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Title: Nuclear reactor fuel assembly duct-tube-to-handling-socket attachment system

A reusable system for removably attaching the upper end 10of a nuclear reactor duct tube to the lower end 30 of a nuclear reactor fuel assembly handling socket. A transition ring 20, fixed to the duct tube's upper end 10, has an interior-threaded section 22 with a first locking hole segment 24. An adaptor ring 40, fixed to the handling socket's lower end 30 has an outside-threaded section 42 with a second locking hole segment 44. The inside 22 and outside 42 threaded sections match and can be joined so that the first 24 and second 44 locking hole segments can be aligned to form a locking hole. A locking ring 50, with a locking pin 52, slides over the adaptor ring 40 so that the locking pin 52 fits in the locking hole. A swage lock 60 or a cantilever finger lock 70 is formed from the locking cup collar 26 to fit in a matching groove 54 or 56 in the locking ring 50 to prevent the locking ring's locking pin 52 from backing out of the locking hole.
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  1. (Kennewick, WA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) OSTI
Patent Number(s):
US 4366116
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Hanford Engineering Development Lab., Richland, WA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
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