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Gas-Cooled Modular Reactors With Spherical Fuel Elements — Their Inherent Safety and Applications Not Just for Power Generation

[+] Author Affiliations
Walter Jaeger

Process Engineering Associates (PEA), Engelskirchen, Germany

H. J. Hamel

Consultant, Berlin, Germany

Heinz Termuehlen

Consultant, Nokomis, FL

Paper No. SMR2014-3311, pp. V001T01A002; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 Small Modular Reactors Symposium
  • ASME 2014 Small Modular Reactors Symposium
  • Washington, DC, USA, April 15–17, 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4536-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The gas-cooled reactor design with spherical fuel elements, referred to as high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR or HTR reactors) or pebble bed reactors has been already suggested by Farrington Daniels in the late 1940s; also referred to as Daniels’ pile reactor design. Under Rudolf Schulten the first pebble bed reactor, the 46MWth AVR Juelich reactor (Atom Versuchs-Reactor Jülich) was built in the late 1960s. It was in operation for 22 years and extensive testing confirmed its inherent safety.

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