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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.
D. R. Patel, T. Koyanagi
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 7 | October 2019 | Pages 636-641
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1647029
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Silicon carbide (SiC) fiber–reinforced SiC matrix (SiC/SiC) composites have been widely investigated for potential fusion reactor applications. In this present investigation, the high-temperature creep performance of five types of SiC fibers is evaluated and microstructural analysis is performed. The creep behavior of the fibers was assessed by the bend stress relaxation method at various applied strains at 1500°C and 1700°C. The fibers tested include developmental-grade fibers with different residual silicon amounts (~0%, 2% to 3%, and 5% to 6%) fabricated by laser chemical vapor deposition at Free Form Fibers. Generally, the creep behavior of the Free Form (FF) fibers was similar to Hi-Nicalon Type S and/Tyranno-SA SiC fibers currently used for fabrication of SiC/SiC composites for fusion applications. However, all FF fibers exhibited the formation of pores after the creep tests at 1700°C regardless of residual silicon amount, which can be improved by further development via optimization of the composition and microstructure.