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Title: Systems and methods for managing shared-path instrumentation and irradiation targets in a nuclear reactor

Systems and methods permit discriminate access to nuclear reactors. Systems provide penetration pathways to irradiation target loading and offloading systems, instrumentation systems, and other external systems at desired times, while limiting such access during undesired times. Systems use selection mechanisms that can be strategically positioned for space sharing to connect only desired systems to a reactor. Selection mechanisms include distinct paths, forks, diverters, turntables, and other types of selectors. Management methods with such systems permits use of the nuclear reactor and penetration pathways between different systems and functions, simultaneously and at only distinct desired times. Existing TIP drives and other known instrumentation and plant systems are useable with access management systems and methods, which can be used in any nuclear plant with access restrictions.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1234208
Report Number(s):
9,224,507
13/709,524
DOE Contract Number:
FC52-09NA29626
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Dec 10
Research Org:
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas, LLC, Wilmington, NC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS