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Title: Nuclear reactor fuel rod attachment system

Abstract

A reusable system for removably attaching a nuclear reactor fuel rod (12) to a support member (14). A locking cap (22) is secured to the fuel rod (12) and a locking strip (24) is fastened to the support member (14). The locking cap (22) has two opposing fingers (24a and 24b) shaped to form a socket having a body portion (26). The locking strip has an extension (36) shaped to rigidly attach to the socket's body portion (26). The locking cap's fingers are resiliently deflectable. For attachment, the locking cap (22) is longitudinally pushed onto the locking strip (24) causing the extension (36) to temporarily deflect open the fingers (24a and 24b) to engage the socket's body portion (26). For removal, the process is reversed.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Hanford Engineering Development Lab., Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
864310
Patent Number(s):
4344915
Application Number:
06/187913
Assignee:
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21C - NUCLEAR REACTORS
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
DOE Contract Number:  
EY-76-C-14-2170
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 1980 Sep 17
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
nuclear; reactor; fuel; rod; attachment; reusable; removably; attaching; 12; support; 14; locking; cap; 22; secured; strip; 24; fastened; opposing; fingers; 24a; 24b; shaped; form; socket; portion; 26; extension; 36; rigidly; attach; resiliently; deflectable; longitudinally; pushed; causing; temporarily; deflect; engage; removal; process; reversed; nuclear reactor; reactor fuel; fuel rod; opposing finger; removably attaching; locking cap; /376/976/

Citation Formats

Christiansen, David W. Nuclear reactor fuel rod attachment system. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Christiansen, David W. Nuclear reactor fuel rod attachment system. United States.
Christiansen, David W. Fri . "Nuclear reactor fuel rod attachment system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864310.
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