region of mixed flow pattern was observed. It was found that the Archimedes number considering the inlet nozzle velocity plays the key role in patterns classification. Also, it can be suggested that the moderator cooling system needs to be designed

  16. CANDU at the crossroads

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    ''Ready for the challenge of the 90s'' was the theme of this year's gathering of the Canadian Nuclear Association held in Toronto, 3-6 June. What that challenge really entails is whether the CANDU system will survive as the last remaining alternative to the light water reactor in the world reactor market, or whether it will decline into oblivion along with the Advanced Gas Cooled reactor and so many other technically excellent systems which have fallen along the way. The fate of the CANDU system will not be determined by its technical merits, nor by its impeccable safety record. It will be determined by public perceptions and by the deliberations of an Environmental Assessment Panel established by the Government of Ontario. The debate at the Association meeting is reported. (author).

  17. Investigation of acoustic and vibratory aspects with CIRCUS code. Application to the coolant pumps of the future Candu-9 type reactor

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    In nuclear reactors, coolant pumps are the main sources of noise. The acoustic waves propagate along pipes and by resonance effects can lead to important and damaging vibrations. AVA and CIRCUS are 2 codes dealing with acoustic and vibration phenomena. They have been used, compared and applied to the different configurations of pumps in the future Candu-9 reactor. It is highlighted that a coupling between mechanical and acoustic aspects should be taken into account since resonance peaks could be amplified in the discharge line. (A.C.)

  18. Fractals in Power Reactor Noise

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    In this work the non- lineal dynamic problem of power reactor is analyzed using classic concepts of fractal analysis as: attractors, Hausdorff-Besikovics dimension, phase space, etc. A new non-linear problem is also analyzed: the discrimination of chaotic signals from random neutron noise signals and processing for diagnosis purposes. The advantages of a fractal analysis approach in the power reactor noise are commented in details

  19. Development of thermal-hydraulic models for the safety evaluation of CANDU reactors

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    Lee, Jae Young; Jung, Yun Sik; Hwang, Gi Suk; Kim, Nam Seok [Handong Univ., Pohang (Korea, Republic of); No, Hee Cheon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-02-15

    The objective of the present research is to evaluate the safety analysis for CANDU and to improve the Horizontal Stratification Entrainment Model (HSEM) of RELAP5/MOD3.3. This report includes two items the one is the experimental study of entrainment at horizontal pipe with {+-} 36 .deg. C , {+-} 72 .deg. C branch pies, the other is the model improvement of the moderator heat sink in the Calandria. The off-take experiments on onset of entrainment and branch quality were investigated by using water and air as working fluid, and the experimental data were compared by the previous correlations. The previous correlations could not expect experimental results, thus the weak points of the previous correlations were investigated. The improvement of the previous model continues as the next year research. The thermal hydraulic scaling analysis of SPEL, STERN and ideal linear scaling analysis have been studied. As a result, a new scaling method were needed to design a new experimental facility (HGU). A new scaling method with 1/8 length scale was applied. From these results, the thermal hydraulic model for CFD code simulation was designed and test apparatus has been made. The moderator temperature distribution experiments and CFD code simulation will be continued in next year.

  20. Enhancing the moderator effectiveness as a heat sink during loss of coolant accidents in CANDU-PHW reactors using glass-peened surfaces

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    The horizontal fuel channel concept is a distinguishing feature of the CANDU-PHW reactor. Each fuel channel consists of a Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube and a Zircaloy-2 calandria tube, separated by a gas filled annulus. The calandria tube is surrounded by heavy-water moderator that also provides a backup heat sink for the reactor core. This heat sink (about 10 mm away from the hot pressure tube) ensures adequate cooling of fuel in the unlikely event of a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). One of the ways of enhancing the use of the moderator as a heat sink is to improve the heat-transfer characteristics between the calandria tube and the moderator. This enhancement can be achieved through surface modifications to the calandria tube which have been shown to increase the tube's critical heat flux (CHF) value. An increase in CHF could be used to reduce moderator subcooling requirements for CANDU fuel channels or increase the margin to dryout. A series of experiments was conducted to assess the benefits provided by glass-peening the outside surface of calandria tubes for postulated LOCA conditions. In particular, the ability to increase the tube's CHF, and thereby reduce moderator subcooling requirements was assessed. Results from the experiments confirm that glass-peening the outer surface of a tube increases its CHF value in pool boiling. This increase in CHF could be used to reduce moderator subcooling requirements for CANDU fuel channels by at least 5 deg. C. (author)

  1. Kinetics of iodine and cesium reactions in the CANDU reactor primary heat transport system under accident conditions

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    Gas-phase reaction kinetics have been modelled for the release of cesium and iodine into steam and steam/hydrogen atmospheres. The conditions are those anticipated in a CANDU reactor fuel channel following some postulated loss-of-coolant accidents. A total of seventeen chemical species were used in the model, including all important cesium and iodine species. Reaction rate constants were taken from the literature, or calculated where possible, or estimated. The composition evolution of the system was calculated, following a burst release of cesium and iodine, as a function of total iodine and cesium concentrations, cesium/iodine release ratio, iodine release form (atomic I or CsI), fuel channel atmosphere, and radiolysis effects. In general, the calculation demonstrates that CsI and CsOH rapidly (-2 s) become the most important species in the system for virtually all conditions. Atomic I is found to be significant only for very low release concentrations, or for Cs:I ratios less than unity. The main body of the modelling was performed at 1000 K. Some calculations were also performed for a three-node temperature system - 1500 K, 1000 K and 750 K - with the fission products being transported from high to low temperature. Thus, a qualitative picture is provided of the evolution of the chemistry in the fuel channel as the fission products are swept out by the residual steam flow

  2. Analysis of the source term formation in a severe accident initiated by end fitting failure in CANDU type reactors

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    Constantin, Marin; Constantin, Alina; Apostol, Minodora [Institute for Nuclear Research, Pitesti (Romania)

    2014-04-15

    CANDU type reactors have some peculiarities in initiation and progression of severe accidents. In the present paper one of the specificities - the End Fitting Failure accident - is analysed from the point of view of source term formation. The accident is initiated by a failure of the re-fueling machine. Fuel bundles are ejected in the re-fuelling machine room and fuel elements suffer a significant fragmentation by mechanical impact and by the rapid increase of the temperature. A direct transfer of the fission products occurs directly to the containment. The source term in the containment and also the source term to the environment is calculated supposing an open venting communication to the external atmosphere. The simulation is performed by using the ASTEC code in coupled calculation CPA-IODE-ISODOPE-DOSE option. The evolution of the distributions for the most important released fission products is presented for different regions and for different hosts. The most important factors of influence on the source term formation are identified and discussed. (orig.)

