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The CORTEX project: Improving nuclear fleet operational availability
We often define noise as an unwanted disturbance, especially acoustic in nature. Neutron noise, by contrast, is a direct measure of the dynamics of a nuclear core. It can be used for core monitoring without disturbing plant operation and by using the existing core instrumentation. The European CORTEX project aims to develop an innovative core monitoring technique using neutron noise, while capitalizing on the latest developments in neutronic modeling, signal processing, and artificial intelligence.
Shuichi Ishikura, Yang Xu, Kenichiro Satoh
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 178 | Number 1 | September 2014 | Pages 76-85
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE13-50
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The primary hot-leg piping system of the advanced sodium-cooled fast reactor under conceptual study in Japan (named Japan sodium-cooled fast reactor: JSFR) utilizes large-diameter and thin-walled pipes to ensure high coolant velocity, which inevitably leads to the occurrence of flow-induced vibration. Usually, the structural integrity of a piping system under flow-induced vibration is defined to be the maximum stress amplitude below the design fatigue limit. The present study tries to establish a reasonable methodology to estimate the high-cycle fatigue damage due to flow-induced vibration depending on its frequencies and the corresponding stress levels. An analytical procedure for probabilistic fatigue evaluation is developed and applied to the hot-leg piping system. The reasonability of the newly proposed methodology is confirmed from a test simulation.