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Title: Cell for a spent nuclear fuel rack

Abstract

This patent describes a cell for a spent fuel rack, comprising: a sheet metal element having an inside surface and an outside surface, and including a first flat wall portion, a second flat wall portion disposed perpendicularly to the first wall portion, a third flat wall portion disposed perpendicularly to the second wall portion and parallel to the first wall portion, a fourth flat wall portion disposed perpendicularly to the first and third wall portions and parallel to the second wall portion, an elongated bent region joining the first and second wall portions, an additional elongated bent region joining the second and third wall portions, a further elongated bent region joining the third and fourth wall portions, another elongated flat platform portion that is disposed parallel to the fourth wall portion but that is not coplanar with the fourth wall portion, and another elongated flat platform portion that is disposed parallel to the first wall portion but that is not coplanar with the first wall portion; means for joining the another platform portions; four sheets of neutron poison; and four sheet metal wrappers, each securing a respective neutron poison sheet to a respective wall portion.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6052052
Patent Number(s):
US 4695424
Application Number:
TRN: 87-040160
Assignee:
Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA NOV; NOV-87-083391; EDB-88-000451
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: Filed date 23 Oct 1985
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; FUEL RACKS; CONTAINERS; DESIGN; FABRICATION; JOINING; METALS; NUCLEAR POISONS; SHEETS; SLEEVES; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; STORAGE FACILITIES; WALLS; ELEMENTS; MATERIALS; MECHANICAL STRUCTURES; REACTOR MATERIALS; STORAGE; SUPPORTS; 050900* - Nuclear Fuels- Transport, Handling, & Storage

Citation Formats

Flynn, W.M. Cell for a spent nuclear fuel rack. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Flynn, W.M. Cell for a spent nuclear fuel rack. United States.
Flynn, W.M. Tue . "Cell for a spent nuclear fuel rack". United States. doi:.
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  • A rack for storing spent nuclear fuel elements in which a plurality of aligned rows of upright enclosures of generally square cross-sectional areas contain vertically disposed fuel elements. The enclosures are fixed at the lower ends thereof to a base. Pockets are formed between confronting walls of adjacent enclosures for receiving high absorption neutron absorbers, such as Boral, cadmium, borated stainless steel and the like for the closer spacing of spent fuel elements.
  • A fuel rack is described for use in storing nuclear fuel assemblies in a nuclear fuel storage pool having a floor on which an upwardly projecting stud is mounted; the fuel rack comprising: a base structure at the lower end of the fuel rack including base-plate means having flow openings therein, the base-plate means supporting a first network of interlaced beams which form a multiplicity of polygonal openings; a second network of interlaced beams forming polygonal openings positioned in spaced vertical alignment with corresponding polygonal openings in the first network of beams; a plurality of cells, each cell having sidesmore » bounded by inner and outer surfaces and being of a size and configuration designed to hold therein a fuel assembly, each cell positioned in a corresponding pair of the aligned polygonal openings, each cell being open at both ends with a guiding funnel at the upper end, and the cells being positioned over the flow openings in the base-plate to permit flow of coolant through the cells; spaced, outwardly directed, projections on the outer surfaces of the sides of the cells near the tops and bottoms of the sides thereof, each cell being sized to be received within a corresponding of the pair of aligned polygonal openings in which the cells are respectively positioned; and means fixedly securing the projections to the beams in the first and second networks of beams thereby to provide a substantially rigid fuel rack of modular design.« less
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  • This patent describes for the use in storing nuclear fuel assemblies in a storage pool containing a coolant and having a pool floor, a fuel rack module. It comprises: a base plate to be disposed generally horizontally on the floor and having a horizontal surface area sufficient to support a fuel assemblies; uniformly spaced openings in the base plate, disposed in rows and columns throughout the surface area; fabricated cells of rectangular cross section extending over alternate openings along each row of the openings, the fabricated cells of each row being uniformly staggered by one opening with respect to themore » cells of its just adjacent rows so that the fabricated cells form a checkerboard like array; each of the fabricated cells having elongated walls mounted generally vertically on the base plate; each of the corners formed by the walls of each fabricated cell, which corners are internal of the periphery of the array, being disposed as closely adjacent as practicable to and face-to-face with a corner of an adjacent fabricated cell and joined by weld means so that substantially no space exists between adjacent cells. The cells being welded to their bottom ends to the base plate so that a strong compact modular structure is produced; neutron-absorbing means on the external surface of the fabricated cell walls except on the coextensive sections of the outer wall around the periphery of the array; and leveling pads are mounted under the base plate near the periphery thereof and adjustably engage the pool floor and intermediate leveling pads are mounted under cells within the fuel-rack module, the intermediate pads being uniformly disposed.« less
  • A rack for storing spent radioactive fuel is disclosed in which a set of cells, consisting of self-supporting metal tubes arranged in a staggered fashion with respect to each other, and joined to each other along their longitudinal edges, forms a rigid spatial structure. The tubular hole defined by each of four tubes has a larger cross-sectional area than said tubes and is provided with neutron-absorbing material. This material is independent of the tubes and may be removed and re-inserted in the tubular hole as often as necessary. Various tubular structures are also disclosed.