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New TRIGA fuel delivered to a U.S. university reactor for the first time in a decade
Penn State’s Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) has received the first new TRIGA fuel shipped to the United States since 2012, the university announced on September 28. The fuel reached University Park, Pa., on September 27 and is destined for RSEC’s Breazeale Reactor, the nation’s longest continuously operating university research reactor.
Shutaro Takeda, Satoshi Konishi
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 79 | Number 1 | January 2023 | Pages 69-76
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2022.2078137
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It is a widespread view in the fusion community that steady-state, water-cooled fusion power plants can utilize the power generation systems of conventional pressurized water reactor (PWR) fission plants as is. However, what would happen to a fusion power plant in the case of plasma disruption? The authors constructed a dynamic simulation model of a water-cooled ceramic breeder blanket fusion power plant model on Modelica language [300.0-MW(electric) electrical output/1138-MW(thermal) fusion output] and evaluated the applicability of a PWR power generation system. Simulation results suggest that while the PWR system would function as intended during steady-state operation, the conventional system may not be able to cope with a sudden loss of energy influx in the event of plasma disruption without modification: The PWR system’s steam generator experienced a water overflow in less than 150 s from the plasma disruption.