  3. Power reactor information system (PRIS)

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    Since the very beginning of commercial operation of nuclear power plants, the nuclear power industry worldwide has accumulated more than 5000 reactor years of experience. The IAEA has been collecting Operating Experience data for Nuclear Power Plants since 1970 which were computerized in 1980. The Agency has undertaken to make Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) available on-line to its Member States. The aim of this publication is to provide the users of PRIS from their terminals with description of data base and communication systems and to show the methods of accessing the data

  4. Research and development for CANDU fuel channels and fuel

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    The CANDU nuclear reactor is distinctly different from BWR and PWR reactors in that it uses many small pressure tubes rather than one large pressure vessel to contain the fuel and coolant. To exploit the advantages of the natural uranium fuel, the pressure tubes, like other core components, are manufactured from zirconium alloys which have low neutron capture cross sections. Also, because natural uranium fuel only achieves a modest burnup, a simple and inexpensive fuel design has been developed. The present paper reviews the features and the research that have led to the very satisfactory performance of the pressure tubes and the fuel in CANDU reactors. Reference is made to current research and development that may lead to further economies in the design and operation of future power reactors. (author)

  5. Modelling the activity of 99Tc the primary heat transport system of a CANDU reactor

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    A physical model has been developed to describe the coolant activity behaviour of 99Tc, during constant and reactor shutdown operations. This analysis accounts for the fission production of technetium and molybdenum, in which their chemical form and volatility is determined by a thermodynamic treatment using a Gibbs-energy minimization. The release kinetics are calculated according to the rate-controlling step of diffusional transport in the fuel matrix and vaporization from the fuel-grain surface. Based on several in-reactor tests with defective fuel elements, and as supported by the thermodynamic analysis, the model accounts for the washout of molybdenum from the defective fuel on reactor shutdown. The model also considers the recoil release of both 99Mo and 99Tc from uranium contamination, as well as a corrosion source due to activation of 98Mo. The model has provided an estimate of the activity ratio 99Tc/137Cs in the ion-exchange columns of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, i.e., 6 x 10-6 (following ∼200 d of steady reactor operation) and 4 x 10-6 (with reactor shutdown). These results are consistent with that measured by the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories with a mixed-bed resin-sampling device installed in a number of Pressurized Water Reactor and Boiling Water Reactor plants. (author)

  6. Trends in CANDU licensing

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    Modern utilities view nuclear power more and more as a commodity - it must compete 'today' with current alternatives to attract their investment. With its long construction times and large capital investment, nuclear plants are vulnerable to delays once they have been committed. There are two related issues. Where the purchaser and the regulator are experienced in CANDU, the thrust is a very practical one: to identify and resolve major licensing risks at a very early stage in the project. Thus for a Canadian project, the designer (AECL) and the prospective purchaser would deal directly with the AECB. However CANDU has also been successfully licensed in other countries, including Korea, Romania, Argentina, India and Pakistan. Each of these countries has its own regulatory agency responsible for licensing the plant. In addition, however, the foreign customer and regulator may seek input from the AECB, up to and including a statement of licensability in Canada; this is not normally needed for a ''repeat'' plant and/or if the customer is experienced in CANDU, but can be requested if the plant configuration has been modified significantly from an already-operating CANDU. It is thus the responsibility of the designer to initiate early discussions with the AECB so the foreign CANDU meets the expectations of its customers

  7. Life extension, power upgrade, and return to service work for Pickering NGS and other PWR and CANDU plants

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    Work on life extension, power upgrade and return to service has been performed and is in progress for a number of PWR and CANDU plants. For PWR plants, power upgrade work has been done for the new replacement steam generators in several cases. This work consists of redoing the formal equipment qualification analysis and reports for the uprated operating conditions to support the application for license adjustment. Life extension assessments have been performed for several CANDU plants. These are highly detailed assessments in which the particular steam generator is reassessed part by part as to the ability of each to sustain full life operation and also extended life operation. Return to service work for Pickering NGSA specifically has included this type of assessment and also specific repair, cleaning and retrofit activities including secondary side inspection, waterlancing, divider plate repair, eddy current inspection, etc. Steam generator modifications and retrofit work have been performed in a number of cases. The paper discusses various life extension, power upgrade, equipment modification and return to service activities all of which are part of the renewed drive in the industry to realise the full potential of nuclear plants by getting more and better performance from the extended service of existing plants. (author)

  8. CANDU plant life management - An integrated approach

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    An integrated approach to plant life management has been developed for CANDU reactors. Strategies, methods, and procedures have been developed for assessment of critical systems structures and components and for implementing a reliability centred maintenance program. A Technology Watch program is being implemented to eliminate 'surprises'. Specific work has been identified for 1998. AECL is working on the integrated program with CANDU owners and seeks participation from other CANDU owners

  9. Ninth international conference on CANDU fuel, 'fuelling a clean future'

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    The Canadian Nuclear Society's 9th International Conference on CANDU fuel took place in Belleville, Ontario on September 18-21, 2005. The theme for this year's conference was 'Fuelling a Clean Future' bringing together over 80 delegates ranging from: designers, engineers, manufacturers, researchers, modellers, safety specialists and managers to share the wealth of their knowledge and experience. This international event took place at an important turning point of the CANDU technology when new fuel design is being developed for commercial application, the Advanced CANDU Reactor is being considered for projects and nuclear power is enjoying a renaissance as the source energy for our future. Most of the conference was devoted to the presentation of technical papers in four parallel sessions. The topics of these sessions were: Design and Development; Fuel Safety; Fuel Modelling; Fuel Performance; Fuel Manufacturing; Fuel Management; Thermalhydraulics; and, Spent Fuel Management and Criticalty

  10. The evolution of Candu fuel cycles and their potential contribution to world peace

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    The Candu(r) reactor is the most versatile commercial power reactor in the world. It has the potential to extend resource utilization significantly, to allow countries with developing industrial infrastructures access to clean and abundant energy, and to destroy long-lived nuclear waste or surplus weapons plutonium. These benefits are available by choosing from an array of possible fuel cycles. Several factors, including Canada's early focus on heavy-water technology, limited heavy-industry infrastructure at the time, and a desire for both technological autonomy and energy self-sufficiency, contributed to the creation of the first Candu reactor in 1962. With the maturation of the CANDU industry, the unique design features of the now-familiar product - on-power refuelling, high neutron economy, and simple fuel design - make possible the realization of its potential fuel-cycle versatility. Several fuel-cycle options currently under development are described. (authors)

  11. Worldwide advanced nuclear power reactors with passive and inherent safety: What, why, how, and who

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Reich, W.J.

    1991-09-01

    The political controversy over nuclear power, the accidents at Three Mile Island (TMI) and Chernobyl, international competition, concerns about the carbon dioxide greenhouse effect and technical breakthroughs have resulted in a segment of the nuclear industry examining power reactor concepts with PRIME safety characteristics. PRIME is an acronym for Passive safety, Resilience, Inherent safety, Malevolence resistance, and Extended time after initiation of an accident for external help. The basic ideal of PRIME is to develop power reactors in which operator error, internal sabotage, or external assault do not cause a significant release of radioactivity to the environment. Several PRIME reactor concepts are being considered. In each case, an existing, proven power reactor technology is combined with radical innovations in selected plant components and in the safety philosophy. The Process Inherent Ultimate Safety (PIUS) reactor is a modified pressurized-water reactor, the Modular High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (MHTGR) is a modified gas-cooled reactor, and the Advanced CANDU Project is a modified heavy-water reactor. In addition to the reactor concepts, there is parallel work on super containments. The objective is the development of a passive box'' that can contain radioactivity in the event of any type of accident. This report briefly examines: why a segment of the nuclear power community is taking this new direction, how it differs from earlier directions, and what technical options are being considered. A more detailed description of which countries and reactor vendors have undertaken activities follows. 41 refs.

