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Title: Nuclear reactor fuel rod attachment system

A reusable system for removably attaching a nuclear reactor fuel rod (12) to a support member (14). A locking cap (22) is secured to the fuel rod (12) and a locking strip (24) is fastened to the support member (14). The locking cap (22) has two opposing fingers (24a and 24b) shaped to form a socket having a body portion (26). The locking strip has an extension (36) shaped to rigidly attach to the socket's body portion (26). The locking cap's fingers are resiliently deflectable. For attachment, the locking cap (22) is longitudinally pushed onto the locking strip (24) causing the extension (36) to temporarily deflect open the fingers (24a and 24b) to engage the socket's body portion (26). For removal, the process is reversed.
  1. (Kennewick, WA)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
US 4344915
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Resource Type:
Research Org:
Hanford Engineering Development Lab., Richland, WA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
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