United States Project Notice - Self-Regulating, Solid Core Block For An Inherently Safe Heat Pipe Reactor

Project Notice

PNR 62484
Project Name Self-regulating, Solid Core Block for an Inherently Safe Heat Pipe Reactor
Project Detail Westinghouse Electric Company will develop a self-regulating "solid core block" (SCB) that employs solid material (instead of bulk liquid flow or moving parts) to passively regulate the reaction rate in a micro-scale nuclear reactor. The project aims for the reactor to achieve safe shutdown without the need for additional controls, external power sources, or operator intervention, enabling highly autonomous operation. The SCB is key to the reactor design, which is comprised of a core (containing fuel, moderator, and axial reflectors) and primary and decay heat exchangers, all connected end to end by horizontal heat pipes. During off-normal conditions, the reactor will shut itself down and promptly dissipate the decay heat for an indefinite amount of time without any operator intervention or using any control systems, improving safety. The team will conduct modeling and simulations to predict the SCB’s inherent self-regulating ability. It will then fabricate and test several SCB samples to validate the modeling and simulation tools and confirm feasibility of advanced manufacturing techniques. The SCB will be the central component of the teams complete micro reactor concept, a robust product that aims to overcome many common challenges of current nuclear power plants, including complicated plant designs, uncertain construction times, high operating and financing costs, and load following limitations. Potential Impact: If successful, developments from MEITNER projects will inform the development of lower cost, safe, and secure advanced nuclear power plants.
Funded By Self-Funded
Sector Energy & Power
Country United States , Northern America
Project Value USD 6,622,448

Contact Information

Company Name Westinghouse Electric Company
Web Site https://arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/projects/self-regulating-solid-core-block-inherently-safe-heat-pipe-reactor

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