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U.S. reactor technologies to be featured at IAEA conference
A virtual side event at the 64th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency will spotlight U.S. reactor technologies. The free event, US Reactor Technologies: Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges, will be held this Thursday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT).
The event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs. It will also examine anticipated challenges in the future, as well as underscore the need to act now.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Advanced registration is required.
X. Liu, W. Peng, F. Xie, J. Cao, Y. Dong, X. Duan, Y. Wen, B. Shan, K. Sun, G. Zheng
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 76 | Number 4 | May 2020 | Pages 513-525
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2020.1718856
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Tritium (3H) has been increasingly researched when assessing the environmental impact of nuclear reactors and other nuclear facilities because it is widely present in nuclear systems and can easily enter the environment. The first pebble-bed gas-cooled test reactor in China, the 10 MW high temperature gas-cooled test reactor (HTR-10), uses helium, graphite, and graphite spheres containing embedded tristructural-isotropic–coated particles as primary coolant, reflectors, and fuel elements, respectively. Several experiments that involved the 3H source term in HTR-10 were performed, and they measured the 3H specific activity and its distribution in the irradiated graphite spheres from the core, 3H activity concentration in the primary helium, 3H activity concentration during the regeneration of the molecular sieve adsorber in the helium purification system, and 3H amount in the gaseous effluent discharge from the stack. The experimental data were summarized and compared with the theoretical predictions. The balance diagram of the 3H source term in HTR-10 is introduced in this paper. Sensitivity analysis was performed to illustrate the effect of the 3He abundance in the primary helium and Li content in the graphite reflectors on the 3H activity concentration in the primary coolant of HTR-10. The interactions between graphite and different hydrogen isotopes (1H, 3H, 1H2, 1H3H, and 3H2) were investigated using first-principles calculations and the diffusion theory. The results indicated that molecular 3H tended to diffuse in graphite.