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Title: Reactivity Initiated Accident Test Series Test RIA 1-1 Experiment Operating Specification

Abstract

This document describes the experiment operating specifications for the Reactivity Initiated Accident (RIA) Test RIA 1-1 to be conducted in the Power Burst Facility (PBF) at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The RIA Series I research objectives are to determine fuel failure thresholds, modes and consequences as functions of enthalpy insertion, irradiation history, and fuel design. Coolant conditions of pressure, temperature, and flow rate that are typical of hot-startup conditions in commercial boiling water reactors (BWRs) will be used. The first test in Series I, Test RIA 1-1, will be comprised of four individual rods, each surrounded by a separate flow shroud. Two rods will be preirradiated and two rods will be unirradiated. The specific objectives of the test are to: (1) characterize the response of unirradiated and preirradiated fuel rods during a RIA event conducted at BWR hot-startup conditions and (2) evaluate test instrumentation response during an RIA. The test sequence will begin with steady state power operation to condition the fuel (pellet cracking and relocation) and determine the fuel rod power calibration. The loop will then be cooled down, the test train removed from the in-pile tube, and one of the unirradiated rods will be removed for fissionmore » product analysis and replaced with an identical unirradiated rod. The transient fuel rod energy deposition for Test RIA 1-1 will be chosen from the fuel rod response vs. energy deposition data observed in the first three phases of the RIA Scoping Test. It is anticipated that a fuel pellet surface energy deposition of about 1100 J/g will be required to ensure cladding failure of all four rods. The design of the test fuel rods, test assembly, and instrumentation associated with Test RIA 1-1 are described. The experiment conduct for the test is described. The data recording and reduction requirements are provided. The posttest support and the postirradiation examination requirements associated with Test RIA 1-1 are described.« less

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Laboratory (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1056529
Report Number(s):
TFBP-TR-240, Rev. 1
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS

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. Reactivity Initiated Accident Test Series Test RIA 1-1 Experiment Operating Specification. United States: N. p., 1978. Web. doi:10.2172/1056529.
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abstractNote = {This document describes the experiment operating specifications for the Reactivity Initiated Accident (RIA) Test RIA 1-1 to be conducted in the Power Burst Facility (PBF) at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The RIA Series I research objectives are to determine fuel failure thresholds, modes and consequences as functions of enthalpy insertion, irradiation history, and fuel design. Coolant conditions of pressure, temperature, and flow rate that are typical of hot-startup conditions in commercial boiling water reactors (BWRs) will be used. The first test in Series I, Test RIA 1-1, will be comprised of four individual rods, each surrounded by a separate flow shroud. Two rods will be preirradiated and two rods will be unirradiated. The specific objectives of the test are to: (1) characterize the response of unirradiated and preirradiated fuel rods during a RIA event conducted at BWR hot-startup conditions and (2) evaluate test instrumentation response during an RIA. The test sequence will begin with steady state power operation to condition the fuel (pellet cracking and relocation) and determine the fuel rod power calibration. The loop will then be cooled down, the test train removed from the in-pile tube, and one of the unirradiated rods will be removed for fission product analysis and replaced with an identical unirradiated rod. The transient fuel rod energy deposition for Test RIA 1-1 will be chosen from the fuel rod response vs. energy deposition data observed in the first three phases of the RIA Scoping Test. It is anticipated that a fuel pellet surface energy deposition of about 1100 J/g will be required to ensure cladding failure of all four rods. The design of the test fuel rods, test assembly, and instrumentation associated with Test RIA 1-1 are described. The experiment conduct for the test is described. The data recording and reduction requirements are provided. The posttest support and the postirradiation examination requirements associated with Test RIA 1-1 are described.},
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year = {1978},
month = {8}
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