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Title: Method and apparatus for enhancing reactor air-cooling system performance

Abstract

An enhanced decay heat removal system is disclosed for removing heat from the inert gas-filled gap space between the reactor vessel and the containment vessel of a liquid metal-cooled nuclear reactor. Multiple cooling ducts in flow communication with the inert gas-filled gap space are incorporated to provide multiple flow paths for the inert gas to circulate to heat exchangers which remove heat from the inert gas, thereby introducing natural convection flows in the inert gas. The inert gas in turn absorbs heat directly from the reactor vessel by natural convection heat transfer. 6 figs.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
General Electric Co
OSTI Identifier:
203888
Patent Number(s):
5,499,277
Application Number:
PAN: 8-293,868; TRN: 96:009477
Assignee:
General Electric Co., San Jose, CA (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-89SF17445
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 12 Mar 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; LIQUID METAL COOLED REACTORS; RHR SYSTEMS; DESIGN; AIR FLOW; NATURAL CONVECTION

Citation Formats

Hunsbedt, A. Method and apparatus for enhancing reactor air-cooling system performance. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Hunsbedt, A. Method and apparatus for enhancing reactor air-cooling system performance. United States.
Hunsbedt, A. Tue . "Method and apparatus for enhancing reactor air-cooling system performance". United States.
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