PRELIMINARY DESIGN REQUIREMENTS ARGONNE BOILING REACTOR (ARBOR) FACILITY. Revision I Page: 8 of 161
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II. DESCRIPTION OF FACILITY
ARBOR, by nature of its purpose, represents somewhat of a
departure from standard reactor plant design. Its physical description
and requirements must be prefaced by a properly oriented design phi-
Construction and successful operation of this plant represents
only a part of the program; the major goals will be reached only after sev-
eral years of operation. It is expected that ARBOR will be capable of pro-
viding the information from which optimum design conditions and control
systems can be determined for all the various boiling reactor types. For
this reason a wide range of parametric variation has been designed into
the system. It has been nominally sized for a heat removal capability of
200 mw (682.6 x 106 Btu/hr) at 600 psi; however, this capability can be
reached over wide ranges of distribution of the reactor heat to the vapor
and water phases. For certain specific sets of operating conditions, heat
removal rates in excess of 400 mw can be realized. Under these conditions
the water treatment system must function well above the design rate, which
it can do for limited periods' of time. Other features in the over-all experi-
mental flexibility include:
(1) controllable forced circulation up to 36,000 gpm (provision
for internal natural circulation within the pressure vessel r
(2) operating pressure up to and slightly above 2000 psi;
(3) variable and selective control of significant operating
parameters such as: steam flow, coolant flow, pressure,
coolant temperature, and feed-water flow.
In order to accomplish this experimental flexibility at minimum
cost and time, certain specific features are incorporated in the design phi-
losophy. These are:
1. The plant is to be located at the National Reactor Testing
Station to simplify the design requirements associated with the containment
and size limitations inherent in reactor plants built in more populated areas.
This location will also permit more operational flexibility than would be possi-
ble elsewhere, by virtue of the reduced consequences of reactor incidents.
2. The system is designed for operation using either HZO or DzO
as the primary working fluid. All surfaces in contact with the primary fluid
will possess acceptable characteristics of corrosion resistance. The austen-
itic stainless steels, some of the Type 400 series of stainless steels, or
corrosion-resistant claddings are acceptable.
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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/m1/8/: accessed March 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.