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Title: LOGIC CIRCUIT

Abstract

A device for safety rod counting in a nuclear reactor is described. A Wheatstone bridge circuit is adapted to prevent de-energizing the hopper coils of a ball backup system if safety rods, sufficient in total control effect, properly enter the reactor core to effect shut down. A plurality of resistances form one arm of the bridge, each resistance being associated with a particular safety rod and weighted in value according to the control effect of the particular safety rod. Switching means are used to switch each of the resistances in and out of the bridge circuit responsive to the presence of a particular safety rod in its effective position in the reactor core and responsive to the attainment of a predetermined velocity by a particular safety rod enroute to its effective position. The bridge is unbalanced in one direction during normal reactor operation prior to the generation of a scram signal and the switching means and resistances are adapted to unbalance the bridge in the opposite direction if the safety rods produce a predetermined amount of control effect in response to the scram signal. The bridge unbalance reversal is then utilized to prevent the actuation of the ball backup system,more » or, conversely, a failure of the safety rods to produce the predetermined effect produces no unbalance reversal and the ball backup system is actuated. (AEC)« less

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Originating Research Org. not identified
OSTI Identifier:
4125225
Patent Number(s):
3115451
Assignee:
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission DTIE; NSA-18-004733
NSA Number:
NSA-18-004733
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-64
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; BRIDGE CIRCUITS; CIRCUITS; COILS; CONFIGURATION; CONTROL ELEMENTS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; CURRENTS; FAILURES; MACHINE PARTS; MOTION; PATENT; PLANNING; POWER PLANTS; REACTOR CORE; REACTOR SAFETY; RESISTORS; RODS; SERVOMECHANISMS; SHUTDOWN; SIGNALS; STABILITY; SWITCHES; VELOCITY

Citation Formats

Strong, G.H., and Faught, M.L. LOGIC CIRCUIT. United States: N. p., 1963. Web.
Strong, G.H., & Faught, M.L. LOGIC CIRCUIT. United States.
Strong, G.H., and Faught, M.L. Tue . "LOGIC CIRCUIT". United States.
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title = {LOGIC CIRCUIT},
author = {Strong, G.H. and Faught, M.L.},
abstractNote = {A device for safety rod counting in a nuclear reactor is described. A Wheatstone bridge circuit is adapted to prevent de-energizing the hopper coils of a ball backup system if safety rods, sufficient in total control effect, properly enter the reactor core to effect shut down. A plurality of resistances form one arm of the bridge, each resistance being associated with a particular safety rod and weighted in value according to the control effect of the particular safety rod. Switching means are used to switch each of the resistances in and out of the bridge circuit responsive to the presence of a particular safety rod in its effective position in the reactor core and responsive to the attainment of a predetermined velocity by a particular safety rod enroute to its effective position. The bridge is unbalanced in one direction during normal reactor operation prior to the generation of a scram signal and the switching means and resistances are adapted to unbalance the bridge in the opposite direction if the safety rods produce a predetermined amount of control effect in response to the scram signal. The bridge unbalance reversal is then utilized to prevent the actuation of the ball backup system, or, conversely, a failure of the safety rods to produce the predetermined effect produces no unbalance reversal and the ball backup system is actuated. (AEC)},
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place = {United States},
year = {1963},
month = {12}
}