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Cause and countermeasure for heat up of HTTR core support plate at power rise tests

Fujimoto, Nozomu; Takada, Eiji*; Nakagawa, Shigeaki ; Tachibana, Yukio ; Kawasaki, Kozo; Saikusa, Akio ; Kojima, Takao; Iyoku, Tatsuo

HTTR has carried out many kinds of tests as power rise tests in which reactor power rises step by step after attained the first criticality. In the tests, temperature of a core support plate showed higher results than expected value at each power level, the temperature was expected to be higher than the maximum working temperature at 100% power level. Therefore, tests under the high temperature test operation mode, in which the core flow rate was different, were carried out to predict the temperature at 100% power precisely, and investigate the cause of the temperature rise. From the investigation, it was clear that the cause was gap flow in a core support structure. Furthermore, it was estimated that the temperature of the core support plate rose locally due to change in gap width between the core support plate and a seal plate due to change in core pressure drop. The maximum working temperature of the core support plate was revised. The integrity of core support plate under the revised maximum working temperature condition was confirmed by stress analyses.

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