  12. Worldwide advanced nuclear power reactors with passive and inherent safety: What, why, how, and who

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    The political controversy over nuclear power, the accidents at Three Mile Island (TMI) and Chernobyl, international competition, concerns about the carbon dioxide greenhouse effect and technical breakthroughs have resulted in a segment of the nuclear industry examining power reactor concepts with PRIME safety characteristics. PRIME is an acronym for Passive safety, Resilience, Inherent safety, Malevolence resistance, and Extended time after initiation of an accident for external help. The basic ideal of PRIME is to develop power reactors in which operator error, internal sabotage, or external assault do not cause a significant release of radioactivity to the environment. Several PRIME reactor concepts are being considered. In each case, an existing, proven power reactor technology is combined with radical innovations in selected plant components and in the safety philosophy. The Process Inherent Ultimate Safety (PIUS) reactor is a modified pressurized-water reactor, the Modular High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (MHTGR) is a modified gas-cooled reactor, and the Advanced CANDU Project is a modified heavy-water reactor. In addition to the reactor concepts, there is parallel work on super containments. The objective is the development of a passive ''box'' that can contain radioactivity in the event of any type of accident. This report briefly examines: why a segment of the nuclear power community is taking this new direction, how it differs from earlier directions, and what technical options are being considered. A more detailed description of which countries and reactor vendors have undertaken activities follows. 41 refs

  13. Low-power nuclear reactors

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    A brief development history of low-power nuclear reactors is presented in this paper. Nowadays, some countries have plans to build a series of small nuclear power plants (also floating ones) for use in remote regions. Present constructions of such NPP are presented in this paper. (author)

  14. Power Reactor Information System (PRIS)

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    The IAEA has been collecting Operating Experience data for Nuclear Power Plants of the IAEA Member States since 1970. In order to facilitate an analysis of nuclear power plant performance as well as to produce relevant publications, all previously collected data supplied from the questionnaires were computerized in 1980 and the Power Reactor Information System was implemented. PRIS currently contains production records for the years up to and including 1990 and about 98% of the reactors-years operating experience in the world is contained in PRIS. (orig.)

  15. The U.S.-Russian joint studies on using power reactors to disposition surplus weapons plutonium as spent fuel

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    In 1996, the US and the Russian Federation completed an initial joint study of the candidate options for the disposition of surplus weapons plutonium in both countries. The options included long term storage, immobilization of the plutonium in glass or ceramic for geologic disposal, and the conversion of weapons plutonium to spent fuel in power reactors. For the latter option, the US is only considering the use of existing light water reactors (LWRs) with no new reactor construction for plutonium disposition, or the use of Canadian deuterium uranium (CANDU) heavy water reactors. While Russia advocates building new reactors, the cost is high, and the continuing joint study of the Russian options is considering only the use of existing VVER-1000 LWRs in Russia and possibly Ukraine, the existing BN-60O fast neutron reactor at the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant in Russia, or the use of the Canadian CANDU reactors. Six of the seven existing VVER-1000 reactors in Russia and the eleven VVER-1000 reactors in Ukraine are all of recent vintage and can be converted to use partial MOX cores. These existing VVER-1000 reactors are capable of converting almost 300 kg of surplus weapons plutonium to spent fuel each year with minimum nuclear power plant modifications. Higher core loads may be achievable in future years

  16. Neutronic calculations for CANDU thorium systems using Monte Carlo techniques

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    Saldideh, M.; Shayesteh, M.; Eshghi, M.

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the prospects of exploiting the rich world thorium reserves using Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactors. The analysis is performed using the Monte Carlo MCNP code in order to understand how much time the reactor is in criticality conduction. Four different fuel compositions have been selected for analysis. We have obtained the infinite multiplication factor, k∞, under full power operation of the reactor over 8 years. The neutronic flux distribution in the full core reactor has already been investigated.

  17. Extrapolating power-ramp performance criteria for current and advanced CANDU fuels

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    Tayal, M.; Chassie, G.G

    2000-06-01

    To improve the precision and accuracy of power-ramp performance criteria for high-burnup fuel, we have examined in-reactor fuel performance data as well as out-reactor test data. The data are consistent with some of the concepts used in the current formulations for defining fuel failure thresholds, such as size of power-ramp and extent of burnup. Our review indicates that there is a need to modify some other aspects of the current formulations; therefore, a modified formulation is presented in this paper. The improvements mainly concern corrodent concentration and its relationships with threshold stress for failure. The new formulation is consistent with known and expected trends such as strength of Zircaloy in corrosive environment, timing of the release of fission products to the pellet-to-sheath gap, CANLUB coating, and fuel burnup. Because of the increased precision and accuracy, the new formulation is better able to identify operational regimes that are at risk of power-ramp failures; this predictive ability provides enhanced protection to fuel against power-ramp defects. At die same time, by removing unnecessary conservatisms in other areas, the new formulation permits a greater range of defect-free operational envelope as well as larger operating margins in regions that are, in fact, not prone to power-ramp failures. (author)

  18. Extrapolating power-ramp performance criteria for current and advanced CANDU fuels

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    To improve the precision and accuracy of power-ramp performance criteria for high-burnup fuel, we have examined in-reactor fuel performance data as well as out-reactor test data. The data are consistent with some of the concepts used in the current formulations for defining fuel failure thresholds, such as size of power-ramp and extent of burnup. Our review indicates that there is a need to modify some other aspects of the current formulations; therefore, a modified formulation is presented in this paper. The improvements mainly concern corrodent concentration and its relationships with threshold stress for failure. The new formulation is consistent with known and expected trends such as strength of Zircaloy in corrosive environment, timing of the release of fission products to the pellet-to-sheath gap, CANLUB coating, and fuel burnup. Because of the increased precision and accuracy, the new formulation is better able to identify operational regimes that are at risk of power-ramp failures; this predictive ability provides enhanced protection to fuel against power-ramp defects. At die same time, by removing unnecessary conservatisms in other areas, the new formulation permits a greater range of defect-free operational envelope as well as larger operating margins in regions that are, in fact, not prone to power-ramp failures. (author)

  19. Role of accident analysis in development of severe accident management guidance for multi-unit CANDU nuclear power plants

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    This paper discusses the role of accident analysis in support of the development of Severe Accident Management Guidance for domestic CANDU reactors. In general, analysis can identify what types of challenges can be expected during accident progression but it cannot specify when and to what degree accident phenomena will occur. SAMG overcomes these limitations by monitoring the actual values of key plant indicators that can be used directly or indirectly to infer the condition of the plant and by establishing setpoints beyond which corrective action is required. Analysis can provide a means to correlate observed post-accident plant behavior against predicted behaviour to improve the confidence in and quality of accident mitigation decisions. (author)

  20. Development of analysis system and analysis on reactor physics for CANDU advanced fuel

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    Kim, Bong Gi; Bae, Chang Joon; Kwon, Oh Sun [Korea Power Electric Corporation, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    characteristics of reactor physics for CANFLEX-NU fuel core were calculated using final fuel design data. The results of analysis showed that there was no impact on reactor operations and safety. The above results of calculations and analysis were described in the physics design for CANFLEX-NU= fuel core. Various fuel models were evaluated for selecting high burnup fuel using recovered uranium. It is judged to be worse effects for reactor safety Hence, the use of graphite within fuel was proposed and its results showed to be better. The analysis system of reactor physics for design and analysis of high burnup fuel was evaluated. Lattice codes and core code were reviewed. From the results, the probability of WIMS-AECL and HELIOS is known to be high for analysis of high burnup fuel. For the core code, RFSP, it was evaluated that the simplified 2 group equation should be replaced by explicit 2 group equation. (Author) 32 refs., 25 tabs., 79 figs.

