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Title: Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor

Abstract

Leaking fuel elements in a fast reactor are identified by measuring the ratio of .sup.134 Xe to .sup.133 Xe in the reactor cover gas following detection of a fuel element leak, this ratio being indicative of the power and burnup of the failed fuel element. This procedure can be used to identify leaking fuel elements in a power breeder reactor while continuing operation of the reactor since the ratio measured is that of the gases stored in the plenum of the failed fuel element. Thus, use of a cleanup system for the cover gas makes it possible to identify sequentially a multiplicity of leaking fuel elements without shutting the reactor down.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Downers Grove, IL
  2. Idaho Falls, ID
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
863037
Patent Number(s):
4080250
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (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
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; locating; leaking; fuel; element; fast; breeder; power; reactor; elements; identified; measuring; ratio; 134; xe; 133; cover; gas; following; detection; leak; indicative; burnup; failed; procedure; identify; continuing; operation; measured; gases; stored; plenum; cleanup; makes; sequentially; multiplicity; shutting; leaking fuel; power reactor; breeder reactor; fast breeder; fuel elements; fuel element; cover gas; fast reactor; reactor cover; failed fuel; gas following; breeder power; /376/976/

Citation Formats

Honekamp, John R, and Fryer, Richard M. Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Honekamp, John R, & Fryer, Richard M. Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor. United States.
Honekamp, John R, and Fryer, Richard M. Sun . "Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863037.
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title = {Method of locating a leaking fuel element in a fast breeder power reactor},
author = {Honekamp, John R and Fryer, Richard M},
abstractNote = {Leaking fuel elements in a fast reactor are identified by measuring the ratio of .sup.134 Xe to .sup.133 Xe in the reactor cover gas following detection of a fuel element leak, this ratio being indicative of the power and burnup of the failed fuel element. This procedure can be used to identify leaking fuel elements in a power breeder reactor while continuing operation of the reactor since the ratio measured is that of the gases stored in the plenum of the failed fuel element. Thus, use of a cleanup system for the cover gas makes it possible to identify sequentially a multiplicity of leaking fuel elements without shutting the reactor down.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1978},
month = {1}
}

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