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Title: Method of operating a neutronic reactor

Abstract

1. A method of operating a reactor having an active portion of a given length between a charging end and a discharging end, a first end region of the reactor extending from the charging end for one-quarter to one-third of said given length, a second end region extending from the discharging end for one-quarter to one-third of said given length, and a middle region extending between said end regions, said method comprising the steps of inserting end to end in the active region through the charging end a first group of bodies filling the middle region and a second group of bodies filling the first end region, irradiating the first and second groups of bodies while in the middle and first end regions, removing the first group from the reactor through the second end region, shifting the second group through the middle region to the second end region, inserting new first and second groups of bodies through the charging face into the middle and first end regions of the reactor, respectively, and irradiating the original second group and the new first and second groups while in the second end, middle, and first end regions, respectively, removing the original second groupmore » and the new first group from the reactor through the second end region, shifting the new second group through the middle region to the second end region, and irradiating the new second group again, whereby the first groups of bodies are irradiated only once and the second groups are irradiated twice.« less

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Richland, WA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Knolls Atomic Power Lab
OSTI Identifier:
862554
Patent Number(s):
3959070
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21C - NUCLEAR REACTORS
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31-109-ENG-52
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; operating; neutronic; reactor; active; portion; length; charging; discharging; region; extending; one-quarter; one-third; middle; regions; comprising; steps; inserting; bodies; filling; irradiating; removing; shifting; respectively; original; whereby; irradiated; twice; region extending; method comprising; neutronic reactor; active region; active portion; /376/976/

Citation Formats

Woods, Wallace K. Method of operating a neutronic reactor. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Woods, Wallace K. Method of operating a neutronic reactor. United States.
Woods, Wallace K. Tue . "Method of operating a neutronic reactor". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862554.
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title = {Method of operating a neutronic reactor},
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abstractNote = {1. A method of operating a reactor having an active portion of a given length between a charging end and a discharging end, a first end region of the reactor extending from the charging end for one-quarter to one-third of said given length, a second end region extending from the discharging end for one-quarter to one-third of said given length, and a middle region extending between said end regions, said method comprising the steps of inserting end to end in the active region through the charging end a first group of bodies filling the middle region and a second group of bodies filling the first end region, irradiating the first and second groups of bodies while in the middle and first end regions, removing the first group from the reactor through the second end region, shifting the second group through the middle region to the second end region, inserting new first and second groups of bodies through the charging face into the middle and first end regions of the reactor, respectively, and irradiating the original second group and the new first and second groups while in the second end, middle, and first end regions, respectively, removing the original second group and the new first group from the reactor through the second end region, shifting the new second group through the middle region to the second end region, and irradiating the new second group again, whereby the first groups of bodies are irradiated only once and the second groups are irradiated twice.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {1976},
month = {5}
}

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