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Title: System for fuel rod removal from a reactor module

Abstract

A robotic system for remote underwater withdrawal of the fuel rods from fuel modules of a light water breeder reactor includes a collet/grapple assembly for gripping and removing fuel rods in each module, which is positioned by use of a winch and a radial support means attached to a vertical support tube which is mounted over the fuel module. A programmable logic controller in conjunction with a microcomputer, provides control for the accurate positioning and pulling force of the rod grapple assembly. Closed circuit television cameras are provided which aid in operator interface with the robotic system.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [3];  [1];  [3]
  1. (Bethel Park, PA)
  2. (North Huntingdon, PA)
  3. (Pittsburgh, PA)
  4. (McKees Rocks, PA)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORP
OSTI Identifier:
867278
Patent Number(s):
4903281
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) BAPL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC11-76PN00014
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
fuel; rod; removal; reactor; module; robotic; remote; underwater; withdrawal; rods; modules; light; water; breeder; collet; grapple; assembly; gripping; removing; positioned; winch; radial; support; means; attached; vertical; tube; mounted; programmable; logic; controller; conjunction; microcomputer; provides; control; accurate; positioning; pulling; force; closed; circuit; television; cameras; provided; operator; interface; vertical support; means attached; provides control; television camera; support tube; fuel rods; breeder reactor; support means; fuel rod; closed circuit; light water; water breeder; television cameras; programmable logic; grapple assembly; fuel module; fuel modules; accurate position; reactor module; /376/976/

Citation Formats

Matchett, Richard L., Roof, David R., Kikta, Thomas J., Wilczynski, Rosemarie, Nilsen, Roy J., Bacvinskas, William S., and Fodor, George. System for fuel rod removal from a reactor module. United States: N. p., 1990. Web.
Matchett, Richard L., Roof, David R., Kikta, Thomas J., Wilczynski, Rosemarie, Nilsen, Roy J., Bacvinskas, William S., & Fodor, George. System for fuel rod removal from a reactor module. United States.
Matchett, Richard L., Roof, David R., Kikta, Thomas J., Wilczynski, Rosemarie, Nilsen, Roy J., Bacvinskas, William S., and Fodor, George. Mon . "System for fuel rod removal from a reactor module". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867278.
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title = {System for fuel rod removal from a reactor module},
author = {Matchett, Richard L. and Roof, David R. and Kikta, Thomas J. and Wilczynski, Rosemarie and Nilsen, Roy J. and Bacvinskas, William S. and Fodor, George},
abstractNote = {A robotic system for remote underwater withdrawal of the fuel rods from fuel modules of a light water breeder reactor includes a collet/grapple assembly for gripping and removing fuel rods in each module, which is positioned by use of a winch and a radial support means attached to a vertical support tube which is mounted over the fuel module. A programmable logic controller in conjunction with a microcomputer, provides control for the accurate positioning and pulling force of the rod grapple assembly. Closed circuit television cameras are provided which aid in operator interface with the robotic system.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {1990},
month = {1}
}

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