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Check valve

United States Patent

5,941,278
August 24, 1999
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A check valve for use in a GDCS of a nuclear reactor and having a motor driven disk including a rotatable armature for rotating the check valve disk over its entire range of motion is described. In one embodiment, the check valve includes a valve body having a coolant flow channel extending therethrough. The coolant flow channel includes an inlet end and an outlet end. A valve body seat is located on an inner surface of the valve body. The check valve further includes a disk assembly, sometimes referred to as the motor driven disc, having a counterweight and a disk shaped valve. The disk valve includes a disk base having a seat for seating with the valve body seat. The disk assembly further includes a first hinge pin member which extends at least partially through the disk assembly and is engaged to the disk. The disk valve is rotatable relative to the first hinge pin member. The check valve also includes a motor having a stator frame with a stator bore therein. An armature is rotatably positioned within the stator bore and the armature is coupled to the disk valve to cause the disk valve to rotate about its full range of motion.
Upton; Hubert Allen (Morgan Hill, CA), Garcia; Pablo (Stanford, CA)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
08/ 634,845
April 19, 1996
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC03-90SF18494 awarded by the Department of Energy.