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INTER-MODULE FUEL SHUFFLING

United States Patent Application

20170301422
A1
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A method of loading fuel in multiple reactor cores associated with a plurality of fuel cycles. The method includes, in a first fuel cycle, loading a first reactor core with a first fuel assembly selected from a first batch of fuel, loading the first reactor core with a first partially spent fuel assembly from a second batch of fuel, loading a second reactor core with a second fuel assembly from the first batch of fuel, and loading the second reactor core with a second partially spent fuel assembly from the second batch of fuel. In a second fuel cycle, which is performed after a completion of the first fuel cycle, the method includes loading the second reactor core with a fresh fuel assembly, and loading the second reactor core with the first fuel assembly from the first batch of fuel.
KITTO, Allyson (Corvallis, OR), INGERSOLL, Daniel (Oak Ridge, TN), REYES, JR., Jose N. (Corvallis, OR)
NuScale Power, LLC (Corvallis OR)
15/ 445,186
February 28, 2017
GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NE0000633 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.