Control rod drive for reactor shutdown
A means for rapidly shutting down or scramming a nuclear reactor, such as a liquid metal-cooled fast breeder reactor, and serves as a backup to the primary shutdown system. The control rod drive consists basically of an in-core assembly, a drive shaft and seal assembly, and a control drive mechanism. The control rod is driven into the core region of the reactor by gravity and hydraulic pressure forces supplied by the reactor coolant, thus assuring that common mode failures will not interfere with or prohibit scramming the reactor when necessary.
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- Report Number(s):
- US 3933581
US patent application 05/476,173
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- Research Org:
- General Electric Co., Sunnyvale, Calif. (USA). Breeder Reactor Dept.
- Country of Publication:
- United States
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