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Title: Pipe connector

Abstract

A safety test facility for testing sodium-cooled nuclear reactor components includes a reactor vessel and a heat exchanger submerged in sodium in the tank. The reactor vessel and heat exchanger are connected by an expansion/deflection pipe coupling comprising a pair of coaxially and slidably engaged tubular elements having radially enlarged opposed end portions of which at least a part is of spherical contour adapted to engage conical sockets in the ends of pipes leading out of the reactor vessel and in to the heat exchanger. A spring surrounding the pipe coupling urges the end portions apart and into engagement with the spherical sockets. Since the pipe coupling is submerged in liquid a limited amount of leakage of sodium from the pipe can be tolerated.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Evergreen Park, IL
  2. Brookfield, IL
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
863067
Patent Number(s):
4087323
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F16 - ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS F16L - PIPES
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
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
pipe; connector; safety; facility; testing; sodium-cooled; nuclear; reactor; components; vessel; heat; exchanger; submerged; sodium; tank; connected; expansion; deflection; coupling; comprising; pair; coaxially; slidably; engaged; tubular; elements; radially; enlarged; opposed; portions; spherical; contour; adapted; engage; conical; sockets; pipes; leading; spring; surrounding; urges; apart; engagement; liquid; limited; amount; leakage; tolerated; reactor vessel; heat exchange; nuclear reactor; heat exchanger; cooled nuclear; reactor components; slidably engage; reactor component; slidably engaged; sodium-cooled nuclear; spherical sockets; pipes leading; pipe connector; /376/285/976/

Citation Formats

Sullivan, Thomas E, and Pardini, John A. Pipe connector. United States: N. p., 1978. Web.
Sullivan, Thomas E, & Pardini, John A. Pipe connector. United States.
Sullivan, Thomas E, and Pardini, John A. Sun . "Pipe connector". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863067.
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title = {Pipe connector},
author = {Sullivan, Thomas E and Pardini, John A},
abstractNote = {A safety test facility for testing sodium-cooled nuclear reactor components includes a reactor vessel and a heat exchanger submerged in sodium in the tank. The reactor vessel and heat exchanger are connected by an expansion/deflection pipe coupling comprising a pair of coaxially and slidably engaged tubular elements having radially enlarged opposed end portions of which at least a part is of spherical contour adapted to engage conical sockets in the ends of pipes leading out of the reactor vessel and in to the heat exchanger. A spring surrounding the pipe coupling urges the end portions apart and into engagement with the spherical sockets. Since the pipe coupling is submerged in liquid a limited amount of leakage of sodium from the pipe can be tolerated.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1978},
month = {1}
}

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