  1. Cascade ICF power reactor

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    The double-cone-shaped Cascade reaction chamber rotates at 50 rpm to keep a blanket of ceramic granules in place against the wall as they slide from the poles to the exit slots at the equator. The 1 m-thick blanket consists of layers of carbon, beryllium oxide, and lithium aluminate granules about 1 mm in diameter. The x rays and debris are stopped in the carbon granules; the neutrons are multiplied and moderated in the BeO and breed tritium in the LiAlO2. The chamber wall is made up of SiO tiles held in compression by a network of composite SiC/Al tendons. Cascade operates at a 5 Hz pulse rate with 300 MJ in each pulse. The temperature in the blanket reaches 1600 K on the inner surface and 1350 K at the outer edge. The granules are automatically thrown into three separate vacuum heat exchangers where they give up their energy to high pressure helium. The helium is used in a Brayton cycle to obtain a thermal-to-electric conversion efficiency of 55%. Studies have been done on neutron activation, debris recovery, vaporization and recondensation of blanket material, tritium control and recovery, fire safety, and cost. These studies indicate that Cascade appears to be a promising ICF reactor candidate from all standpoints. At the 1000 MWe size, electricity could be made for about the same cost as in a future fission reactor

  2. Investigation of neutronic behavior in a CANDU reactor with different (Am, Th, 235U)O2 fuel matrixes

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    Recently thorium-based fuel matrixes are taken into consideration for nuclear waste incineration because of thorium proliferation resistance feature moreover its breeding or convertor ability in both thermal and fast reactors. In this work, neutronic influences of adding Am to (Th-235U)O2 on effective delayed neutron fraction, reactivity coefficients and burn up of a fed CANDU core has been studied using MCNPX 2.6.0 computational code. Different atom fractions of Am have been introduced in the fuel matrix to evaluate its effects on neutronic parameters of the modeled core. The computational data show that adding 2% atom fraction of Am to thorium-based fuel matrix won't noticeably change reactivity coefficients in comparison with the fuel matrix containing 1% atom fraction of Am. The use of 2% atom fraction of Am resulted in a higher delayed neutron fraction. According to the obtained data, 32.85 GWd burn up of the higher Americium-containing fuel matrix resulted in 55.2%, 26.5%, 41.9% and 2.14% depletion of 241Am, 243Am, 235U and 232Th respectively. 132.8 kg of 233U fissile element is produced after the burn up time and the nuclear core multiplication factor increases in rate of 2390 pcm. The less americium-containing fuel matrix resulted in higher depletion of 241/243Am, 235U and 232Th while the nuclear core effective multiplication factor increases in rate of 5630 pcm after the burn up time with 9.8 kg additional 233U production.

  3. Thorium fuel cycles in CANDU

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    In recent years, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited has been examining in detail the implications of using thorium-based fuels tn the CANDU reactor. Various cycles initiated and enriched either with fissile plutonium or with enriched uranium, and with effective conversion ratios ranging up to 1.0, have been evaluated. We have concluded that: 1. Substantial quantities of uranium can be saved by adoption of the thorium fuel cycle, and the long-term security of fissile supply both for the domestic and overseas market can be considerably enhanced. The amount saved will depend on the details of the fuel cycle and the anticipated growth of nuclear power in Canada. 2. The fuel cycle can be introduced into the basic CANDU design without major modifications and without compromising current safety standards. 3. The economic conditions that make thorium competitive with the once-through natural uranium cycle depend a the price of uranium and on the costs both to fabricate α and γ-emitting fuels and to either enrich uranium or to extract fissile material from spent fuel. While timing is difficult to predict, we believe that competitive economic conditions will prevail toward the end of this century. 4. A twenty-year technological development program will be required to establish commercial confidence in the fuel cycle. (author)

  4. Passive heat removal in CANDU

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    CANDU has a tradition of incorporating passive systems and passive components whenever they are shown to offer performance that is equal to or better than that of active systems, and to be economic. Examples include the two independent shutdown systems that employ gravity and stored energy respectively, the dousing subsystem of the CANDU 6 containment system, and the ability of the moderator to cool the fuel in the event that all coolant is lost from the fuel channels. CANDU 9 continues this tradition, incorporating a reserve water system (RWS) that increases the inventory of water in the reactor building and profiles a passive source of makeup water and/or heat sinks to various key process systems. The key component of the CANDU 9 reserve water system is a large (2500 cubic metres) water tank located at a high elevation in the reactor building. The reserve water system, while incorporating the recovery system functions, and the non-dousing functions of the dousing tank in CANDU 6, embraces other key systems to significantly extend the passive makeup/heat sink capability. The capabilities of the reserve water system include makeup to the steam generators secondary side if all other sources of water are lost; makeup to the heat transport system in the event of a leak in excess of the D2O makeup system capability; makeup to the moderator in the event of a moderator leak when the moderator heat sink is required; makeup to the emergency core cooling (ECC) system to assure NPSH to the ECC pumps during a loss of coolant accident (LOCA), and provision of a passive heat sink for the shield cooling system. Other passive designs are now being developed by AECL. These will be incorporated in future CANDU plants when their performance has been fully proven. This paper reviews the passive heat removal systems and features of current CANDU plants and the CANDU 9, and briefly reviews some of the passive heat removal concepts now being developed. (author)

  5. Problems and prospects of small and medium power reactors

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    Prior to 1973 it was generally believed that small and medium power reactors (SMPRs) had a potentially large market and only their high capital costs prevented their large-scale commercial application. The increase in the price of crude oil in December 1973 changed the economic position of SMPRs so much that even 100-200MW(e) nuclear reactors were considered economic compared with oil-fired plants. The IAEA 1974 market survey showed a potential for 154 units from 150-500MW(e) during 1980-1989 with a total installed capacity of 45000MW(e). This did not generate the desired interest among reactor manufacturers. So far only three European-based manufacturers have shown interest in SMPRs and at present small reactors are being built commercially mostly in India. The reported capital costs of a 215MW(e) Indian CANDU reactor compare favourably with those for European-built reactors. Bangladesh, Jamaica and Kuwait are seriously looking for reactors of 50-150MW(e). The paper analyses the historical background of SMPRs and their commercial application and suggests the following action: (1) A realistic reappraisal of the changed market potential for SMPRs and a critical analysis of the Indian and European figures, possibly carried out by the IAEA; (2) a Special Nuclear Fund be created by contributions from Member States to provide financial support to selected reactor manufacturers willing to make SMPRs commercially available; (3) the proposed Special Nuclear Fund may also provide credit on soft terms to developing countries interested in building SMPRs; (4) the IAEA should expand the scope of its activities and take up the responsibility of collecting and administering such a Special Nuclear Fund. (author)

  6. Nuclear reactor power control device

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    When occurrence of earthquakes is judged in a BWR type reactor, the power is decreased by inserting a portion of control rods, reducing a speed of recycling pumps, stopping recycling pumps, increasing the opening degree of a main steam control valve and opening a main steam relief valve. The reactor scram can be avoided by bypassing neutron flux high signal, settling a filter to neutron flux signals and setting a reactor scram set value by neutron flux signals, for example, to 120%. There is constituted an interlock for performing reactor scram when both of a neutron flux high signal and a signal outputted if a surface heat flux corresponding signal formed by applying calculation to the neutron flux high signal exceeds a set value are valid, to avoid unnecessary reactor scram. As a measuring means, not only an acceleration meter in the power plant, but also acceleration meters at remote places, acceleration meters or displacement meters for various kinds of equipments in the power plant are used, and when signals from them exceed set values, earthquake judgement is conducted. (N.H.)

