REACTOR (LMR) STEAM GENERATOR TUBING-

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$49,928.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2574
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ndt Technologies, Inc.
150 Strong Road, P.o. Box 637, South Windsor, CT, 06074
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR. HERBERT R. WEISCHEDEL
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(203) 289-7958
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
TO PREVENT THE RELEASE OF RADIONUCLIDES, LIQUID METAL REACTOR (LMR) STEAM GENERATOR TUBING AND THE TUBE-TO- TUBESHEET WELDS HAVE TO FORM A HIGHLY RELIABLE SODIUM- TO-WATER PRESSURE BOUNDARY IN ADDITION TO THEIR FUNCTIONAL PERFORMANCE OF EXTRACTING HEAT FROM THE REACTOR. IN PRESENT COMMERCIAL NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, FORCED OUTAGES CAUSED BY STEAM GENERATOR TUBE LEAKS HAVE EXCEEDED ALL OTHER CAUSES COMBINED AS A CAUSE OF UNPLANNED DOWNTIME. THEREFORE, AN IN-SERVICE INSPECTION SYSTEM IS NEEDED FOR THE EXAMINATION OF LIQUID METAL REACTOR (LMR) STEAM GENERATOR TUBES AND THE TUBE-TO- TUBESHEET WELDS. THIS PROJECT IS TO DEMONSTRATE A NEW ELECTROMAGNETIC METHOD FOR IN-SERVICE TUBE INSPECTION. TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF IN-SERVICE INSPECTION ARE ARE POSSIBLE USING THIS NEW METHOD: (1) THE DETECTION AND QUANTITATIVE IDENTIFICATION OF LOSS OF METALLIC CROSS-SECTIONAL AREA (LMA) CAUSED BY CORROSION, THINNING, AND WASTAGE; AND (2) THE DETECTION OF LOCALIZED FLAWS (LF) SUCH AS STRESS CORROSION CRACKING, PITTING, DENTING, AND MECHANICAL DAMAGE. FEASIBILITY WILL BE STUDIED BY BUILDING AND TESTING A PROTOTYPE INSPECTION SYSTEM. IF FEASIBLE, THE PLANNED TECHNIQUE WILL REQUIRE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS INSPECTION TIME THAN CURRENT ULTRASONIC METHODS. FURTHERMORE, COMPARED TO OTHER INSPECTION METHODS, THE NEW TECHNIQUE PROMISES SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO, FLAW DETECTABILITY, PENETRATION DEPTH, AND QUANTITATIVE FLAW IDENTIFICATION ACCURACY.

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