Liquid lithium containment and control

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The major observations which can be noted from present information regarding lithium are as follows: (1) Liquid lithium can be controlled in a primary coolant loop under proper inert atmosphere and operating conditions. (2) Primary containment cells should probably be steel lined and inerted with argon or helium in order to control either a small leak or large rupture of the primary coolant loop. (3) Other cells where lithium leaks may occur could have argon inerting capabilities and fire suppression devices to control the effect of a lithium leak or spill. (4) It would be best to avoid contact of ... continued below

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Muhlestein, L. D. & Jeppson, D. W. October 1, 1978.

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The major observations which can be noted from present information regarding lithium are as follows: (1) Liquid lithium can be controlled in a primary coolant loop under proper inert atmosphere and operating conditions. (2) Primary containment cells should probably be steel lined and inerted with argon or helium in order to control either a small leak or large rupture of the primary coolant loop. (3) Other cells where lithium leaks may occur could have argon inerting capabilities and fire suppression devices to control the effect of a lithium leak or spill. (4) It would be best to avoid contact of liquid lithium with concrete. If such contact should occur, the resulting lithium-concrete reaction would add heat to the system. (5) Aerosols from small lithium fires or leaks can probably be contained. However, much more information is required on effective lithium aerosol air cleaning systems. Additional test programs will be completed, but early results are encouraging. They suggest that effluents of a highly improbable leak in the primary coolant system could probably be contained within the primary containment cells.

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Dep. NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.

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  • Environmental control symposium, Washington, DC, USA, 28 Nov 1978

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  • Report No.: HEDL-SA-1623
  • Report No.: CONF-781109-9
  • Grant Number: EY-76-C-14-2170
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 6503522
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1205611

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Muhlestein, L. D. & Jeppson, D. W. Liquid lithium containment and control, article, October 1, 1978; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1205611/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.