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PRELIMINARY DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
ARGONNE BOILING REACTOR (ARBOR) FACILITY
ARBOR (ARgonne BOiling Reactor) is a highly flexible boiling re-
actor experimental facility to be built by Argonne National Laboratory* at
the AEC National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS) at Arco, Idaho. This fa-
cility will provide the necessary physical plant for experiments designed
to yield data on performance and operation for various light and heavy
water, natural and forced circulation boiling reactor concepts over a wide
range of temperature, pressure, and flow conditions. The system will be
capable of simulating the particular types and ranges of parameters, con-
trols and transients inherent in the direct, indirect, and dual cycle types
of boiling reactor power plants. The gross power removal capacity in both
steam and water loops has been chosen high enough to allow adequate nu-
clear simulation with high power density cores and to permit reasonable
extrapolation to the ultimate large central station power plant. The reactor
pressure vessel has been chosen as large as feasible within the realm of
present technology for the desired design pressures in order to provide
some useful information pertinent to boiling heavy water systems.
Descriptions of the functional requirements of the facility, together
with preliminary concepts of methods for meeting them, are presented in
this prospectus. The descriptions, as well as all drawings, specifications,
and component designs, are preliminary only. They are presented to out-
line the scope of the project and to indicate the work to be accomplished
by the Architect-Engineer and by the Laboratory. Specific areas of design
responsibility for both the Architect-Engineer and the Laboratory are de-
fined to as great a degree as is possible at this time. The information given
shall in no way be construed as to relieve the Architect-Engineer from any
responsibility in his design areas, including final equipment and piping layout.
It must be realized that a considerable cooperative effort on the part of both
the Architect-Engineer and the Laboratory will be required before the final
design can be achieved.
Economic considerations have brought about a revision of some of the
original concepts concerning the ARBOR Facility. These primarily are the
substitution of water-cooled heat exchangers and steam condensers for the
air-cooled type and possible construction of the plant in steps.
The design of the plant will be based on construction of the facility
as an integrated unit under one contract. The necessary supplemental draw-
ings will also be prepared for building the plant in steps.
*Operated by The University of Chicago under contract with the United
States Atomic Energy Commission.
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Fromm, L.W.; Bernsen, S.A.; Bullinger, C.F. & Matousek, J.F. PRELIMINARY DESIGN REQUIREMENTS ARGONNE BOILING REACTOR (ARBOR) FACILITY. Revision I, report, July 15, 1957; Lemont, Illinois. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1023272/m1/7/: accessed March 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.