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Conceptual Structure Design of High Temperature Isolation Valve for High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor

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Shoji Takada, Kenji Abe, Yoshiyuki Inagaki

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Oarai, Ibaraki, Japan

Paper No. ICONE18-29379, pp. 53-58; 6 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 6
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4934-7
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The high temperature isolation valve (HTIV) is a key component to assure the safety of a high temperature gas cooled reactor (HTGR) connected with a hydrogen production system, that is, protection of radioactive material release from the reactor to the hydrogen production system and combustible gas ingress to the reactor at the accident of fracture of an intermediate heat exchanger and the chemical reactor. The HTIV used in the helium condition over 900 °C, however, has not been made for practical use yet. The conceptual structure design of an angle type HTIV was carried out. A seat made of Hasteloy-XR is welded inside a valve box. Internal thermal insulation is employed around the seat and a liner because high temperature helium gas over 900 °C flows inside the valve. Inner diameter of the top of seat was set 445 mm based on fabrication experiences of valve makers. A draft overall structure was proposed based on the diameter of seat. The numerical analysis was carried out to estimate temperature distribution and stress of metallic components by using a three-dimensional finite element method code. Numerical results showed that the temperature of the seat was simply decreased from the top around 900 °C to the root, and the thermal stress locally increased at the root of the seat which was connected with the valve box. The stress was lowered below the allowable limit 120 MPa by decreasing thickness of the connecting part and increasing the temperature of valve box to around 350 °C. The stress also increased at the top of the seat. Creep analysis was also carried out to estimate a creep-fatigue damage based on the temperature history of the normal operation and the depressurization accident.

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