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Design and Analysis of Testing Platform for Study of Graphite Dust Emission Behavior During Accident Conditions

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Zhipeng Chen, Suyuan Yu

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE18-30312, pp. 349-354; 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


Very High temperature gas-cooled reactor (VHTR), especially the pebble-bed core type reactor, is inevitable to take place the wear of graphite components and generate the graphite dust in the core. The graphite dust was taken away by helium coolant and deposited on the surface of the primary circuit, and the fission products may be absorbed on the dust. Since it is possible that the fission products are released with dust under the accident conditions such as depressurization events, they have a potential hazard of radiation exposure to the environment. In this paper, VHTR as the research object, a testing platform is to be built with the purpose of investigating the behavior of graphite dust emission during the accident conditions. Circuit loop design is used to simulate the primary system and nitrogen is used as the working substance. Experiments of graphite dust deposition and resuspension study, as well as the study of graphite dust emission behavior during the accident conditions in pebble-bed type design VHTR will be conducted on the testing platform. The experimental data will be used for the development of VHTR source term analysis modeling.

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