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Bringing 2022 ANS Standards Committee successes into the new year
By all accounts, 2022 brought many successes for the American Nuclear Society’s Standards Committee, including the initiation of five projects, reaffirmation of 11 current standards, and publication of seven new or revised standards. The entire collection of ANS current standards has been approved or reaffirmed (reapproved without change) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) within the past five years, keeping ANS in 100 percent compliance with ANSI’s requirement on maintaining current American National Standards. Also, the ANS standards program was reaccredited by ANSI on August 19, 2022, with the approval of a revised set of rules and procedures. ANS’s new rules and procedures take advantage of the opportunity to develop standards-related technical reports that may be registered with ANSI.
Hangbok Choi, Robert W. Schleicher
Nuclear Technology | Volume 200 | Number 2 | November 2017 | Pages 106-124
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2017.1364064
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The Energy Multiplier Module (EM2) is a helium-cooled fast reactor with a core outlet temperature of 850°C. It is designed as a modular, grid-capable power source with a net unit output of 265 MWe. The reactor employs a convert-and-burn core design that converts fertile isotopes to fissile and burns them in situ over a 30-year core life. The reactor is sited in a below-grade sealed containment. It uses passive safety methods for heat removal and reactivity control to protect the integrity of the fuel, reactor vessel, and containment. The plant also incorporates a below-grade, passively cooled spent fuel storage facility with capacity for 60 years of full-power operation. EM2 employs a direct closed-cycle gas turbine power conversion unit (PCU) with an organic Rankine bottoming cycle for 53% net power conversion efficiency assuming evaporative cooling. The high-power conversion efficiency and long-burn fuel cycle reduce the electricity cost by 35% when compared with the conventional light water reactor.
The conceptual design has been conducted for the EM2 plant with focus on the reactor, fuel, and safety system designs. A detailed model of the passive direct reactor auxiliary cooling system was created to demonstrate functionality for selected design-basis accidents. The bench-scale fuel development campaign demonstrated high-quality uranium carbide pellet fabrication as well as β-SiC composite cladding and SiC-joining technologies. Irradiation tests of reactor materials are also being conducted. The PCU variable-speed generator mechanical design was validated with operational testing of its novel rotor at speeds >13 000 rpm. The design of the turbo-compressor with active magnetic bearings continues. A large cost database and financial model have been constructed for use as a key driver for the design to be economically competitive with competing generating technologies after 2030.