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Advanced gas cooled reactors - Designing for safety

Abstract

The Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Power Stations recently completed at Heysham in Lancashire, England, and Torness in East Lothian, Scotland represent the current stage of development of the commercial AGR. Each power station has two reactor turbo-generator units designed for a total station output of 2x660 MW(e) gross although powers in excess of this have been achieved and it is currently intended to uprate this as far as possible. The design of both stations has been based on the successful operating AGRs at Hinkley Point and Hunterston which have now been in-service for almost 15 years, although minor changes were made to meet new safety requirements and to make improvements suggested by operating experience. The construction of these new AGRs has been to programme and within budget. Full commercial load for the first reactor at Torness was achieved in August 1988 with the other three reactors following over the subsequent 15 months. This paper summarises the safety principles and guidelines for the design of the reactors and discusses how some of the main features of the safety case meet these safety requirements. The paper also summarises the design problems which arose during the construction period and explains how these problems were  More>>
Authors:
Keen, Barry A [1] 
  1. Engineering Development Unit, NNC Limited, Booths Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1990
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
IAEA-TC-389.26
Reference Number:
EDB-01:067980
Resource Relation:
Conference: Technical committee meeting on gas-cooled reactor technology safety and siting, Dimitrovgrad (Russian Federation), 21-23 Jun 1989; Other Information: 5 figs; PBD: 1990; Related Information: In: Gas-cooled reactor technology safety and siting. Report of a technical committee meeting. Working material, 724 pages.
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; AGR TYPE REACTORS; DESIGN; REACTOR SAFETY; REGULATIONS; RELIABILITY; SAFETY STANDARDS
OSTI ID:
20179981
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA0101484036100
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 125-137
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Keen, Barry A. Advanced gas cooled reactors - Designing for safety. IAEA: N. p., 1990. Web.
Keen, Barry A. Advanced gas cooled reactors - Designing for safety. IAEA.
Keen, Barry A. 1990. "Advanced gas cooled reactors - Designing for safety." IAEA.
@misc{etde_20179981,
title = {Advanced gas cooled reactors - Designing for safety}
author = {Keen, Barry A}
abstractNote = {The Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor Power Stations recently completed at Heysham in Lancashire, England, and Torness in East Lothian, Scotland represent the current stage of development of the commercial AGR. Each power station has two reactor turbo-generator units designed for a total station output of 2x660 MW(e) gross although powers in excess of this have been achieved and it is currently intended to uprate this as far as possible. The design of both stations has been based on the successful operating AGRs at Hinkley Point and Hunterston which have now been in-service for almost 15 years, although minor changes were made to meet new safety requirements and to make improvements suggested by operating experience. The construction of these new AGRs has been to programme and within budget. Full commercial load for the first reactor at Torness was achieved in August 1988 with the other three reactors following over the subsequent 15 months. This paper summarises the safety principles and guidelines for the design of the reactors and discusses how some of the main features of the safety case meet these safety requirements. The paper also summarises the design problems which arose during the construction period and explains how these problems were solved with the minimum delay to programme.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1990}
month = {Jul}
}