Korean Standard Nuclear Plant Ex-Vessel Neutron Dosimetry Program Ulchin 4

    Volume 9, Issue 3 (March 2012)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 1 March 2012

    Page Count: 7


    Duo, J. I.
    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA

    Chen, J.
    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA

    Kulesza, J. A.
    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA

    Fero, A. H.
    Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Cranberry Township, PA

    Yoo, C. S.
    Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon

    Kim, B. C.
    Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon

    (Received 13 June 2011; accepted 28 November 2011)

    Abstract

    A comprehensive ex-vessel neutron dosimetry (EVND) surveillance program has been deployed in 16 pressurized water reactors (PWR) in South Korea and EVND dosimetry sets have already been installed and analyzed in Westinghouse reactor designs. In this paper, the unique features of the design, training, and installation in the Korean standard nuclear plant (KSNP) Ulchin Unit 4 are presented. Ulchin Unit 4 Cycle 9 represents the first dosimetry analyzed from the EVND design deployed in KSNP plants: Yonggwang Units 3 through 6 and Ulchin Units 3 through 6. KSNP’s cavity configuration precludes a conventional installation from the cavity floor. The solution, requiring the installation crew to access the cavity at an elevation of the active core, places a premium on rapid installation due to high area dose rates. Numerous geometrical features warranted the use of a detailed design in true 3D mechanical design software to control interferences. A full-size training mockup maximized the crew ability to correctly install the instrument in minimum time. The analysis of the first dosimetry set shows good agreements between measurement and calculation within the associated uncertainties. A complete EVND system has been successfully designed, installed, and analyzed for a KNSP plant. Current and future EVND analyses will continue supporting the successful operation of PWR units in South Korea.


    Paper ID: JAI104137

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI104137

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    Title Korean Standard Nuclear Plant Ex-Vessel Neutron Dosimetry Program Ulchin 4
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    Committee E10