  7. Update of operating experience with cold-worked Zr-2.5%Nb pressure tubes in CANDU reactors

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    Zr-2.5 Nb pressure tubes are now used in all CANDU reactors. To ensure they perform reliably, their performance is carefully monitored. Both in situ inspection and sampling and testing techniques for tubes periodically removed from reactors have been developed. The data from these inspections and tests, together with models developed from research programs give confidence that pressure tubes will function effectively and safely for their design life. This presentation will describe how service life affects changes in the major material parameters in pressure tubes and the resulting maintenance activities resulting from those changes. Thermal creep, irradiation creep and irradiation growth change the dimensions during service, and axial elongation due to growth and sag due to creep in the older reactors have resulted in major maintenance programs. However, the dimensional changes continue to follow the behaviour predicted by the design equations and in the newer reactors should not limit service life. Extensive in situ sampling and the analysis of the tubes recently removed from Pickering Unit 3 indicate that hydrogen ingress into the pressure tubes from corrosion on the inside surface is very low and tests on irradiated material indicate that it should continue to remain low. The ingress rate from the annulus gas side can be significant if the integrity of the oxide on the outside surface is not maintained as a barrier. To maintain te integrity of the autoclave oxide, the recommended annulus gas is carbon dioxide, with oxygen addition, and adequate flow must be ensured. An explanation of the cause of relatively high hydrogen concentrations in a few Pickering A Zr-2.5% Nb pressure tubes has been developed defining the role of annulus side ingress. The model developed to predict the time and conditions to initiate blisters in pressure tubes that are in contact with their calandria tubes has been validated by the inspection, removal and examination of tubes and gives

  8. Synergistic CANDU-LWR fuel cycles

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    CANDU is the most neutron-efficient reactor available commercially, allowing utilization of a range of fuel cycles. The flexibility of on-line refuelling allows fuel management to accommodate these different fuels. A synergism with light-water reactors (LWR) is possible through the use in CANDU of uranium and/or plutonium recovered from spent LWR fuel. In the TANDEM fuel cycle, the unseparated uranium and plutonium (1.5% fissile) would give a burnup in CANDU of about 25 MW.d/kg HE, producing four times more energy than that available from simply recycling the plutonium in an LWR. In another potential fuel cycle, uranium recovered from spent LWR fuel during conventional reprocessing is also recycled in CANDU, without re-enrichment. An average recovered uranium (RU) enrichment of 0.9% in U-235 results in a CANDU burnup of at least 13 MW.d/kg U, allowing twice as much energy to be extracted, compared with that from an LWR. The fuelling cost for RU in CANDU are about 35% lower than for natural uranium. Additionally, direct use of spent LWR fuel in CANDU is theoretically possible, but requires practical demonstration. AECL and KAERI are developing the CANFLEX (CANDU Flexible Fuelling) advanced fuel bundle as the optimal carrier for all extended burnup fuel cycles envisaged for CANDU

  9. The status of the Canadian nuclear power program and possible future strategies

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    The present Canadian nuclear power program based on the CANDU-PHW reactor, future commitments, and the status of heavy water production, are discussed, together with short term prospects over the next 20 years. The longer term favours fuels with higher fissile content than natural uranium. Possible future strategies are discussed, which include consideration of a number of different fuel cycles for the different types of CANDU reactor, i.e. CANDU-PHW, CANDU-BLW, CANDU-PLW and CANDU-OCR. It is concluded that: CANDU-PHW reactor is fully reliable and competative; organic and boiling water cooled variations promise savings of 15 to 20% in both capital and unit energy costs; the CANDU concept offers the opportunity for large improvements in uranium conservation whilst remaining economically competitive, by use of plutonium recycle and/or thorium; using the CANDU concept with thorium it is possible to limit the total uranium requirement for a given nuclear power capacity; and finally a system based on CANDU-PHW reactors could introduce FBR reactors more quickly and efficiently than one based on LWR reactors. (U.K.)

  10. Development of the advanced PHWR technology -Verification tests for CANDU advanced fuel-

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    Jung, Jang Hwan; Suk, Hoh Chun; Jung, Moon Kee; Oh, Duk Joo; Park, Joo Hwan; Shim, Kee Sub; Jang, Suk Kyoo; Jung, Heung Joon; Park, Jin Suk; Jung, Seung Hoh; Jun, Ji Soo; Lee, Yung Wook; Jung, Chang Joon; Byun, Taek Sang; Park, Kwang Suk; Kim, Bok Deuk; Min, Kyung Hoh [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1995-07-01

    This is the `94 annual report of the CANDU advanced fuel verification test project. This report describes the out-of pile hydraulic tests at CANDU-hot test loop for verification of CANFLEX fuel bundle. It is also describes the reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis for thermal margin and flow stability. The contents in this report are as follows; (1) Out-of pile hydraulic tests for verification of CANFLEX fuel bundle. (a) Pressure drop tests at reactor operation condition (b) Strength test during reload at static condition (c) Impact test during reload at impact load condition (d) Endurance test for verification of fuel integrity during life time (2) Reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis with CANFLEX fuel bundle. (a) Critical channel power sensitivity analysis (b) CANDU-6 channel flow analysis (c) Flow instability analysis. 61 figs, 29 tabs, 21 refs. (Author).

  11. Core analysis during transition from 37-element fuel to CANFLEX-NU fuel in CANDU 6

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    Jeong, Chang Joon; Suk, Ho Chun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    An 1200-day time-dependent fuel-management for the transition from 37-element fuel to CANFLEX-NU fuel in a CANDU 6 reactor has been simulated to show the compatibility of the CANFLEX-NU fuel with the reactor operation. The simulation calculations were carried out with the RFSP code, provided by cell averaged fuel properties obtained from the POWDERPUFS-V code. The refueling scheme for both fuels was an eight bundle shift at a time. The simulation results show that the maximum channel and bundle powers were maintained below the license limit of the CANDU 6. This indicates that the CANFLEX-NU fuel bundle is compatible with the CANDU 6 reactor operation during the transition period. 3 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab. (Author)

  12. Low power unattended defense reactor

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    A small, low power, passive, nuclear reactor electric power supply has been designed for unattended defense applications. Through innovative utilization of existing proven technologies and components, a highly reliable, walk-away safe design has been obtained. Operating at a thermal power level of 200 kWt, the reactor uses low enrichment uranium fuel in a graphite block core to generate heat that is transferred through heat pipes to a thermoelectric (TE) converter. Waste heat is removed from the TEs by circulation of ambient air. Because such a power supply offers the promise of minimal operation and maintenance (O and M) costs as well as no fuel logistics, it is particularly attractive for remote, unattended applications such as the North Warning System

  13. Power Reactor Embrittlement Data Base

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    Regulatory and research evaluations of embrittlement predication models and of pressure vessel integrity can be greatly expedited by the use of a well-designed, computerized data base. The Power Reactor Embrittlement Data Base (PR-EDB) is such a comprehensive collection of data for US commercial nuclear reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has provided financial support, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has provided technical assistance in the quality assurance (QA) of the data to establish an industry-wide data base that will be maintained and updated on a long-term basis. Successful applications of the data base to several of NRC's evaluations have received favorable response and support for its continuation. The future direction of the data base has been designed to include the test reactor and other types of data of interest to the regulators and the researchers. 1 ref

  14. Experimental power reactor

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    The following five topics are discussed using figures and diagrams: (1) energy storage and transfer program, (2) thermomechanical analysis, (3) a steam dual-cycle power conversion system for the EPR, (4) EPR tritium facility scoping studies, and (5) vacuum systems

  15. Installation of an irradiated fuel bundle discharge counter at Bruce NGS-B 3 000 MW(e) CANDU power station

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    Design, manufacture and installation of an irradiated fuel bundle discharge counter for the multi-unit CANDU Bruce NGS-B Generating Station involved contributions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (Agency), designers (AECL), contractors, manufacturers, utility and the regulatory agency. The installation at Bruce NGS-B was the first made by the Agency as a retrofit to a multi-unit CANDU reactor approaching its fist critical operation, where the whole project was the responsibility of the Agency and where the original design of the reactor had not had provision for the Agency equipment. The scheduling and integration of the installation into the normal activities involved in starting up a 3 000 MW(e) multi-unit generating station were successfully achieved. The Agency has demonstrated the capability and performance of the fuel discharge counter

  16. Tokamak experimental power reactor studies

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    The principal results of a scoping and project definition study for the Tokamak Experimental Power Reactor are presented. Objectives are discussed; a preliminary conceptual design is described; detailed parametric, survey and sensitivity studies are presented; and research and development requirements are outlined. (U.S.)

