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Investigation of design curve of annealing effect on thermal conductivity for graphite components of HTGR (Contract research)

Sumita, Junya ; Shibata, Taiju ; Nakagawa, Shigeaki ; Iyoku, Tatsuo; Sawa, Kazuhiro

Neutron irradiation remarkably reduces the thermal conductivity of graphite components in HTGR. The reduced thermal conductivity is expected to be recovered by annealing of irradiation-induced defects, when the graphite components are heated above the irradiation temperature. The annealing effect is not considered in the maximum fuel temperature analysis of the HTTR design from a viewpoint of conservative evaluation for the maximum fuel temperature. Therefore, it is expected that the temperature evaluation at accident conditions could be carried out more accurately with a reasonable stand point by considering the annealing effect. In order to advance the evaluation method for temperature analysis of accident in the HTGR, the annealing effect on thermal conductivity of graphite was evaluated quantitatively and the design curve on the thermal conductivity for graphite components of HTGR was proposed in this study.

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