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Title: Propellant actuated nuclear reactor steam depressurization valve

A nuclear fission reactor combined with a propellant actuated depressurization and/or water injection valve is disclosed. The depressurization valve releases pressure from a water cooled, steam producing nuclear reactor when required to insure the safety of the reactor. Depressurization of the reactor pressure vessel enables gravity feeding of supplementary coolant water through the water injection valve to the reactor pressure vessel to prevent damage to the fuel core.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. (San Jose, CA)
  2. (Santa Clara, CA)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
868498
Report Number(s):
US 5154876
DOE Contract Number:
AC03-86SF16563
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
propellant; actuated; nuclear; reactor; steam; depressurization; valve; nuclear; fission; reactor; combined; propellant; actuated; depressurization; water; injection; valve; disclosed; depressurization; valve; releases; pressure; water; cooled; steam; producing; nuclear; reactor; required; insure; safety; reactor; depressurization; reactor; pressure; vessel; enables; gravity; feeding; supplementary; coolant; water; water; injection; valve; reactor; pressure; vessel; prevent; damage; fuel; core; prevent damage; coolant water; depressurization valve; depressurization valve; fission reactor; reactor pressure; reactor pressure; pressure vessel; pressure vessel; nuclear reactor; nuclear reactor; fuel core; water cooled; nuclear fission; releases pressure; water injection; water injection; reactor steam; producing nuclear; propellant actuated; propellant actuated; gravity feed; injection valve; injection valve; actuated nuclear /376/137/