  17. An experimental study of a flashing-driven CANDU moderator cooling system

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    The results of an experimental study to investigate the feasibility of using a passive flashing-driven natural circulation loop for CANDU-reactor moderator heat rejection are presented. A scaled loop was constructed and tested at conditions approximating those of a CANDU calandria cooling system. The results showed that stable loop operation was possible at simulated powers approaching normal full power. At lower powers, flow oscillations occurred as the flow in the hot-leg periodically changed from two-phase to single-phase. The results from earlier numerical predictions using the CATHENA thermalhydraulics code showed good qualitative agreement with the experimental results. (author). 6 refs., 11 figs

  18. Using the CompGen code for developing new MMS modules specific to CANDU type reactors

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    The Modular Modeling System, MMS, is an advanced tool for thermal hydraulic analyses. The MMS code is built upon a modular philosophy allowing users to construct their own schemes from the existing MMS modules. Also, it is possible to develop new MMS modules by using the CompGen sub-code. Developing new modules in the frame of MMS program was necessary because the standard modules of the program libraries are customized to the American reactors, particularly to PWR type reactors. As known the Cernavoda NPP is of PHWR type having equipment and components different from the structure point of view, hence differ from the point of view of the equation describing the transient process. An example is the module of low pressure part of the turbine in the secondary circuit of the plant, where the moisture extraction coefficients measured from equipment operation are different from the coefficient introduced in the module of the MMS library. The new modules developed in this work were compared with data from the thermal balance supplied by General Electric, with functional data from operation, and with the data from the Commissioning Report of the Cernavoda NPP Unit 1 commissioning. In this work new modules which or developed are presented as well as two examples of using the steam generator modules, high pressure turbine, low pressure turbine, and superheater separator

  19. Enhancing the moderator effectiveness as a heat sink during loss-of-coolant accidents in CANDU-PHW reactors using glass-peened surfaces

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    Nitheanandan, T.; Tiede, R.W.; Sanderson, D.B. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Pinawa, Manitoba (Canada); Fong, R.W.L.; Coleman, C.E

    1998-08-01

    The horizontal fuel channel concept is a distinguishing feature of the CANDU-PHW reactor. Each fuel channel consists of a Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube and a Zircaloy-2 calandria tube, separated by a gas filled annulus. The calandria tube is surrounded by heavy-water moderator that also provides a backup heat sink for the reactor core. This heat sink (about 10 mm away from the hot pressure tube) ensures adequate cooling of fuel in the unlikely event of a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). One of the ways of enhancing the use of the moderator as a heat sink is to improve the heat-transfer characteristics between the calandria tube and the moderator. This enhancement can be achieved through surface modifications to the calandria tube which have been shown to increase the tube's critical heat flux (CHF) value. An increase in CHIF could be used to reduce moderator subcooling requirements for CANDU fuel channels or increase the margin to dryout. A series of experiments was conducted to assess the benefits provided by glass-peening the outside surface of calandria tubes for postulated LOCA conditions. In particular, the ability to increase the tube's CHF, and thereby reduce moderator subcooling requirements was assessed. Results from the experiments confirm that glass-peening the outer surface of a tube increases its CHF value in pool boiling. This increase in CHF could be used to reduce moderator subcooling requirements for CANDU fuel channels by at least 5 degrees C. (author)

  20. CANDU operating experience

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    The CANDU-PHW program is based upon 38 years of heavy water reactor experience with 35 years of operating experience. Canada has had 72 reactor years of nuclear-electric operations experience with 10 nuclear units in 4 generating stations during a period of 18 years. All objectives have been met with outstanding performance: worker safety, public safety, environmental emissions, reliable electricity production, and low electricity cost. The achievement has been realized through total teamwork involving all scientific disciplines and all project functions (research, design, manufacturing, construction, and operation). (auth)

  1. Vaporization of low-volatile fission products under severe CANDU reactor accident conditions

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    An analytical model has been developed to describe the release behaviour of low-volatile fission products from uranium dioxide fuel under severe reactor accident conditions. The effect of the oxygen potential on the chemical form and volatility of fission products is determined by Gibbs-energy minimization. The release kinetics are calculated according to the rate-controlling step of diffusional transport in the fuel matrix or fission product vaporization from the fuel surface. The effect of fuel volatilization (i.e., matrix stripping) on the release behaviour is also considered. The model has been compared to data from an out-of-pile annealing experiment performed in steam at the Chalk River Laboratories. (author)

  2. Advanced CANDU control centre

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    The CANDU 9 design is based upon the 900 MWe class Darlington station in Canada, which is among the world leading nuclear power stations for capacity factor with low operation, maintenance and administration costs. The CANDU 9 design provides an advanced control centre with enhanced operations features. The advanced AECL control centre design includes the proven functionality of existing CANDU control centres, those implementable characteristics identified by systematic design combined with a human factors analysis of operations requirements and features needed to improve station operability which are made possible by the application of current technology. The design strategy is to preserve the general main control room operations staff work area as unchanged as possible to facilitate the inclusion of past features and operational experience while incorporating operability improvements. The author will present those features of the advanced CANDU control centre which facilitates improved operability capabilities. As well, aspects of the design process utilized, application of simulation technology and conclusions regarding this design approach will be reviewed

  3. The CANDU experience in Romania

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    The CANDU program in Romania is now well established. The Cernavoda Nuclear Station presently under construction will consist of 5-CANDU 600 MWE Units and another similar size station is planned to be in operation in the next decade. Progress on the multi-unit station at Cernavoda was stalled for 18 months in 1982/83 as the Canadian Export Development Corporation had suspended their loan disbursements while the Romanian National debt was being rescheduled. Since resumption of the financing in August 1983 contracts worth almost 200M dollars have been placed with Canadian Companies for the supply of major equipment for the first two units. The Canadian design is that which was used in the latest 600 MWE CANDU station at Wolsong, Korea. The vast construction site is now well developed with the cooling water systems/channels and service buildings at an advanced stage of completion. The perimeter walls of the first two reactor buildings are already complete and slip-forming for the 3rd Unit is imminent. Many Romanian organizations are involved in the infrastructure which has been established to handle the design, manufacture, construction and operation of the CANDU stations. The Romanian manufacturing industry has made extensive preparations for the supply of CANDU equipment and components, and although a major portion of the first two units will come from Canada their intentions are to become largely self-supporting for the ensuing CANDU program. Quality assurance programs have been prepared already for many of the facilities

  4. A foundation for allocating control functions to humans and machines in future CANDU nuclear power plants

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    Since the control room for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited CANDU 6 plant was designed in the 1970s, requirements for control rooms have changed dramatically as a result of new licensing requirements, evolution of major new standards for control centre design and technological advances. The role of the human operator has become prominent in the design and operation of industrial and, in particular, nuclear plants. Major industrial accidents in the last decade have highlighted the need for paying significantly more attention to the requirements of the human as an integral part of the plant control system. A Functional Design Methodology has been defined that addresses the issues related to maximizing the strengths of the human and the machine in the next generation of CANDU plants. This method is based, in part, on the recently issued international standard IEC 964. The application of this method will lead to the definition of the requirements for detailed design of the control room, including man-machine interfaces, preliminary operating procedures, staffing and training. Further, it provides a basis for the verification and validation of the allocation of functions to the operator and the machine

