Safety characteristics of the integral fast reactor concept
The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) concept is an innovative approach to liquid metal reactor design which is being studied by Argonne National Laboratory. Two of the key features of the IFR design are a metal fuel core design, based on the fuel technology developed at EBR-II, and an integral fuel cycle with a colocated fuel cycle facility based on the compact and simplified process steps made possible by the use of metal fuel. The paper presents the safety characteristics of the IFR concept which derive from the use of metal fuel. Liquid metal reactors, because of the low pressure coolant operating far below its boiling point, the natural circulation capability, and high system heat capacities, possess a high degree of inherent safety. The use of metallic fuel allows the reactor designer to further enhance the system capability for passive accommodation of postulated accidents.
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- Conference: American Society of Mechanical Engineers winter annual meeting, Miami, FL, USA, 17 Nov 1985
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- Argonne National Lab., IL (USA)
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- United States
- 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; IFR REACTOR; REACTOR SAFETY; ALLOY NUCLEAR FUELS; TRANSIENT OVERPOWER ACCIDENTS; ACCIDENTS; ENERGY SOURCES; EPITHERMAL REACTORS; EXPERIMENTAL REACTORS; FAST REACTORS; FUELS; MATERIALS; NUCLEAR FUELS; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTOR MATERIALS; REACTORS; RESEARCH AND TEST REACTORS; SAFETY; SOLID FUELS; ZERO POWER REACTORS 220600* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Research, Test & Experimental Reactors
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