Fuel Cycle Program. A Boiling Water Reactor Research and Development Program. Eleventh Quarterly Progress Report, January-March 1963
Description: Even though VBWR shutdowns were required for location and removal of five failed fuel assemblies (HPD Program), the increase in fuel exposure was good. Fuel exposures wili pass the values at which cold worked stainless steel cladding was failing under the HPD Program. Failure of the 0.005-inch cold worked stainless steel clad fuel rods in assembly 8L was traced to strain cycling fatigue. A study of tapered fuel rods indicates a potential advantage for us of a variable water/fuel ratio along the flow channel. Natural circulation tests in the hydraulic stability loop were conducted over a range of conditions from stable, to oscillatory with exponential decay, to self-sustaining oscillation of constant amplitude, to unstable oscillations with divergent amplitude. The response to impulses in power input shows the effect of the time delay for transporting steam voids up through the riser. The data permit calculation of oscillation frequency, damping coefficient, time lags, and show the magnitude and character of pressure and velocity changes. The data, which have an experimental scatter of plus or minus 10% maximum, show that burnout heat fiux: decreases with increasing flow up to 2 x 10/sup 8/ lb/hr-ft/sup 2/; has a maximum for hydraulic diameter between 0.25 and 0.5 inch; and decreases for pressure increases between 600 to 1400 psi. A correlating equation for the data is given. The data are compared to results of others. Tests of special geometries show that the burnout heat flux: decreases 22 to 50% when the heated rod is within 0.033 inch of the channel wall; is unchanged upstream of a plate-type spacer; decreases 35 to 50% when the rod surface is roughened by sandblasting; is increased 20 to 40% by use of a rough liner. The four-rod test section is operating satisfactorily and 17 critical heat fiux data points are …
Date: April 1, 1963
Creator: Howard, C.L. comp.
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