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Title: Metal fire implications for advanced reactors. Part 1, literature review.

Public safety and acceptance is extremely important for the nuclear power renaissance to get started. The Advanced Burner Reactor and other potential designs utilize liquid sodium as a primary coolant which provides distinct challenges to the nuclear power industry. Fire is a dominant contributor to total nuclear plant risk events for current generation nuclear power plants. Utilizing past experience to develop suitable safety systems and procedures will minimize the chance of sodium leaks and the associated consequences in the next generation. An advanced understanding of metal fire behavior in regards to the new designs will benefit both science and industry. This report presents an extensive literature review that captures past experiences, new advanced reactor designs, and the current state-of-knowledge related to liquid sodium combustion behavior.
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TRN: US0901161
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Technical Report
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Sandia National Laboratories
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Country of Publication:
United States
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; BURNERS; COMBUSTION; COOLANTS; NUCLEAR POWER; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; SAFETY; SODIUM Reactor cores-Design and construction-Safety measures.; Nuclear engineering-Safety measures-Public opinion; United States.; Public Safety-Communication; Nuclear reactors-Safety measures.