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Filtration Technology Research of Graphite Dust Produced in Spent Fuel Transportation Process in HTR-PM

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Jinhua Wang, Bing Wang, Bin Wu, Yue Li, Haitao Wang

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Paper No. ICONE26-81022, pp. V002T03A001; 6 pages
  • 2018 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 2: Plant Systems, Structures, Components, and Materials; Risk Assessments and Management
  • London, England, July 22–26, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5144-9
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


With the continuous development of the nuclear power technology in the world, all countries in the world are becoming more and more interested in the inherent safety of nuclear power technology, while the research and development of the spherical bed type high temperature gas cooled reactor nuclear power technology in China has formally catered to this demand.

As a major national science and technology project, since the construction of the high temperature gas cooled reactor demonstration project (HTR-PM) since 2012, the civil construction of the nuclear island has been basically completed, the installation of equipment has been carried out orderly, and many process systems have entered debugging and operation stage gradually.

As an important auxiliary process system, fuel handling and storage system for online refueling of the pebble bed high temperature gas cooled reactor, plays an important role in relation to the stable operation of the reactor.

The main functions of the fuel handling and storage system are loading the fresh fuel elements and unloading the spent fuel elements which has reached its target burnup continuously for reactor operation, the spent fuel elements would be discharged into the spent fuel canister firstly, when the spent fuel storage canister is full of spent fuel, the canister would be sealed through welding method, and then the spent fuel canister would be transferred and stored in the spent fuel storage silo with the ground crane system.

The fuel element of the pebble bed high temperature gas cooled reactor is spherical fuel element with graphite matrix, the fuel elements will have friction and collision with the inner wall of the pipeline in transporting process, which will produce graphite dust, the graphite dust should be removed continuously though filtration method, so as not to affect the fuel elements transportation in pipeline.

This article focus on the production mechanism and filtering method of the graphite dust in graphite matrix fuel element transporting process in pipeline, to study the graphite dust removal technology, and then we could provide theoretical guidance for the design and operation of the key system and equipment for HTR-PM.

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