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Title: Automated fuel pin loading system

Abstract

An automated loading system for nuclear reactor fuel elements utilizes a gravity feed conveyor which permits individual fuel pins to roll along a constrained path perpendicular to their respective lengths. The individual lengths of fuel cladding are directed onto movable transports, where they are aligned coaxially with the axes of associated handling equipment at appropriate production stations. Each fuel pin can be reciprocated axially and/or rotated about its axis as required during handling steps. The fuel pins are inserted as a batch prior to welding of end caps by one of two disclosed welding systems.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Kennewick, WA)
  2. (West Richland, WA)
  3. (Richland, WA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD CO
OSTI Identifier:
865643
Patent Number(s):
4548347
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
AC14-76FF02170
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
automated; fuel; loading; nuclear; reactor; elements; utilizes; gravity; feed; conveyor; permits; individual; pins; roll; constrained; path; perpendicular; respective; lengths; cladding; directed; movable; transports; aligned; coaxially; axes; associated; handling; equipment; appropriate; production; stations; reciprocated; axially; rotated; axis; required; steps; inserted; batch; prior; welding; caps; disclosed; systems; individual fuel; fuel cladding; fuel elements; fuel element; nuclear reactor; reactor fuel; fuel pins; aligned coaxially; dual fuel; handling equipment; gravity feed; /228/198/376/414/976/

Citation Formats

Christiansen, David W., Brown, William F., and Steffen, Jim M. Automated fuel pin loading system. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Christiansen, David W., Brown, William F., & Steffen, Jim M. Automated fuel pin loading system. United States.
Christiansen, David W., Brown, William F., and Steffen, Jim M. Tue . "Automated fuel pin loading system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/865643.
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title = {Automated fuel pin loading system},
author = {Christiansen, David W. and Brown, William F. and Steffen, Jim M.},
abstractNote = {An automated loading system for nuclear reactor fuel elements utilizes a gravity feed conveyor which permits individual fuel pins to roll along a constrained path perpendicular to their respective lengths. The individual lengths of fuel cladding are directed onto movable transports, where they are aligned coaxially with the axes of associated handling equipment at appropriate production stations. Each fuel pin can be reciprocated axially and/or rotated about its axis as required during handling steps. The fuel pins are inserted as a batch prior to welding of end caps by one of two disclosed welding systems.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1985},
month = {1}
}

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