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Strength Aspects of Safety and Life Extension of RBMK Reactors

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S. E. Bougaenko, E. Yu. Rivkin, B. S. Rodchenkov

RDIPE, Moscow, USSR

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 113(2), 141-144 (May 01, 1991) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2928738 History: Received April 16, 1991; Online June 17, 2008

Abstract

RBMK channel power reactors belong to the one-loop boiling water reactors with graphite as a moderator. Equipment, pipelines and core elements are the main components of the coolant recirculation circuit. Analysis in terms of fracture mechanics shows that the circuit elements conform to the “leak-before-break” criterion, with the pipelines and equipment keeping their availability during the whole design operation period. The core is a critical component for the circuit availability.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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