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Title: Steam separator latch assembly

A latch assembly removably joins a steam separator assembly to a support flange disposed at a top end of a tubular shroud in a nuclear reactor pressure vessel. The assembly includes an annular head having a central portion for supporting the steam separator assembly thereon, and an annular head flange extending around a perimeter thereof for supporting the head to the support flange. A plurality of latches are circumferentially spaced apart around the head flange with each latch having a top end, a latch hook at a bottom end thereof, and a pivot support disposed at an intermediate portion therebetween and pivotally joined to the head flange. The latches are pivoted about the pivot supports for selectively engaging and disengaging the latch hooks with the support flange for fixedly joining the head to the shroud or for allowing removal thereof.
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Livermore, CA)
  2. (San Jose, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
General Electric Company (San Jose, CA) OAK
Patent Number(s):
US 5283809
Contract Number:
Research Org:
General Electric Co
Country of Publication:
United States
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