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Title: Passive air cooling of liquid metal-cooled reactor with double vessel leak accommodation capability

Abstract

A passive and inherent shutdown heat removal method with a backup air flow path which allows decay heat removal following a postulated double vessel leak event in a liquid metal-cooled nuclear reactor is disclosed. The improved reactor design incorporates the following features: (1) isolation capability of the reactor cavity environment in the event that simultaneous leaks develop in both the reactor and containment vessels; (2) a reactor silo liner tank which insulates the concrete silo from the leaked sodium, thereby preserving the silo`s structural integrity; and (3) a second, independent air cooling flow path via tubes submerged in the leaked sodium which will maintain shutdown heat removal after the normal flow path has been isolated. 5 figures.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
General Electric Co
OSTI Identifier:
35067
Patent Number(s):
US 5,406,602/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-228,527
Assignee:
General Electric Co., San Jose, CA (United States) OAK; SCA: 220900; 210500; PA: EDB-95:062959; SN: 95001365507
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-89SF17445
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 11 Apr 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 NUCLEAR REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; 21 NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; ENGINEERED SAFETY SYSTEMS; DESIGN; LIQUID METAL COOLED REACTORS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; COOLANTS; AIR FLOW; PRESSURE VESSELS

Citation Formats

Hunsbedt, A., and Boardman, C.E. Passive air cooling of liquid metal-cooled reactor with double vessel leak accommodation capability. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Hunsbedt, A., & Boardman, C.E. Passive air cooling of liquid metal-cooled reactor with double vessel leak accommodation capability. United States.
Hunsbedt, A., and Boardman, C.E. Tue . "Passive air cooling of liquid metal-cooled reactor with double vessel leak accommodation capability". United States.
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abstractNote = {A passive and inherent shutdown heat removal method with a backup air flow path which allows decay heat removal following a postulated double vessel leak event in a liquid metal-cooled nuclear reactor is disclosed. The improved reactor design incorporates the following features: (1) isolation capability of the reactor cavity environment in the event that simultaneous leaks develop in both the reactor and containment vessels; (2) a reactor silo liner tank which insulates the concrete silo from the leaked sodium, thereby preserving the silo`s structural integrity; and (3) a second, independent air cooling flow path via tubes submerged in the leaked sodium which will maintain shutdown heat removal after the normal flow path has been isolated. 5 figures.},
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year = {Tue Apr 11 00:00:00 EDT 1995},
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