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Title: Automated fuel pin loading system

Abstract

An automated loading system for nuclear reactor fuel elements utilizes a gravity feed conveyor which permits individual fuel pins to roll along a constrained path perpendicular to their respective lengths. The individual lengths of fuel cladding are directed onto movable transports, where they are aligned coaxially with the axes of associated handling equipment at appropriate production stations. Each fuel pin can be be reciprocated axially and/or rotated about its axis as required during handling steps. The fuel pins are inerted as a batch prior to welding of end caps by one of two disclosed welding systems.

Inventors:
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OSTI Identifier:
5277448
Application Number:
ON: DE84005926
Assignee:
ERA-09-011930; EDB-84-035745
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76FF02170
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; FBR TYPE REACTORS; FUEL ASSEMBLIES; FABRICATION; AUTOMATION; CONVEYORS; FUEL PINS; WELDING; BREEDER REACTORS; EPITHERMAL REACTORS; EQUIPMENT; FAST REACTORS; FUEL ELEMENTS; HAULAGE EQUIPMENT; JOINING; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTORS; 210500* - Power Reactors, Breeding

Citation Formats

Christiansen, D.W., Brown, W.F., and Steffen, J.M. Automated fuel pin loading system. United States: N. p., Web.
Christiansen, D.W., Brown, W.F., & Steffen, J.M. Automated fuel pin loading system. United States.
Christiansen, D.W., Brown, W.F., and Steffen, J.M. . "Automated fuel pin loading system". United States.
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abstractNote = {An automated loading system for nuclear reactor fuel elements utilizes a gravity feed conveyor which permits individual fuel pins to roll along a constrained path perpendicular to their respective lengths. The individual lengths of fuel cladding are directed onto movable transports, where they are aligned coaxially with the axes of associated handling equipment at appropriate production stations. Each fuel pin can be be reciprocated axially and/or rotated about its axis as required during handling steps. The fuel pins are inerted as a batch prior to welding of end caps by one of two disclosed welding systems.},
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