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Title: Health Monitoring to Support Advanced Small Modular Reactors

Advanced small modular reactors (aSMRs) are based on advanced reactor concepts, some of which were promoted by the Generation IV International Forum, and are being considered for diverse missions including desalination of water, production of hydrogen, etc. While the existing fleet of commercial nuclear reactors provides baseload electricity, it is conceivable that aSMRs could be implemented for both baseload and load following applications. The effect of diverse operating missions and unit modularity on plant operations and maintenance (O&M) is not fully understood and limiting these costs will be essential to successful deployment of aSMRs. Integrated health monitoring concepts are proposed to support the safe and affordable operation of aSMRs over their lifetime by enabling management of significant in-vessel and in-containment active and passive components.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 108:211-213
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
Health Monitoring; Advanced Small Modular Reactors; Prognostics