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Improvement in oil seal performance of gas compressor in HTTR, 2

Nemoto, Takahiro; Kaneshiro, Noriyuki*; Sekita, Kenji; Furusawa, Takayuki; Kuroha, Misao; Kawakami, Satoru; Kondo, Masaaki

The High-Temperature engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) has been developed for establishing and upgrading the technical basis of HTGR.HTTR facilities have their structures, systems and a lot of components including reciprocating gas compressors, commonly used to extract and/or discharge reactor coolant helium gas contained in primary/secondary coolant systems. From the fact of the operational experiences of these compressors, seal-oil leakage has been frequently observed, although rod-seal mechanisms with complicated structures are equipped and improved for preventing coolant helium gas. So, we tried to change the rod-seal materials which might be a primary reason of frequent seal-oil leakage, that resulted in decreasing a mass and frequently of seal-oil leakage. It is confirmed that it is important to select adequate materials of rod seal for sliding speed of the piston of the compressor to prevent seal-oil leakage. Additionally, the procedure to estimate seal-oil leakage for each compressor is discussed. This report describes the results of investigation for improvement on seal-oil leak tightness of the compressors in HTTR facilities.



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