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Preliminary investigation of annealing effect on thermal conductivity of graphite and investigation of annealing test method (Contract research)

Sumita, Junya ; Nakano, Masaaki*; Tsuji, Nobumasa*; Shibata, Taiju ; Ishihara, Masahiro 

Neutron irradiation remarkably reduces the thermal conductivity of graphite, and the reduced thermal conductivity is recovered by annealing effect if the graphite is heated above the irradiation temperature. Therefore, it is expected that the reduced thermal conductivity of graphite components in the HTGR could be recovered by the annealing effect in accidents, such as a depressurization accident. Then, an analytical investigation of the annealing effect on thermal performance of a HTGR core was carried. The analysis showed that the annealing effect reduces the maximum fuel temperature about 70$$^{circ}$$C, and it is important to introduce the annealing effect appropriately in the temperature analysis of the core components and reactor internals. In addition, an annealing test method was investigated to evaluate the effect quantitatively, and the test plan was made.



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