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Title: Fuel handling system for a nuclear reactor

A pool type nuclear fission reactor has a core, with a plurality of core elements and a redan which confines coolant as a hot pool at a first end of the core separated from a cold pool at a second end of the core by the redan. A fuel handling system for use with such reactors comprises a core element storage basket located outside of the redan in the cold pool. An access passage is formed in the redan with a gate for opening and closing the passage to maintain the temperature differential between the hot pool and the cold pool. A mechanism is provided for opening and closing the gate. A lifting arm is also provided for manipulating the fuel core elements through the access passage between the storage basket and the core when the redan gate is open.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. (Hickory Hills, IL)
  2. (Park Ridge, IL)
  3. (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
875184
Report Number(s):
US H177
DOE Contract Number:
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
fuel; handling; nuclear; reactor; pool; type; fission; core; plurality; elements; redan; confines; coolant; hot; separated; cold; reactors; comprises; element; storage; basket; located; outside; access; passage; formed; gate; closing; maintain; temperature; differential; mechanism; provided; lifting; arm; manipulating; fuel handling; fission reactor; nuclear reactor; temperature differential; located outside; fuel core; hot pool; nuclear fission; cold pool; type nuclear; pool type; /376/