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CNSC vendor design review of eVinci microreactor to begin
Westinghouse's eVinci microreactor (Image: Westinghouse)
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to bring the eVinci microreactor closer to commercialization, the company announced Tuesday. The agreement initiates a vendor design review (VDR)—a prelicensing technical assessment of a company’s reactor technology.
The objective of a VDR, according to the CNSC, is to verify the acceptability of a nuclear power plant design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards. The review also aims to identify fundamental barriers to licensing a new design in Canada and to assure that a resolution path exists for any design issues identified.
Ghanshyam Thakur, Raju Khanal, Bijoyendra Narayan
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 4 | May 2019 | Pages 324-329
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1579623
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
In this work, plasma is produced by arc discharge between two copper electrodes and is characterized by a movable single probe and a double Langmuir probe. The movable Langmuir single-probe technique has a reference point since it is biased with reference to one of the electrodes of the plasma-producing system. In some situations such as radio-frequency discharges, no reference point is available to bias the movable single probe. In the double-probe method, each probe is biased with respect to each other and allowed to move through the arc plasma. Depending on the magnitude of the biasing potential, charges are collected by the probes, and the probe current flowing to the circuit is calculated. After that, we obtain the electron temperature and plasma density of the arc plasma. By using the double-probe method, the value of the plasma density is more precise than with the single-probe method. Hence, the double-probe method is more appropriate than the single-probe method.