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Design Study of Mechanical Disassembly System for FBR Fuel Reprocessing

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Yuuichi Tooya, Tadahiro Washiya, Kenji Koizumi, Shinichi Morita

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken, Japan

Paper No. ICONE14-89374, pp. 907-912; 6 pages
  • 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance and Life Cycle; Component Reliability and Materials Issues; Codes, Standards, Licensing and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle and High Level Waste Management
  • Miami, Florida, USA, July 17–20, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4242-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3783-1
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been leading feasibility study on commercialized fast reactor cycle systems in Japan. In this study, we have proposed a new disassembly technology by mechanical disassembly system that consists of a mechanical cutting step and a wrapper tube pulling step. In the mechanical disassembly system, high durability mechanical tool grinds the wrapper tube (Slit-cut (S/C) operation in circle direction), and then the wrapper tube is pulled out and removed from the fuel assembly. Then the fuel pins are cut (Crop-cut (C/C) operation at entrance nozzle side) and the entrance nozzle is removed. The fuel pins are transported to the shearing device in next process. The Fundamental tests were carried out with simulated FBR fuel pins and wrapper tube, and cutting performance and wrapper tube pulling performance has been confirmed by engineering scale. As results, we established an efficient disassembly procedure and the fundamental design of mechanical disassembly system.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Fuels , Design



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