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Title: Heat dissipating nuclear reactor with metal liner

A nuclear reactor containment including a reactor vessel disposed within a cavity with capability for complete inherent decay heat removal in the earth and surrounded by a cast steel containment member which surrounds the vessel is described in this disclosure. The member has a thick basemat in contact with metal pilings. The basemat rests on a bed of porous particulate material, into which water is fed to produce steam which is vented to the atmosphere. There is a gap between the reactor vessel and the steel containment member. The containment member holds any sodium or core debris escaping from the reactor vessel if the core melts and breaches the vessel.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6592715
DOE Contract Number:
AT03-78SF71032
Resource Type:
Patent
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Research Org:
General Electric Co., Sunnyvale, CA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; CONTAINMENT; AFTER-HEAT REMOVAL; HEAT TRANSFER; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; STEELS; MELTDOWN; RADIOACTIVE EFFLUENTS; REACTOR COOLING SYSTEMS; REACTOR CORE RESTRAINTS; REACTOR CORES; REACTOR SAFETY; REACTOR VESSELS; SODIUM; ACCIDENTS; ALKALI METALS; ALLOYS; CONTAINERS; COOLING SYSTEMS; ELEMENTS; ENERGY SYSTEMS; ENERGY TRANSFER; IRON ALLOYS; IRON BASE ALLOYS; MATERIALS; METALS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; REACTOR ACCIDENTS; REACTOR COMPONENTS; REACTOR PROTECTION SYSTEMS; REMOVAL; RESTRAINTS; SAFETY; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; WASTES 220900* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety; 220200 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Components & Accessories