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Inspection and repair techniques in the reactor vessel of the experimental fast reactor Joyo; Observation technical development in a reactor vessel of the fast reactor

Imaizumi, Kazuyuki ; Saito, Takakazu; Tobita, Shigeharu ; Nagai, Akinori; Kitamura, Ryoichi; Okazaki, Yoshihiro

In-Vessel Observations (IVO) techniques for Sodium cooled Fast Reactors (SFRs) are important in confirming its safety and integrity. In order to secure the reliability of IVO techniques, it was necessary to demonstrate the performance under the actual reactor environment with high temperature, high radiation dose and remained sodium. During the investigation of an incident occurred in Joyo, the following observation systems were specifically developed for Joyo. And the following two observations were conducted. (1) Simple overhead observation using a standard video camera for the top of the sub-assemblies and the in-vessel storage rack (2) Narrow space observation using remote handling device equipped with radiation-resistant fiberscope for the bottom face of the upper core structure. As a result, the observations under the actual reactor environment were successfully made even in the narrow space in the reactor vessel and the results provided useful information on incident investigations and planning of restoration work.

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