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Report on investigation of unexpected reactor shutdown of the TRACY facility; Cause and countermeasures

Sono, Hiroki ; Tsukamoto, Michio; Aizawa, Eiju; Takeuchi, Masaki; Fukaya, Yuji   ; Iseda, Hirokatsu*; Ogawa, Kazuhiko ; Sakuraba, Koichi; Tonoike, Kotaro 

This report describes an investigation and countermeasures of the unexpected reactor shutdown of the TRACY facility at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute on June 17, 2004, caused by a malfunction of a safety rod of the facility. As a result of the investigation, the principal cause of the malfunction was ascribed to a drop in attraction of a binding magnet for the safety rod by a small piece of a foreign material. The following countermeasures were taken against its recurrence: prevention of incidence of foreign materials, reduction of the chance of intrusion of foreign materials into devices, and certain detection of foreign materials. This lesson learned through the experience is expected to be shared with the staffs concerned in reactor operation and maintenance.



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