  5. Independence and diversity in CANDU shutdown systems

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    Atomic Energy Control Board regulations state that Canadian CANDU reactors shall have two fully effective, independent and diverse shutdown systems. The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is the first power plant operated by Ontario Hydro to make use of software-based computer control in its shutdown systems. By virtue of the reliance placed on these systems to prevent exposure of the public to harmful radioactivity in the event of an accident, the shutdown system software has been categorized as safety critical software. An important issue that was considered in the design of the Darlington shutdown systems was how the software should be designed and incorporated into the systems to comply with the independence and diversity requirement. This paper describes how the independence and diversity requirement was complied with in previous CANDU shutdown system designs utilizing hardware components. The difference between systems utilizing hardware alone, and those utilizing both hardware and software are discussed. The results of a literature search into the issue of software diversity, the behaviour of multi-version software systems, and experience in other industries utilizing safety critical software are referred to. This paper advocates a systems approach to designing independent shutdown systems utilizing software. Opportunities exist at the system level for design decisions that can enhance software diversity and can reduce the likelihood of common mode faults in the systems. In the light of recent experience in implementing diverse safety critical software, potential improvements to the design process for CANDU shutdown systems are identified. (Author) 19 refs

  6. CANDU refurbishment - managing the life cycle

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    All utilities that operate a nuclear power plant have an integrated plan for managing the condition of the plant systems, structures and components. With a sound plant life management program, after about 25 years of operation, replacement of certain reactor core components can give an additional 25 to 30 years of operation. This demonstrates the long-term economic strength of CANDU technology and justifies a long-term commitment to nuclear power. Indeed, replacement of pressure tubes and feeders with the most recent technology will also lead to increased capacity factors - due to reduced requirements for feeder inspections and repair, and eliminating the need for fuel channel spacer relocation which have caused additional and longer maintenance outages. Continuing the operation of CANDU units parallels the successful life extensions of reactors in other countries and provides the benefits of ongoing reliable operation, at an existing plant location, with the continued support of the host community. The key factors for successful, optimum management of the life cycle are: ongoing, effective plant life management programs; careful development of refurbishment scope, taking into account system condition assessments and a systematic safety review; and, a well-planned and well-executed retubing and refurbishment outage, where safety and risk management is paramount to ensure a successful project The paper will describe: the benefits of extended plant life; the outlook for refurbishment; the life management and refurbishment program; preparations for retubing of the reactor core; and, enhanced performance post-retubing. Given the potential magnitude of the program over the next 10 years, AECL will maintain a lead role providing overall support for retubing and plant Life Cycle Management programs and the CANDU Owners Group will provide a framework for collaboration among its Members. (author)

  7. TRIGA Reactor Power Upgrading Analysis

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    Reactor physics safety analysis supporting the power upgrading from 1MW to 2MW of a typical TRIGA Mark II reactor is presented for steady state and pulse operation. The analysis is performed for mixed core configuration consisting of two types of fuel elements: standard 8,5% or 12% stainless-steel clad fuel elements and LEU fuel elements (20% uranium concentration). The following reactor physics codes are applied: WIMS, TRIGAC, EXTERMINATOR, PULSTRI and TRISTAN. Results of the calculations are compared to experiments for steady state operation at 1 MW. The analysis shows that besides technical modifications of the core (installation of an additional control rod) also some strict administrative limitations have to be imposed on operational parameters (excess reactivity, pulse reactivity, core composition) to assure safe operation within design limits. (author)

  8. Isotope distributions in primary heat transport and containment systems during a severe accident in CANDU type reactor

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    The paper is intended to analyse the distribution of the fission products (FPs) in CANDU Primary Heat Transport (PHT) and CANDU Containment Systems by using the ASTEC code. The complexity of the data required by ASTEC and the complexity both of CANDU PHT and Containment System were strong motivation to begin with a simplified model. The data related to the nodes' definitions, temperatures and pressure conditions were chosen as possible as real data from CANDU loss of coolant accident sequence (CATHENA code results). The source term of FPs introduced into the PHT was estimated by ORIGEN code. The FPs distribution in the nodes of the circuit and the FPs mass transfer per isotope and chemical species were obtained by using SOPHAEROS module. The distributions within the containment are obtained by the CPA module (thermalhydraulic calculations in the containment and FPs aerosol transport). The results consist of mass distributions in the nodes of the circuit and the transferred mass to the containment through the break for different species (FPs and chemical species) and mass distributions in the different parts of the containment and different hosts. (authors)

  9. CANDU 9 enhancements and licensing

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    The CANDU 9 design has followed the evolutionary product development approach that has characterized the CANDU family of nuclear power plants. In addition to utilizing proven equipment and systems from operating stations, the CANDU 9 design has looked ahead to incorporate design and safety enhancements necessary to meet evolving utility and licensing requirements. With the requirement that the CANDU 9 design should be licensable for both domestic and foreign potential users, the pre-project Basic Design Engineering program included a two year formal extensive review by the Canadian Regulatory Agency, the Atomic Energy Control Board . Documentation submitted for the licensing review included the licensing basis, safety requirements and safety analyses necessary to demonstrate compliance with regulations and to assess system design and performance

  10. Quality Products - The CANDU Approach

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    The prime focus of the CANDU concept (natural uranium fuelled-heavy water moderated reactor) from the beginning has economy, heavy water losses and radiation exposures also were strong incentives for ensuring good design and reliable equipment. It was necessary to depart from previously accepted commercial standards and to adopt those now accepted in industries providing quality products. Also, through feedback from operating experience and specific design and development programs to eliminate problems and improve performance, CANDU has evolved into today's successful product and one from which future products will readily evolve. Many lessons have been learned along the way. On the one hand, short cuts of failures to understand basic requirements have been costly. On the other hand, sound engineering and quality equipment have yielded impressive economic advantages through superior performance and the avoidance of failures and their consequential costs. The achievement of lifetime economical performance demands quality products, good operation and good maintenance. This paper describes some of the basic approaches leading to high CANDU station reliability and overall excellent performance, particularly where difficulties have had to be overcome. Specific improvements in CANDU design and in such CANDU equipment as heat transport pumps, steam generators, valves, the reactor, fuelling machines and station computers, are described. The need for close collaboration among designers, nuclear laboratories, constructors, operators and industry is discussed. This paper has reviewed some of the key components in the CANDU system as a means of indicating the overall effort that is required to provide good designs and highly reliable equipment. This has required a significant investment in people and funding which has handsomely paid off in the excellent performance of CANDU stations. The close collaboration between Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Canadian industry and the

  11. Radionuclide Release after LBLOCA with Loss of Class IV Power Accident in CANDU-6 Plant

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    A large break in a pipe train of a primary heat transport system discharges coolant, which has high energy and large mass, into the containment building. Reactor shutdown and emergency core cooling water will limit the fuel cladding failure, but cannot prevent it entirely. The containment building is the last barrier of radionuclide release to the environment. Containment isolation and pressure suppression by dousing and local air cooler reduce the amount of radionuclide release to the environment. The objective of containment behavior analysis for large break loss of coolant with loss of class IV power accident is to assess the amount of radionuclide release to the ambient atmosphere. Radionuclide release rates in this event, with all safety system available, that is, the containment building is intact, as well as with containment system impairment, are analyzed with GOTHIC and SMART code

  12. Radionuclide Release after LBLOCA with Loss of Class IV Power Accident in CANDU-6 Plant

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    A large break in a pipe train of a primary heat transport system discharges coolant, which has high energy and large mass, into the containment building. Reactor shutdown and emergency core cooling water will limit the fuel cladding failure, but cannot prevent it entirely. The containment building is the last barrier of radionuclide release to the environment. Containment isolation and pressure suppression by dousing and local air cooler reduce the amount of radionuclide release to the environment. The objective of containment behavior analysis for large break loss of coolant with loss of class IV power accident is to assess the amount of radionuclide release to the ambient atmosphere. Radionuclide release rates in this event, with all safety system available, that is, the containment building is intact, as well as with containment system impairment, are analyzed with GOTHIC and SMART code

