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Title: Readiness Review of BWXT for Fabrication of AGR 5/6/7 Compacts

Abstract

In support of preparations for fabricating compacts for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel qualification irradiation experiments (AGR-5/6/7), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) conducted a readiness review of the BWX Technology (BWXT) procedures, processes, and equipment associated with compact fabrication activities at the BWXT Nuclear Operations Group (BWXT-NOG) facility outside Lynchburg, VirginiaVA. The readiness review used quality assurance requirements taken from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard (NQA-1-2008/1a-2009) as a basis to assess readiness to start compact fabrication.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1369363
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-17-41216
TRN: US1701959
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; COMPACTS; FABRICATION; QUALITY ASSURANCE; FUELS; AGR TYPE REACTORS; Advanced Gas Reactor; tristructural isotropic

Citation Formats

Marshall, Douglas William, and Sharp, Michelle Tracy. Readiness Review of BWXT for Fabrication of AGR 5/6/7 Compacts. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1369363.
Marshall, Douglas William, & Sharp, Michelle Tracy. Readiness Review of BWXT for Fabrication of AGR 5/6/7 Compacts. United States. doi:10.2172/1369363.
Marshall, Douglas William, and Sharp, Michelle Tracy. Wed . "Readiness Review of BWXT for Fabrication of AGR 5/6/7 Compacts". United States. doi:10.2172/1369363. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1369363.
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