Fast Reactors Coolant Options

In the past, engineers proposed, and in many cases tested, nearly every imaginable fluid for use as a reactor coolant. In order to have a fast neutron spectrum, however, there are significant constraints imposed on the coolant choices. The Generation IV International Forum identified three promising coolant choices for fast reactors: sodium, lead, and helium. This presentation provides an overview of these coolant options and how they impact overall design, safety, and operations, and how they result in considerable differences with light water reactors.

June 28, 2011 at 10:00AM in Bldg. 208/A138

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See also: Nuclear Plant Dynamics and Safety - NE website

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