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Title: Expert system for surveillance and diagnosis of breach fuel elements

Abstract

An apparatus and method are disclosed for surveillance and diagnosis of breached fuel elements in a nuclear reactor. A delayed neutron monitoring system provides output signals indicating the delayed neutron activity and age and the equivalent recoil areas of a breached fuel element. Sensors are used to provide outputs indicating the status of each component of the delayed neutron monitoring system. Detectors also generate output signals indicating the reactor power level and the primary coolant flow rate of the reactor. The outputs from the detectors and sensors are interfaced with an artificial intelligence-based knowledge system which implements predetermined logic and generates output signals indicating the operability of the reactor.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Lemont, IL
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
866840
Patent Number(s):
4803040
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
DOE Contract Number:  
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
expert; surveillance; diagnosis; breach; fuel; elements; apparatus; method; disclosed; breached; nuclear; reactor; delayed; neutron; monitoring; provides; output; signals; indicating; activity; age; equivalent; recoil; element; sensors; provide; outputs; status; component; detectors; generate; power; level; primary; coolant; flow; rate; interfaced; artificial; intelligence-based; knowledge; implements; predetermined; logic; generates; operability; breached fuel; generates output; provide output; output signals; power level; fuel elements; fuel element; nuclear reactor; flow rate; output signal; coolant flow; primary coolant; reactor power; provides output; delayed neutron; generate output; neutron activity; rate output; /376/706/976/

Citation Formats

Gross, Kenny C. Expert system for surveillance and diagnosis of breach fuel elements. United States: N. p., 1989. Web.
Gross, Kenny C. Expert system for surveillance and diagnosis of breach fuel elements. United States.
Gross, Kenny C. Sun . "Expert system for surveillance and diagnosis of breach fuel elements". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/866840.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus and method are disclosed for surveillance and diagnosis of breached fuel elements in a nuclear reactor. A delayed neutron monitoring system provides output signals indicating the delayed neutron activity and age and the equivalent recoil areas of a breached fuel element. Sensors are used to provide outputs indicating the status of each component of the delayed neutron monitoring system. Detectors also generate output signals indicating the reactor power level and the primary coolant flow rate of the reactor. The outputs from the detectors and sensors are interfaced with an artificial intelligence-based knowledge system which implements predetermined logic and generates output signals indicating the operability of the reactor.},
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