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The Sodium Reactor Experiment
In February 1957, construction was completed on the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE), a sodium-cooled, graphite-moderated reactor with an output of 20 MWt. The design of theSRE had begun three years earlier in 1954, and construction started in April 1955. On April 25, 1957, the reactor reached criticality, and the SRE operated until February 1964.
Jonghwan Kim, Byunyoung Jung, Junhong Park, Youngchul Choi
Nuclear Technology | Volume 208 | Number 7 | July 2022 | Pages 1184-1191
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2021.2018271
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A pipe wall thinning diagnosis method based on vibration characteristics is proposed. Elbow specimens with artificial pipe wall thinning were fabricated and combined in a loop. By running a pump in the loop, vibration was induced by flow, and the vibrational signals were measured with accelerometers. The effect of pipe wall thinning on the vibrational signals was investigated by analyzing the spectral data of the acceleration signals. The analyzed vibration characteristics were difficult to observe because the change in characteristics was small. A convolutional neural network (CNN) specialized for data recognition was applied to recognize the small change in vibrational signal resulting from the pipe wall thinning. A regression model based on CNN was chosen to learn the tendency of change in the vibrational signals with varying thinning. The data types advantageous for training the regression model were identified. An early stopping technique using the validation data set was adopted to regularize the regression model. The trained regression model was able to predict pipe thinning.