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Fuel unloading operations -2020- in the decommissioning of the prototype fast breeder reactor "Monju"

Shiota, Yuki; Ariyoshi, Hideo ; Shiohama, Yasutaka; Isobe, Yuta; Takeuchi, Ryotaro; Kudo, Junki; Hanaki, Shotaro  ; Hamano, Tomoharu; Takagi, Tsuyohiko 

In the first stage of "Monju" decommissioning project, "Fuel Unloading Operations" have been carrying out. The operations consists of two processes. The first process is "Fuel Treatment and Storage" is that the fuel assemblies unloaded from the Ex-Vessel fuel Storage Tank (EVST) are canned after sodium cleaning, and then transferred to the storage pool. The second process is "Fuel Unloading" that the fuel assemblies in the reactor core are replaced with dummy fuel assemblies and stored in the EVST. "Fuel Treatment and Storage" and "Fuel Unloading" are performed alternately until 370 fuel assemblies in the core and 160 fuel assemblies in the EVST are all transferred to the storage pool. This is a summary of "Fuel Unloading" in the third quarter of "Fuel Unloading Operation". In fiscal 2020, as "Fuel Unloading", 72 fuel assemblies and 74 blanket fuel assemblies were unloaded from the core, and stored in the EVST. From the EVST, 145 dummy fuel assemblies and 1 fixed absorber were loaded in the core instead. During these operations, a total of 36 cases alarming or equipment malfunctions classified into 4 types occurred. However, these events were estimated in advance, there were no significant events that menaces to safety of fuel assemblies and equipment. Therefore, there were no serious problem like fall of fuel assemblies and events that may affect schedule of the project like stick of gripper of ex-vessel fuel transfer machine. When equipment's work or performance fail, the operation continued with safety by elimination of causes of problem. Fuel handling system of Monju has function that is endemic to sodium cooling fast breeding reactor. Because continuous operations of fuel handling system with actual fuel assemblies start recently, we don't have as much experience as PWR and BWR. With estimation of various troubles, reduction of frequency of trouble occurrence and minimization of impacts on schedule performed.



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