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The Sodium-water reaction product removal test by use of cold trap; SWAT-3 RECT-II test

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RECT-II (the Removal test of reaction products by cold trap) was conducted by use of SWAT-3 (the Steam Generator Safety Test Facility) at PNC in order to construct the post-accident operation of steam generators of the prototype FBR Monju and a larger plant following it. In prior to the test, some amount of the sodium-water reaction products (SWRP) generated in the water injection test (Run 18) was remained in the sodium system. An objective of the test is to confirm the purifying method to remove SWRP by hot sodium circulating through a cold trap (CT). A meshless type cold trap was selected to avoid choking by impurities and to enable efficient SWRP removal. RECT-II started on April 4, 1984 and terminated on April 26 when the plugging temperature decreased to 187$$^{circ}$$C. Major results obtained in the test are as follows: (1)Post-test observation revealed that the SWRP having remained at the bottom of the evaporator and the sodium outlet pipe were completely removed through the purification operation. (2)Hence, it is concluded that after the hot draining the SWRP of 14 kg-H$$_{2}$$0 remained in the sodium system out of that generated by the 42 kg-H$$_{2}$$0 injection and that almost all of the former was removed through the operation. (3)However, some amount of the hydrocarbon-oxide and SWRP in the slit articles simulating crevice and stagnant region still remained after the operation. Then it is concluded that it is insufficient to remove SWRP in crevice and stagnant region by the circulation of hot sodium. (4)A mass transfer coefficient of oxygen is evaluated as 2 $$times$$ 10$$^{-4}$$ [g/(mm H ppm)] if the cross section of the evaporator and inner surface of the 8 inch horizontal pipe are assumed to be the entire surface area of SWRP. (5)Since the choking of the cold trap degrades the efficient SWRP removal, it is essential to develop a cold trap which hardly chokes and easily regenerates even after choking; one of answers for this request is a ...

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