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Heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors; Filiere eau lourde - gaz

Abstract

France has based its main effort for the production of nuclear energy on natural Uranium Graphite-moderated gas-cooled reactors, and has a long term programme for fast reactors, but this country is also engaged in the development of heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors which appear to present the best middle term prospects. The economy of these reactors, as in the case of Graphite, arises from the use of natural or very slightly enriched Uranium; heavy water can take the best advantages of this fuel cycle and moreover offers considerable development potential because of better reactor performances. A prototype plant EL 4 (70 MW) is under construction and is described in detail in another paper. The present one deals with the programme devoted to the development of this reactor type in France. Reasons for selecting this reactor type are given in the first part: advantages and difficulties are underlined. After reviewing the main technological problems and the Research and Development carried out, results already obtained and points still to be confirmed are reported. The construction of EL 4 is an important step of this programme: it will be a significant demonstration of reactor performances and will afford many experimentation opportunities. Now the  More>>
Authors:
Bailly du Bois, B; Bernard, J L; Naudet, R; Roche, R [1] 
  1. Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1964
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
CEA-R-2691
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 6 refs
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; BERYLLIUM; BURNUP; CARBON DIOXIDE; COST ESTIMATION; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; EL-4 REACTOR; FUEL ELEMENT CLUSTERS; FUEL RODS; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; NEUTRON FLUX FLATTENING; REACTOR CORES; SPECIFICATIONS; ZIRCONIUM
OSTI ID:
20668385
Research Organizations:
CEA Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
Country of Origin:
France
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: FR05R2691107086
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
FRN
Size:
16 pages
Announcement Date:
Dec 14, 2005

Citation Formats

Bailly du Bois, B, Bernard, J L, Naudet, R, and Roche, R. Heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors; Filiere eau lourde - gaz. France: N. p., 1964. Web.
Bailly du Bois, B, Bernard, J L, Naudet, R, & Roche, R. Heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors; Filiere eau lourde - gaz. France.
Bailly du Bois, B, Bernard, J L, Naudet, R, and Roche, R. 1964. "Heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors; Filiere eau lourde - gaz." France.
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title = {Heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors; Filiere eau lourde - gaz}
author = {Bailly du Bois, B, Bernard, J L, Naudet, R, and Roche, R}
abstractNote = {France has based its main effort for the production of nuclear energy on natural Uranium Graphite-moderated gas-cooled reactors, and has a long term programme for fast reactors, but this country is also engaged in the development of heavy water moderated gas-cooled reactors which appear to present the best middle term prospects. The economy of these reactors, as in the case of Graphite, arises from the use of natural or very slightly enriched Uranium; heavy water can take the best advantages of this fuel cycle and moreover offers considerable development potential because of better reactor performances. A prototype plant EL 4 (70 MW) is under construction and is described in detail in another paper. The present one deals with the programme devoted to the development of this reactor type in France. Reasons for selecting this reactor type are given in the first part: advantages and difficulties are underlined. After reviewing the main technological problems and the Research and Development carried out, results already obtained and points still to be confirmed are reported. The construction of EL 4 is an important step of this programme: it will be a significant demonstration of reactor performances and will afford many experimentation opportunities. Now the design of large power reactors is to be considered. Extension and improvements of the mechanical structures used for EL 4 are under study, as well as alternative concepts. The paper gives some data for a large reactor in the present state of technology, as a result from optimization studies. Technical improvements, especially in the field of materials could lead to even more interesting performances. Some prospects are mentioned for the long run. Investment costs and fuel cycles are discussed in the last part. (authors) [French] La France, qui a base son effort principal pour la production d'energie nucleaire sur la filiere des reacteurs a uranium naturel et graphite refroidis par gaz, et qui a un programme a plus long terme de reacteurs rapides, s'est engagee egalement dans le developpement des reacteurs a eau lourde refroidis par gaz, qui semblent presenter les meilleures perspectives pour le moyen terme. L'economie de ces reacteurs, comme dans le cas du graphite, repose sur l'utilisation d'uranium naturel ou extremement peu enrichi. L'eau lourde permet d'en tirer le maximum d'avantages, tout en donnant lieu grace a ses performances plus poussees a des perspectives de developpement tres interessantes. Une centrale prototype EL 4 (70 MWe) est actuellement en construction: elle est decrite en detail dans un autre memoire. La presente communication fait le point du programme consacre en France au developpement de cette filiere. On indique d'abord quelles sont les raisons qui ont conduit a choisir ce type de reacteur: on montre l'Interet de la filiere, en soulignant ses atouts et ses difficultes. Passant en revue les principaux problemes technologiques et les travaux de developpement qui leur sont consacres, on analyse ensuite les resultats deja acquis et les points restant a confirmer. EL 4 est la premiere grande realisation: sa construction constitue une etape importante, aussi bien du point de vue demonstration de performances que possibilites d'experimentation et d'epreuve. Mais deja se pose le probleme de la conception d'une centrale de grande puissance unitaire. On a etudie a la fois l'adaptation ou l'amelioration des solutions mecaniques mises en oeuvre dans EL 4 et des variantes dont quelques-unes reposent sur des conceptions assez differentes. On indique ensuite quelles sont les caracteristiques envisagees pour une grande centrale dans l'etat actuel de la technique, compte tenu des etudes d'optimisation en cours. Des possibilites d'amelioration techniques existent d'ailleurs notamment en ce qui concerne les materiaux, ce qui pourrait conduire a des performances encore plus interessantes. Quelques perspectives a plus long terme sont evoquees. Finalement on aborde les considerations economiques. On discute successivement les couts d'investissements et les cycles de combustible. (auteurs)}
place = {France}
year = {1964}
month = {Jul}
}