  13. Neutronics of nuclear power reactors

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    This review, prepared on the occasion of 25th ETAN Conference describes the research activities in the field of neutronics which started in 1947. A number of researchers in Yugoslav Institutes was engaged in development of neutronics theory and calculation methods related to power reactors since 1960. To illustrate the activities of Yugoslav authors, this review contains the list of the most important relevant papers published in international journals

  14. CANDU combined cycles featuring gas-turbine engines

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    thermodynamic evaluation of various CANDU gas-turbine combined cycles. For the evaluation, a minimal number and size of gas-turbine engines were considered, specifically, 4x50 MWe (based on CANDU 6). With this set of gas turbines, it is calculated that a relatively high level of reliability of class IV power restoration can be attained. The results from the GateCycle analysis indicate that certain CANDU combined cycles can generate over 940 MWe (net) with an overall thermal efficiency of up to 37% (which is about 4 percentage points higher than that of the current CANDU 6). Hence, the proposed concept may significantly enhance the competitiveness of future CANDU plants. This is especially important in light of: (a) advancements in combined-cycle technology and (b) recent studies on the thermal coupling of gas turbines with future light water reactors. (author)

  15. Thermal stability of chloroform in the steam condensate cycle of CANDU-PHW nuclear power plant

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    Analysis of samples taken at the Gentilly 2 (Quebec) CANDU-PHW (CANadian Deuterium Uranium - Pressurized Heavy Water) plant after chlorination and demineralization revealed the presence of all four trihalomethanes (THMs) (CHCl3, CHBrCl2, CHBr2Cl and CHBr3) and other unidentified halogenated volatile compounds. Among the THMs, chloroform was the major contaminant. A study of its thermal stability in water at different temperatures confirmed the degradation of the CHCl3 molecule according to the equation CHCl3 + H2O → CO + 3 HCl. The reaction follows first order kinetics and has an activation energy of 100 kJ/mol. The estimated half-life is six seconds at 260 deg C, the maximum temperature of the steam condensate cycle

  16. Weapons grade plutonium disposition in PWR, CANDU and FR

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    In the frame work of the AIDA/MOX phase I/I/ program (1994-1997) between France and Russia, the disposition of plutonium in reactors was studied. The LWR (Light Water Reactor), FR (Fast reactors), CANDU (Heavy Water Reactors), HTR (High Temperature Reactors) options for using excess dismantled weapons plutonium for peaceful commercial nuclear power generating purposes offer some advantages over the remaining options (storage). The AIDA/MOX phase 1 program covers different topics, among which are the neutronic aspects of loading reactors with weapons-grade plutonium. The conclusions are that the weapon plutonium consumption is similar in the different type of reactors. However, the use of inert matrices allows to increase the mass balance for a same denaturing level. The use of Thorium as a matrix or special isotopes to increase the proliferation resistance prove to be insufficient. (author)

  17. Severe accident development modeling and evaluation for CANDU

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    Negut, Gheorghe [National Agency for Radioactive Waste, 1, Campului Str., 115400 Mioveni (Romania)], E-mail: gheorghe.negut@andrad.ro; Catana, Alexandru [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, 1, Campului Str., Mioveni P.O. Box 78, 0300 Pitesti (Romania); Prisecaru, Ilie; Dupleac, Daniel [Politehnica University Bucharest, 313, Splaiul Independentei, Sect. 6, 060042 Bucharest (Romania)

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    Romania as UE member got new challenges for its nuclear industry. Romania operates since 1996 a CANDU nuclear power reactor and since 2007 the second CANDU unit. In EU are operated mainly PWR reactors, so, ours have to meet UE standards. Safety analysis guidelines require to model nuclear reactors severe accidents. Starting from previous studies, a CANDU degraded core thermal hydraulic model was developed. The initiating event is a LOCA, with simultaneous loss of moderator cooling and the loss of emergency core cooling system (ECCS). This type of accident is likely to modify the reactor geometry and will lead to a severe accident development. When the coolant temperature inside a pressure tube reaches 1000 deg. C, a contact between pressure tube and calandria tube occurs and the decay heat is transferred to the moderator. Due to the lack of cooling, the moderator, eventually, begins to boil and is expelled, through the calandria vessel relief ducts, into the containment. Therefore the calandria tubes (fuel channels) uncover, then disintegrate and fall down to the calandria vessel bottom. All the quantity of calandria moderator is vaporized and expelled, the debris will heat up and eventually boil. The heat accumulated in the molten debris will be transferred through the calandria vessel wall to the shield tank water, which surrounds the calandria vessel. The thermal hydraulics phenomena described above are modeled, analyzed and compared with the existing data.

  18. Reactor power for space exploration

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    Potential 21st century missions envisioned by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) planners encompass ambitious, wide-ranging human and robotic solar system exploration objectives and scenarios. A critical common element in many of these future civil space mission initiatives is the ability to generate, with a very high degree of reliability, the considerable amounts of power needed to realize the mission goals. The extended duration and/or high power level requirements for many missions and, in instances, the lack of adequate solar energy flux for others, render the use of versatile nuclear power sources as either missions-enabling or very advantageous. Further, the use of high-performance reactor systems, when coupled with very high impulse electric propulsion systems, can enable or significantly enhance both human near-planets operations and robotic scientific missions to the very farthest reaches of the solar system. It is important that this nation continue to develop the means of acquiring a space reactor power source to ensure availability at such time that approved missions and possibly political considerations warrant its use

  19. Feasibility study of CANDU-9 fuel handling system

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    CANDU's combination of natural uranium, heavy water and on-power refuelling is unique in its design and remarkable for reliable power production. In order to offer more output, better site utilization, shorter construction time, improved station layout, safety enhancements and better control panel layout, CANDU-9 is now under development with design improvement added to all proven CANDU advantages or applicable technologies. One of its major improvement has been applied to fuel handling system. This system is very similar to that of CANDU-3, and some parts of the system are applied to those of the existing CANDU-6 or CANDU-9. Design concepts and design requirements of fuel handling system for CANDU-9 have been identified to compare with those of the existing CANDU and the design feasibilities have been evaluated. (author). 4 tabs., 13 figs., 9 refs

  20. CANDU nuclear plant configured for multiple oil sands and power applications

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    There is a need to meet expanding demand in Alberta for electricity for an expanding economy, high-pressure steam for oil sands recovery, and hydrogen for bitumen upgrading. This demand must be satisfied in a sustainable, environmentally acceptable and economic manner. Nuclear technology, and in particular AECL's new ACR-1000 reactor, is emerging as the best way to meet these multiple demands. The ACR-1000 can be configured to supply both high-pressure steam and electricity with the steam / electricity ratio optimized to standard turbine-generator sizing and oil sands requirements - thereby affording more options for nuclear plant siting and deployment. Energy for oil sands applications can be supplied in several ways by a centralized nuclear plant with a uniquely configured Balance of Plant (BOP). Steam could be piped to one or several in-situ oil Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) operations within 15 km of the plant boundary. Electricity could be transmitted to more remote facilities including an electrolytic hydrogen plant for bitumen upgraders, resistance-heating devices used for extraction of oil from shale, and electric boilers that generate steam for small in-situ oil sands recovery facilities. The various product streams from the 1200 MWe Class ACR-1000 could be sold by the plant owner through a combination of long-term power purchase agreements and flexible contracts that respond to variable grid prices and demand. In addition the electrolytic hydrogen plant to also serve as an energy storage facility at times of low power demand. These flexible nuclear power plant configurations increase the potential to use clean nuclear energy for more environmentally benign oil sands recovery while still meeting future energy demands economic constraints. (author)