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Advanced gray rod control assembly

United States Patent

September 17, 2013
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An advanced gray rod control assembly (GRCA) for a nuclear reactor. The GRCA provides controlled insertion of gray rod assemblies into the reactor, thereby controlling the rate of power produced by the reactor and providing reactivity control at full power. Each gray rod assembly includes an elongated tubular member, a primary neutron-absorber disposed within the tubular member said neutron-absorber comprising an absorber material, preferably tungsten, having a 2200 m/s neutron absorption microscopic capture cross-section of from 10 to 30 barns. An internal support tube can be positioned between the primary absorber and the tubular member as a secondary absorber to enhance neutron absorption, absorber depletion, assembly weight, and assembly heat transfer characteristics.
Drudy; Keith J. (New Kensington, PA), Carlson; William R. (Pittsburgh, PA), Conner; Michael E. (Elgin, SC), Goldenfield; Mark (Columbia, SC), Hone; Michael J. (New Alexandria, PA), Long, Jr.; Carroll J. (Columbia, SC), Parkinson; Jerod (Lexington, SC), Pomirleanu; Radu O. (Monroeville, PA)
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC (Cranberry Township, PA)
12/ 028,119
February 8, 2008
GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-FC07-07ID14779 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.