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Under-sodium endurance experiment of selector valve in failed-fuel detection and location system of JSFR

Aizawa, Kosuke ; Fujita, Kaoru  ; Hirata, Shingo*; Kasahara, Naoto*

In the design of Japan Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (JSFR), a selector-valve mechanism is adopted for its failed-fuel detection and location (FFDL) system. Since JSFR has only two FFDL units for about 600 fuel subassemblies, one FFDL unit must handle much larger number of subassemblies than in previous designs. In addition, during long plant life of 60 years, the wear length of the selector-valve will become longer than those of past reactors. Therefore, the endurance of the selector-valve becomes important. To demonstrate the manufacturability and endurance of the selector-valve, a full size mock-up was manufactured, and an endurance experiment of the mock-up model under high-temperature sodium were conducted. The cross-section observation, hardness measurement, and chemical assay results after the endurance experiment showed that the coating layer on the sliding surface still remains. Thus, the endurance of the JSFR selector-valve was demonstrated.

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